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How can I get hold of a copy of the Evidence and Knowledge Self-Assessment Tool aka “The Board Tool”?

Visit this dedicated page to access a copy of the Evidence and Knowledge Self-Assessment Tool.

The page also has links to guidance documents; a webinar about using the tool; an editable Section 4  – Priorities and Planning for you to add your own local examples;  an example of a completed tool after use with a fictional transformation team; and some contacts for people across regions who may be able to help you get started with using the Tool.

Why is it no longer known simply as the “Board Tool”?

The Tool is great to use with executive teams, to fully consider how well evidence and knowledge are being used in an organisation and to identify opportunities for developments.  However the Tool has wider applications than just being used with Board members of an organistion, this is why we have changed the name.  In fact we would recommend that you start using the Tool  with a department or team that knows your services well and with whom you can work to create an action plan to help them use evidence and knoweldge even more effectively to meet their team objectives.   Some services have also used the Tool as a starting place to develop local library and knowledge service strategy and planning documents or to scope an enhanced service.

How have you used the Tool?

Use the comments section to tell us how you have made use of the Tool.  For some, the immediate response from having a conversation about the Tool has not led to a full action plan but after a period of time there has been greater uptake in existing services such as evidence-requests by the individuals who took part.

Feel you need more information and help with using the Tool in your organiastion?

We are currently preparing some refresher sessions:  an introduction to the Tool which will be included in the four regional training events being held in September promoting #Knowvember2018  and some more in-depth sessions looking at engagement and exploring the Tool in more detail in Winter/Spring.  Please let us know what else you would like included?

on behalf of the Mobilising Evidence and Knowledge Work Stream, Knowledge for Healthcare HEE.knowledgeforhealthcare@nhs.net

#AMillionDecisions – an ongoing initiative

70 for #NHS70: endorsements for #AMillionDecisions at NHSConfed18

A fantastic two days of advocacy about the role of health librarians and knowledge specialists took place last week at the NHS Confed18 Exhbition in Manchester.  Conversations were held with over 70 senior leaders across the healthcare system who signed-up to support the key messages of the campaign, highlighting the critical role of specialist health librarians to encourage the use of evidence and knowledge to inform decisions made in health care.

In addition four of our champions  provided interviews about the necessity to use reliable evidence in health care decision making, outlining the multiple benefits from working with health librarians.

Louise Goswami and Sue Lacey-Bryant travelled from Manchester to Keele to deliver a keynote presentation  to the CILIP Health Libraries Group Conference which described what has changed as a result of the campaign.

The campaign to-date

Phase One of the #AMillionDecisions campaign reached its conclusion at the end of 2017. The campaign was successful in gathering high-profile senior leader support and enabling conversations to take place about the critical role of library and knowledge services at a national level. Tangible results include the NHS Library and Knowledge Services Policy being embedded in the NHS England researc h plan; a pilot knowledge broker service for the National Association Primary Care (NAPC) care home initiative; regular communications to various NHS organisations about library and knowledge services and trialling questions relating to library services within the GMC survey.  Further potential for greater partnership working with a range of organisations, such as the Care Quality Commission, NHS England and NHS Improvement are also underway. Further leads from events such as our presence at the NHS Confederation Conference 2017 are still being followed up.

Featured throughout the campaign were a series of social cards featuring endorsements from high-profile champions and the production of case study vignettes illustrating the impact of the work we do.

At a local level #AMillionDecisions has presented a clear message that can be used by Library and Knowledge service teams to celebrate the impact of their work upon healthcare services.

Ongoing developments

A meeting was held with CILIP in the early part of 2018 and a decision taken to continue to use the #AMillionDecisions messaging and branding as an ongoing initiative celebrating the critical role of specialist health librarians to encourage the use of evidence and knowledge to inform excellent health care and health improvement. The second phase of this initiative will focus around reaching out to those that employ health librarians and to NHS organisations and individuals which currently do not make use of library and knowledge services. It will share a range of outputs such as the Evidence and Knowledge Self Assessment Tool and the Literature Searching and Knowledge Mobilisation e-learning tools to encourage use of evidence and knowledge within the health service in England.

Further endorsements have been sought and published across social media – in 2018 these have included endorsements from Professor Gillian Leng, NICE; Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, University of Oxford; Dr Andrew Goddard, Royal College of Physicians; Dr Tim Swanwick, Health Education England;  Dr Nav Chana, NAPC; Dr Jonty Heaversedge, NHS England and Professor Tim Evans, NHSI.

The illustrative case studies supplied by you continue to be shared as examples of good practice with many senior stakeholders.

How can you get involved?

We ask that you continue to use the #AMillionDecisions logo, collect endorsements from your own local champions and continue to submit impact case studies to the Knowledge for Healthcare Blog. Two basic templates are available for you to develop and share examples of your own local social cards and impact case study vignettes. Continue to use the hashtag in your social media posts and share key messages from the initiative within your organisations.

An Espresso Cafe was held at the CILIP HLG Conference to gather feedback about  #AMillionDecisions.  Notes from that session are available here.

For further information please contact your regional library lead.

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