This group aims to produce a guidance document in Spring 2016, to enable health librarians to be more involved in the provision of good quality health information for patients and the public, which is part of the vision of Knowledge for Healthcare. We will be working on this guidance in the New Year and will circulate to colleagues for comment before publishing in the spring.
In the meantime, we have collated examples of best practice from around the regions of how libraries are currently engaging with the public and patients for their health information needs. As well as being part of KfHC remit, we have also had queries from many staff asking for ideas on how they can become involved in this area. Hence our title: “Ideas Bank for Health Libraries”. Although this document is available for anyone to use now, we are going to be developing the format of the Ideas Bank to make it more user-friendly and possibly interactive – watch this space!
We have also produced a growing list of useful websites and documents for health libraries. This will be updated regularly and you are welcome to suggest additions to help your colleagues.
We are currently compiling a directory of NHS library staff with an interest in public and patient information to match up with their local Public Library health contacts throughout England in order to enable more local partnership working where links haven’t already been made.
There is a monthly Health Information Newsletter produced in the West Midlands which will also be posted on the Health Information pages of the LKS website each month. (NB. the URL for this location may change in the near future, so better to signpost people to this blog)
You are very welcome to share any of these documents with relevant colleagues and we are happy to receive feedback.
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