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National Statistics Return Infographics

Every year HEE’s Library Leads gather information from NHS funded Library and Knowledge Services in the regular statistics returns.  This information is vital to many of our decisions, strategies, and actions but the data itself is often hidden from sight.

This year we have developed a series of Infographics to share back with you some of the findings of the latest staffing and activity returns.  We hope that you find these interesting and useful.

Please click on the links to download Infographics in PDF format

Public Health “toolkit”

This resource has been compiled to help NHS-funded library and knowledge services (LKS) seeking to provide services and support to public health staff based in local authority teams.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 transferred statutory responsibility for provision of local public health services from the NHS to local authorities.  Every County Council, Unitary Authority and London Borough has a Director of Public Health (DPH) and their staff are local government employees.  A list of DPH’s and local authorities with public health responsibilities is here.

In February 2017, an estimated 10% of these teams were supported by in-house information professionals, whilst 36% had funded SLAs with NHS LKS for professional support, but over 40% did not, as far as we are aware, have any arrangement in place.

Contents include:

What do local public health staff do?

When might local public health practitioners need access to evidence?

What evidence might local public health practitioners require?

What is the relationship between local public health teams, CCGs and STPs?

What is the role of the Public Health England Knowledge and Library Service team?

How can PHE KLS support NHS LKS?

The lis-publichealth mailing list

What is available to local public health staff without charge?

Sample service specification

Options for service delivery

Charging for services

Further information:

Please contact:

Wendy Marsh, Public Health England  Wendy.Marsh@phe.gov.uk

Helen Bingham, Health Education England South helen.bingham@hee.nhs.uk

Who’s afraid of the big bad app…….

Not library staff……they are extremely keen to learn about them, to learn how to exploit them, to support others in using them – this is just one of priorities identified from the training needs analysis survey by the National Training Programme (NTP) Task and Finish Group.

The purpose of the NTP group is to identify training needs to underpin the competencies required of library staff and also to identify priorities for their developmental needs.  The group has representation from professional and paraprofessional staff and from areas across the country.

There are two main objectives for the group.  The first is to develop a curriculum for a national training program which will equip staff with the competencies to meet their current roles and to develop their skills to meet the changing needs of the NHS.

Design and delivery of a biannual survey of development needs is the second main task of the group.  This survey will be used to retrospectively identify training priorities, as well as identifying the prospective training needs of NHS library staff.  These priorities will also be reflected in the national curriculum.

A training needs survey was conducted earlier this year and Apps were the most frequently requested development need identified by bands 3 & 4, bands 5 & 6  and were in the top 5 for bands 7 and upwards.  Clearly “Apps” are a priority but further work needs to be done to address what library staff want to know, the variation between regions and even Trusts, and how it should be delivered.

If only there was “an app for that”….

If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please contact us via the group chair, hugh.hanchard@stees.nhs.uk

Members of the group

Pauline Blagden, Katherine France, Hugh Hanchard (Chair), John Loy, Janet Sampson, Gail Samuel