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UKCHIP is the voluntary regulation and registration body for Health and Social Care Informatics in the United Kingdom.

We maintain it is essential that those working in the profession should meet defined standards of conduct and competence to ensure their work is safe, ethical, effective, efficient and addresses the needs of modern health and social care.


UKCHIP’s vision is:

  1. That health informatics is recognised as a valued profession in both the public and private health care sectors throughout the United Kingdom.
  2. That all persons in the United Kingdom who spend a substantial proportion of their role or time working in health informatics will be registered with UKCHIP and thereby certified as professionals who meet defined standards of professional conduct and competence.

Strategic Aims and Objectives

UKCHIP’s strategic aims and objectives are to produce the following outcomes:

For Regulation

Delivering the national informatics regulatory and registration function for the whole professional informatics community involved in the provision of health and social care services and promoting confidence in the disciplines registered for the benefit of public sector Informatics professionals by:

  • Defining, maintaining and regulating professional standards in the collection, reporting, analysis and presentation of information to support the delivery of safe health and care services;
  • As a minimum, meeting the standards prescribed by the Professional Standards Authority for accredited Voluntary Registers;
  • Ensuring the regulatory and standards of competence and conduct for registration are up to date, relevant to the whole professional community, and proportionate to the risks associated with the delivery of public services.
For Sustainablity

Creating an independent and financially sustainable organisation funded by individual registration fees, time-limited national support funding, corporate subscriptions and additional earned income through educational activities events, commissioned work and consultancy.

This will be driven by the Informatics community, so that they recognise the worth of a professional regulatory and registration body in:

  • Promoting the value of the contribution that the Informatics profession and all its disciplines makes to the delivery of public services;
  • Maintaining public confidence in the delivery of public services;
  • Representing their professional views by providing an independent voice to influence policy development and implementation;
  • Providing registrants with personal and professional career support.
For Professional Collaboration

Working closely with other professional bodies and organisations, to serve members and collectively promote and publicise the value of the contribution that the Informatics profession makes to the safe and efficient delivery of all public services:

  • Agreeing and delivering collective objectives and plans which build and enhance the credibility and reputation of informatics professionals across the public sector;
  • Identifying complementary functions and working together to create efficient and effective professional services for members;
  • Developing fee-based, subscriptions and service models that are attractive and provide value for individual registrants and corporate supporters;
  • Promoting the value of professional registration and personal development to politicians, policy makers, Chief Executives and the Boards of employing organisations.
For Education & Knowledge

Developing the Informatics knowledge base by strengthening links with and between universities, colleges, employing organisations and all informatics professionals:

  • Developing and managing active professional networks that create and share knowledge to further the professional reputation and standing of Informatics in the wider public sector;
  • Commissioning studies and reports on new and emerging technologies and the informatics impact on the delivery of health and care services;
  • Consulting and using the Informatics community to:

provide advice and assist the formulation and implementation of new policies and assess the benefits of previous policies;
exchange information and experience to maximise utility, avoid duplication and eliminate waste;
provide advice and guidance based on the current and evolving body of knowledge in Informatics as applied to public services;

  • Promoting, through standardisation, best practice models for developing the capacity and capability of public sector Informatics services;
  • Managing active face to face and digital networks that improve communication and foster the exchange of knowledge and experience.