Statistics Toolbox

When you send off the annual statistics returns, do you wonder if there was more you could do with them?  ​

​Do you ever feel that you should be collecting something different?  ​

​Do you wonder how to present statistics so that they are not quite the dry subject they usually are?  ​

The Toolbox can help you. We’ve done extensive research into what you collect, the issues with collecting and using data, and examples of how statistics have been used.

You may have seen the statistics toolbox link appear under the Quality and Impact drop-down menu over the last couple of weeks. This work is the output from one of the  HEE/CILIP Leadership Development Programme 2017-18 project groups. We were set the task of “Developing a toolbox together with a recommended minimum data set to enable Library and Knowledge Services (LKS) staff [providing services to the NHS] to collect local staffing, financial and activity data and make effective use of this for service improvement and reporting to stakeholders”

The Toolbox covers the following areas:

Feedback and comments can be sent to Heather Steele (

We would like to thank all the champions and contributors who have made this work possible.


Statistics Project Group

Heather Steele Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust​

Catherine McLaren Health Education England​

Kal Dhanda Dudley & Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust ​

Sam Burgess Southern Health/Hampshire Hospitals​

Dawn Grundy University of Bolton​

Holly Case Wyatt Health Education England

Emerging Technologies Group

We live an age of amazing technological advance. Predictions of what is just around the corner are many. But what are the implications for health librarians?

This group has been put together to keep an eye on possible future developments in technology and think about their implications for librarians in healthcare.  See the post ‘Introducing the Group’ for more information.

Previous posts have included:

The membership of the group is currently:

  • Stephen Ayre (George Eliot Hospital) [Chair]
  • Richard Bridgen (Health Education England)
  • YiWen Hon (Royal Marsden Hospital)
  • Trish Lacey (Public Health England)
  • Catherine Micklethwaite (Torbay and South Devon)
  • Ian Rennie (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough)

See the Emerging Technologies Group section of the Knowledge for Healthcare blog.

We’re looking to recruit new members for the group, so if this work interests and inspires you, please contact Stephen Ayre to join the group. Alternatively contact him to suggest a technology-related topic to look at.

A directory to end all directories!

Well probably not quite, but the new-look Health Library and Information Service Directory (HLISD, “Health Lizard” to many) includes more features and is more comprehensive than ever. With over 650 entries, it is the definitive list of health information services in the UK and Republic of Ireland, a vital tool for staff working in those services, and a key means for users and potential users of these services to make contact.

HLISD is jointly funded by Health Education England and the CILIP Health Libraries Group. I’m the new Service Manager (taking over from Julie Ryder who looked after the directory for many years including its transition from print to online format). We have a Board who oversees the development of HLISD, and a network of regional co-ordinators. Individual services are responsible for maintaining the accuracy and currency of their entries, and each has an editor.

Is the entry for your service accurate and up to date? If you are unsure who your editor is, email me at If you are an editor but can’t remember how to log in, use the ‘forgot your password’ link at

Do you have suggestions for improvement?

The HLISD Board welcomes suggestions for further improvement (and ideas for integration with other systems to reduce duplication of effort). Your feedback will help us ensure that HLISD continues to meet your needs. Please make contact via

David Law, HLISD Manager