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#5 Leading Practitioner Interview

We often hear from the community that practitioners are interested in getting an insight into what other health and care informatics professionals are up to. So, we are delighted to introduce you to Steve Bowman, one of our Leading Practitioners working as the ‘Medical School Librarian and TEL Lead’ at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.

We asked Steve about his career so far and his views on the future of the profession.

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your career journey so far:

After an early career in engineering, I moved into Information Services in the late 80s. Starting out as a Librarian in FE colleges I slowly made my way through a few FE and HE institutions until I ended up at LSBU as firstly the Liaison Librarian for the School of Health and Social Care and lately as ‘Learning and Teaching Librarian’ for the institution. This experience prepared me for my current role (2019- ) at ‘Brighton and Sussex Medical School’, a role that I had first coveted in 2004! I am a Fellow of CILIP and a Senior Fellow of the HEA, have an MA in Information Management, and an MSc in E-learning.

2. What is one thing you wish you had known when you began your career?

That we constantly live in ‘interesting times’, the information sector has been constantly evolving since the first day of involvement in the sector.

3. What advice would you give to someone who wants to advance in the profession?

Be open to opportunity, be passionate about the work, encourage others.

4. What are the best resources that have helped you along the way?

Colleagues and networks, a good network never lets you down!

5. What is the one common myth about your profession or field that you want to debunk?