Topol – a fantastic opportunity for library and knowledge services

The Topol Review, formally “Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future” will be launched by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care this afternoon. It is threaded through with references to knowledge management and the role of knowledge specialists to “accelerate the adoption of proven innovations”. https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/topol-review

Every time the report mentions knowledge specialists – it means us!

Look at pages 11, 15, 16, 20, 49, 50, 57, 68 and 70 to see what I mean.

Here’s a few gems:

  • “NHS Boards should take responsibility for effective knowledge management to enable staff to learn from experience (both successes and failures) and accelerate the adoption of proven innovations” Page16.
  • The NHS should increase the overall numbers of clinicians, as well as scientists, technologist and knowledge specialist posts, with dedicated, accredited time to keep their skills up to date and with the opportunity to work in partnership with academia and/or the health tech industry on the design, implementation and use of digital, AI and robotics technologies (AIR5/DM4). Page 57.
  • “Effective knowledge management is essential to enable the spread and adoption of innovation, with lessons from early adoption shared widely (OD6): an innovation culture is dependent on a learning culture. The NHS must build a reputation as a learning organisation that values and enables the transfer of learning about successes and failures (OD5). This can only happen with the creation of new senior knowledge management roles.” Page 68.

So, make sure you’ve got a copy of the report to hand and that you’ve read it cover to cover.

Then make sure you’ve shared it far and wide in your organisation: remember, Topol is not about the technology, it’s about the impact of the technology on the workforce. That means it’s important for human resources, organisational development, knowledge management, information technology, all the clinicians and crucially your Board and Executive.

Let’s make sure everyone has heard about Topol, has read Topol and is talking Topol.

Twitter:  #TopolReview

David Stewart

Regional Director of Health Library and Knowledge Services North
Health Education England

Evidence Standards for Digital Health published

NHS England has been working with NICE, MedCity, Public Health England, NHS Digital and DigitalHealth.London on a project aimed at helping digital health innovators, commissioners, investors and grant funders to understand what a ‘good’ level of evidence for digital health technologies looks like.

NICE has published the ‘Evidence Standards Framework for Digital Health Technologies’, which details evidence of effectiveness for intended use and evidence of economic impact – and which will be key to supporting the speed and uptake of digital health tools.

You can view the new standards at www.nice.org.uk/digital-evidence-standards. There’s also:

  • an article published today in the Lancet
  • a short YouTube film which explains the new standards
  • a blog from Indra Joshi

If you have any questions at all or would like any further information, please let me know.

Nicola Fulton | Communications and Engagement Manager
nicola.fulton1@nhs.net
Empower the Person, Digital Transformation Portfolio, NHS England

Gift 12: Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night – Collaboration #Knowledgeforelfcare

What is it?

The Collaboration page is the home of a toolkit to help services engaged in mergers, alliances, amalgamations, and other close working practices. Health library and knowledge services have a strong track-record of sharing expertise and working across boundaries. Resource sharing and collaboration is in our DNA. How do we take this a step further? The toolkit is not a definitive guide how (or how not!) to combine services but rather highlights some common issues which you might encounter. It includes; an ABC guide, a template for library merger and collaboration case studies, two lots of case studies, a reading list and evidence search results.

What should you use it for?

The toolkit is designed to help guide library and knowledge service staff through the process of any type of joining or merger. The resource aims to develop and support service redesign – perhaps the best way is to learn from the practical experience of peers whose experiences (good and not so good) provide pragmatic advice. If you’re about to go through service change, are in the middle of a merger or on the other side and want to share your experiences this toolkit is a great place to start.

Links and useful resources

KfH Workstream

Workforce Planning and Development Group

Knowledge for Elfcare Slide deck

Download and view the presentation, click once to reveal the gift and again to find out more