Governance

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Terms of Reference

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics (FCI) is governed by a Trustee Board. As Trustees, Members of the Board have the ultimate legal responsibility for the Faculty.

The Trustee Board comprises the Chair of Council, Vice Chair, Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer and Lay Trustees.

Read the Trustee Board's Terms of Reference  

The Trustee Board has delegated to Council the responsibility for the practice of clinical informatics as a profession, which includes all the professional, clinical and educational functions of the Faculty.

Council members are elected by the Fellows and Members of the Faculty. 

Read the Council's Terms of Reference  

Diversity Review

The Trustee Board wish to ensure a culture of inclusivity within the Faculty. The Trustee Board first requested a diversity review of the FCI Membership in 2020. The reports below identify priority areas for increasing diversity and recommendations for how diversity could be promoted in these areas.     

Download the FCI Diversity Review 2021

Download the FCI Diversity Review 2020  


Our Equality and Diversity Policy outlines our commitment to ensuring the FCI operates in a fair environment which is free from any form of discrimination. 

We recognise that low diversity in our membership limits the FCI's ability to provide accurate, representative views of clinical informaticians as a whole.

It can also result in a lack of equal opportunities to join and progress within the organisation. This could mean some Members are not being as fully supported by the Faculty as they could be.

Download the FCI Equality & Diversity Policy

Board of Trustees

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Sue Turner

Chair of Board of Trustees

Sue Turner has dedicated her career to growing organisations and helping people improve their prospects. The first in her family ever to go to university, she is a Law graduate from the University of Bristol and has a reputation for combining innovation with scrupulous good governance in private, not-for-profit and public sectors. She was awarded the OBE in June 2021 for Services to Social Justice.

Sue is currently completing her MSc in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science and has founded AI Governance Limited, a purpose-driven consultancy which advises businesses and policy makers on pragmatic AI, data ethics and governance issues and making a positive societal impact.  She is a Non Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee for Cornish Mutual Assurance, the farming insurance experts.

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Bill Morgan

Lay Trustee

A Chartered Accountant recently retired from a lifetime career with the professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Bill learned the value of data and good information when investigating businesses for clients and had extensive involvement in developing large IT systems for the firm, both in the UK and globally. Latterly he focussed on risk management and on corporate and auditor regulation, becoming the Ethics Partner for the PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has also previously been Treasurer, and then Chair, of a disabled adult training organisation. With parents and grandparents having been medics and nurses, Bill has always been interested in and passionate about the NHS.

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John Williams 

Lay Trustee

A GP retired after 30 years, currently working as Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey; providing advice and teaching around clinical informatics and research using GP data.

Dr Williams is a past chair of the Joint GP IT Committee and was previously clinical adviser to PRIMIS+ and more recently national clinical safety lead to the GP2GP record transfer project which has led to the safe transfer of the full electronic patient record now being the norm in England when patients change practices.

Officers

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Professor Jonathan Kay

Chair

Senior Clinical Adviser to the Royal College of Physicians and a member of the Health Informatics Unit and a member of the National Information Board. He spent most of his career as a chemical pathologist in Oxford and has also been Clinical Informatics Director at NHS England, Professor of Health Informatics at City University London, Chair of the Information Group of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and a senior consultant to the Design Authority of the NHS National Programme for IT for England. His research interests include investigations, knowledge management and everyday technology at the point of care.

Jonathan is a Council representative on the Board of Trustees.

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Dr Anne Marie Cunningham

Vice Chair

Currently Associate Medical Director for Primary Care, NHS Wales Informatics Service, Dr Cunningham is also a practicing GP in the South Wales Valleys. She is a strong advocate of social media and networks to promote healthcare, particularly in learning and development. She believes that multidisciplinary teams, and patients and carers, must be active in healthcare informatics, and that events such as hackathons can be a way to facilitate this participation.

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Professor Nicholas Booth

Hon. Treasurer

Visiting Professor in the School of Computing at Newcastle University, and previously a principal in General Practice in Northumberland, Nick has combined patient care with Health Informatics since 1987. His main areas of interest have been in health and care record interoperability, Health Terminologies, Professional Record Standards in Health and Social Care, and the creation of federable regional inter-organisational health and social care information networks. He has held posts in the DH and NHS working on Read Codes and SNOMED-CT, in Newcastle University working in decision support, was Director of Health Informatics at BT Global, Director for Clinical Data Standards in DH Informatics and HSCIC, and was part of the Connected Health Cities team at Newcastle University who began the design work on the Great North Care Record (2015-2019).

Nick is a Council representative on the Board of Trustees.

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Dr Astrid Grant

Hon. Secretary (Joint)

Astrid was born and raised in Spain where she trained as a medical doctor. She moved to the UK in 2014 to complete an MSc in Health Policy and Financing and to pursue a career in improving patient care at scale. Since then, most of her roles have been in leading the implementation of electronic patient records across multiple NHS Trusts, with a focus on transformation, adoption and benefits realisation. 

She has always had a keen eye for technology, which is why it’s no surprise she ended up working in digital health. However, as for most of clinical informaticians, that path has not been a straightforward one, which is why she joined the Faculty of Clinical Informatics in 2019.

Her passion is digital health, which is why she remains an active member of the healthcare information network in the UK. You can find her as @astrid_ghap on Twitter.  

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Dr Tashfeen Kholasi

Hon. Secretary (Joint)

Tashfeen is a clinical dentist in primary care and Clinical Teacher in Sedation & Special Care Dentistry. She is also CCIO for a group of dental practices involved in digital transformation and Clinical Safety Officer for health technology organisations to promote and maintain the standards involved to provide safe technology.

Tashfeen has worked as a Leadership fellow with Health Education England in developing a digital dental strategy and has led on the first interoperability proof of concept between NHS111 and primary dental care. She established the digital dental network and held 3 successful conference to highlight and engage with the profession to align dental with the rest of healthcare.  


Council

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Lesley K Holdsworth
OBE PhD FCSP FWCT FFCI 

Council Member 

Lesley is the Scottish Government’s Clinical Lead for Digital Health & Care with a specific responsibility for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. A physiotherapist by training but has worked in multi professional roles for many years. Lesley has had a lifelong interest in informatics and particularly its criticality in driving improvement. In 2013, she co-founded and has subsequently directed the development of the Scottish NMAHP Digital Health Network and its associated National Digital Leadership Programme and is passionate about developing a digitally enabled workforce. Lesley has held a number of national positions over the last 20 years including Head of Health Services Research & Effectiveness for Scotland and Director at NHS 24. Lesley is currently leading a number of national and UK level digital and informatics initiatives and is European representative on the WCPT Digital taskforce establishing standards for digital practice. She is also a non-executive Board member and Chair of Bield, the largest Housing Association in Scotland. In 2018, she was named Scottish Digital Impact Leader and Digital Health’s UK Digital Team Leader of the year and has been a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy since 2002. Lesley holds a professorship with Glasgow Caledonian University.

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Jo Dickson

Council Member 

Jo is the Chief Nurse at NHS Digital, where she works alongside teams who design, develop and operate the national IT and data services that support clinicians at work, help patients get the best care, and use data to improve health and care. Jo’s role is to provide expert nursing leadership within NHSD and work collaboratively with other clinical professionals to provide wider clinical informatics and clinical safety expertise to all programmes and services in NHS Digital. Jo also works in partnership with the National CNIO based in NHSE/I and is also part of #TeamCNO. Collectively this group of nursing leaders are supporting the delivery of programmes to develop a digitally enabled nursing and midwifery workforce across all regions and across organisations and sectors. Jo has a varied clinical background, having worked in Neurosciences, as a Pain Nurse Specialist, in Clinical Governance and as a Clinical Educator before moving into roles in the technology area, and Clinical Informatics. She has previously held roles as CNIO at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and as Clinical Informatics Director at Nuffield Health. Jo has had responsibility as Clinical Safety Officer and Caldicott Guardian previously. She is a past Chair of the Digital Health CNIO network, and a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics.

 

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Dr Mark A. Bailey

Council Member

Mark is a big advocate of advancing the clinical informatics speciality. He is a board member of the FCI early careers group and helping the faculty work towards accreditation in clinical informatics. Mark is also a board member of the NHS pycom (python community) and a current student on the NHS Digital Academy PGDip Digital Academy course. He hopes to progress this to an MSc in September. He is working with the computer science department at the University of Gloucester to build an MSc in Health Tech. He has been interested in digital all of his life, building computers, automating his house, etc. This interest in digital filtered into his work and he has built Spiritum, Quick Spiritum and is currently working on Spiritum Duo with the help of placement computer science students. These digital systems are respectively a desktop app for the sleep, bronchiectasis and tuberculosis services, a robotic process automation program to speed up routine clinical tasks and the latter is a new digital pathway that is being used initially to help streamline the lung cancer pathway. Mark is an advocate for open source and for working collaborative and in the open. He recently helped host the inaugural Let’s Talk Digital Conference. 

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Dr Lydia Jidkov

Council Member

Lydia is a practising doctor in Otolaryngology and currently works as a Health Consultant in Digital Transformation for Atos.  Prior to this Lydia was the Programme Lead for the NHS Digital Academy and has also worked as a Clinical Informatics Fellow at the RCP Health Informatics Unit. 

Lydia holds a Master’s degree in Health Informatics awarded by University College London and has published original research on informatics competencies for front-line clinicians.  This work has contributed to the development of the FCI Core Competencies Project, which she is now contributing towards as a Project Consultant.

Lydia's informatics interests lie in education and change management.

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Maggie Lay

Council Member 

Maggie qualified as a nurse in 1984 and worked for many years in community settings.  Frustrated at how inefficiently and ineffectively information is shared about patients and yet how much is written about them, she found herself working in informatics in 2009 as a clinical transformation facilitator. 

She now works for South Central and West CSU as Clinical Informatics Lead and Clinical Safety Officer, working with CCGs across the south of England to support the safe and effective sharing of clinical information.

She is still frustrated that nursing information isn’t contributing efficiently and effectively to the shared care record and is committed to ensuring that nurses have the skills, processes and tools to take full advantage of digital health opportunities.

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Sarah Thompson

Council Member 

Sarah Thompson is a Pharmacist and CCIO at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. Specialising in EPMA deployment in 2011, Sarah has worked on both Trust and supplier side and, following a number of years as the clinical lead for EPR & digital optimisation, was appointed as CCIO in 2021. Sarah is proud to be one of the first Pharmacist CCIO’s nationally, raising the profile at every opportunity.

A passionate advocate for career development for the non-medical CCIO, Sarah is determined to see further representation from Pharmacy, AHP, Nursing and Midwifery colleagues nationally. As a Clinical Safety Officer, Sarah has an active interest in embedding robust clinical safety processes and maintaining clinical safety in how digital systems are used in practice. Sarah studied as part of the first cohort of the NHS Digital Academy, going on to complete her MSc dissertation focussing on clinical engagement.

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Dr Sebastian Alexander

MB ChB  AFOM  DRCOG FFCI  FRCGP

Council Member 

Sebastian is a General Practitioner based in Cambridge and he also works as Strategic Clinical Lead for Patient Safety for NHS Digital. 

Whilst working as a GP Partner in Cambridge, he was director of the first Out of Hours Services in the area, Cambridge Doctors on Call,  later called Urgent Care Cambridgeshire  and was involved this organisations expansion to cover Cambridgeshire.  He helped move this organisation from paper to electronic records. He also sat on the Board of the Cambridge CCG/PCT and CCG in many different roles.

At NHS Digital he chairs the NHS Digital Clinical Safety Group and works closely with other members of the NHS Digital Clinical Safety Team.   He is involved with delivery of the Digital Clinical Safety training which promotes the Health IT Safety Standards (DCB0129 and DCB 0160). Prior to this he worked as the one of the First National Clinical leads for the Choose and Book programme (now called the Electronic Referral Service) before working as Clinical Safety Officer for the same programme.

He was elected as a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics in 2017 and has been chairing the FCI Clinical Safety Special Interest Group since 2020. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2018.

He is passionate to ensure that all new emerging technologies are safe, Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning pose particular challenges to ensure that these new technologies have been clinical assured as safe. He is also keen to ensure that there is improved National support and guidance for Clinical Safety Officers working in the NHS and industry.














Ijeoma A. Azodo, MD, MPH, ChM (GenSurg)

Council Member

Dr. Azodo is an impact-focused designer for public services that support people to live and work well. She applies sociotechnical, systems-thinking, care and relationships, and computational lenses honed in surgical practice, health services research and patient-centred outcomes. to understand needs and explore solutions. 

Dr. Azodo explores people and technology transitions across place, installed base, and tools as a starting point for infrastructure design. To enhance access, accessibility, and experience across contexts and communities, patterns and gaps are drawn from multidisciplinary teams, cancer care, public and population health, and remote and rural communities.

In her professional roles, Dr. Azodo is the Associate Director of Clinical Services Design at NHS Education Scotland Technology Service and Honorary Clinical Tutor in the Surgical Sciences Masters Online at the University of Edinburgh. 

Working with the FCI Council, Dr Azodo’s interests are in supporting the membership and organization with the practical application of Informatics standards, digital transformation team development, and end-to-end service design.

 

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Dr Paul Campbell

Council Member

A clinician with two decades of experience, Dr Campbell qualified initially as a Pharmacist before switching to Medicine and becoming a Consultant Anaesthetist.

He has held many Clinical eHealth Lead roles in Scottish Boards and is now a Clinical Director for eHealth for NHS National Services Scotland and a Clinical Advisor to the Scottish Government eHealth Department. Dr Campbell has been the Chair of the eHealth Clinical Change Leadership Group (CCLG) since 2011. This group provides Clinical Leadership and Sponsorship for the broad range of developments within the national eHealth strategy. Dr Campbell brings a frontline, user-centric focus to the broad landscape of eHealth and Clinical Informatics.

Paul is a Council representative on the Board of Trustees.

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Dr Zaki Almallah

Council Member

Zaki is passionate about finding solutions for clinical practice challenges through technological advances. His research focuses on the development of pathways to embed digital skills into clinical practice and the use of AI, algorithms and machine learning to enhance patient care and experience.

Zaki is an active Fellow of our Faculty and he joined the FCI Council in June 2021. He is also a member of the Finance and Audit Standing Committee and the Events Organising Standing Committee.

For 14 years, Zaki worked as a Consultant Urologist at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust UK– The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, an NHS Digital Exemplar. He established an internationally renowned practice caring for patients with complications following prostate cancer treatment. Currently, he is a surgeon at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi- a state-of-the-art fully digitalised Institution. In October 2021, Zaki became Professor of Clinical Urology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio.

Over the years, he has held leadership roles in clinical informatics, governance and medical education. He tweets at @bladderC