Enjoying a Staycation

In the past, you may have dismissed the idea of a staycation and planned a holiday away from your home. However, this year the idea of a staycation may be more appealing at the moment and written below are some ideas for what you can do whilst on your holistay.

First and foremost, even though you are at home, disconnect from work. Take time off, spend time doing the things that you enjoy and enjoy doing them at a reasonable pace. Do not be tempted to think that time away from the desk is time not well-spent because you cannot go to your usual holiday destination. Downtime allows us all time to think, reflect, switch-off…even sleep.

A staycation means no traffic jams, no leaving the dog in kennels, no discovering you have not packed all you need, no struggling to sleep in strange surroundings. If you cannot visit Stonehenge or St. Ives or the Giant’s Causeway this year, you can still explore them from your home.

Our friendship groups and family are incredibly important to us all and for some of us, we still need to keep in online contact with those people who are still shielding or vulnerable. There are many ways of connecting as I am sure we have all discovered. Why not stay connected using your favourite online platform and:

  • Play a murder mystery game.
  • Take part in a virtual escape room.
  • Join a quiz or bingo hosted by yourself or by a celebrity.
  • Host a book club or read a story together
  • Sing, dance, or act
  • Join a multi-player game online

I know as we went into lockdown we all thought we would have much more time to take up a new hobby, learn a new language, perfect our Pasodoble, or practice our saxophone playing….There are so many opportunities to learn something new. Listen to a podcast, join a short course, watch a YouTube clip.

Exploring your local area on your walks, I am sure has been different. I live in an urban setting, near a shopping centre but the lack of cars has meant that wildlife, plants, and birdlife have flourished. I have walked through a grassy area of butterflies, met cows and sheep in old earth-works, seen eggs hatch into goslings and cygnets, smelt wild garlic, seen a goldfinch and been in a cloud of willow seeds. We can now travel further-afield and continue to explore our beautiful countryside.

Some of the theatrical productions that I have seen online have been stunning. They have given us all an opportunity to explore new productions or a new genre knowing that we can simply switch-off if wanted. Sadly, as many of our concert venues or theatres are not able to open yet, we can still make use of the online offer.

To finish, a quote from the American author Anne Lamott

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you”

Sue Robertson
Library and Knowledge Services Development Lead
HEE South West and HEE South East (Thames Valley and Wessex)

Knowledge for Healthcare CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Programme

The Knowledge for Healthcare CPD group have published a brief overview of the programme for 2019-20. During the last year there were over 90 CPD events taking place across England. Some of these were organised at a national level whilst others were provided regionally. The events covered a wide range of topics as illustrated below.

Feedback from events was positive and provided evidence that all levels of staff were participating in the programme.

Plans for 2020-21

The CPD group were planning the programme for 2020-21 when COVID-19 struck. In response to this they provided a variety of virtual courses on critical appraisal, resilience, supporting staff, facilitating virtual meetings, and delivering virtual training.

As things begin to settle down the CPD group is now working on the programme for the remainder of the year. Using information from the 2019 Development Needs Survey, the group is planning events around topics including emerging technologies, literature searching and information retrieval, and equality, diversity and inclusion.

A virtual library assistant study day is planned for the autumn and a nine-month Senior Leadership course is currently being finalised. This will run virtually and will start in October 2020. Places on this will be advertised in the next few weeks via the lksmanagersengland@libraryservices.nhs.uk mailing list and the Knowledge Service Briefings

Work is under way on how to raise awareness of self-directed learning materials for the workforce. The move to a new website will provide an opportunity to review and refresh the Learning Zone . The group is  currently considering the best way forward for this resource.

If you have any questions or suggestions for development activities, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the group.

CPD Contacts

Holly Case Wyatt – HEE London and HEE South East (Kent, Surrey and Sussex)
Sarah Lewis –  HEE South West and HEE South East (Thames Valley and Wessex)
Catherine McLaren – HEE East of England and HEE Midlands
Gil Young –  HEE North East and Yorkshire and HEE North West

The Knowledge for Healthcare CPD Group
July 2020

Implementing Knowledge for Healthcare

Dear colleagues,

The first phase of implementing Knowledge for Healthcare has taken us from 2015 to 2020. I write to keep you in the loop about our current work and as we move into the next stages, refreshing the Knowledge for Healthcare strategy for 2021 and beyond.

The contribution of evidence and health information has never been more significant than in these quite extraordinary times – and this underlines our commitment to ensuring we keep the work on track. It is progressing to time.

Direction of Travel

Following feedback from Library Services Managers in 2019, discussions in network meetings earlier this year, and from our thinking within HEE, we are reaffirming the direction of travel of Knowledge for Healthcare. This remains unchanged and focused on ensuring the right knowledge and evidence are used at the right time in the right place.

“NHS bodies, their staff, learners, patients and the public use the right knowledge and evidence, at the right time, in the right place, enabling high quality decision-making, learning, research and innovation to achieve excellent healthcare and health improvement.” Knowledge for Healthcare Vision, 2015

Going forward you will see a continuing emphasis on these themes: Health Literacy and Patient Information underpinned by digital literacy, Mobilising Evidence and Knowledge across the NHS, Resource Discovery to optimise investment in digital resources; building a Workforce that is diverse, inclusive and digitally confident and, not least the Quality and Impact of library and knowledge services.

Keeping You in the Loop

I attach our Plan on a Page for the HEE team during 2020/21 and also a ppt update which depicts the direction for the coming years.

We find it helpful to use Driver Diagrams as a strategic planning tool to frame the direction. Each diagram sets out the “primary driver” we are working towards, followed by the “secondary drivers” and then specific “interventions” which we believe will deliver on these.

Finally, the level of engagement in Knowledge for Healthcare by health library and knowledge services staff across England has been remarkable. Thank you. By all means come back to us with any queries or comments. Please contact your regional lead as your first port of call:

With every good wish,
Sue Lacey Bryant