In the United Kingdom and across the world, the health and social care sector is one of the most rapidly changing and high-profile industries in society. Policy changes alongside financial challenges are putting greater demands on healthcare professionals in terms of knowledge, skills and qualifications. The changing focus of the health and care sector onto patient-centered care, greater choice and control for service users, and awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyles have increased the demand for well-trained and multi-skilled people in a wide range of rewarding roles. In particular, knowledge of and skills in informatics are becoming crucial as technology becomes embedded in the infrastructure of healthcare systems in the UK and worldwide. In information terms, nurses and midwives are the professional groups who have the most interaction with patients, their relatives and friends. This places nurses and midwives in a unique role amongst clinicians as the vital element link in the information infrastructure within health care. This presentation will dive into two Health Informatics programs in the United Kingdom—one in England and one in Scotland—that have sought to better prepare the current and incoming workforce for these national and global challenges. Presented by Paula Procter, RN, PGCE, MSc, SFHEA, FBCS, CITP, FIMIANI, Principal Lecturer/Reader, Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health, Sheffield Hallam University, TIGER Committee Taskforce Member, and Siobhan O’Connor, PhD, B.Sc., CIMA CBA, B.Sc., RN, Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, TIGER International Taskforce Liaison.
- Identify the nursing informatics competencies being developed and used in undergraduate programmes in the United Kingdom
- Consider the ways in which informatics is integrated into undergraduate nursing education in different regions of the UK
- Explore the pedagogical approaches taken to nursing informatics education in the UK
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