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Sally Hernando Innovation Award Winners 2017

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Sally Hernando Awards for Innovation.

The three winners were selected by Maria J Grant, editor of the Health Libraries and Information Journal, from the top ten entries voted for by regional judges from NHS Library and Knowledge Services across England.

1st prize goes to Samantha Unamboowe, Library Manager at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust – North West London for her project “Multi-Disciplinary Clinical Innovations Database @ RBHT”.

  • Maria Grant commented “This project exemplifies everything you could hope for from the Sally Hernando Innovation Award by mobilising existing organisational knowledge and expertise with the goal of improving patient care. It works within existing technological structures and builds on local collaborations within the Foundation Trust.”

2nd prize goes to Beth Rawson of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for “The Online Research @ Derby Archive (ORDA)”.

  • Maria Grant commented: “Beth’s project speaks directly to the aspirations of the Knowledge for Healthcare Programme in terms of mobilising evidence and organisational knowledge. ORDA uses Open Access Protocols to capture, store and preserve research outputs to respond to increase the exposure of organisational research activities.”

3rd prize goes to Angela Young of Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust for the “30 Day Research Support Challenge”.

  • Maria Grant commented: “Angela’s project draws on the current trends of fitness challenges and gamification to support library staff development in enhancing knowledge and understanding of research needs of clinical and academic library users. She highlights the continued availability of resources beyond the initial 30 days of training module and presents learning points for future developments.”

The full details of these entries, together with the other innovation entries submitted in 2017 and from previous years, can be found on the library services website.  2017 entries have also been added to the Innovations Database and can be searched there.

Congratulations to our winners who will be funded to present their innovations at Health Libraries Group or an equivalent conference to help disseminate their great work.

We encourage NHS Library and Knowledge Services to start work now on recording and evaluating their innovations for the next submission round.

Dominic Gilroy       – NHS LKS Development Manager – Yorkshire and the Humber
Joanne Naughton – NHS LKS Development Manager – North East