- We need leaders who are capable of representing health informatics on boards with the experience and capacity to lead digital transformation across health and care.
- Recruitment and retention is a key issue within health informatics. Without a better understanding of this area, there is a danger that staff will be lost to the profession or languish in unhelpful positions early on in their careers, not putting their skills to use or leaving the profession. In some cases this includes the NHS losing those it has invested in through targeted programmes and schemes.
- The outputs will be key to understanding how we can attract and then grow our health informatics leaders. It should also help to identify gaps in the current provision of training and education.
- Career paths are currently unclear and there is a lack of leadership and training provision in middle ground roles.
- Health informatics has an increasing risk on patient safety as organisations become more reliant on digital; there is a need for the profession to be taken more seriously.
“This is important because we don’t have any established pathways into senior informatics roles. No pathways means no clarity around progression, means no established training, means variable quality and unhappy informaticians, means high turnover, means high expense and low productivity. We’re doing this because we want a better NHS.” – James Freed, CIO, Health Education England
"From being the lost tribe to centre stage, I've been working in health informatics since 2014 and have witnessed the massive workforce changes during this time. We are now on the cusp of a profession with the advent of FED-IP so it's vital that we have clear pathways and structures with the opportunities for staff development and career progression." - Professor Wendy Dearing, Head of Workforce & Organisational Development/Co-Director, Wales Institute of Digital Information (WIDI) & Chair BCS Health Wales.