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Knock, Knock …. Or possibly Open Sesame ?

November 16, 2015, Knowledge for Healthcare Authentication Task and Finish Group, Stewart House, London.

On a beautiful November day a group of people from NICE, HEE, the NHS and JISC met in Stewart House across the road from the little park in Russell Square (the park has a really lovely café run by an Italian family and you can sit out and watch the squirrels in the middle of London!).

We came together to talk about how to make it as easy as possible for NHS staff to get into all the articles and databases and books and the as yet undreamt of apps and resources of the future.  These tools of Evidence Based Practice have been paid for ultimately by the state.  However, it comes as no surprise to those involved in provision, that ensuring ease of access to the goods can be difficult !

  • How can we mandate IT managers in every NHS Trust to use the same, up to date browsers, firewall white lists and allowable electronic resources?
  • How do we ensure we can all use a super-fast, wide open bandwidth to do the same?
  • How do we standardise, streamline and make transparent all routes to all paid for resources?

The answer is – we can’t!   However, in the absence of the equivalent of a lottery win, what we can do is create a group that reflects on and draws upon best practice across the NHS in England, integrating suppliers and technology strands to create the best rope bridges to allow our readers to cross over to the promised treasure chest of gold standard evidence that is theirs for the asking.   And so we begin … “ Knock, Knock … may we come in?”

We are  –  Sarah Massey (NHS/Chair), Linda Mace-Michalik (NHS), Hannah Prince (NHS),  Helga Perry (NHS), Richard Osborn (HEE), Moira Godbert Laird (NICE), Michael Heath (NICE) and Josh Howlett (JISC).

We have set ourselves the following tasks  –  draw up Terms of reference; identify stakeholders and communications; scope current methods of access; understand the current NHS network spine;  pilot improved access routes; create a risk log; assist in AIMS reprocurement and developments of the openathens registration form

Wider NHS Workforce – update from the task and finish group

The first part of Autumn was spent collecting data on the existing level of service provided to “the wider NHS” by local LKS. We started with a rough definition of “wider NHS” which included primary care, public health, CCGs, CSUs, senates, clinical networks, social care, and hospices and members of the team phoned round their local network. The results were plotted into spreadsheets and circulated round the team for analysis and discussion.

We gathered together for a telechat in December. We discussed which groups should be considered core LKS customers, i.e served out of regular income, and which should be “wider NHS,” and therefore served only with additional funding arrangements in place.

We agreed that ambulance services, primary care staff and hospices should be considered core and passed this decision over to the Core Services Group. Hospices, although not NHS, were included as they appear to be supported on local ‘grace and favour’ arrangements and therefore a ‘de facto’ core group.

The following were agreed to be ”wider NHS.” They should receive library & knowledge services under locally-funded arrangements:

  • CSUs,
  • NHS England offices,
  • HEE local offices,
  • CCG commissioners,
  • public health,
  • social care,
  • clinical senates,
  • AHSNs,
  • Healthwatch,
  • clinical networks.

Of these, LKS for NHS England is being managed elsewhere and the clinical senates are in discussion with Louise over a funded service specification.

Tackling the wider NHS

We have now split into subgroups, each tackling an area of the wider NHS. Each group will

  • Identify the LKS needs of their ‘wider NHS’ group
  • Identify good LKS practice across the country
  • From these two, develop a service offer/specification that local LKS can use.
  • Prepare ‘good practice’ examples and contact details for LKS to use
  • Identify training/development needs for LKS staff/managers

The groups are:

  • Public health – Potenza Atiogbe, Wendy Marsh, David Brunt, Jason Ovens
  • CCG Commissioners – Jill Rutt, Caroline Timothy, Mike Roddham
  • AHSN, senates, networks – Lisa Riddington, Jacqui Smales
  • Healthwatch – Dorothy Halfhide, Mike Roddham
  • Social care – we decided to leave for the present.

Initial results will be gathered in mid-January.

A fantastic opportunity to develop your leadership skills – a free one year programme for 2016/17 – applications close on Monday 21 December

What is the Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Development Programme? We are launching an exciting opportunity for those who wish to develop and strengthen their effectiveness as they take on a variety of leadership roles. Delivered in partnership with CILIP, on behalf of Health Education England a new leadership programme, specifically for healthcare librarians and knowledge specialists who provide services to staff who work for the NHS, starts in March next year.

What is the Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Development Programme? This new programme is being delivered in partnership with CILIP, on behalf of Health Education England. It has been designed to strengthen our capability to lead the ambitious changes envisioned within Knowledge for Healthcare. Based on a model already piloted by CILIP, the programme has been tailored specifically for healthcare librarians and knowledge specialists who provide services to staff who work for the NHS

Who is it for? This programme is not just for those with formal leadership responsibility; it is for those who wish to develop and strengthen their effectiveness as they take on a variety of leadership roles.

The programme is targeted at mid-career professionals so although we welcome applications from all experience levels we believe it will be of most benefit to individuals who have some leadership experience and are looking to build on this for the future.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Identify different leadership styles; reflect on their appropriateness in different situations
  • Reflect on their own preferred personal leadership style and its effectiveness in different working environments to influence and inspire others
  • Consider leadership in context for different organisations (i.e. governance, culture, policies)
  • Appreciate approaches to strategic thinking, change management and evaluation
  • Understand the importance of stakeholder engagement and the requirements of project management
  • Show an understanding of the leadership skills needed to develop the application of knowledge management in healthcare settings
  • Build upon experience, skills and knowledge developed through the programme and engagement with a wide range of experienced professionals to drive innovation and improvement
  • Identify their leadership development needs and how consider how to address these, and understand the opportunities available through the NHS Leadership Academy.

Programme details: The programme will utilise different methods of learning, including face-to-face and virtual elements. There will be a combination of workshops, webinars, videos, reading and discussions around a variety of topics relating to leadership throughout the programme.

In addition to these learning opportunities, each participant will take an active role in:

  • Group project work – delivering an assigned project, with others, on behalf of Knowledge for Healthcare. The group project will enable individuals to strengthen their leadership skills to deliver a piece of work, and implement change, as well as enabling experience of leading within the group environment.
  • Action Learning Set – held throughout the programme, supporting group project work and personal development.

Personal development planning will focus predominantly on the relevant areas of the CILIP Professional Knowledge and Skills Base, to identify needs and approaches to address these at both a personal level and organisational level.

Compulsory Elements: All participants are required to attend each of the following elements of the programme:

  • 11 March 2016    Programme Launch. London
  • April 2016             Action Learning Set 1
  • June 2016             Workshop
  • July 2016              Action Learning Set 2
  • September 2016 Workshop
  • October 2016       Action Learning Set 3
  • February 2017     Sharing the learning

Recommended dates: These events are optional, but highly recommended:

Resource Commitment

Time: We estimate that individuals will need to set aside 2-3 days per month, to engage in the programme and meet their personal development needs. At times through the year the project plan agreed by each group may require a greater commitment.

Costs: There is no fee for taking part in this programme, which is being funded by HEE as part of its commitment to implementing Knowledge for Healthcare. All delegates are expected to make their own arrangements to cover the cost of travel and accommodation, as needed. See also the HEE Statement regarding travel or accommodation expenses.

How to Apply: Applicants are required to submit:

  1. A CV
  2. A statement which tells us something more about you in 1,000 to 1,500 words:

Give examples of where you have taken leadership roles, whether in a professional or personal setting. Tell us what you learned from each one. Are there are there things you would do differently now? Which leadership behaviours worked well?

What do you hope to gain from this programme?

How might you apply the learning in practice?

Where do you see your career options? How do you intend to get yourself ready?

Why should you have a place?

Application Guidance: By submitting your application you are demonstrating a personal commitment to fully participate in the programme. This includes attendance at each of the compulsory face-to-face workshops and action learning set meetings.

Please submit your application, by email to david.stewart@nhs.net

Each applicant will receive confirmation of receipt of the application within five working days.

Selection Criteria: Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to the NHS and to the library and information profession
  • Commitment to delivering Knowledge for Healthcare
  • Ambition to strengthen leadership skills, and effectiveness in role
  • Commitment to reflective practice
  • Commitment to applying new knowledge and skills
  • An ability to demonstrate flexibility, self-awareness and authenticity
  • Career ambition – and being clear that careers take many shapes and paths  

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by 21st December 2015 at 5pm.

Application Notification: Applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of their application by the week beginning 18th January 2016.