Can there be any one of us working in the NHS who isn’t affected in some way by a new working relationship with another organisation? The NHS landscape is changing at a faster pace than previously, and driven mostly by financial pressures mergers/alliances and partnerships have been springing up in many places.
Does this affect our library services? If so how, and how do you survive a time of organisational change which may see the joining of two previously separate services?
To help try and answer some of these questions a Task and Finish Group was set up to develop a toolkit for supporting service redesign – including mergers, amalgamations and the potential for ‘fewer services covering larger geographies’.
The Task and Finish Group set about combining their experiences of having been through some sort of “coming together” to produce materials which might benefit colleagues who find themselves in a similar position.
This group has now concluded the initial task and have produced an ABC Guide, shared case studies and background reading to support library staff and their managers through the often difficult process of coming together.
These materials are the start and there is a case study template available for anyone who wishes to share their experience for the benefit of others. Please contribute to this developing resource.
The work is not intended to be the definitive guide to how (or how not!!) to combine services but highlights some common issues which you might encounter and things that will happen that you might not expect.
The following are the members of the Task and Finish Group who produced the guide and supplementary information
Emma Aldrich, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Helen Alper, Barts Health NHS Trust
Daryl Bate, University Hospitals of the North Midlands NHS Trust
Sam Burgess, Southern Health NHS Trust
Catherine Fisher, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust & South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
Mic Heaton, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Becky Williams, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Sue Lacey Bryant