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Innovation Awards

The Sally Hernando Innovation Awards were introduced in 2011.  They are awarded every two years. 

NHS KLS staff are natural innovators. They constantly improve their products and services to enable NHS staff and learners to provide excellent healthcare.  

HEE recognises knowledge and library services (KLS) innovation and innovators through these awards.

Sally Hernando (1957 to 2010) was the Head of Knowledge Management and E-learning at the former NHS South West.   She led on many innovative national developments and played a key role in enabling KLS staff to realise their full potential. 

Defining innovation 

Innovation is a “novel” way of providing a service or a product which has not been seen before in NHS knowledge and library services.

For the awards, HEE is interested in new ideas rather than local adoption of best practice from elsewhere within the NHS. We like to see innovations that 

  • are implemented and evaluated in terms of success and impact  
  • are easily replicated or adapted for use in other knowledge and library services 
  • offer “quick wins” in terms of investment of time, finances and other resources 
  • have a broad appeal that addresses a widespread need or requirement  

Judging the Sally Hernando Innovation Awards  

  • From a shortlist of 10 entriesMaria J. Grant (Editor-in-Chief of CILIP’s Health Libraries Group Health Information & Libraries Journal) chooses the 3 winners
  • The winning innovations will be of interest to the wider profession and have an actual or potential organisational benefit. 
  • The winners receive a funded place at Health Libraries Group (or equivalent) conference to promote their innovations. 

 The Sally Hernando Innovation Awards winners 

Summary of entries  Number of entries  Number judged innovations 
2018 summary  26  17 
2017 summary  42  30 

 

 

 

2018 Call for Innovations

Following some excellent entries to the Sally Hernando Innovation Awards last year, we are pleased to invite entries for the 2018 awards.  Once again, we want to hear about the new and innovative ideas Library and Knowledge services have been introducing over the past few years.

Feedback to several services last year was that their innovations were so new that there had been no time to undertake an evaluation – an essential element of the new process.  We would especially welcome re-submission of any of these projects where evaluation has now taken place.

The innovation form has been slightly revised this year to include a champion or witness statement from colleagues within your organisation who have worked with you on the innovations.  Please make sure that you use the latest version of the entry form on the blog.

Maria Grant has kindly agreed to select the winners of the award again this year.  We hope to announce the results of the 2018 awards to coincide with Libraries Week in October and there will be funding for the winners to present their innovations at HLG or a similar UK conference.

The new innovations form, guidance, and submission process can be found on the Knowledge for Healthcare Blog

The deadline for entries for the 2018 awards is Friday 9th March 2018

We look forward to hearing from you.

Dominic Gilroy
NHS LKS Development Manager Yorkshire and Humber
dominic.gilroy1@nhs.net

Joanne Naughton
NHS LKS Development Manager North East
joanne.naughton1@nhs.net

For further information see Innovation awards

Sally Hernando Innovations Submissions 2018

Entries for the 2018 Sally Hernando Innovations Awards have closed.

You can view the database of innovations here or on the website

The next judging for the awards is scheduled in early 2020.

Submission processes will be confirmed nearer the time.

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For further information see Innovation awards