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  February 2013
Young Informaticians get set for take off

New health IT career schemes are a first 


Eleven young people aged 17-25 will embark on new information and technology career schemes, the first of their kind in the Welsh health service, and learn more about how IT is used in hospitals, clinics and GP practices.


The schemes, part of the NWIS Workforce and Professional Development Programme, establish career pathway to support apprentices in IT and graduate interns in informatics.


Seven apprentices will become helpdesk support assistants, managing IT issues from staff across NHS WalesMeanwhile, four recent graduates will also undertake a route that could lead to an exciting career in health informatics. The graduates will gain a firm foundation in understanding the importance of informatics in a modern NHS and how careers in this area can transform healthcare.


Learn more about the apprentices and graduates and find out what they are saying about the new scheme on our NWIS website.

Organising the Nation
Ensuring precise patient identification
The Master Patient Index (MPI) has now been completely loaded with the demographic details of  17.5 million patient registration records from 22 separate patient information systems, ensuring proper patient identification. 


The MPI currently provides a patient identity service for LIMS as well as being a data quality tool for health board medical records departments.


Further features will allow other national systems to query the MPI before registering new patient records to avoid duplicate registrations and receive demographic updates. This will help ensure details are kept up to date across all the major patient information systems.


Read more about the MPI on our NWIS website.

NWIS in Action
Cwm Taf moves ahead with WCP

jason shannonCwm Taf Health Board, providing care for nearly 300,000 patients, is breaking new ground with the Welsh Clinical Portal (WCP).


Assistant medical director and consultant pathologist Dr Jason Shannon says the WCP is helping to shape the future of healthcare, providing a more complete picture of the patient's health and allowing clinicians to work more closely.


Read more about what Dr. Shannon has to say about the WCP, how it's making a difference in Cwm Taf, and what's in store for the future.

New Caldicott Manual published
Same principles. Improved guidelines 

confidentialThe revised Caldicott "Principles into Practice" Manual is now available to download on the NHS Wales Information Governance and Caldicott website.


Originally launched in 2008 by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the manual is seen as a key element of the Information Governance agenda in Wales, providing organisations working in Health and Social Care with a set of recommendations and principles to help ensure that personally identifiable information (including that of patients, staff and service users) is adequately protected.


The 2012 revision reflects organisational change and increased Governance responsibilities including the establishment of the Wales Information Governance Board (WIGB) as well as updated annexes used to measure compliance.

NWIS @ Events
NWIS Director to speak at BioWales 2013

NWIS Clinical Director Dr Martin Murphy is guest speaker at BioWales 2013 on 19-20 March in Cardiff.


BioWales is one of the UK's largest life sciences conferences.


To celebrate its eleventh year, the 2013 conference will focus on the links between NHS, Industry and Academia in delivering tomorrow's health solutions.


Make sure you register online at www.biowales.com  


Find a career route
Informatics benefit from new framework

A new and improved version of the Health Informatics Career Framework (HICF) is now available across the internet.


The framework provides informaticians with a clear map that will help plan their careers and support learning and staff development.


Have a look! Visit the newly enhanced HICF at www.hicf.org.uk  


NWIS by the Numbers
More than 1,000,000!

The My Health Online service which allows patients to book appointments and order repeat prescriptions over the internet is now available in over a third of GP practices across Wales.


Over one million patients in Wales are now eligible, through their GP practice, to sign up to use the service, making it easier and more convenient to contact their GP practice.

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