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The Library and Knowledge Service for NHS Ambulance Services in England [LKS ASE] was launched in April 2018

LKS ASE is a partnership between eight English ambulance services to provide national coverage.  The new service operates in four key areas:

  1. Request an Article – complete an online form and request any article you need.
  2. Request a search – complete the online form to request a literature search.
  3. Current Awareness – sign up for monthly current awareness updates.
  4. Guides and Help – the library has written guides on topics related to searching, research and paramedic practice.

LKS ASE is working with Manchester University NHS Trust Library Services to deliver a document supply service.  Further developments are planned for the future to extend the service offering including an implementation of KnowledgeShare and a repository.

The plan for the next three years of operation is set out in the LKS ASE Strategy.   If you have any comments on the strategy please feed them back to Matt.Holland@nwas.nhs.uk .

For more information about the library:

London Ambulance Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service already have services in place and are not part of the new arrangements.

New resources for Health Information Week 2018

Health Information Week 2018 (2nd-8th July) is coming up on the horizon. Join in using this year’s hashtag #HIW2018.

There are so many ways to get involved online and/or through events and other activities.  Now is a great time to gather initial ideas on how your service might participate in this year’s campaign.

To support you, some additional resources are being developed by a project team from the 2017-2018 HEE/CILIP Leadership Programme.

Why not start with this postcard (pdf and Word versions available) to generate some ideas among your teams, regional colleagues or other partners?

Don’t forget there are many helpful tips and resources available to you – we hope to add more resources in the next few weeks – http://kfh.libraryservices.nhs.uk/patient-and-public-information/health-information-week/

We have also created a dedicated Twitter account @Healthinfoweek that you can follow for updates.

Coming soon

  • Report on learning from HIW2017 including results from a recent survey and some useful case studies
  • Marketing templates
  • Signposting to further resources

In addition, we are exploring evaluation templates and developing partnerships with other sectors to strengthen HIW as a national campaign. So, watch this space!

Please contact any of the project team members below if you have any queries

Health Information Week Project Team
Health Education England / CILIP Leadership Development Programme

Louisa Fulbrook – Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Louisa.Fulbrook@rjah.nhs.uk

Steph Grey – Public Health England  Stephanie.Grey@phe.gov.uk

Linda Kalinda – Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust l.kalinda@nhs.net

Jenny Kendrick – NICE jenny.kendrick@nice.org.uk

Sarah Lewis- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust sarah.lewis23@nhs.net

Clare Quigley – Self Help UK clare.quigley@selfhelp.org.uk

STEP: Phase 2 e-learning modules now available!

As you know, we’ve been developing a suite of literature searching modules for you to use as part of the information skills training you offer.

In November we launched the first three modules, ‘Building the Foundations’, to help users to assess their level of skill in literature searching, find out more about the resources available to them and start planning a search.

The second phase of the project ‘Developing the skills’ includes three modules supporting users to apply a range of searching techniques to find relevant articles quickly and easily.

Please feel free to place these links on your websites use the attached flier to promote the modules. Don’t forget that we also developed animations to help users apply OR/AND in their searches. These can be included in training sessions or added to your web sites:

The final module on ‘Applying the skills’ will be launched in April 2018.

Attached are some FAQs about the modules which you may find helpful and our update from 12th January 2018 outlines how the modules have been used and addresses some early feedback.

If you require further information, please contact the project leads:

Tracey Pratchett, Knowledge and Library Services Manager, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust tracey.pratchett@lthtr.nhs.uk

Sarah Lewis, Library Services Manager, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust sarah.lewis@buckshealthcare.nhs.uk