The Institute (IHRIM) is the professional organisation for people working in health informatics, be it health records, patient services, clinical coding or information governance.

IHRIM has existed in one form or another since 1948 and has continuously provided members with up-to-date information on legislation, best practice and current affairs relating to health informatics.



IHRIM is primarily an educational body and examinations at various levels are carried out –

Health Informatics Examinations:

  • Foundation Examination
  • Certificate Examination
  • Diploma Examination

National Clinical Coding Qualification (NCCQ)



  • Membership of the Institute means being part of an internationally recognised professional organisation
  • IHRIM's association with other organisations such as AMSPAR (The Association of Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers, Administrators and Receptionists), IFHIMA (The International Federation of Health Information Management Associations), BCS (The British Computer Society), BCSASSIST (The Association of Informatics Professionals in Health and Social Care), IRMS (The Information and Records Management Society), BSMSA (British Society of Medical Secretaries and Administrators) and FEDIP (The Federation of Informatics Professionals) gives members the opportunity to be proactive with regard to legislative changes, developments and compliance within their organisation
  • IHRIM is the only professional organisation offering comprehensive qualifications for health records and health information professionals at all grades. An IHRIM qualification offers a competitive edge with employers, potential employers, colleagues and peers. IHRIM qualifications are recognised as the benchmark of professional excellence.
  • Clinical Coding members of IHRIM have access to the National Clinical Coding Qualification (UK) for which IHRIM is the Awarding Body
  • Membership of a professional association and professional qualifications are requirements when applying for senior management positions.
  • Free places & reduced rates for attendance at many relevant conferences are negotiated for IHRIM members
  • A Bi-Monthly Newsletter from the Institute’s Communications Team
  • Access to the Privacy & Data Protection Journals: IHRIM members have FREE access to these journals in the members only part of the IHRIM website
  • Members have access to additional areas of the IHRIM website (www.ihrim.co.uk) that are not accessible to non-members including the EXCLUSIVE ability to access ALL IHRIM past papers which are © IHRIM.



There are strategic benefits for NHS organisations of having trained, qualified staff in health informatics roles and IHRIM makes knowledge available to these staff members to make them more enabled in performing their roles. The benefits include:

  • Better record keeping leads to improved patient safety
  • More positive outcomes may be achieved for patients through information being made more speedily and accurately available to clinical staff
  • Legal policy compliance is more likely to be achieved, ensuring complete records are available when required
  • NHS efficiency is increased and this gives rise to increased public confidence
  • Overall NHS costs can be reduced with patients able to be discharged sooner as the information is more readily to hand to allow that; also in litigation cases full back up information can be provided
  • Preventative medicine can be improved through statistics produced from accurate data
  • Good and bad clinical practice can more quickly be observed through accurate record keeping

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