This project is under way, and will run until October 2020.

  • Initiated by the North West Skills Development Network (NHS), in partnership with Connected Health Cities.
  • Will develop a systematic, professional framework for analytical staff in health and social care, to be piloted in an integrated care system in the North West, with case studies and best practice shared locally and nationally.
  • The Informatics Skills Framework will support the analytical workforce, identify skills gaps and improve capability, enabling analytics staff to provide analytical support, advice and guidance to clinicians and managers.

The effective creation, management and use of data is vital to NHS England’s ambition for digital technology and digitally enabled care being central to facilitating health service transformation.

However, there are currently limited structured approaches to professional development and registration or standardisation of informatics staff in health and social care. The analytical workforce requires a wider skills base beyond the expert technical skills needed in today’s health and social care environment, including business and leadership skills; enabling them to help senior managers and clinicians understand the value of better analytics. 

This project run by the North West Skills Development Service will involve developing a professional framework to improve the capability of the analytical workforce in health and social care.

The Informatics Skills Framework (ISF) will support the professional and personal development of the analytical workforce, enabling individuals, organisations and health care systems to assess the knowledge base, identify gaps and signpost to learning resources to develop and enhance skills.

Building upon the Health Informatics Career Framework (HICF) and Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA), the ISF will identify and define the required skills and competencies for each role, describing and identifying how these standards and core skills should be developed and applied.

The project will focus on developing analysts in an integrated care system in the North West, but will be easily scalable across other areas and regions across the country. It aims to provide a systematic framework and consistent approach to skills and competency assessment.

Contact information

For more information about this project, please contact Di Ormandy, Head of North West Skills Development Network.

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