Resources for library staff
Resources for Partnerships and Networking
A set of resources has been developed to support library staff who would like to develop local partnerships, from making the initial connection to forming a multi-sector network of health information professionals.
- Guidance on Developing Local Partnerships and Networks
- Draft Memorandum of Understanding
- Draft Terms of Reference for a new network
- Draft Agenda for the first meeting of a new network
- PPI Contacts Database – a database of staff interested in PPI from many sectors. Request access or to be added via email@example.com
Coming soon: PowerPoint slide pack, group activities and evaluation form for meetings and workshops
Workshop feedback: 2 attendees at the South West PPI Workshop wrote an article about the day
Going beyond Dr Google – training course developed by Aubrey Keep Library, North East London NHS Foundation Trust. Going beyond Dr Google is a hands-on training session aimed at anyone who would like to be able to give good information to patients, clients, or service users. Please feel free to adapt the slides, tasks and trainer’s notes with acknowledgements. Tasks and Course notes and Presentation slides
Understanding Health Research – a tool developed by Medical Research Council (MRC)/Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow. It is designed to help people understand and review published health research to decide how dependable and relevant a piece of research is. It guides users through a series of questions to ask about specific types of health research, and helps users to understand what the answers to those questions say about the quality of the research they are reading. Link
Get online: take control of your health – the information on this section of NHS Choices aims to help users become more confident internet users and, in particular, access health information. It covers getting training, finding reliable health information, online health transactions and how to Be safe online including covering your tracks. Link
Improving your health online – Learn My Way, developed by the Good Things Foundation (formerly Tinder Foundation), is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping to develop digital skills to make the most of the online world. The Improving your health online topic comprises two courses, GP services online: a how to guide and NHS Choices: a how to guide and provides links to a number of resources.
Health Information Workbook – developed by Knowledge, Library & Information Service, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust/Doncaster Libraries. This workbook was initially designed to support a library staff training session on finding patient information. It introduces a number of high quality websites, highlighting key features and concludes with a selection of “questions to explore” – worked examples of typical patient information enquiries. It continues to be used as a resource by public library staff to assist them with enquiries from the public. Please feel free to adapt with acknowledgements. Health Information Workbook
Finding good quality health information on the internet – developed by Musgrove Park Library, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. This leaflet gives patients a simple guide to appraising health information on the net, either by looking for quality standards or using the mnemonics W W W (who, what, where). Please feel free to adapt with acknowledgements. PDF version
Health information online – who can you trust? – developed by Joint Education and Training Library (JET) Library, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This booklet is a guide to finding trustworthy health information online. It covers using NHS Choices and other established sites, checking web addresses and other relevant criteria. Please feel free to adapt with acknowledgements. PDF version
Guide to NHS Choices – a short guide to what is available on NHS Choices, developed by the KfH Patient and Public Information Group. It is aimed at informing librarians from all sectors who may wish to share it with members of the public. PDF version
We know there are more great resources being used. Please let us know if you use any materials or provide training relevant to Patients and Public Information that you would recommend or be willing for others to adapt. Please contact Natasha.Howard@nelft.nhs.uk with your recommendations.