#UKMedlibs #E4QI lunchtime tweetchat on Wednesday 17th November 12:30pm.

Join us for an interactive discussion on using evidence to improve the quality of patient care. Librarians and Knowledge Specialists play an integral role in making information accessible and putting it to good use, so we will discuss how to use knowledge for quality improvement (QI).

This is your opportunity to join the conversation and ask questions about how other Trusts support QI with evidence. We will be joined by members of the @Evidence4QI team including @andreadgibbons and @PhoenixAutumn.

The chat prompts will be:

1 How has using knowledge and best practice helped QI projects in your organisation?
2 What is your elevator pitch for why QI teams should use knowledge and evidence in QI projects?
3 In your opinion, what are the key priorities for QI teams and projects in your organisation?
4 Do you have someone in your organisation that is a champion for using evidence and knowledge for QI?
5 How has the creation of ICS’s (Integrated Care Systems) affected the relationship between your QI team and your KLS team and how you support QI?
6 Is the QI Evidence Update shared with people working in QI in your organisation? How can we improve it/get it out to more people?
7 What advice would you give to someone who is new to QI on how they can use evidence and knowledge to help them?
8 What have you gained from participating in today’s tweet chat? What will you do differently as a result?

We’d love to see you there to discuss all things Quality Improvement!

Reflective Practice for Library & Information Professionals – Tuesday 19th October 12.30pm

This month we are discussing reflective practice for library and information professionals. Questions for the chat are:

  1. What do you know about reflective practice?
  2. What is the value of reflection as a professional tool for Library and information professionals?
  3. How can we be reflective? Do you know of any LIS models?
  4. What do you do with the reflection once it has been done? How do you mobilise the knowledge gained from reflection to support your career/service?
  5. How could we use appraisal to support reflective practices?
  6. As NHS Librarians we can be exposed to potentially distressing situations, how could reflective practice help us as a profession deal with these situations?
  7. How can we encourage LIS Professionals to engage with reflective practice more regularly?

Join us for our September #UKmedlibs chat on new library professionals in health librarianship

Join us on Tuesday 21st September at 12:30pm

This month we are discussing new professionals in health librarianship. Questions for the chat are:

  1. As a profession, how can we help our new professionals settle into health librarianship?
  2. What attracts newly qualified library professionals to the NHS or other health related sectors in the first place?
  3. Are there any skills that are specialist to health library professionals? How do you think newly qualified librarians can develop these.
  4. How can we enable new professional development?
  5. What do you wish you knew as a new professional? Do you have any advice?
  6. How long can you call yourself a new professional?
  7. Is recruiting to new professional posts difficult?

Join us for our #ukmedlibs July chat on Contributing to Patient Care

Tuesday 20th July 12.30  

Everyday Knowledge and Library staff are contributing to the care of patients across the NHS. But how our contribution to patient care is achieved can sometimes seem opaque to the organisations we serve.  In this chat we will discuss exactly how Knowledge and Library Services contribute to patient care and how we better articulate this for our users.  

  1. How do you believe your role directly contributes to the care of patients in your organisation? 
  1. How confident do you feel in speaking to clinicians about how our services can support patient care? 
  1. Share an example of how you think you’ve impacted on care of patient 
  1. How do you think librarians can showcase this work better? 
  1. Should we have a more direct role in supporting patient care, i.e. though direct patient contact? 
  1. In what ways can we increase our contribution to supporting patient care?  

Join us 12.30 on Tuesday 20th July on Twitter with the hashtag #ukmedlibs.

a discussion on searching – Tuesday 15th june 12.30

Summer is finally here! Join us for our lunchtime June chat, 12.30pm on Tuesday 15th June. Lucy Sinclair will lead us in a discussion on literature searching. Questions are below…

1)      Have you started searching on the native interfaces?

2)      If you have started to search on them – what are your thoughts?

3)      Do you have a favourite database?

4)      Have you used any training and support resources?

5)      How are you finding using reference management software to de-duplicate results?

6)      What are your biggest issues with searching on the native interfaces?

Health Information Week 2021

May’s #ukmedlibs chat will be getting us ready for this years Health Information Week, which will be running 5th – 11th of July. Each day will have a different theme;

  • Health information for children and young people 
  • Vaccines 
  • “Oh, I don’t know what to believe…” 
  • Digital health 
  • Health information for everyone 
  • Quality Marks 
  • And one exciting additional theme due to be announced shortly

Join us at 12.30 on Tuesday 18th May to discuss the week, it’s themes and how you might participate. Please find the questions we will be following below. You can find out more about Health Information week at their website which will include a full list of the themes for each day, case studies, resources and some publicity for you to use.

  1. Is this your first time celebrating Health Information Week?
  2. Which of the daily themes appeals to you the most?
  3. Who will you be promoting this to?
  4. What do you have planned for the week in terms of promotion?
  5. What do you think of this years publicity? What else would you like to see?
  6. What would you like to see for Health Information Week 2022?

#ukmedlibs #HIW2021

Specialist librarian role – tuesday 20th april 12:30

Join us for our chat this lunchtime (We have changed the time this month). Sam Burgess will lead us in a discussion on the specialist librarian role. Questions are:

  1. What is a Specialist Librarian?
  2. Specialist librarian roles are varied – how would you describe your role in 3 words?
  3. What are your main responsibilities as a specialist librarian?
  4. What do you think are the core skills needed for this role?
  5. Is resilience an important aspect of a specialised librarian role?
  6. What advice would you give to someone who was looking to apply/start a specialised role?
  7. What do you love most about your role?

Moving in to our “new” normal – Tuesday 23rd march 12:30

There’s a slight change to our schedule this month. Join us on Tuesday 23rd March at 12:30 where Holly Case Wyatt will be leading a discussion on returning to a “new” normal.

As the easing of lockdown is in sight and COVID-19 hospital cases are reducing, we can all start to look ahead. What things that have been put in place during the past year are now going to be permanent parts of your service? What are you looking forward to moving on from? What are you hoping to focus on moving forward?

Questions are:

  1. What does the ‘new normal’ look like for you?
  2. What are you hoping to achieve in the near future?
  3. What has been on pause which you are looking to pick up again?
  4. What change made in the past year will now be a permanent fixture in your service?
  5. Are you planning a phased return for your library service as restrictions ease? (e.g. face to face teaching, staff going into work).
  6. What is your experience of planning for events (inductions, teaching groups) after June 21st when there is the possibility that all limits on social contact will be removed?
  7. What do you think working life in a health library will look like in a post COVID-19 world?

We’ll return to the usual 3rd Tuesday next month. Looking forward to seeing you all on Twitter.

#ukmedlibs: career progression and planning, 8 pm tuesday 16th february

Join us for our February chat, 8 pm on Tuesday 16th February (which is also Shrove Tuesday – pancake tossing while chatting is encouraged, but not obligatory). Sam Burgess will lead us in a discussion of career progression and planning.

The questions for the chat are as follows:

1. What does career progression/planning mean to you?
2. What do new career entrants need to consider when moving up the ladder?
3. How can people gain experience in areas not part of current job descriptions, e.g. line management?
4. Is moving up always the right thing to do – is moving sideways more suitable? (or even down?!)
5. Anecdotal evidence suggests that most people need to leave their current organisation to move on/up – is this true?
6. How should managers encourage staff to consider career progress/planning?
7. How would you encourage cross-sector career progression?
8. What is your one piece of advice to those wanting to do something else?

Website for the #ukmedlibs Twitter chats