Knowvember19 – How to get involved.

Our preparations are underway to showcase all the work you are doing to mobilise evidence and knowledge in your organisations.  Building upon the success of Knowvember18 and your helpful feedback we are asking you to share with your organisations the work you have been doing throughout the year, or have planned for next year,  relating to mobilising evidence and knowledge. 

Perhaps you are setting up a repository, are managing website content, are running randomised coffee trials or have shared the NHS Knowledge Mobilisation Framework e-learning and postcards with some colleagues – now is your time to collectively shout about this work.

How you can get involved?

  • Tell us about what you have been up to since Knowvember18 – take 2 minutes to Leave a Comment at the end of this post and share your activities – what has worked and what could have been better –all replies received before the 30th October will be entered into a draw to win a copy of the recently published KM Cookbook and be featured during November. 
  • If you are on social media then share what you have been doing using #Knowvember19
  • Share your lessons learnt about making time for KM by sending a message to the Community of Practice for Knowledge Management
  • Take part in the Twitter #ukmedlibs chat on the 19th November at 12:30
  • Add your story to the KM story bank by completing and submitting the template here
  • Use the self assessment tool with your team to see how well you are using evidence and knowledge as a team
  • Gather an impact case study about your knowledge mobilisation activities and send to the national database
  • Watch the weekly pre-recorded webinars featuring an aspect of knowledge mobilisation throughout November
  • Plan some mobilising evidence and knowledge activities to run throughout 2020 and tell us about them either on Twitter or on the Community of Practice Discussion List

Where can I get more ideas or information?

There are loads of ideas and examples on the Knowledge Management Toolkit and you can see what people did in Knowvember18 by looking at the wall of pledges.  You can use the Community of Practice to share ideas and ask for help.  If you have not yet had a chance to use the NHS Knowledge Mobilisation Framework  e-learning then this is a great time to pay a visit.  This suite of 11 E-Learning modules featuring each technique is free to access via the e-learning for healthcare platform.  Each module briefly introduces each technique – highlighting benefits, providing  a quick overview of how to do the technique and inviting participants to have a go either by completing a short activity or by planning use of the technique in a real life situation.  There are additional resources that can be found linked from the e-learning and on the Learning Zone hosted on the Knowledge for Healthcare Blog.

Further information about Knowvember is available on the Knowledge for Healthcare Blog Page.

Health Literacy Month

October is Health Literacy Month. For the last 20 years, organisations across the world have used October as an opportunity to raise awareness of health literacy.

So what is health literacy?

Health literacy is the ability to access, understand, appraise and use health information to make health-related decisions. In the UK, we know from work by Gill Rowlands that 43% adults struggle with text-based health information; rising to 61% if the health information includes numbers as well as text.

Health and social care staff need to be aware of health literacy issues to support access to information. Techniques such as “teach back” and “chunk and check” can increase understanding and the ability of individuals to own decisions about their health and wellbeing.

What is the local impact? This Health Literacy Month we are launching borough-level data on health literacy levels, for textual content and for health information that includes both text and numbers. This is analysis provided by Gill Rowlands and academic colleagues at the University of Southampton. We hope that this dataset will enable you to raise the profile of the issue locally and to prioritise activity.

What can NHS library and knowledge services do?

NHS library and knowledge services are well placed to advise colleagues on techniques to support people with low health literacy, to sign-post to patient information materials and to provide training. The health literacy toolkit includes a range of resources and guidance on techniques. We are currently cascading training to library and knowledge services staff, with a suite of materials in development to use in 2020.

How can I use Health Literacy Month?

Health Literacy Month provides an opportunity to have conversations about health literacy. These may be conversations within your service, using the toolkit to assess how you might be more health-literacy friendly. Or, they may be conversations with colleagues in other departments, or with partner organisations. There are international resources available to help you to add profile to Health Literacy Month.

If you would like to share ideas, do get in touch. Ruth Carlyle,, Strategic Lead NHS library and knowledge services – East of England and Midlands

National Statistics Return Infographics

Every year HEE’s Library Leads gather information from NHS funded Library and Knowledge Services in the regular statistics returns.  This information is vital to many of our decisions, strategies, and actions but the data itself is often hidden from sight.

This year we have developed a series of Infographics to share back with you some of the findings of the latest staffing and activity returns.  We hope that you find these interesting and useful.

Please click on the links to download Infographics in PDF format