All posts by Dominic Gilroy

DNA – it’s in your system?

Actually not that kind of DNA at all – but we wanted to get your attention.

Our DNA is the Development Needs Analysis.  Cast your mind back to Christmas last year when we asked all health library staff to complete a survey of development needs to help us plan for the flexible, well-trained workforce we need for the future.  758 of you completed the survey.  The best response rate we have ever had. Thank you!

The project group leading the DNA has now completed their analysis of your responses and comments and produced their final report. The report has been through the Knowledge for Healthcare Workforce Planning and Development Group and the LKS Leads Group – and has been signed off by both. Phew!

So here it is for you to read.

So what next?

Well, there is no point in asking for people to say what they want if we don’t do anything about it. The good news is that lots of the things you have asked for are already in hand:

The DNA data has been shared with LKS Leads and their teams to determine what learning opportunities need to be prioritised regionally. LKS Leads are also looking at how to take the DNA forward at a national level and will be publishing a response that looks at the top ten / top nineteen development needs. Watch this space!

Finally, thank you to the project group:

 

Abi Alayo

Michael Cook

Uma Devalapalli

Sarah Hennessy

Lisa McLaren

Katy Oak

 

David Stewart

Chair: Workforce Planning and Development Working Group

Share your innovations

We are pleased to announce that following a break during 2016 the Sally Hernando Innovation Awards are back.  We want to hear about the new and innovative ideas Library and Knowledge services have been introducing over the past few years.  We know there are lots of them.

You will notice a change in the process for 2017 including an increased emphasis on evaluation. Ideas are great, but we want to know about what happened when you put them into practice.  Learning from your experiences helps other services to identify which innovations may work for them, and helps them to avoid pitfalls that you may already have overcome.

We plan to announce the results of the 2017 awards to coincide with Libraries Week in October and there will be funding for the winners to present their innovations at HLG or a similar UK conference.

The new innovations form, guidance, and submission process can be found on the Knowledge for Healthcare Blog

The deadline for entries for the 2017 awards is Friday 12th May

So don’t delay –submit today!

Dominic Gilroy
NHS LKS Development Manager Yorkshire and Humber
dominic.gilroy1@nhs.net

Joanne Naughton
NHS LKS Development Manager North East
joanne.naughton1@nhs.net

LQAF 2017 Reminder

As 2016 was drawing to a close we announced the interim arrangements for LQAF in 2017.

This is anticipated to be the final year of the LQAF in its current form as we move to update the quality assurance and improvement mechanism and align with HEE quality developments and the Knowledge for Healthcare framework.

With this in mind the Library and Knowledge Service Leads approved a proposal to concentrate on five core criteria for 2017, all of which have a strong link to the Knowledge for Healthcare framework.

Criteria
1.1c
The LKS works with other organisations and agencies across the local health community to modernise and develop services to meet customer needs, expectations, and choice.
1.3c
The positive impact of LKS can be demonstrated.
5.3h
LKS support clinical and management decision making.
5.3l
LKS are developed to support information provision for patients and/or the public

To note this cannot be declared “Not applicable” in 2017
5.4a
Members of the LKS team are actively involved in the creation, capture, sharing, utilisation, or reuse of knowledge in the organisations served.

To note this cannot be declared “Not applicable” in 2017

We are asking for self assessment of a compliance level along with evidence for these five criteria.

For all others we only need to see evidence if you are claiming an increase on the compliance levels recorded for your service in 2016.

The existing library services LQAF webpage has been updated with these details along with the SAT and guidance documents

We will keep you up-to-date as work progresses to develop a new library quality mechanism for the future.

Dominic Gilroy
NHS Library and Knowledge Service Development Manager – Yorkshire and the Humber
LQAF Task and Finish Group Chair
E. dominic.gilroy1@nhs.net