Category Archives: #AMillionDecisions

#AMillionDecisions Re-launched

#AMillionDecisions, a joint campaign by Health Education England and CILIP, the library and information association, was successfully re-launched at the NHS Confed 17 exhibition, June 2017.

Sarah Hennessy, Co-Chair of CILIP Health Libraries Group reflects on NHS Confed 2017:

“As part of the #AMillionDecisions planning team, I attended to promote the campaign and Library and Knowledge Services in general.

This was a fantastic opportunity to chat informally with senior NHS leaders about how utilising the expertise of library services could help them to make decisions based on research evidence.  I used a recently acquired skill in the art of high impact conversations, or ‘elevator pitches’, one of the many useful lessons from the HEE-CILIP Leadership Programme.

Some delegates did not know if they had access to a Library. Many more praised the service. Some expressed frustration at not having access to a service, especially once I’d mentioned some of the key benefits. Many went away enthused to make greater use of Library/Knowledge services.

We used name badge scanners; allowing people to quickly show support for the campaign and to capture contact details. Over seventy new contacts were made. These are being followed-up by HEE’s strategic library leads.

An added bonus was listening to my own NHS Trust Chief Executive, Rob Webster, host a panel discussion. A supporter of #AMillionDecisions, Rob is enabling us to reach a wider audience via his role as Lead of the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)”

 

Supporting #AMillionDecisions: Please keep using campaign materials to promote the value of your work in ensuring healthcare decisions are evidence based.

  • Use the #AMillionDecisions logo in e-mail signatures and posters
  • Update people about the campaign
  • Collect and share examples of the value you bring to your organisation
  • Tweet creatively using #AMillionDecisions
  • Reach out to NHS organisations who do not have access to a library/knowledge service. Work with your regional lead to shape services for these organisations
  • Feed back about how you are using #AMillionDecisions – via the blog or via your regional library lead.

Plans are now being finalised for a Breakfast meeting for senior staff from various NHS bodies in October.

Sarah Hennessy, Co-Chair of CILIP Health Libraries Group

#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

 

 

 

 

Today is the day – A Million Decisions launch

A Million Decisions page banner
Clinical Librarian Victoria Treadway with Dr Girendra Sadera and medical colleagues at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Image copyright Wirral University Teaching Hospital.

30th January 2017 has arrived and we can look forward to an exciting day of launch activities.  Some essential actions for today:

Several people have asked about access to resources to support the campaign.  Links to the postcard and autosignature are now on the website for you to use and further resources will appear as the campaign unfolds.  You can request to receive a high resolution logo for producing your own printed materials from the press contact Cat Cooper cat.cooper@cilip.org.uk