Today is the pre-launch of a joint campaign by Health Education England (HEE) and CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, highlighting the multiple beneficial outcomes when health service providers work closely with their library and knowledge services.
Every day across the healthcare sector in England more than a million decisions are made that have a profound and lasting impact on people’s lives and which influence the quality of healthcare and the cost of services.
HEE and CILIP are campaigning for decisions in the healthcare sector to be fully evidence-based, calling on government and health service providers to employ and make use of the skills of librarians and knowledge specialists in meeting their obligations under The Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Under the Act, The Secretary of State for Health must ensure ‘the use in the health service of evidence obtained from research’. It also places a responsibility on Clinical Commissioning Groups and healthcare providers to make use of the best available evidence in their decision-making. Arms length bodies and those commissioning or influencing healthcare services have a responsibility to promote and monitor the use of evidence-based decision making.
HEE and CILIP are working together to support decision-makers and those delivering health services to meet their obligations under the Act.
Submit an NHS impact case study
We are encouraging all Library and Knowledge specialists to submit a case study that demonstrates the impact of NHS Library & Knowledge Services in England. Please submit a case study now.
To find out more and support the campaign #amilliondecisions please visit www.cilip.org.uk/amilliondecisions