A qualification recognises essential knowledge and skills and indicates a person’s ability to perform tasks. Industry-wide qualifications, and those that meet national standards, allow your skill level to be compared with average levels across a sector.
Apart from the obvious benefits to an organisation of staff acquiring new skills, enabling employees to study for qualifications can increase commitment to the organisation and have knock-on benefits in improved productivity.
Types of Qualification
- Foundation Degrees
Foundation degrees are one level below an Honours degree and attract a minimum of 240 academic credits. A further 120 credits are needed to gain a full BSc (Hons) degree, so a Foundation Degree could be enhanced to a full honours degree through an additional year’s study.
These qualifications offer:
- academic work-based learning in partnership with employers, but delivered by colleges, universities and other training providers;
- full-time courses usually taking two years to complete;
- part-time courses are longer;
- entry without necessarily acquiring traditional academic qualifications;
- flexible teaching arrangements;
- possible opportunities for further study.
A Foundation degree in Health Informatics will help you gain relevant knowledge, skills and experience in the domain and provide an important stepping stone for progression both academically and career-wise. It is a universally recognised qualification and shows that you are competent in the modules studied.
- Honours Degrees & Post Graduate Qualifications
Higher level qualifications, such as honours degrees and postgraduate qualifications, are useful next steps in an informatics career pathway.
- Graduate Training Scheme
A Health Informatics Management specialism is now part of the NHS Leadership Academy Graduate Management Training Scheme. Graduates looking for a structured entry to Health Informatics employment with academic support, should visit the NHS Leadership Academy website for further details about the scheme and when recruitment takes place.
Qualifications in Health Informatics
The UKCHIP Education Quality Assurance Scheme (EQAS) supports Health Informatics professional development by accrediting courses that meet defined quality criteria for course content and the delivering organisation as a learning provider.
UKCHIP encourages all providers of qualifications in Health Informatics or related subjects to seek accreditation of their courses and modules which will be listed in the Register of Accredited Learning. See the EQAS page for further details.
For a qualification relevant to the range of job roles in Health Informatics, you can search for specific qualifications within the Health Informatics Career Framework. The list of education providers is not exhaustive.
Non-academic courses, including technical courses in specific subject areas such as ICT and Project Management, are considered in other areas of the Health Informatics Development Web. See also the Health Informatics Competence Framework, Career Pathways and Professionalism.