Professors Wendy Dearing & Andrew Griffiths awarded Certified Healthcare CIO titles for dedication to education


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is pleased to announce that Professor Wendy Dearing, Dean of the University's Institute of Management and Health and Professor of Practice Andrew Griffiths recently became CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO’s.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint DaProfessor Wendy Dearing, Dean of the Institute’s Management and Health and Professor Andrew Griffiths recently became CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO’s.

Launched in 2008 by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), the CHCIO program is the only certification designed exclusively for leaders in health information technology. It represents one of the highest professional achievements in the industry. Currently, more than 500 healthcare CIOs in 23 countries have earned the designation.

“Healthcare is undergoing a massive transformation,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell, CHCIO. “We are shifting to a value-based environment, improving coordination across the continuum and striving to reduce costs. Health IT is critical to achieving these goals. The CHCIO designation is a recognition that a CIO has the skills necessary to be a strategic leader in the organisation.

“To achieve CHCIO status, candidates must have at least three years of experience in the position, participate in programs and events that continue their education as an IT leader and pass a rigorous examination. These qualifications ensure that the CIO is truly dedicated to ongoing education, an important characteristic in an industry where patients pay the price for becoming stagnant.”

Professor Dearing said: “I am proud and very pleased to be taking up the role as a CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO and look forward to working closely with senior professionals and industry leaders to share skills and expertise to improve the health and healthcare in the communities in which we serve.”

Professor Griffiths said: “Informatics in Healthcare is developing quickly as an academic discipline. We have much to learn from others who are using technology to improve healthcare and CHIME are in a unique place to help us to connect with leaders in healthcare from across the world to share our expertise and learn from theirs.” 

Professor Dearing was formerly Head of Workforce & Organisational Development for the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) a position she held for eight years.  She was instrumental in developing the Wales Institute of Digital Information (WIDI) a strategic partnership between NWIS and UWTSD.

As co-lead for WIDI she created and implemented the Health Informatics Apprenticeships qualifications that includes level 3, 4 and ICT degree apprenticeships as well as creating opportunities for NWIS staff to undertake CPD via the University linking industry and academia.

She has played a key role within the Welsh Government in developing Health Informatics.

With a nursing background, she holds an MSc in Change & Innovation and was elected as a Professor of Practice by UWTSD in recognition of her expertise and knowledge in championing innovation within the health & care sector. Her role within NWIS includes workforce strategy; workforce planning; recruitment and retention; professional recognition and registration; education and training; career pathways & CPD.

Professor Dearing is Chair of BCS Wales Health and Vice Chair for Professionalism on the UK wide BCS Health & Care Executive Board and is a board member of Fed-IP. and has a passion for developing "the next generation" of health and care managers.

Prior to moving to Wales, she was Director of Corporate Services Sussex Health Informatics service (Sussex HIS) and held various roles with the acute hospitals of Sussex within learning & development. She was also an elected Governor City College Brighton and Hove Further Education College holding the leadership, OD & ICT remits.

Professor Andrew Griffiths is the Chair and CEO of the Federation for Informatics Professionals in health and care (FEDIP). FFEDIP was established by the professional bodies, with a mission to professionalise the informatics community in the UK in Health and Social Care. It has dual core purposes encompassing the 2 functions of Voluntary registration/regulation and Developing the Health and Care Informatics profession.

Before taking up this position Professor Griffiths was the CIO for NHS Wales for 10 years. He began his career in medical records, implementing a Patient Administration system before joining the graduate management scheme. Having spent time in various IT roles within the NHS Andrew then left for two years to be the managing Director of a company supplying services and systems to the NHS. He then re-joined the NHS in Wales to establish a national organisation to develop and implement the Informing health care strategy, three years later he then led the development of a new organisation (NWIS) which brought together the strategy, implementation and delivery IT organisations in NHS Wales.

He was elected as a Professor of Practice by UWTSD in recognition of his professional distinction and expertise in the field of health informatics.


The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information offices (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With nearly 2,800 members in 50 countries and over 150 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit


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