All posts by Alison Day

Taking a Forward View

“Knowledge specialists can play a pivotal role in mobilising knowledge and evidence effectively” so states the article Forward view: advancing health library and knowledge services in England in the March 2018 edition of the Health Information and Libraries Journal.  As part of a series of articles exploring international perspectives and initiatives, new directions for health library and knowledge services in England are considered.

Sue Lacey Bryant and colleagues explore how we will meet user expectations and examine access to digital content and services.  The ongoing need for information skills training and provision of attractive learning spaces for collaboration and knowledge sharing is acknowledged.  Steps already being taken to empower patients and the public are described including collaboration with the voluntary sector and public libraries to facilitate access to high-quality patient information.   As traditional tasks around evaluating and targeting evidence to update colleagues becomes increasingly mechanised so time is released for knowledge specialists to take on more embedded roles encouraging knowledge and learning to be shared more effectively.  Funding and quality are discussed and the shift in focus from counting to demonstrating the impact of services on organisational objectives and patient outcomes is explained.  An exploration of the work taking place to develop the workforce who will deliver the transformed library and knowledge services of the future is included.

In conclusion it is predicted that there is “a bright future in which librarians’ expertise is used to mobilise evidence, manage and share knowledge, support patients, carers and families, optimise technology and social media and provide a keystone for improved patient care and safety”.

To find out more read the full article. (CILIP HLG Members can access the journal as part of their membership entitlement)

Lacey Bryant, S. et al. 2018. Forward view: advancing health library and knowledge services in England.  Health Information and Libraries Journal, Volume 35, Issue 1, p. 70–77

Knowledge Mobilisation Forum 2018 – Strutting our Stuff

Mobilising evidence and knowledge is a priority work stream for Knowledge for Healthcare.  Lots of work has taken place across the country to develop the confidence and skills of the LKS workforce to facilitate the use of knowledge mobilisation tools and techniques within their organisations.  Our aim is that this in turn, will lead to greater use of knowledge mobilisation tools by healthcare staff to share their knowledge and learning to improve productivity and the quality of care.

To celebrate this work and demonstrate the expertise and commitment to knowledge mobilisation within NHS Library and Knowledge Services, we encouraged colleagues across the regions to submit a range of abstracts to be presented as either lightening talks, workshops or market place stalls at the UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum Event in March 2018 http://knowledgemobilisation.net/.

The UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum was established in 2014 and as the website explains it is an annual event:

“for all those with a passion for ensuring that knowledge makes a positive difference to society. The Forum brings together practitioners, researchers, students, administrators and public representatives who are engaged in the art and science of sharing knowledge and ensuring that it can be used. The Forum is designed as a space for learning and reflection, providing an opportunity for sharing knowledge, experiences and methods and access to some of the most up to date thinking and practice in the field.”

Three of the six submissions that were put forward have been accepted:

  • Victoria Treadway/Tracey Pratchett: Exploring barriers to translating research into practice: a fishbowl conversation workshop
  • Susan Smith: Randomised Coffee Trials as a pre-conference conversation starter
  • Alison Day: Building confidence to mobilise knowledge in the health service marketplace to showcase cascade training materials and new e-learning modules

Delegates are attending with support from their regional lead. Networking with other attendees and seeking feedback about our initiatives will help to inform future developments for the Mobilising Evidence and Knowledge work stream.

Alison Day, Knowledge for Healthcare Project Manager, Mobilising Evidence and Knowledge Work Stream

#AMillionDecisions Update

We know from last week’s hugely successful #UKMedLibs chat that we have strong support from the sector for #AMillionDecisions.  Furthermore, we have highly influential and senior stakeholders within the NHS as enthusiastic and committed advocates for our work as healthcare librarians and knowledge specialists.

Working in partnership, CILIP and HEE had been looking to hold an event for senior stakeholders next month. However, given the central importance of securing high-level participation from the centre, we have now chosen to schedule a new event in April/May 2018 around the availability of key policy stakeholders.

Meanwhile, we are delighted to continue to work in partnership with CILIP, with Health Libraries Group and health librarians across the sector. Going forward, the ask is that together we build on the momentum of #AMillionDecisions as a channel to promote the positive impact of the difference that our staff and services make, from the Boardroom to the bedside.

Sue Lacey Bryant and Louise Goswami