Do we know where the money invested in NHS library and knowledge services comes from?
Do we know how much is invested?
We all have questions about the funding levels and whether it is appropriate for what is expected to be delivered as part of an NHS library and knowledge service.
Health Education England has commissioned CIBER Research Ltd. http://ciber-research.eu/ to carry out an audit/review with the aim of improving the effectiveness and value for money of these services to the NHS and associated bodies, their staff and learners. The review has three objectives:
- To analyse the existing data to determine whether, and how, the levels of funding are inequitable and whether inequity correlates to diminished quality of service for staff and learners.
- To review the current model of funding for Library and Knowledge Services across the NHS in England to determine if the model offers optimum value for money for HEE and NHS bodies.
- To present alternative funding models and identify all those organisations which could be co-funding services to reduce inequity and best support the implementation of Knowledge for Healthcare.
The work will answer the following questions:
- Does the current model result in best use of resources?
- What alternative models are there?
- Which NHS bodies does HEE need to work with?
- Which other non-NHS bodies does HEE need to work with?
- What can be learned from existing data?
- What is the relationship between funding and compliance with the NHS Library Quality Assurance Framework (LQAF)?
The work will be guided by the HEE Library and Knowledge Services Leads Equitable Funding Task and Finish Group with Linda Ferguson acting as project manager and is planned to complete in September 2016.
Members of the Task and Finish Group
Helen Bingham – HEE South
Andrew Brown – Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Rachel Cooke – Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Linda Ferguson (Chair) – HEE North firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise Goswami – HEE Kent Surrey and Sussex
Charlie Leppington – Imperial College London
Richard Marriott – HEE East Midlands
With support from Sue Lacey-Bryant, Senior Advisor, Knowledge for Healthcare