November 16, 2015, Knowledge for Healthcare Authentication Task and Finish Group, Stewart House, London.
On a beautiful November day a group of people from NICE, HEE, the NHS and JISC met in Stewart House across the road from the little park in Russell Square (the park has a really lovely café run by an Italian family and you can sit out and watch the squirrels in the middle of London!).
We came together to talk about how to make it as easy as possible for NHS staff to get into all the articles and databases and books and the as yet undreamt of apps and resources of the future. These tools of Evidence Based Practice have been paid for ultimately by the state. However, it comes as no surprise to those involved in provision, that ensuring ease of access to the goods can be difficult !
- How can we mandate IT managers in every NHS Trust to use the same, up to date browsers, firewall white lists and allowable electronic resources?
- How do we ensure we can all use a super-fast, wide open bandwidth to do the same?
- How do we standardise, streamline and make transparent all routes to all paid for resources?
The answer is – we can’t! However, in the absence of the equivalent of a lottery win, what we can do is create a group that reflects on and draws upon best practice across the NHS in England, integrating suppliers and technology strands to create the best rope bridges to allow our readers to cross over to the promised treasure chest of gold standard evidence that is theirs for the asking. And so we begin … “ Knock, Knock … may we come in?”
We are – Sarah Massey (NHS/Chair), Linda Mace-Michalik (NHS), Hannah Prince (NHS), Helga Perry (NHS), Richard Osborn (HEE), Moira Godbert Laird (NICE), Michael Heath (NICE) and Josh Howlett (JISC).
We have set ourselves the following tasks – draw up Terms of reference; identify stakeholders and communications; scope current methods of access; understand the current NHS network spine; pilot improved access routes; create a risk log; assist in AIMS reprocurement and developments of the openathens registration form