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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

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

Explore our Innovations during Libraries Week 2018

As we celebrate Libraries Week 8th – 13th October 2018, we take another look at the innovative work of our health Library and Knowledge Services through the lens of this year’s top ten Sally Hernando Innovation Award entries.  The winners were announced earlier in the year at Health Libraries Group Conference in Keele:

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

Details the work of a clinical librarian introducing a new method for updating radiotherapy (RT) clinical protocols to the latest evidence in a time efficient way.

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

The Library & Knowledge Service produces evidence summaries following the weekly Trust-wide Safety Summit which are disseminated across the organisation.

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

Explores the work of the Newcomb Library in collecting books to facilitate understanding of patients, carers, service users and caregivers by healthcare staff.

Other entries from the top ten, in no particular order, are:

Why not use this Libraries Week as an opportunity to explore these pieces of work and reflect on whether they might contain elements which may be relevant to your local work?