Category Archives: Service Transformation

#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

Current Awareness/ Alerting Services Directory Launched

Today we are launching the Current Awareness/Alerting Services Directory which builds on the work of the Knowledge for Healthcare Current Awareness Services Task and Finish Group.

The Directory is designed as a finding tool with a built in way of sharing what you create for your current awareness and alerting services.  We have added some examples with one entry per organisation or person. We have also provided some best practice guidelines on creating current awarenes/alerting products.

In the Directory you can find:

  1. bulletins on a range of topics (but not new acquisitions bulletins)
  2.  CAS and alerting schemes
  3.  who has experience in using certain tools to create CAS and alerting bulletins or expertise in a topic (e.g. commissioning)

Most importantly you can share with pride both your knowledge and information on the bulletins that you create or schemes that you take part in.

We encourage you to explore the directory by going to the Current Awareness section on the menu.

We want you to help develop the directory so it becomes indispensable to us all.

Let us show what we are best at – collaboration (and maybe a little bit of borrowing and repurposing) and ensure that as many library and knowledge services as possible have an entry in the directory.

We are waiting to hear from you…

Kieran Lamb
Knowledge and Library Service Manager, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
kieran.lamb@stockport.nhs.uk

Linda Ferguson
Health Education England North
linda.ferguson@nhs.net