All posts by Alison Day

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

#AMillionDecisions – progress, plans and how you can be involved

#AMillionDecisions, the joint campaign by Health Education England and CILIP, the library and information association, was launched at the end of January 2017 with the key message inviting government and health service providers to make use of the skills of librarians and knowledge specialists to ensure that decisions are informed by research evidence.

What success has there been so far?

The campaign has been operating at two levels.  Primarily messaging was targeted to senior leaders in the NHS arms-length bodies such as NICE, NIHR and NHS England.

The secondary focus of the campaign was to engage the health library and knowledge service workforce in England to use the campaign logo and messages to highlight the positive contribution they make to health care.

In tandem with the campaign has been promotion of the NHS Library and Knowledge Services in England Policy.  This sets out a commitment by Health Education England endorsing the role of Library and Knowledge Services and has been a useful lever with which to engage stakeholders.

Inspired by #AMillionDecisions in England, health library and knowledge services in Ireland and Scotland have launched similar campaigns and Wales are considering something next year.

Following a pause in activity during the General Election period this phase of the campaign was successfully picked up again in June with face-to-face engagement with a number of senior executives at an NHS Confederation Conference exhibition stand.

What else is planned?

An approach has been made to the Secretary of State for Health to endorse the campaign and a breakfast meeting is being arranged with representatives from a range of NHS organisations at which the benefits of using librarians to mobilise evidence for decision making will be discussed.  Following this meeting it is planned to issue an online pledge to be endorsed by anyone supporting the key message.

Leading up to the breakfast meeting further social cards with messages of support from our Champions will be released on Twitter along with further case studies illustrating the positive impact of health librarians.

Further activities to promote the message beyond the end of the campaign, including use of the signed pledge, will be taken forward in partnership by the Health Education England regional Library Leads and committee of the CILIP Health Libraries Group.

What can you do now to get involved?

  • Take part in the #ukmedlibs Twitter chat on the 19th September – discuss what the campaign means to you
  • Use the logo in all of your communications – set-up an e-mail auto signature and quote the campaign at every opportunity
  • Use local examples to demonstrate the impact of your service – share on social media using #AMillionDecisions
  • Re-tweet the social cards and case studies as they are published
  • Feedback about the campaign to library leads or using the discussion space on the Knowledge for Healthcare Blog

Regional Library Leads, Health Education England