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.
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 entries, Maria 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
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.
NHS LKS Development Manager Yorkshire and Humber
NHS LKS Development Manager North East
For further information see Innovation awards
We are pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Sally Hernando Awards for Innovation.
The three winners were selected by Maria J Grant, editor of the Health Libraries and Information Journal, from the top ten entries voted for by regional judges from NHS Library and Knowledge Services across England.
1st prize goes to Samantha Unamboowe, Library Manager at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust – North West London for her project “Multi-Disciplinary Clinical Innovations Database @ RBHT”.
- Maria Grant commented “This project exemplifies everything you could hope for from the Sally Hernando Innovation Award by mobilising existing organisational knowledge and expertise with the goal of improving patient care. It works within existing technological structures and builds on local collaborations within the Foundation Trust.”
2nd prize goes to Beth Rawson of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for “The Online Research @ Derby Archive (ORDA)”.
- Maria Grant commented: “Beth’s project speaks directly to the aspirations of the Knowledge for Healthcare Programme in terms of mobilising evidence and organisational knowledge. ORDA uses Open Access Protocols to capture, store and preserve research outputs to respond to increase the exposure of organisational research activities.”
3rd prize goes to Angela Young of Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust for the “30 Day Research Support Challenge”.
- Maria Grant commented: “Angela’s project draws on the current trends of fitness challenges and gamification to support library staff development in enhancing knowledge and understanding of research needs of clinical and academic library users. She highlights the continued availability of resources beyond the initial 30 days of training module and presents learning points for future developments.”
The full details of these entries, together with the other innovation entries submitted in 2017 and from previous years, can be found on the library services website. 2017 entries have also been added to the Innovations Database and can be searched there.
Congratulations to our winners who will be funded to present their innovations at Health Libraries Group or an equivalent conference to help disseminate their great work.
We encourage NHS Library and Knowledge Services to start work now on recording and evaluating their innovations for the next submission round.
Dominic Gilroy – NHS LKS Development Manager – Yorkshire and the Humber
Joanne Naughton – NHS LKS Development Manager – North East
For further information see Innovation awards