Category Archives: Resource Discovery

Fake News, Evidence Ignored and Knowledge Dismissed

We cannot fail to notice, both professionally and personally, the discussions taking place about information, evidence and knowledge.  How information is used, misinformation shared, known evidence dismissed and knowledge withheld.

One example of fake news was described on Newsnight on August 23rd 2017*. An American travelled 500 miles with a rifle to “self-investigate” a pizza restaurant where an alleged paedophile ring operated and kept under-age children against their will. This news had been reported widely in print and on social media. The source of this news was an investigation into the emails of Hillary Clinton’s personal campaign manager. It was reported that the emails contained the words “cheese pizza” which were thought to be code for “child p-graphy”. The two words shared the same initial letters: c and p. Three shots were fired in the restaurant, there were no under-age children being held and thankfully no-one was hurt.

As we can see from the fake news story, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” (itself a misquote from the poet Alexander Pope) but knowledge can also empower us, enable us to say “no”, to achieve, to understand, to form judgements and to make decisions.

We work every day to collect and supply information, signpost evidence and ensure knowledge is mobilised and used in our organisations.  We enable evidence to be used in decision-making, we support the growth of knowledge rich organisations as well as delivering training to help staff critically appraise or discern the usefulness and validity of information. It is that learnt skill that enables wise choices and the avoidance of “fake news”, or in our terms, weak evidence.

But we also need to turn the spotlight on ourselves and ask ourselves questions too.

How do we use information, evidence and knowledge? What is the weak evidence that we use to justify our policies and practices? What are the knowledge needs, preferences and behaviours of the healthcare staff, students, patients and public who use our services? To help us understand these knowledge needs and preferences, two librarians in the South have created a bulletin for us to use.  Please read the bulletin, critically appraise what is included and collectively and individually let’s constructively challenge one another to ensure that facts matter, evidence is crucial and knowledge enables good decisions to be made.

The bulletin will be produced four times a year in September, November, January and March. It will be circulated via your library and knowledge services leads, so look out for the September edition due very soon.

Sue Robertson
Knowledge Services Development Lead (South)

* Eugene Robinson. Newsnight. 23rd August 2017 https://subsaga.com/bbc/news/newsnight/2017/08/23.html

 

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

Collaborative Procurement Survey

The ‘Collaborative Procurement Survey’ has been live now for over a month and the purpose of collating the data is to get a complete picture of NHS funded electronic resources procurement across the NHS in England (not print or eJournals). We’d like to know what you purchase, how you purchase and how it is funded. The information provided will allow us to negotiate with suppliers to provide better deals for collaborative procurement, ensuring we are providing a return on investment and better value for money. If you already purchase as part of a collaborative agreement, please provide details in the comments box for each question. Alternatively, if your area already has this data collated then please send the compiled data to HEEE.K4H@nhs.net.

Thanks to everyone who has completed the survey so far, that’s 106 services!

Answer Options Response Count
Health Education West Midlands 15
Health Education East Midlands 7
Health Education East of England 0*
Health Education South West 9
Health Education Thames Valley 5
Health Education North West London 7
Health Education South London 4
Health Education North West 24
Health Education Yorkshire and Humber 13
Health Education North East 4
Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex 9
Health Education North Central and East London 5
Health Education Wessex 4
answered question 106

*EoE are in the procurement process and will respond in due course.

I know a few have yet to complete it so we’ve decided to extend the deadline to Friday 20th May 2016. To view the survey before completing it, use the preview link. Once you ‘ve collated all your information, use this link to complete the survey.

The next step will be to analyse the data from the survey and work with three suppliers to explore a collaborative procurement model across the country. If you have the skill and capacity to do some analysis then please let me know and don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions about the survey HEEE.K4H@nhs.net.

Imrana Ghumra
Collaborative Procurement T&F Group Chair