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#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 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