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The STEM Club in the North East of England

Working in partnership to support the work of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

The publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View and the subsequent arrival of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) signalled an attempt to change relationships between NHS providers and commissioners, moving away from a competitive marketplace towards closer partnership working.

In the North East of England, a group of staff from NHS Library and Knowledge Services, Commissioning and Public Health are looking to do the same. The Sustainability and Transformation Evidence Mobilisation Club (or STEM Club) is an informal group of colleagues working to support the mobilisation of evidence within the healthcare system.

We are trying to achieve this aim in two ways:

* By making links to work streams within the North East and Cumbria Partnership (and potentially beyond)

* By providing both virtual and real (in person) opportunities to connect as a group and understand who is working on what, making effective use of our collective knowledge and insights

A small group of STEM members has been meeting for over a year now and we have started to make links between work stream leads and library and knowledge staff. So far, a number of LKS staff have been involved in working on number of topics including:

* Frailty

* Maternal choice in perinatal care

* Physical exercise in preventive healthcare

We held our first full meeting of the STEM Club in March 2018. We used the name Club as the group has no formal governance arrangements as such. The event was attended by staff from LKS, Public Health, Commissioning and HE. A number of members of the group are from Yorkshire and Humber and we are happy to welcome colleagues from outside the North East. We were genuinely surprised at the level of enthusiasm in the room. There was a huge amount of interest in the work that has been done so far and a shared commitment to continuing with this approach. A few key challenges and affirmations came from the day:

* STEM is a “bottom-up” movement. This is genuine partnership working between colleagues with a shared interest in evidence mobilisation.

* We need to be responsive to the pace of work at a system level and be able to “share as we go”.

* We also need to be open to accessing and using a range of different types of evidence and knowledge (including tacit knowledge).

We are thinking about how we can share more widely regionally and nationally and we would be very interested to hear from others who have been working with their STPs locally.

The librarians who have been involved in the work are happy to share their experiences with you: Kirstin Himsworth County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Claire Masterman County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Dor Wilson Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

You may also want to contact your Regional LKS Lead to find out more about working with STPs:

David Stewart  (North)

Ruth Carlyle (Midlands and the East)

Helen Bingham (South)

Louise Goswami (London & KSS)

Joanne Naughton
NHS Library and Knowledge Services Development Manager – North East

2018 Call for Innovations

Following some excellent entries to the Sally Hernando Innovation Awards last year, we are pleased to invite entries for the 2018 awards.  Once again, we want to hear about the new and innovative ideas Library and Knowledge services have been introducing over the past few years.

Feedback to several services last year was that their innovations were so new that there had been no time to undertake an evaluation – an essential element of the new process.  We would especially welcome re-submission of any of these projects where evaluation has now taken place.

The innovation form has been slightly revised this year to include a champion or witness statement from colleagues within your organisation who have worked with you on the innovations.  Please make sure that you use the latest version of the entry form on the blog.

Maria Grant has kindly agreed to select the winners of the award again this year.  We hope to announce the results of the 2018 awards to coincide with Libraries Week in October and there will be funding for the winners to present their innovations at HLG or a similar UK conference.

The new innovations form, guidance, and submission process can be found on the Knowledge for Healthcare Blog

The deadline for entries for the 2018 awards is Friday 9th March 2018

We look forward to hearing from you.

Dominic Gilroy
NHS LKS Development Manager Yorkshire and Humber
dominic.gilroy1@nhs.net

Joanne Naughton
NHS LKS Development Manager North East
joanne.naughton1@nhs.net

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