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National LKS Website Requirements Survey Analysis

Thanks to all of you who responded to the recent National LKS website requirements survey. We had 199 responses with great feedback from all regions. Below is a summary of the analysis of the survey responses. For the complete report please use this link.

In general respondents want a national LKS website to be able to do as much as is offered by current national and regional websites. It needs to be easy to use and maintain, and to work within the constraints of local Trust ICT policies.

The top must haves included:

  • Google type search for content. Advanced search and filtering are available.
  • Act as a store for documentation, tools, statistics, reading lists, templates etc.
  • Able to upload quality framework returns easily
  • Includes Events Calendar and Events booking system
  • Set up group areas to which only members of the group have access to store and work on documents and manage projects
  • A range of communications tools is available, including blogs, mailing lists and messaging.
  • Include a database to act as a repository for research or documents
  • National, regional and local communities of practice should be able to be set up
  • Group members can message/email each other within their group area and communicate with the LKS Community more widely.
  • Ability to create regional/sub-regional partitions (e.g. for Midlands and East, or for East of England)
  • Document storage allows for version control, for group members to be able to work on the same document. Meta data including keywords and categories is available.
  • Who has made changes to a document, or made comments about it, is recorded on the document
  • eLearning content can be hosted.

Respondents were also asked to choose their five most important functions. The first five in the above list were ranked as the most important by respondents.

Nice to haves include collaborative tools to manage projects, communities of practice, documentation, personalisation, audio and video conferencing, web forms to capture information and record it in a database, and the ability to search documents using a local discovery system

Comments relating to Question 4: Are there any other features would you would want included in the specification covered ease of use, alerting, file sharing and technical aspects:

Comments relating to question 5, Do you have any further comments on the critical success factors for a new national platform which meets national, regional and local LKS community needs? Centred around usability, maintenance and editing, access and local ICT issues, the functionality of existing platforms, engagement and consultation.

An analysis of responses at a regional level are also included in section D.

The National LKS Website Reference Group is currently setting up  a website using an HEE content management system and technologies.  We will test this to see if it meets our requirements and will work locally. Expect more communications about the testing you can do, over the coming weeks and months.

In the meantime, we need to give HEE Web Development Team some ideas for the look and feel of the site. If there is a site out there that you feel we should try and replicate or emulate in the new national LKS website, please send details of the site to

Richard Bridgen
National LKS Website Reference Group Lead

Core Content Re-Procurement – June Update

Just an update about the Core Content Reprocurement so that you know what’s happening.  Since my last post in March and Helen Bingham’s survey feedback post in April:

  • The National Core Content Re-Procurement Group continues to meet regularly.  This is made up of representatives from Health Education England, NICE and the LKS community.
  • Following the survey of LKS managers and audit of local e-resource procurement the group produced a long list of the resources in which the LKS community is interested in purchasing, assessed them against the high-level criteria (breadth; quality; value for money; discoverability; continuity; LKS recommendation), and thereby derived a short list, divided into three tiers.
  • These resources have been included in the Invitation to Quote (ITQ).  This is sent to all capable providers on the NICE Electronic and Print Content Framework Agreement.
  • Suppliers have until 10th August to respond to the ITQ.
  • Once quotes are received they will be evaluated and decisions made about the content to procure. We should be able inform you about the selection decisions in mid-October.
  • We know that with a fixed national budget we won’t be able to purchase all the resources LKS staff would like to see made available to the NHS workforce through the National Core Content process. As a result, we will be engaging with LKS managers and Trusts to explore the possibility of pooling some of the funding which HEE currently distributes to Trusts to enable more central or collaborative purchasing.

Richard Bridgen on behalf of the National Core Content Re-Procurement Group

Sally Hernando Awards for Innovation 2018

The winners of the 2018 Sally Hernando Awards for Innovation in Health Libraries were announced last week at Health Libraries Group Conference in Keele.

Congratulations to the services submitting the top three entries this year:

1st Place “Lean method, live update- real-time librarian support for evidence-based practice in radiotherapy clinical protocols” submitted by Carol-Ann Regan – Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

2nd Place “Evidence Bites: Patient Safety Evidence Summaries submitted by Victoria Treadway – Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

3rd Place “Understanding the Person: Insights into the Patient Experience submitted by Kaye Bagshaw – Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Entries were assessed by panels of judges from health library services across England, with the final entry being selected by Health Information and Libraries Journal editor Maria J Grant, who also presented the awards at the conference.

You can catch up with all the entries judged to be innovative on the library services website.  This year, to help disseminate information about the innovations, we will also be blogging about the judges “top ten” entries over the next ten weeks on this site.

Dominic Gilroy – NHS LKS Development Manager, Yorkshire and Humber
Joanne Naughton – NHS LKS Development Manager, North East