FAQs about careers in health informatics

This page has some frequently asked questions about careers in health informatics.

What is health informatics?

Health informatics is an umbrella term referring to staff in the NHS who collate, manage, interpret and present patient information. They also manage the computer, telephony and other communications systems.

How can I start a career in health informatics? What qualifications do I need?

Some posts require few academic qualifications while others may need postgraduate qualifications or professional membership.

Find out more about the different roles in health informatics and the qualifications and training required.

Where can I train for a career in health informatics?

In some careers, you will be trained on the job. For others you may need to have particular qualifications/experience/training already. Visit our explore roles pages about the different roles in health informatics.

Find out more about the different roles in health informatics and the qualifications and training required.

Where can I do a course in clinical coding?

The Institute of Health Records and Information Management and the Health and Social Care Information Centre can provide more information about clinical coding and how to gain a recognised qualification to work in the NHS.

Find out more about the National Clinical Coding Qualification (UK).

How can a background in IT help me to get a job in the health sector?

Many skills, for example website development, gained outside the health sector can be transferred across. Visit our role pages about careers in health informatics, and in particular, the section on information and communication technology.

There are also roles in information management that may interest you. It is essential to read the person specification for any job vacancy you are considering. Visit the NHS Jobs website to search for vacancies.

Are there opportunities for computer programmers in the health sector?

Yes, there will be some opportunities in programming. Visit the NHS Jobs website to search for vacancies.

If you have particular programming languages/skills, you might want to search on these specifically on the site.

Where can I find more information about a career in health informatics?

You can find more information about careers in health informatics by visiting our explore roles section

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