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Monday, October 25, 2004

Health Informatics Standards Development - Learning to Manage Health Information latest reports

Health Informatics Standards Development - Learning to Manage Health Information latest reports

Over the last few days I've been reading this report, which is in 4 parts and was published in March 2004, about the developments since "Learning to Manage Health Information: a theme for clinical education" was first published in 1999 and updated in 2002.

Part 1 Background and Summary of findings provides an overview and brings together the findings conclusions and recommendations from the studies described in the other 3 documents.

Part 2 Pre-registration clinical education reproduces reports of 3 projects carried out between summer 2001 and spring 2002 ; Mapping health informatics learning outcomes to current nursing and midwifery pre-registration curricula (University of Greenwich), How are health informatics outcomes embedded in undergraduate radiography and allied health professions curricula (Sheffield Hallam University), and Embedding health informatics within clinical curricula at University of West of England.
All 3 highlight the "current state" and identify some of the barriers (including time, terminology, etc) to enhancing health informatics in the curricula.

Part 3 Post-registration clinical education includes 2 pieces of work; one by the CPHVA & the other by University of Central Lancashire on the delivery and impact of health informatics in post registration education. The small samples etc make the wider generalisation of the results difficult but do propose ways forward in elearning (CPHVA) & in measuring the impact on patient care (Central Lancs).

Part 4 Teaching and Learning Strategy considers the needs of university lecturers to be able to deliver a core health informatics curriculum following work undertaken by the University of Greenwich and provides a suggested educational model, including much greater sharing of resources.

All of the studies highlight difficulties in existing and planned provision and some of the hurdles to be overcome including unrealistic expectations on behalf of NHSIA & Educational teams. There seems to be an overemphasis on basic IT skills (little mention of ECDL) and recognition that the drivers which may be influential (e.g. purchasers SHE WDC etc and quality assurance & review e.g. QAA) are not engaged with getting health informatics a higher profile in pre and post registration curricula.


  • ECDL is referenced on Page 18 of Learning to Manage Moving Ahead (2002) - the review of the original 1999 Learning to Manage standards.
    Recommendation 1 of Part 1 is currently with the National Workforce Group ( CE's of the WDD/SHA) to agree how to progress the recommendation and addressing some of the points the research makes, and you highlight.

    By Pam Hughes, at 10:09 AM  

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