Member of the Month: Sam Neville

Sam Neville is a Chief Nursing Informatics Officer in a large acute hospital

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Hi Sam! Can you please begin by introducing yourself and letting us know about what you do in your current role?

My name is Sam and I trained as a general nurse. I currently work as a Chief Nursing Informatics Officer (CNIO) at a large, Essex-based acute hospital trust. 

This role is quite new to our organisation therefore it is constantly evolving. I am involved in work around end user engagement and how we can make the digital service work better for them, as well as strategy work looking at a new electronic healthcare record. 

A large part of my role encompasses clinical safety of the technology and software and governance.

When did your career in clinical informatics begin and what are your main areas of interest?

I believe all nurses are involved in clinical informatics at an early stage without identifying it, from the use of data around falls and pressure ulcers to improve care through to ward dashboards.

My interest solidified when I was leading on a roll out of an electronic observation system and realised the improvement that could be made in patient care and staff workflows.

How did you find out about the Faculty and what led you to join?

When I first started in my role about five years ago, I searched the internet for any network that would help me develop the role. The Faculty was one that interested me as it was a group that covered all groups from nursing to medical.

Are there any exciting projects you are working on at the moment that you would like to tell our members about?

We are currently rolling out electronic prescribing and administration across our multiple sites. This has created a lot of lessons to take forward, including thorough scoping of current processes and infrastructure. These lessons will aid future projects such as our ITU system and digital dictation roll outs.

Lastly, do you have any advice for those who would like to pursue a career in clinical informatics but may not know how or don’t consider themselves informaticians? 

Look at doing improvement projects no matter how small you think they are. They all use data and can involve technology to improve workflow and care. Ask to shadow your CCIO or CNIO, join networks and local working groups.