The STEM Club in the North East of England

Working in partnership to support the work of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

The publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View and the subsequent arrival of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) signalled an attempt to change relationships between NHS providers and commissioners, moving away from a competitive marketplace towards closer partnership working.

In the North East of England, a group of staff from NHS Library and Knowledge Services, Commissioning and Public Health are looking to do the same. The Sustainability and Transformation Evidence Mobilisation Club (or STEM Club) is an informal group of colleagues working to support the mobilisation of evidence within the healthcare system.

We are trying to achieve this aim in two ways:

* By making links to work streams within the North East and Cumbria Partnership (and potentially beyond)

* By providing both virtual and real (in person) opportunities to connect as a group and understand who is working on what, making effective use of our collective knowledge and insights

A small group of STEM members has been meeting for over a year now and we have started to make links between work stream leads and library and knowledge staff. So far, a number of LKS staff have been involved in working on number of topics including:

* Frailty

* Maternal choice in perinatal care

* Physical exercise in preventive healthcare

We held our first full meeting of the STEM Club in March 2018. We used the name Club as the group has no formal governance arrangements as such. The event was attended by staff from LKS, Public Health, Commissioning and HE. A number of members of the group are from Yorkshire and Humber and we are happy to welcome colleagues from outside the North East. We were genuinely surprised at the level of enthusiasm in the room. There was a huge amount of interest in the work that has been done so far and a shared commitment to continuing with this approach. A few key challenges and affirmations came from the day:

* STEM is a “bottom-up” movement. This is genuine partnership working between colleagues with a shared interest in evidence mobilisation.

* We need to be responsive to the pace of work at a system level and be able to “share as we go”.

* We also need to be open to accessing and using a range of different types of evidence and knowledge (including tacit knowledge).

We are thinking about how we can share more widely regionally and nationally and we would be very interested to hear from others who have been working with their STPs locally.

The librarians who have been involved in the work are happy to share their experiences with you: Kirstin Himsworth County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Claire Masterman County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Dor Wilson Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

You may also want to contact your Regional LKS Lead to find out more about working with STPs:

David Stewart  (North)

Ruth Carlyle (Midlands and the East)

Helen Bingham (South)

Louise Goswami (London & KSS)

Joanne Naughton
NHS Library and Knowledge Services Development Manager – North East

Statistics – we want your views!

The statistics project group from this year’s cohort of the HEE/CILIP leadership course would be very grateful if you could spend a few minutes completing our survey.  The survey will  be used to analyse opinions and help develop a national toolkit to support LKS staff in their use of statistics.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LBTCL2Y

The survey will run until midnight April 30th.  All responses will be held in strictest confidence.

Thank you for your time, please direct any questions to Sam Burgess – Samantha.burgess1@nhs.net

Regards

Sam Burgess, Holly Case Wyatt, Kal Dhanda, Dawn Grundy, Catherine Mclaren, and Heather Steele.

Statistics Project Group

HEE/CILIP Leadership course

New resources for Health Information Week 2018

Health Information Week 2018 (2nd-8th July) is coming up on the horizon. Join in using this year’s hashtag #HIW2018.

There are so many ways to get involved online and/or through events and other activities.  Now is a great time to gather initial ideas on how your service might participate in this year’s campaign.

To support you, some additional resources are being developed by a project team from the 2017-2018 HEE/CILIP Leadership Programme.

Why not start with this postcard (pdf and Word versions available) to generate some ideas among your teams, regional colleagues or other partners?

Don’t forget there are many helpful tips and resources available to you – we hope to add more resources in the next few weeks – http://kfh.libraryservices.nhs.uk/patient-and-public-information/health-information-week/

We have also created a dedicated Twitter account @Healthinfoweek that you can follow for updates.

Coming soon

  • Report on learning from HIW2017 including results from a recent survey and some useful case studies
  • Marketing templates
  • Signposting to further resources

In addition, we are exploring evaluation templates and developing partnerships with other sectors to strengthen HIW as a national campaign. So, watch this space!

Please contact any of the project team members below if you have any queries

Health Information Week Project Team
Health Education England / CILIP Leadership Development Programme

Louisa Fulbrook – Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Louisa.Fulbrook@rjah.nhs.uk

Steph Grey – Public Health England  Stephanie.Grey@phe.gov.uk

Linda Kalinda – Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust l.kalinda@nhs.net

Jenny Kendrick – NICE jenny.kendrick@nice.org.uk

Sarah Lewis- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust sarah.lewis23@nhs.net

Clare Quigley – Self Help UK clare.quigley@selfhelp.org.uk