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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTH INFORMATICS IN NORTHERN IRELAND

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McCullagh, PJ, McAllister, HG, Hanna, P, Finlay, D and Comac, P (2011) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTH INFORMATICS IN NORTHERN IRELAND. In: User Centred Networked Health Care - Proceedings of MIE 2011. (Eds: Moen, A, Andersen, S. K., Aarts, J and Hurlen, P), IOS Press, Amsterdam, pp. 218-222. ISBN 978-1-60750-805-2 [Book section]

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DOI: 10.3233/978-1-60750-806-9-218

Abstract

Abstract. This paper addresses the assessment and verification of healthinformatics professional competencies. Postgraduate provision in HealthInformatics was targeted at informatics professionals working full-time in theNational Health Service, in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Many informaticshealth service positions do not require a formal Informatics background, and as westrive for professionalism, a recognized qualification provides importantunderpinning. The course delivered from a Computing perspective, builds uponwork-based achievement, and provides insight into emerging technologiesassociated with the ‘connected health’ paradigm. The curriculum was designedwith collaboration from the Health and Social Care ICT Training Group. Materialwas delivered by blended learning using a virtual learning environment and faceto-face sessions. Professional accreditation was of high importance. The aim wasto provide concurrent qualifications: a postgraduate certificate, awarded by theUniversity of Ulster and a professional Certificate validated and accredited by aprofessional body comprising experienced health informatics professionals.Providing both qualifications puts significant demands upon part-time students,and a balance must be achieved, for successful completion.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Health, informatics, professionalism, education, accreditation
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
ID Code:20041
Deposited By:Dr Paul McCullagh
Deposited On:23 Sep 2011 14:29
Last Modified:23 Sep 2011 14:29

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