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.
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.
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.
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.
Board of Trustees
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.
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.
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.
Professor Jonathan Kay
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.
Dr Anne Marie Cunningham
Professor Nicholas Booth
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.
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.
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.
Lesley K Holdsworth
OBE PhD FCSP FWCT FFCI
Dr Mark A. Bailey
Dr Lydia Jidkov
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.
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.
Dr Sebastian Alexander
MB ChB AFOM DRCOG FFCI FRCGP
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)
Dr Paul Campbell
Dr Zaki Almallah