Health Informatics (7450)

Last Updated: 23 Nov 2016

The Level 2 Award in Health Informatics and Level 2 Certificate in Health Informatics provide the competence to deal with paper and electronic data/information within a health environment.

The Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health Informatics has been designed specifically for the Apprenticeship in Health Informatics (Intermediate in England and Foundation in Wales). It includes aspects of specific in to working in the Health sector that goes beyond data/information handling

The Level 3 Diploma in Health Informatics has been designed to underpin the skills of those in or seeking to progress to a CF4 Level Assistant Practitioner role on the Health Informatics Career Framework and prepare for future roles at CF5 Level Practitioner.

The Level 2 qualifications are for anyone working or wishing to work in the following roles in the Health Informatics Career Framework including Data entry clerk, Clinical coder or support worker, Ward clerk, Information assistant and Administrative assistant. The Level 2 Award may be of benefit for those looking for continual professional development to gain a formal qualification based on their experience in their role.

The Level 2 Award/Certificate in Health Informatics may also be suitable for Assistant Trainers, information managers or clinicians who work in non-informatics specialist roles.

You don't need any prior experience or qualifications.

The Level 3 Diploma in Health Informatics will provide the competency to undertake roles as an Assistant Practitioner (CF4) on the Health Informatics Career Framework and prepare learners for progression to Practitioner (CF5), roles at CF4/5 may include:
  • Health Records Library Team Leader/Supervisor
  • Patient Administration Officer/Team Leader
  • Statistical Technician
  • Information Analyst/Data Analyst

Ideally a candidate will have gain a qualification at Level 2 or have a number of years experience in their role, though prior experience or qualifications is not mandatory.

Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

To achieve the Level 2 Award or Certificate in Health Informatics you will learn and demonstrate competence in the following key areas:
• Input and handling data/information in a health environment
• Organising and reporting data
• Storing and retrieving information
• Production of reports
• Storage, security, disclosure and dissemination of information.

As part of the Apprenticeship in Health Informatics the Level 2 Extended Certificate provide you with skills and understanding in aspects of working in the Health sector that include:
• Personal development in health, social care or children's and young people’s settings
• Communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s
• Equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• The role of the health and social care worker
• Contribute to health and safety in health and social care
• Maintaining quality standards in the health sector
• Service improvement in the health sector

To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Health Informatics you will learn and demonstrate competence in the following key areas:
• Promote good practice in handling information
Communication skills
Managing health informatics
Prepare, conduct and report the results of a clinical coding audit
Maintaining quality

With optional units from such areas as clinical coding auditing and reporting, analysis and presentation of data/information, data management software, service improvement, IT security.

The Level 3 Diploma will be the key qualification in the Apprenticeship in Wales and the Advanced Apprenticeship in England.

You will learn through practical sessions, group discussions or set activities within in your existing or proposed job role, to enable you to deal with straightforward and routine tasks while gaining the confidence and competence to handle more unfamiliar tasks.

For each unit you will be assessed by a range or combination of methods including direct observation and professional discussion, as well as practical exercises or scenarios to help you meet the assessment requirements.

Is this Level right for me?
Level 2 Award
You're just starting out or already working in the field and are keen to build a firm foundation in health informatics or as continual professional development around data/information handling.
Level 2 Certificate
You're just starting out or already working in the field and are keen to build a firm foundation in health informatics that includes the use of data/information held in as part of a computerised system.
Level 2 Extended Certificate
You're new to the health sector and looking to start a career in health informatics that includes the use of data/information held in as part of a computerised system.
Level 3 Diploma
You will have been working either at CF3 or CF4 Level on the Health Informatics Career Framework and be looking to consolidate your capabilities or preparing for progression within the health sector where you are responsible for the quality and management of data/information either as an individual or for a team, where the data/information may be paper based or computerised.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

The Level 2 qualifications can help you find work in the following roles in the health environment:
• Data entry clerk
• Clinical coder and clinical coding support worker
• Ward clerk
• Information officer or assistant
• Health records clerk
• Receptionist
• Information governance assistant
• Information analyst
• Administrative assistant.
The Level 3 qualification can help you find work in the following roles in the health environment:
• Health Records Library Team Leader/Supervisor
• Patient Administration Officer/Team Leader
• Medical Records Officer
• Clinical Coding Officer/Practitioner
• Data Validation/Quality Officer
• Statistical Technician
• Data Quality Officer
• Information Analyst/Data Analyst

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

In order to offer the Level 2 Award, Certificate or Extended Certificate in Health Informatics or the Level 3 Diploma in Health Informatics you will need suitably qualified staff to carry out training and assessment, with facilities in the centre or workplace, to enable learners to cover all of the practical activities.

To find all the requirements for assessment and delivery, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Anyone can take these qualifications, but you must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete it.

Level 2

This will suit you if you're just starting out or already working in health informatics and are keen to build a firm foundation in the field.

You choose between three qualifications at this level:

  • Level 2 Award in Health Informatics
  • Level 2 Certificate in Health Informatics
  • Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health Informatics.

You'll need to complete four mandatory units for the Award or Certificate:

  • Essentials in health informatics
  • Research information
  • Organise and report data
  • Store and retrieve information.

In order to achieve the longer certificate, you also complete six credits from the two groups of optional units, including:

  • IT communication fundamentals
  • IT security for users
  • Data management software
  • Bespoke software.

The Extended Certificate requires the completion of a number of Health & Social Care specific units.

For full details, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

These qualifications can help you find work in the following roles in the health environment:

  • Data entry clerk
  • Clinical coder and clinical coding support worker
  • Ward clerk
  • Information officer or assistant
  • Health records clerk
  • Receptionist
  • Information governance assistant
  • Information analyst
  • Administrative assistant.

Level 2 in Health Informatics (7450-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2015

Level 2 Certificate in Health Informatics

  • Accreditation No: 501/1182/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 18 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 125 - 125 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Award in Health Informatics

  • Accreditation No: 501/1184/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 12 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 61 - 61 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health Informatics (7450-12)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2018 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health Informatics

  • Accreditation No: 600/3467/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 32 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 214 - 227 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3

This will suit you if you are looking to progress or already working at just starting out or already working in health informatics at CF4 Level.

To achieve the Diploma you'll need to complete six mandatory units:
  • Managing health informatics in healthcare settings
  • Principles of Managing Information and Producing Documents
  • Communication skills for working in the health sector
  • Identify information requirements in a health context
  • Manage own performance in a business environment
  • Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings.

You will also be required to undertake a number of optional units that cover such areas as:

  • Produce coded clinical data for external audit purposes
  • Quality Management of ICT Products and Services
  • Maintaining quality standards in the health sector
  • Analyse and present health related data and information
  • Contribute to decision-making
  • Data management software
  • Service improvement in the health sector

For full details, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

This qualification can help you find work in the following roles in the health environment:

  • Health Records Library Team Leader/Supervisor
  • Patient Administration Officer/Team Leader
  • Medical Records Officer
  • Clinical Coding Officer/Practitioner
  • Data Validation/Quality Officer
  • Statistical Technician
  • Data Quality Officer
  • Information Analyst/Data Analyst

Level 3 Diploma in Health Informatics (7450-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 3 Diploma in Health Informatics

  • Accreditation No: 601/0694/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 52 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 376 - 560 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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