IntroductionFed-IP is a new organisation that has been set up to bring together professional bodies and societies from across the informatics field. Its purpose is to pull communities together, support one another, and build shared professional standards. Ultimately, its aim is to support health and care through the best use of information and technology.
See http://www.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/57801 for an introduction to Fed-IP
It has been reported that the Fed-IP structure is progressing well, with a clear governance structure taking shape. The Fed-IP Management Board is now supported by the Registration and Standards Committee, which is made up of Members of the Licensed Bodies. These bodies are IHRIM (Institute of Health Records and Information Management), BCS (British Computer Society), CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and Socitm (Society of IT Practitioners in the Public Sector) - and AphA (the Association of Professional Health Analysts) has recently joined Fed-IP. Although these are the bodies that are currently licensed with Fed-IP, it is recognised that it is important that Fed-IP engages and works with the range of bodies relevant to Health and Care Informatics / Information.
The Registration and Standards Committee has approved the standards and is now working on issues such as revalidation and future reviews of the standards. The first meetings of the Licensing and Audit Committee, and the Communication and Marketing Committee were planned for February. Now that the standards have been approved, the register, although not fully launched, is open. The plan is for full launch during March.
One area of Fed-IP work is the Well Connected campaign. It is understood that Fed-IP is currently identifying the work required to move the site forward in supporting Fed-IP registrants and communicating with the Health and Care Informatics community.
(see http://fed-ip.org/your-journey-to-well-connected/ for some detail of the work undertaken over the last year).Monthly updates from Fed-IP are attached