Health informatics team scoops regional award

HI award 081018Our health informatics team has scooped a regional staff development award from the North West Skills Development Network.

This is after the team achieved the network’s level one excellence in informatics accreditation – and was found to be the best in the region.

This is the latest accolade for the team and recognises their ongoing commitment to improving the way we use health information and technology.

To achieve the accreditation, the team had to submit a portfolio of evidence and undergo an assessment by a panel of regional senior informatics professionals.

Good practice

The assessment highlighted several areas of good practice. This includes:

​The motivation and enthusiasm of our health informatics staff, who were positive about their roles and proud to work for our Trust

A clear commitment to the development and progression of staff. Staff felt that their development and progression was both supported and actively encouraged

A very positive approach to supporting learning. Staff also felt that they were given the time to learn properly and actively encouraged to seek opportunities

The employee engagement tool Go Engage has been key to building good working relationships between managers, staff and services. Engagement has had a positive impact on services’ understanding how health informatics can improve quality and efficiency. Collaborative working with clinicians across the organisation is working very well

Health informatics is well represented at Board-level and team members clearly understand its key role. This is evidenced by the considerable level of investment during the previous and current financial year

The steering group also recommended some areas for improvement. A portfolio template should be developed for staff to record their training, development and reflections. Good practice should be cascaded throughout the whole health informatics department.

Absolutely delighted
Chris Reynolds, our chief information officer, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have achieved this accreditation and really proud of everyone across the department.

“They are absolutely committed to improving the quality, safety and effectiveness of care through new and innovative technology. Working closely with our frontline staff is essential to ensuring success.

“We are already making plans to achieve level two accreditation next year and are excited about what the future of health informatics holds.”

Steven Bloor, chair of the excellence-in-informatics steering group said: “Despite the current financial challenges, Pennine Care has made major investments into health informatics, is committed to developing our workforce and sees this as key to our continued success.

“On behalf of the steering group, I would like to congratulate the Pennine Care’s health informatics department on this excellent achievement. It is my personal belief that accreditation demonstrates the Trust’s commitment to staff and highlights the professionalism of the department. Well done!”