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Progress in Health Informatics Education: The Rhied Project

Murphy, J; Stramer, K; Clamp, S; Davis, S; Grubb, P; Gosland, J; (2002) Progress in Health Informatics Education: The Rhied Project. In: Benjamin, D, (ed.) (Proceedings) New Ways of Working 5 March 2002 Conference report. (pp. 9 - 10). NHS Information Authority

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Abstract

5 March 2002 This presentation will provide some preliminary findings from the RHIED project. We are currently in the process of analysing the data and preparing our report. The Project has been funded by the Department of Health ICT Research Initiative. Once the report has been received and accepted by our sponsor, we will be making our results available on the project website http://www.rhied.org.uk Background of Project In 1998 a new national information strategy for the healthcare sector was launched. The educational Strategy (Working Together with Health Information) to support the information strategy was launched a year later. The NHS Information Authority and the Policy Unit recognise the need for a coherent approach to education, development and training for all grades of staff in the NHS. Although there is widespread agreement amongst professional bodies on the need to work towards common goals, there is little empirical evidence as to who is providing what in the way of ETD. Planning of future national initiatives to ensure staff are able to achieve the targets outlined in Information for Health needs to be informed by an awareness of what is happening at local level. In particular, it is important to understand some of the factors that make it difficult to establish and sustain a relevant programme of training activities in health informatics. The aim of the RHIED project is to determine what is available nationally in the way of IT skills training and Health Informatics education to different professional groups at different points in their career. Educational provision is being reviewed in relation to the topics and themes outlined in Learning to Manage Health Information, 1999. (This document contains recommendations on what should be covered in health informatics curricula and has been endorsed by twenty-eight different professional bodies.) National survey of educational providers The main aim of this nation-wide study is to gather evidence about the current provision of Health Informatics education and relate this to the needs of the health service. The survey covers two aspects of Health Informatics education: basic computing skills and the teaching of generic Health Informatics knowledge and skills deemed relevant to all clinical professions and to health service managers. In all, five different versions of the proforma were developed to cover five different sectors (pre- registration Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visitors; undergraduate medical education; post graduate courses for doctors, clinical researchers and basic medical scientists; post graduate courses for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors; postgraduate courses leading to a qualification in healthcare management; post registration course for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors). Sampling Frames Educational Providers Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting - Pre-registration - 87 Undergraduate Medical Schools - 25 Postgraduate courses - Clinicians and Basic Medical Scientists - 81 Postgraduate courses - Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting - 38 Post Registration - Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting - 54 Postgraduate -Healthcare Management courses - 26 Total Number of Courses - all Samples - N = 311 Case Studies - NHS Trusts In addition to the national survey of educational providers, we have conducted three case studies to gain an insight into the way in which trusts are preparing staff for the changes which will come in the wake of Information for Health.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Progress in Health Informatics Education: The Rhied Project
Event:New Ways of Working 5 March 2002 Conference report
Dates:4002-03-05
Additional information:Paper presented at New Ways of Working Conference, NHS Information Authority, Summary in Conference Report
Keywords:Health Informatics Education, National Survey, Questionnaire Study, National Standards, Preregistration Nursing, Medical Education
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > CHIME

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