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Making the most of #AMillionDecisions

Focusing on #AMillionDecisions, our joint ongoing initiative, Sue Lacey Bryant, and Louise Goswami from Health Education England met with Sarah Hennessy and Imrana Ghumra, the co-chairs of CILIP Health Libraries Group on the 4th March 2019.

As we reported back in June, at 70 for #NHS70, #AMillionDecisionshas been successful at raising our profile. The campaign has:

  • changed outdated perceptions
  • articulated to employers that our role is business critical
  • opened doors to senior decision makers
  • expressed a common purpose that all librarians can get behind
  • improved our skills as advocates
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So what can you do?

As previously reported we have seen amazing promotional work around the country. There is a lot you can continue to do at a local level to use #AMillionDecisions to promote the impact of your service:

  1. Collect endorsements from your own leaders and local champions.
    Use the social card template and, with their permission, display prominently across your organisations and on social media
  2. Continue to collect examples of your impact and submit your case studies to the Knowledge for Healthcare Blog. Use the impact case study vignette template to create your own vignettes and remember to publicise them using #AMillionDecisions – you may also like to include the following #HEELKS @CILIPinfo @CILIPHLG @NHS_HealthEdEng
  3. Continue to use the hashtag in your social media posts
  4. Check your #AMillionDecisions e-mail signature is still working. You may wish to add the additional text: Librarians and knowledge specialists bring the evidence to inform over a million decisions a day across healthcare
  5. Share key messages from the initiative within your organisations, visit the For Employers page for further information

For further information please contact your regional library lead.

Can you find out the longer-term impact of the “Making LKS Business Critical” Workshops?

This was the challenge set for the Knowledge for Healthare Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Group. Anne Gray delivered Making LKS Business Critical workshops between January 2017 and Spring 2018 and 148 people attended. This was a perfect opportunity to test the Impact Evaluation Form developed by the group in 2017.

The Evaluation Form was adapted into an online survey and sent to all particpants. 29% responded and here are some of the key findings:

Word cloud of summarised general feedback
  • 87% of respondents said that the information, knowledge or skills gained have led, or might lead, to improving service delivery to customers.  Over 60% respondents said that personal or professional development and sharing information with, or advising , other staff or colleagues were gained.
  • 68% respondents said they gained new knowledge and 58% considered that the information, knowledge or skills gained had generated new ideas.
  • 53% respondents stated that the training had impacted by contributing to service development and delivery and 5% indicated that the training had an impact by saving money or contributed to financial effectiveness
  • Of those that had not used the skills or knowledge from the session 26% said they will probably use it in the future.  16% cited lack of time/capacity, 11% stated that the session did not meet their expectations.
  • Replies to the question What have you done differently as a result of attending this event? were grouped into the following themes:  Approach to searches, outlook about handling this type of enquiry, approach to presenting search information, use of specific resources, skill development and confidence in approaching senior management. 

            “I am more confident in offering and providing this service to the members of  the Trust’s board”

  • When asked about the impact upon service or service users, responses included greater consideration of business objectives, improved quality of service and saving users’ time.  A couple of responses were very specific:

     “In the recent organisational change, I managed to get recognition of the chartered librarian as a job profile and ensure me a role with my teams for the next 3 years.”

     “I was able to do an evidence search for a manager in the Trust shortly after attending the course. I was able to expand the search beyond the usual HDAS which led me to find more pertinent results. I regularly use the additional sources in searches now”

  • Respondents were asked to describe any ideas or work undertaken to consider the specific objective of the course – to generate ideas or work for collaborative resources to support LKS knowledge services to NHS Managers/Commissioners.  10 respondents said they had undertaken work or had ideas and these ranged from working collaboratively with other services to provide a business critical information service to more shared evidence bulletins.

Seeking the longer term impact of training is not always straight-forward – the reponse rate is often low as people have moved roles or are facing a change in cirucmstances since attending the workshop and at least one respondent had difficulty completing the longer term impact evaluation as they felt too much time had lapsed between taking the workshop and completing the evaluation. However, the responses that we did receive showed that some respondents welcomed the opportunity to re-visit the workshop materials and that significant developments had resulted from using the newly acquired skills and knowledge. Click below to download the full evaluation responses:

The CPD Group would like to express thanks to Anne for using her workshops as a”guinea pig” for the impact evaluation and to all of those who took the time to complete the survey.

Don’t forget that the full Development Needs Analysis consultation will begin in the Autumn this year. This will be your opportunity to say what skills and knowledge devevelopment you need for your role now and in the future. Start planning now by taking a look at the Health Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) to help you spot any gaps.

On behalf of the CPD Group

Be inspired, take part, share: Demystifying Knowledge Management

Following four successful regional face-to-face events the #Knowvember Project Team are busy again encouraging us to find out more about, and get involved in, knowledge management activities by hosting the next #ukmedlibs Twitter Chat.

“The central role of the information professional to mobilise, share and build knowledge networks across organisations”  – A key take home message from the Exeter #Knowvember event from Steven Walker, AWP

Conversations on the 16th October 2018, 8pm using #ukmedlibs Twitter chat will cover some key questions such as what do you think knowledge management is? What activities do you associate with knowledge management? What is the the value of knowledge management to your organisation?  Find out more about the chat and see all the questions that will be posed by visiting  the #ukmedlibs page.

If you haven’t yet pledged to do something related to KM for #Knowvember this is a great opportunity to be inspired and then make your pledge and post to the Padlet Pledge Wall  ahead of the month of November.

Can’t make the live chat?  We really hope you can all join in live on the day but for those unable to do so don’t despair as the full transcript will be made available for you to read afterwards – just having a think about the questions maybe enough to get you started on your #Knowvember18 pledges.