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

#AMillionDecisions – an ongoing initiative

70 for #NHS70: endorsements for #AMillionDecisions at NHSConfed18

A fantastic two days of advocacy about the role of health librarians and knowledge specialists took place last week at the NHS Confed18 Exhbition in Manchester.  Conversations were held with over 70 senior leaders across the healthcare system who signed-up to support the key messages of the campaign, highlighting the critical role of specialist health librarians to encourage the use of evidence and knowledge to inform decisions made in health care.

In addition four of our champions  provided interviews about the necessity to use reliable evidence in health care decision making, outlining the multiple benefits from working with health librarians.

Louise Goswami and Sue Lacey-Bryant travelled from Manchester to Keele to deliver a keynote presentation  to the CILIP Health Libraries Group Conference which described what has changed as a result of the campaign.

The campaign to-date

Phase One of the #AMillionDecisions campaign reached its conclusion at the end of 2017. The campaign was successful in gathering high-profile senior leader support and enabling conversations to take place about the critical role of library and knowledge services at a national level. Tangible results include the NHS Library and Knowledge Services Policy being embedded in the NHS England researc h plan; a pilot knowledge broker service for the National Association Primary Care (NAPC) care home initiative; regular communications to various NHS organisations about library and knowledge services and trialling questions relating to library services within the GMC survey.  Further potential for greater partnership working with a range of organisations, such as the Care Quality Commission, NHS England and NHS Improvement are also underway. Further leads from events such as our presence at the NHS Confederation Conference 2017 are still being followed up.

Featured throughout the campaign were a series of social cards featuring endorsements from high-profile champions and the production of case study vignettes illustrating the impact of the work we do.

At a local level #AMillionDecisions has presented a clear message that can be used by Library and Knowledge service teams to celebrate the impact of their work upon healthcare services.

Ongoing developments

A meeting was held with CILIP in the early part of 2018 and a decision taken to continue to use the #AMillionDecisions messaging and branding as an ongoing initiative celebrating the critical role of specialist health librarians to encourage the use of evidence and knowledge to inform excellent health care and health improvement. The second phase of this initiative will focus around reaching out to those that employ health librarians and to NHS organisations and individuals which currently do not make use of library and knowledge services. It will share a range of outputs such as the Evidence and Knowledge Self Assessment Tool and the Literature Searching and Knowledge Mobilisation e-learning tools to encourage use of evidence and knowledge within the health service in England.

Further endorsements have been sought and published across social media – in 2018 these have included endorsements from Professor Gillian Leng, NICE; Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, University of Oxford; Dr Andrew Goddard, Royal College of Physicians; Dr Tim Swanwick, Health Education England;  Dr Nav Chana, NAPC; Dr Jonty Heaversedge, NHS England and Professor Tim Evans, NHSI.

The illustrative case studies supplied by you continue to be shared as examples of good practice with many senior stakeholders.

How can you get involved?

We ask that you continue to use the #AMillionDecisions logo, collect endorsements from your own local champions and continue to submit impact case studies to the Knowledge for Healthcare Blog. Two basic templates are available for you to develop and share examples of your own local social cards and impact case study vignettes. Continue to use the hashtag in your social media posts and share key messages from the initiative within your organisations.

An Espresso Cafe was held at the CILIP HLG Conference to gather feedback about  #AMillionDecisions.  Notes from that session are available here.

For further information please contact your regional library lead.

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