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#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 is planned for the Autumn?

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

 

 

 

Knowledge for Healthcare Strategic Briefing

December 2016


Thank you for your continued involvement in the Knowledge for Healthcare programme of work and for your comments and feedback on the pilot issue of the Knowledge for Healthcare Bulletin. The Library and Knowledge Services Leads have decided to issue a strategic  briefing that brings you the latest news relating to Knowledge for Healthcare.


If you have any comments on this briefing, please email HEE.knowledgeforhealthcare@nhs.net


Regards


Louise Goswami
Head of Library and Knowledge Services Development
Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex

NHS Library and Knowledge Services in England Policy

The NHS library and knowledge services in England Policy was approved by the Health  Education England Executive on the 29th November 2016. The policy sets out for the first time our approach to delivering on the key objective of enabling access to knowledge and evidence for healthcare decision makers.

The policy states that Health Education England is committed to:

  • Enabling all NHS workforce members to freely access library and knowledge services so that they can use the right knowledge and evidence to achieve excellent healthcare and health improvement.
  • Developing NHS librarians and knowledge specialists to use their expertise to mobilise evidence obtained from research and organisational knowledge to underpin decision-making in the National Health Service in England
  • Developing NHS library and knowledge services into a coherent national service that is proactive and focussed on the knowledge needs of the NHS and its workforce

View the full policy statement here

To realise these aims, and to more strongly profile the positive impact of NHS librarians and knowledge specialists, the HEE Executive have wholeheartedly endorsed our joint campaign with CILIP, #AMillionDecisions. Under the Health and Social Care Act, 2012 there is a duty on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health to ensure “the use in the health service of evidence obtained from research”. This campaign will encourage key decision-makers in the health service to meet their obligation under the Act by utilising the expertise of health library and knowledge specialists.

Look for more information about #AMillionDecisions, due to launch in late January 2017. Updates will be published on both the HEE website and at www.cilip.org.uk/amilliondecisions   where further guidance will be available outlining how you can become actively involved.

2017 will be an exciting time for NHS library and knowledge services as we further progress the implementation of Knowledge for Healthcare and advocate for the expertise of the health library and knowledge workforce to be optimised.