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Core Content Re-Procurement – June Update

Just an update about the Core Content Reprocurement so that you know what’s happening.  Since my last post in March and Helen Bingham’s survey feedback post in April:

  • The National Core Content Re-Procurement Group continues to meet regularly.  This is made up of representatives from Health Education England, NICE and the LKS community.
  • Following the survey of LKS managers and audit of local e-resource procurement the group produced a long list of the resources in which the LKS community is interested in purchasing, assessed them against the high-level criteria (breadth; quality; value for money; discoverability; continuity; LKS recommendation), and thereby derived a short list, divided into three tiers.
  • These resources have been included in the Invitation to Quote (ITQ).  This is sent to all capable providers on the NICE Electronic and Print Content Framework Agreement.
  • Suppliers have until 10th August to respond to the ITQ.
  • Once quotes are received they will be evaluated and decisions made about the content to procure. We should be able inform you about the selection decisions in mid-October.
  • We know that with a fixed national budget we won’t be able to purchase all the resources LKS staff would like to see made available to the NHS workforce through the National Core Content process. As a result, we will be engaging with LKS managers and Trusts to explore the possibility of pooling some of the funding which HEE currently distributes to Trusts to enable more central or collaborative purchasing.

Richard Bridgen on behalf of the National Core Content Re-Procurement Group

Sally Hernando Awards for Innovation 2018

The winners of the 2018 Sally Hernando Awards for Innovation in Health Libraries were announced last week at Health Libraries Group Conference in Keele.

Congratulations to the services submitting the top three entries this year:

1st Place “Lean method, live update- real-time librarian support for evidence-based practice in radiotherapy clinical protocols” submitted by Carol-Ann Regan – Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

2nd Place “Evidence Bites: Patient Safety Evidence Summaries submitted by Victoria Treadway – Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

3rd Place “Understanding the Person: Insights into the Patient Experience submitted by Kaye Bagshaw – Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Entries were assessed by panels of judges from health library services across England, with the final entry being selected by Health Information and Libraries Journal editor Maria J Grant, who also presented the awards at the conference.

You can catch up with all the entries judged to be innovative on the library services website.  This year, to help disseminate information about the innovations, we will also be blogging about the judges “top ten” entries over the next ten weeks on this site.

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

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