Category Archives: Knowledge Management TaF

#ukmedlibs Development Needs Analysis chat

For their November chat, #ukmedlibs, the Twitter-based professional development network, ran a chat on the Knowledge for Healthcare Development Needs Analysis published in July 2017.

The chat transcript and analytics are now available, if you couldn’t take part, and the report itself [MSWord] is also online.

One question that came up in the chat was why the exercise is now called the Development Needs Analysis (DNA), rather than the Training Needs Analysis (TNA). We felt that the broader term better represented the range of ongoing professional development activity.

Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

The Policies, Procedures and Guidelines (PPG) task and finish group are pleased to be able to share a new toolkit.

 The PPG toolkit  aims to encourage Library & Knowledge Services to consider how they might deepen their involvement in the work around these vital Trust documents. 

Practice and involvement is highly varied across LKS so the toolkit offers a wide variety of case studies with people making a significant difference to the evidence base being used, storage, management and implementation of PPGs.

To learn more about how the toolkit was developed do have a read of the end of project presentation prepared by Sarah Stones. 

Or see how one task and finish group member has drawn on the shared practice of others to develop a simple title scheme to support improved retrieval of PPG.

The toolkit can be found in the Knowledge Management section of the KfH website.  Further contributions are welcomed – contact your nearest group member: Stephen Ayre, Alan Fricker, Helene Gorring, David Low, Joanne Naughton, Richard Parker, Susan Smith, Sarah Stones

Institutional Repositories

A snapshot of NHS LKS provision

What involvement do NHS LKS have in the provision of institutional repositories?  What systems are in use?  What content is included? How much do they cost to run and what is the commitment in terms of staff time?  These are just some of the questions posed by the recent Institutional Repository Survey conducted across the NHS in England.

The survey forms part of a wider project undertaken by members of the Institutional Repository Project Group which ultimately aims to identify the many factors/issues that need to be considered, highlight examples of good practice and make recommendations for the provision of institutional repositories.  While the final report, conclusions, and recommendations will be released at the end of the project (end of 2017), the survey results are being released now in the interests of timeliness and at the request of many of the survey participants.

The full survey report available here offers an insight into current practice within the NHS and partner organisations around institutional repositories.  The report, representing responses from 43% of NHS LKS in England, contains valuable insights from those with and without repositories highlighting:

  • Systems in use and those explored by colleagues
  • Resources required – both financial and in terms of staff time
  • Content
  • Evaluative commentaries from participants

Survey data has been anonymised where possible.  If library managers wish to contact a service using a specific repository system, please contact a project group member (detailed below) to be referred on to the appropriate service for advice and information.

The survey findings will be incorporated into the final project report.

Hugh Hanchard – Library Services Manager  – South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dominic Gilroy – LKS Development Manager – Yorkshire and the Humber

 On behalf of the Institutional Repository Project Group
(Caroline Storer, Sue Robertson, Lesley Allen, Jackie McGuire, Vicky Bramwell and above)