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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

Get more BANG for your bulletin!!!

Everyone working in library and knowledge services now has access to a regional bulletin. This brilliant initiative from the north is now available to all of us.

Your opinion matters. It’s your bulletin and we need to know what you think.

Each region can customise and adapt the bulletin created in the North for their local context but we want to make sure that it’s

Informative

       Timely

           and

             Useful

Complete the survey by January 18th –https://healtheducationyh.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/regional-bulletins

Thank you

Sue Robertson – Sue.Robertson@hee.nhs.uk

Knowvember: honing your skills

Now we’re at the end of Knowvember I thought it would be a good moment to remind you of all the great resources we have via the Learning Zone and Knowledge Management sections of this blog to help you hone your KM skills or revisit some of the basics. There are resources to help you with searching, synthesis and critical appraisal.

If you want to support your organisation and your colleagues in mobilising evidence and knowledge then remember the NHS Knowledge Mobilisation Framework Postcards and the Knowledge Mobilisation Framework programme are designed for a general audience plus we have the Evidence and Knowledge Self-assessment Tool.

If you haven’t already done so sign up for the CILIP Knowledge & Information Management Special Interest Group (K&IM) and for our new KM community of practice which is a lively discussion group.

David Stewart
Workforce Planning and Development Workstream lead.