The UK Council for Health Informatics Professions is the voluntary regulatory body for health informatics professionals working or aspiring to work in the United Kingdom.
UKCHIP's vision is:
That health informatics is recognised as a valued profession in both the public and private health care sectors throughout the United Kingdom.
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.
All UKCHIP's activities are directed towards achieving this vision which will enable:
better patient safety and protection of the public;
increased public confidence in health advice and information;
more efficient and effective design, development and delivery of health services.
The UK Council for Health Informatics Professions (UKCHIP) was originally formed in 2002 with the purpose of establishing Health Informatics as a profession across the United Kingdom.
UKCHIP is incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in
England & Wales, Number 4771281, and operates on a not-for-profit
basis. The objects of UKCHIP are:
- To be the registration and certification body for individuals practicing in all branches of Health Informatics in the United Kingdom;
- To promote, advance and encourage the study and practice of the application of Informatics in the promotion of health, well being and dying with dignity;
- To establish, uphold and improve the standards of qualification, training, competence and conduct of Health Informatics professionals in the United Kingdom;
- To establish mechanisms for the benefit and protection of the public;
- To collaborate with official bodies, societies and professional associations on matters relating to the profession of Health Informatics.
All elected Council members are registered as members of the company for the duration of their election to Council.
Day-to-day business is managed by a board of directors appointed by the company members. Individual directors are responsible for a defined area of UKCHIP business.
The directors are supported by working groups comprised of members of Council and invited others.
The Secretary and Registrar support the directors in the various business matters.