All posts by Alison Day

#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

 

 

 

#AMillionDecisions – March Update

Is there anyone out there who hasn’t heard about the campaign A Million Decisions?

I really hope not but I know how busy we all are delivering our excellent services so thought an update on how the campaign is unfolding would be useful plus give inspiration for those, like me, who may be slow starters.

Highlights so far

  • Social media activity peaked on 30 January, reaching approx 1 million accounts, including over 630k via the Thunderclap.
  • Promotion of the campaign to MPs and Lords and the Libraries Minister at the launch of the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group on 31 January.
  • Campaign briefings distributed to health library and knowledge services and numerous partner bodies and contacts.
  • Support from clinical colleagues, including Dr Girendra Sadera at the Wirral; Dr Johnny Marshall OBE, the Westongrove Partnership.

National-Level Activities since the launch

  • Sharing the campaign and making initial approaches to meet with a range of representatives from key arms-length and stakeholder organisations
  • Ongoing conversations with influential individuals including approaches to parliamentarians
  • Media announcement sent to national press and health based publications
  • Support from Professors Ian Cumming and Wendy Reid
  • Campaign postcard distributed to MPs and Lords with a tailored message including an illustrative case study
  • Session at the CILIP East and Health Libraries Group event, 2 March focusing on the campaign in action
  • Sharing the campaign with other regions – with commitment from Scotland to run a follow-up campaign and potential interest from Wales and Ireland.


Local level activities – your involvement

  • Locally arranged meetings with senior executives to discuss the policy and campaign – highlighting the support library and knowledge services can offer to all decision making in NHS orgs
  • Tweets illustrating high-impact work that we do – thank you to @GEHLibrary for producing a variety of Storify stories about #AMillionDecisions
  • Modification of posters and flyers to create displays across the country
  • Adapting the main messages of the campaign to write locally focused articles in Trust newsletters and bulletins
  • Local sign-up campaigns inviting your users to tweet about their experiences of using your service
  • Publicity about the campaign on a range of social media accounts
  • Library and individual e-mail accounts using the auto-signature

Please share your feedback

Are there other things that have worked well for you?  Please share in the comments section how you have promoted the campaign locally and the outcomes of this engagement

If like me you have been slow to start don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to do some of the activities listed.

Key actions for March

The focus of the campaign this month is around access.  Are there local health orgsanisations near you that don’t have access to a library and knowledge service?  Make preparations now to approach them.

  • Encourage your clinical and managerial colleagues to share their experiences of library and knowledge services support
  • Discuss with your Strategic Lead how to approach organisations and extend your service offer to help all health organisations meet their commitments under the Act.
  • Make sure you have some local examples of the high-level impact of your service – use the Value and Impact Toolkit to give you some ideas about how best to achieve this.
  • Continue to tweet and publicise the campaign. Be creative at getting the message across.
  • Update your service users and stakeholders on the progress of the campaign.
  • Use the Learning Zone and the PKSB for Health to enhance the skills you need to advance the campaign
  • Take a look at the re-designed CILIP website and make sure you are getting full benefit from membership