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. In 2020, the Trustee Board requested a diversity review to identify areas of the Faculty with low diversity.

A review was conducted and this report represents the results.

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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Yinka Makinde

Lay Trustee

Yinka is an experienced healthcare and technology Leader, Entrepreneur, and ex Pharmacist. With a demonstrable track record in programme management; innovation strategy and delivery in healthcare; partnerships development (domestic and international); healthcare policy; building innovation ecosystems; leadership education; and digital health market evaluation.

She has been Programme Director at DigitalHealth.London (DH.L) since March 2016. Prior to this, she led a number of quality improvement projects for Imperial College Health Partners, one of the founding partners of DH.L. Yinka has spent more than 25 years in healthcare. She has held both delivery and business development leadership roles in global IT outsourcing consultancies – Accenture and CSC. Yinka practised as a front-line Pharmacist for 12 years across England, Singapore and Australia. Working within primary care, acute care, mental health and pharma.

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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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Professor Mahmood Adil

Council Member 

Mahmood has 25 years of medical, public health, executive management and policy experience in the NHS and USA. His is currently Medical Director of Public Health Scotland and provides professional leadership in utilising the most comprehensive national health data, digital and informatics capability to improve clinical and population outcomes in Scotland and globally.
He is Honorary Professor of Health Intelligence & Service Effectiveness (Glasgow University) and Clinical Data & Digital Lead (Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh). He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School, Institute of Healthcare Improvement (USA), Yale School of Public Health and European Hospital & Healthcare Federation.

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Dr Arjun Dhillon

Council Member 

In 2009, Arjun became a Managing Partner at The Argyle Surgery in West Ealing.  He became involved with practice-based commissioning and worked for Ealing PCT as Clinical IT lead in 2010.  As the Clinical Commissioning Group formed, Arjun remained involved he has been Ealing CCG lead for Prescribing, Ophthalmology, Infectious Diseases, IT & Diagnostics and a member of the Ealing CCG Governing Board until 2017. 

Arjun has held both the Deputy & Chair of the RCGP Health Informatics Group and the Co–Deputy & Chair of the Joint GP IT Committee with the BMA during which time, he engaged on behalf of the RCGP & BMA on issues ranging from the renewal of GPSoC, Care.Data to the National Laboratory & Medicines Catalogue.

In 2017, Arjun was appointed as Clinical Director & Deputy Caldicott Guardian at NHS Digital, where he supported the Caldicott Guardian and SIRO across the organisation. In 2019, following the retirement of Professor Severs, Arjun was appointed as Caldicott Guardian.

Throughout his career, he has held an interest in the application of information systems to healthcare problems. He has an interest in system design and how to translate technology into practice for the benefit of patients.
 

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Dr Alan Hassey

Council Member

Dr Alan Hassey MSc MB BS DRCOG FRCGP FFCI was a GP in Skipton, North Yorkshire, until retiring from general practice in June 2013. He is a member of the RCGP Health Informatics Group (HIG) and past chair of HIG and the Joint GP IT Committee of the BMA & RCGP. Alan retired from NHS Digital at the end of 2017, where he was the IG Clinical Lead & Deputy Caldicott Guardian. He is a member of Dame Fiona Caldicott’s National Data Guardian Panel.

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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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Professor Joe McDonald

Council Member 

Joe is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Currently Medical Director at https://www.sleepstation.org.uk, an online cognitive Behaviour Therapy for insomnia (CBTi) service. Joe is also Chief Clinical Information Officer at CNTW NHS Trust https://www.cntw.nhs.uk/, England's largest Mental Health Trust.

Former National Clinical Lead for IT (Mental Health), Former Director of Connected Health Cities, North East and North Cumbria and founding Director of the Great North Care Record Project. Until recently Chairman of the CCIO Leaders Network. Campaigning for better NHS IT for 15 years latterly as @comparesoftware on Twitter.

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Dr Dermot O'Riordan

Council Member

Dermot is a Surgeon, Chief Clinical Information Officer (and ex-Medical Director & CEO) at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. He is responsible for delivering their e-Care integrated electronic health record project with Cerner.
 

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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

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Dr Colin Fincham 

Council Member

Dr Colin Fincham, MBBS LLB (Hons), is Senior Director and Chief Medical Officer at Cerner EMEA, LATAM and Canada.

He is responsible for the ongoing healthcare improvement, clinical transformation, and other relevant strategic endeavours in and around the regions.

In his role, he liaises with Cerner’s chief Medical and Nursing Officer (CMO/CNO) and Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) communities to align strategic capabilities with the current and future needs of those communities, whilst working with a team of clinicians around the world supporting all his clinical colleagues. He also co-leads Cerner’s non-US response to COVID-19 including analytics, EHR requirements and telehealth amongst many other responses to the pandemic.

As a qualified doctor, with 13 years of experience in hospital medicine and primary/family care, a degree in Law, and post graduate qualifications in clinical informatics, machine learning, quality management and business administration, Dr Colin Fincham brings a valuable clinical element to any role he undertakes. This combination allows him to translate clinical and organisational requirements into technical specifications that IT specialists can implement; as well as having a deep understanding of the concerns, frustrations and challenges facing those working in the healthcare sector.