Information Management

Information management (IM) is the collection and management of information from one or more sources and the distribution of that information to one or more audiences, which can involve those who have a stake in, or a right to that information.

It is part of the wider interdisciplinary field of Information Science which is primarily concerned with the analysis, collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information.

Information managers and analysts in healthcare are responsible for the retrieval, analysis, interpretation and presentation of health data and information essential to the planning and delivery of high quality patient services and patient care and Information management roles support many important functions throughout the NHS including but not limited to:

Audit Facilitation

Information Analysis

Clinical Coding

Clinical Audit

Data Quality Management

Information Governance

Planning & Performance Management

Public Health Intelligence Management



The HICF includes example job descriptions and outlines required skills and KSF competencies for information management related roles within health and social care. You can map your career, plan your development, and read case studies for how others have developed their careers or staff using the framework.


The NHS Careers website offers advice about the various information management roles in the NHS.



The HSCIC is the national source of health and social care information.  It offers a catalogue, and a range of other services to help access data in bespoke formats. You can also call on the expertise and experience of their data professionals to feed into your own information projects.

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The NHS R&D Forum aims to support those involved in management, governance and support of research in health and social care by providing guidance, developing and sharing good practice and providing advice.

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PRIMIS, based at the University of Nottingham, provides services in data extraction, analytics and presentation as well as training in primary care data quality and information management.