UCL Institute of Health Informatics


New study on need for integration of healthcare informatics into postgraduate medicine

2 April 2019

A new study has found that postgraduate medical education in the UK neglects healthcare (HI) competencies set out by international standards. Key HI competencies need to be urgently integrated into training curricula to prepare doctors for work in increasingly digitised healthcare environments.

This mixed methods study was led by a group from the Institute of Health Informatics. The group analysed the national training curricula for 71 postgraduate medical specialities obtained from the UK General Medical Council and consulted with seven UK HI experts.

Lydia Jidkov, Matthew Alexander, Pippa Bark, John G Williams, Jonathan Kay, Paul Taylor, Harry Hemingway, Amitava Banerjee. Health informatics competencies in postgraduate medical education and training in the UK: a mixed methods study. BMJ Open 2019; 9:e025460. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025460