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Gift 8: Back to basics – the Best Practice Current Awareness guidelines #Knowledgeforelfcare

What is it?

Current Awareness services are highly valued, but time-consuming to do well. By sharing effort and expertise, we can continue to improve the quality, relevance and reach of the bulletins we produce. This simple guidance covers; current awareness basics, evaluating and reviewing, terminology, delivery format and design, evaluating information sources, content, abstracts and summaries, copyright and disclaimers.

What should you use it for?

These simple guidelines have been developed by librarians for librarians, to help ensure our current awareness outputs are both fit for purpose and good to share. If you’re embarking on a new current awareness service, or looking to refresh the ones you already deliver, it’s worth a look at the guide to ensure you’re producing something of the highest quality that meets your users needs in the most efficient way you can.

Links and useful resources

KfH Workstream

Resource Discovery Working Group (RDG)

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Gift 7: Patients, Practice and the Public – the Ideas Bank #Knowledgeforelfcare

What is it?

The Ideas Bank is just that – a bank of examples of best practice from around the regions looking at how libraries are currently engaging with the public and patients supporting their health information needs. It includes ideas grouped by theme e.g. ‘internal staff partnerships’, ‘engagement with public libraries’ or ‘information literacy’, guidance for each theme and links to useful websites and award-winning examples.

What should you use it for?

If you’re unsure how to get involved in this area or have queries it is worth having a look at the Ideas Bank for inspiration – you might just find something you can replicate in your trust or be inspired to try after reading what others have done. It’s also useful if you want to do some research of your own as reliable websites for more information are included throughout.

Links and useful resources

KfH Workstream

Patient and Public Information (PPI)

Knowledge for Elfcare Slide deck

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Gift 6: Realising the vision – the Evaluation Framework #Knowledgeforelfcare

What is it?

The Evaluation Framework has been developed to meet the need to assess progress towards achieving the delivery of HEE’s vision for Knowledge for Healthcare and to demonstrate the significant contribution made by library and knowledge services. An Evaluation Framework is designed to provide a coherent approach to evaluating impact. It focuses on the difference a service wants to, or need to make, then works systematically to identify how you will know you are getting there and what you need to do to make this likely. The framework is based on the premise that it is usually very difficult to provide clear evidence of impact in complex systems such as healthcare. Therefore, the approach was taken to identify a series of indicators which, when taken together as a whole, would suggest that progress is being made in a particular area.

What should you use it for?

The Evaluation Framework is a good tool to support both service improvement and advocacy for your own service. Many of the indicators do relate to your own service and therefore will show how your service is contributing to the overall vision of Knowledge for Healthcare and against the six outcomes of the framework.  The evidence you will be collecting for national submission will therefore also be valuable in the evaluation of your own service.

There are six impact objectives that make a clear statement of what we want to achieve and what will be different if we are successful. They are:

    1. Organisations are more effective in mobilising evidence and internally generated knowledge
    2. Patients, carers and the public are empowered to use information to make health and well-being choices
    3. Improved consistency and increased productivity and efficiency of Healthcare Library and Knowledge Services
    4. Enhanced quality of healthcare library and knowledge services
    5. Partnership working is the norm in delivering knowledge to healthcare
    6. Increased capability, confidence and capacity of library and knowledge services workforce

Links and useful resources

KfH Workstream

Quality and Impact Working Group but covers the whole of the Knowledge for Healthcare Programme

Knowledge for Elfcare Slide deck

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