FCI develops a model job description for a Chief Clinical Informatics Officer (CCIO)
29 September 2021
Despite clear recommendations “to strengthen and grow the CCIO field” in the Wachter report (2016), clinical informaticians across the four UK nations continue to describe unwarranted inconsistencies in the remits of their roles.
To help address this issue, the Faculty of Clinical Informatics (FCI) called upon a multi-professional working group of its members to develop an example of a model job description for a Chief Clinical Informatics Officer (CCIO), utilising the FCI Core Competency Framework. The group was chaired by Professor Lesley Holdsworth, Clinical Lead for Digital Health and Care, Scottish Government.
Professor Lesley Holdsworth
The proposed model job description and linked guidance are now published, see below, alongside a form welcoming feedback that will inform later iterations and future work in this area.
the single most senior clinical informatician within an organisation
an executive role with an associated salary to reflect this
a role that can be fulfilled by an individual from any professional background who can demonstrate competencies as outlined within the FCI Competency Framework.
A key principle of the role is that the individual will work with their multi-professional lead informatics colleagues and provide leadership to the ‘Office’ of the CCIO.
The FCI Competency Framework provides a tool to inform personal development plans of those in the Office of the CCIO.
The working group collected a sample of 41 existing job descriptions for senior clinical informaticians across the four nations. These job descriptions were reviewed against assessment criteria that were developed based on the six domains of the FCI Competency Framework. The study confirmed the anecdotal evidence that there was unwarranted variation, demonstrating the requirement for national guidance to help standardise the CCIO role.
On 22 October 2021, a joint FCI-Digital Health webinar will facilitate a discussion about this new guidance and ask:
if it’s fit for purpose?
whether it can make a difference to help standardise this role?
what other environmental factors are needed for CCIOs to be given the recognition and authority they need in order to achieve a better patient experience?