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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

Share your innovations

We are pleased to announce that following a break during 2016 the Sally Hernando Innovation Awards are back.  We want to hear about the new and innovative ideas Library and Knowledge services have been introducing over the past few years.  We know there are lots of them.

You will notice a change in the process for 2017 including an increased emphasis on evaluation. Ideas are great, but we want to know about what happened when you put them into practice.  Learning from your experiences helps other services to identify which innovations may work for them, and helps them to avoid pitfalls that you may already have overcome.

We plan to announce the results of the 2017 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 2017 awards is Friday 12th May

So don’t delay –submit today!

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

Shaping a vision for NHS Research Capability Building across the North (October 2015, Leeds)

This workshop was organised by the three northern HEE LETBs with the aim of:

  • Bringing together key stakeholders in research capability building in NHS organisations to develop a vision for research capability building across the north of England.
  • Developing a greater understanding of work already being undertaken in this area and provide the opportunity to learn from each other.
  • Exploring areas of potential joint working across the north.

As there is a number of significant areas of interest common to both KfH and the Research and Innovation Strategy it seemed a good idea to participate and wave the flag for LKS.

We opened with an informative presentation from Ged Byrne (Director of Education and Quality (North) HEE), setting the context for building research capability, both nationally and regionally, and highlighting the key question from the R&I Strategy – how can we build a research workforce i.e. a workforce in which research activity and using/developing innovation is embedded as part of the job?

Later in the day, Stuart Eglin (Director of R&D North West) outlined the R&I Strategy work streams  and asked for feedback and thoughts on what these could or should encompass. The work streams are in their infancy but LKS should look out for reports and progress from these to spot opportunities for connecting.

We had two lively, productive and constructive table discussion sessions relating to both of these:

of the many ideas and thoughts put forward to feed into the R&I Strategy and work streams, the following are those that struck me as having strong potential links to LKS:

  • Need a framework and support for local research and new starters in research – to address perceived barriers of lack of capacity, lack of confidence, lack of familiarity with research language and process;
  • A case study or audit can be a good way to get started – writing an abstract for a poster or conference;
  • Support from library services and research teams;
  • A great deal of innovation takes place ‘day to day’ on the ground – with small changes and improvements in ways of doing things – but it is often not recognised as innovation or research: need to raise awareness and encourage staff to write about and share what they are doing;
  • Find ways to capture and diffuse local research;
  • Develop the LDA to cover all professions and to encourage research.

There was also discussion about the development of a R&I Hub and what this might cover – suggestions included:

  • Examples of best practice
  • Innovations – how to progress/share
  • Signposting to advice/information
  • Funding sources/opportunities/contacts
  • Ethics

There are a number of developmental parallels with KfH – a formal strategy, practical work streams focussed on key areas, a proposed hub – but it is important, I think, that KfH and R&I do not remain ‘in parallel’ but find points of interconnection and synergy where we can demonstrate the added value of input and support from the LKS workforce.

Sue Austin

HENE Library Knowledge Service Lead

susan.austin@stft.nhs.uk