Transforming your service: the right evidence at the right time and place: HILJ Virtual Issue 2016

To mark the 2016 Health Libraries Group (HLG) Conference, Health Information and Libraries Journal (HILJ) has published a virtual issue on the topic of “Transforming your service: the right evidence at the right time and place”. The virtual issue, edited by Anthea Sutton, contains articles and features published in HILJ in the past two years (2014-2016), on the theme of service transformation, and the related key strategic themes outlined in Knowledge for Healthcare (KFH).

The selected articles and features all demonstrate initiatives in health care library and knowledge services in line with these strategic themes, including optimising investment, quick and easy access to relevant evidence, and planning and development of the knowledge service workforce. The virtual issue aims to give an overview of KFH, highlighting examples of good practice and complementing the presentations and discussions at HLG 2016.

The 2016 HILJ Virtual issue is freely available online, and includes a video abstract.

Anthea Sutton
Information Resources Group Manager/Senior Information Specialist
Information Resources Group
Health Economics and Decision Science
The University of Sheffield
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Value and Impact Toolkit Roll-Out

Work is now well underway to roll out the Value and Impact Toolkit with introductory sessions being held across the country.  If you have not had the opportunity to attend one in your area why not ask your Library and Knowledge Service Lead about any plans to host a session locally.

Members of the Task and Finish Group will also be present at the Health Libraries Group Conference in Scarborough where delegates will have an opportunity to attend a workshop themed around the toolkit.

Our aim is to continuously improve the toolkit and to achieve this we need your feedback as users of the resource.  You will find a “contact us” link on each page of the toolkit which we would encourage you to use to suggest improvements, report any problems you experience, or simply to tell us about your experiences of using the resource.

We hope to make using the toolkit and sharing the outputs with the wider Library and Knowledge community as simple as possible. The Task and Finish Group is exploring various options in achieving this, including streamlining ways to for local services to submit generic impact questionnaire results and locally collected impact case studies.

As a first step in this direction we are able to share a copy of the Generic Impact Questionnaire to any service with a paid subscription to SurveyMonkey.  We anticipate that this will save services time inputting the survey locally.  To take advantage of this offer please contact Jenny Turner.

Dominic Gilroy

On behalf of the Value and Impact Task and Finish Group

Health Information Week and the Power of Social Media

Health Information Week (HIW) is an annual, multi-sector campaign to promote the good quality health resources that are available to the public and to encourage partnership working across sectors. HIW has been running since 2005 as a West Midlands initiative but, this year (4-10th July), Health Education England (HEE) Midlands and East Executive Team provided formal endorsement and support of Health Information Week across West Midlands, East Midlands and East of England and with the help of email and Twitter it soon went international!

It was a whirlwind couple of weeks in which I got the endorsement from HEE, quotes from directors and clearance from the comms team. I wrote a set of daily email bulletins to cover the main HIW messages and these were disseminated via HEE, NHS Libraries and contacts in public libraries and public health. Thanks to lots of people sharing and forwarding, these email bulletins were distributed far and wide across the country and generated lots of emails back to me with staff asking to be involved next year.

It was on Twitter that the HIW campaign ballooned – I was tweeting using @K4H_PPI and encouraging everyone to use the hashtag: #HIW2016. By Wednesday, #HIW2016 had reached about 700,000 Twitter accounts and there were people, who had not heard about HIW before that week, tweeting about displays that they had put up in their organisation. It hit the million mark on Thursday and on Friday there were even some International tweets in Dutch.

It was riveting to watch the social media campaign unfolding and I was amazed that the little West Midlands initiative, started many years ago that has always been fairly low-key but so important for developing local partnerships and providing the public with important health information is now growing and plans are afoot for it to be even bigger next year!

Watch this space: (Full report now available)

Sarah Greening,
Health Information Co-ordinator
HEE working across West Midlands