Health Informatics

Health Informatics

There are over 350 roles in Healthcare alone,
so when considering all roles in Social Care as well,
you will be sure to find the best role for you.

Health informatics is an umbrella term referring to staff who collate, manage, interpret and present patient information. Every day in the health and care sectors, information has to be collected, managed shared and used. Good patient care depends on this fast and accurate flow of information. This is where health informatics comes in, tackling a wide range of problems with the practical application of technology.

If you are passionate about technology or science, and about helping others, a career in health informatics offers a range of opportunities.

Types of roles available:

+Clinical Informatics
Clinical informatics staff are usually healthcare scientists, doctors, nurses or other healthcare professionals who have moved to health informatics. Their job is to capture, communicate and use clinical information to benefit health services. This could be as simple as analysing information about falls on hospital wards to prevent patients having accidents, or a large-scale, ambitious project such as heling to develop electronic patient records that link healthcare organisations, for example, GPs and hospital clinics.

Typical entry requirements:

  • Entry requirements will differ depending on the role.  It may be possible to enter an entry-level post with no formal qualifications, but GCSEs or equivalent qualifications are an advantage. Apprenticeships in health informatics are also available. Other roles will require very specific professional qualifications such as a clinical qualification eg a medical or nursing degree.

+Education and Training
Educators and trainers in health informatics are responsible for making sure that staff are able to use the latest technology, so that the benefits it offers for patient care are realised. Working in training or IT departments and clinical areas, they train healthcare professionals in computer literacy, clinical systems and other applications, and in the use of IT and software.

Typical entry requirements

  • Entry requirements into education and training roles in health informatics will depend on the role. It is possible to start in an entry level post without formal qualifications, but GCSEs or equivalent qualifications are an advantage. Apprenticeships in health informatics are also available.
  • More senior education and training posts are likely to need a degree or equivalent experience or even a master’s qualification. You should always check the person specification for specific posts to fully understand the requirements.

+Health Records and Patient Administration
Health records and patient administration staff collate, store and retrieve records used in diagnosis and treatment. This is a critical role due to the vast number of healthcare professionals involved in patient care who need access to this vital information in short notice. They also promote and support the effective use of data, information, knowledge and technology to support and improve health and the delivery of patient care.

Typical entry requirements:

  • Entry requirements into health records and patient administration will depend on the role and level you are at.
  • It is possible to start in an entry level post without formal qualifications but GCSEs or equivalent qualifications are an advantage.
  • For more senior roles, a degree or equivalent experience might be needed. Some roles may also need an industry qualification such as the Institute of Health records and Information Management (IHRIM) certificate or diploma. You should always check the person specification for specific posts to fully understand the requirements.

+Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
ICT staff have a key role in helping run the systems used by (among others) scientists, doctors, therapists and other health professionals, secretaries and managers. ICT staff are hands-on. They may diagnose and fix faults, support staff who use the systems, and develop improvements. They work to support computers (as well as tablets, mobile phones and peripheral equipment such as printers and scanners) and communication systems ranging from appointment booking systems to those used in intensive care units.

Typical entry requirements:

  • Entry requirements will differ depending on the role but it may be possible to enter an entry-level post with no formal qualifications, but GCSEs or equivalent qualifications are an advantage.
  • Other roles will require specific professional qualifications such as computer science.

+Information Management
Staff in information management gather, analyse, interpret and present information about health and healthcare to improve services and patient care. Such information supports health services in all sorts of ways, from finding out how a hospital is performing to planning how many staff are needed to deliver care in an organisation. An example of information that can be used to help improve performance is data that shows how quickly an ambulance trust responds to emergency calls.

Typical entry requirements:

  • Entry requirements into information management will depend on the role you are looking at and what level it is. It is possible to start in an entry-level post without formal qualifications, but GSCEs or equivalent qualifications are an advantage.
  • More senior information management staff will have an undergraduate degree in health informatics while a postgraduate qualification in information and library work might be necessary for very senior roles.

+Library, Knowledge and Information Services
Healthcare library, knowledge and information services underpin all aspects of healthcare and ensure that decision-making is based on sound and reliable evidence. Library, knowledge and information services staff source and supply the evidence to make decisions on treatment options, patients care and safety, commissioning, policy and service transformation, and to enable lifelong learning, undertake research and drive innovation. They ensure that all healthcare staff, learners, patients and the public have the right knowledge and evidence, when and where they need it.

Typical entry requirements:

  • Library assistants: You will need to have at least five GCSEs, including English and Maths. Previous working or volunteer experience in a library may be beneficial but is not essential.
  • Librarians: Librarians usually need a postgraduate library or information science qualification. It is also beneficial to be a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and to be able to demonstrate your commitment to continuing professional development.
  • Knowledge and library services manager: You will need a postgraduate qualification in library or information science or an equivalent qualification or experience. You will need to have some experience of managing staff and projects. You may be required to be a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Where you could work in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough:

+Arthur Rank Hospice Charity (ARHC)
+Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT)
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+Cambridgeshire Community Services
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+Cambridge University Hospitals
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+General Practice (GP)
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+North West Anglia Foundation Trust (NWAFT)
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+Royal Papworth Hospital (RPH)
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