Clinical Information Fellow
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
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Taking time out after foundation training? Fancy spending the rest of the year in a ground-breaking role, making IT work for doctors and patients?
West Suffolk NHS FT is a global digital exemplar, which means we have been recognised as an international leader in healthcare IT. Over the past seven years the trust has been digitising rapidly - we have introduced an electronic patient record, established the first two-system health information exchange with Cambridge University Hospitals (making our respective patient records visible to one another) and introduced a patient portal (making the information we hold visible to the people it actually belongs to).
Now it is time to make sure we use these systems to their maximum possible effect. We already have consultants, nurses and allied health professionals working with IT colleagues to drive the strategy and delivery of the digital programme. Now we need a junior doctor to join the team.
Main duties of the job
The clinical information fellow will work on optimisation and innovative projects, helping refine the way the IT system works so it does exactly what clinicians need it to as well as working with the data the system collects, exploring what it can tell us about clinical quality and bringing it to life in ways we haven't seen before.
Uniquely, the post holder will also have the opportunity to work as part of the clinical digital team on the design of a new hospital building, replacing the existing West Suffolk Hospital. The trust is one of 40 trusts on the national New Hospitals Programme and needs to complete a full rebuild of the district general hospital building by 2030. The e-Care team are working closely with the new hospital programme team to integrate digital and data technologies fully into the future vision for clinical care. The clinical fellow will specialise in digital and data for diagnostic services, incorporating cardiac diagnostics, radiology and endoscopy.
The post has also been designed to allow you to maintain and develop your clinical skills and competencies by spending 50% of your time in your IT role and the other 50% working normal workdays, in the cardiology department.
WSFT has a national and international profile for its achievements in digitising healthcare, with many of the projects and developments we run first of kind in the UK. This post will attract doctors who are interested in understanding the role and career path in digital medicine.
#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community
We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.
The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.
Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.
We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.
With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.
We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.
Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has an integrated Electronic Patient Record system (EPR) termed e-Care (Cerner Millennium). As part of its Global Digital Exemplar programme, the trust is digitizing rapidly with new software modules being deployed on a regular basis. Alongside this, the e-Care team are commencing an optimization programme, to make sure that all users can get the most out of the software and that it supports clinical workflows as well as possible.
It is critical for safe and effective patient care that clinicians play an active role in the development and optimization of the system. Clinical fellows are being recruited to work with the e-Care, clinical and managerial teams.
Clinical information fellowships:
The post-holder will provide high-quality clinical leadership to the GDE programme as members of the clinical information team.
The fellow will work with the e-Care optimisation team, working on high priority projects to refine the design of the electronic patient record system to ensure that patients, staff and the trust can gain the maximum possible benefit from its use. The post-holder will also have the opportunity to work with the clinical informatics team, working alongside information analysts to bring to life the information which the electronic patient record system gathers, in a way which clinical teams can use to drive improvements in the quality of care.
The post has been created to allow post holders to maintain their clinical skills by combining their clinical information role half-time with clinical practice in Cardiology.
Uniquely, the postholder will also have the opportunity to work as part of the clinical digital team on the design of a new hospital building, replacing the existing West Suffolk Hospital. The trust is one of 40 trusts on the national New Hospitals Programme and needs to complete a full rebuild of the district general hospital building by 2030. The e-Care team are working closely with the new hospital programme team to integrate digital and data technologies fully into the future vision for clinical care. The clinical fellow will specialise in digital and data for diagnostic services, incorporating cardiac diagnostics, radiology and endoscopy.
As a result, the post provides a fantastic opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership, management and information technology skills whilst gaining more clinical experience.
The post holder will have access to all the education facilities offered to doctors in training, as well as attending external learning events and healthcare information management and technology conferences. The fellow will be encouraged to disseminate their work nationally and internationally.
The post is line managed by the Public Health Manager and will join a multidisciplinary clinical team leading the e-Care programme. The post holder will also benefit from mentorship from a Deputy Chief Clinical Information Officer (consultant) and have a named clinical supervisor for their clinical work.
A comprehensive induction programme will be provided and weekly clinical training will be provided by the Cardiology department.
WSFT has a national and international profile for its achievements in digitising healthcare. These posts will particularly attract doctors who are interested in understanding the role of and career path towards becoming a Chief Clinical Information Officer.
Supervision will be provided between the departments as follows:
Line management and supervision in the clinical information fellowship Jessica Hulbert, Public Health Manager
Educational supervision and clinical supervision in the cardiology fellowship Dr Pegah Salahshouri, Consultant Cardiologist (subject to change)
Values and Behaviours
Leadership, Management and IT Skills
Probity and Other
Clinical Knowledge and Skills
Certificate of Sponsorship
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