Transcript and analytics for our #hlg2016 chat

Thanks to everyone (36 of you) who took part in our postcard from Scarborough chat last night. The transcript and analytics are now available from Symplur.

Next month’s chat takes place at 8pm on Tuesday 18 October, and will be led by Sam Burgess on the theme value and impact, particularly LQAF, the Library Quality Assurance Framework used by NHS libraries in England.

. Questions will be posted here before the chat.

A post card from Scarborough

Our September #ukmedlibs chat will take as its theme the 2016 HLG conference,, to be held in Scarborough from 15-16 September.

Whether you were lucky enough to be there, and want to reflect further on the issues raised by the papers you heard, or ideas sparked by networking, or you couldn’t go and want to know more, do come along at 8pm on Tuesday 20 September. It’s the next best thing to being there.

Follow the HLG conference as it happens with the hashtag #HLG2016 and follow us with #ukmedlibs

Questions for discussion;

  1. Those in attendance, was it a good HLG conference in your opinion?
  2. Were there any messages from our key note speakers which stuck out to you?
  3. Which sessions gave you the most food for thought?
  4. If you weren’t in attendance, which sessions looked the most of interest to you?
  5. Was there anything that you took away that you’ll definitely be putting in to practice? Or anything you’ll stop doing?
  6. What did you find to be controversial?

Join us from 8pm, 20/9/2016

Leadership chat transcript

Thanks to everyone who participated in last night’s lively chat on leadership, and particularly to Jo Alcock and Michael Cook, our guest leaders from the Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Programme.

The transcript and analytics are now up, thanks to Symplur. Next month’s chat will be a postcard from Scarborough, reflections on the HLG conference which takes place there on 15 and 16 September. The chat will be led by Holly Case, and takes place at 8 pm Tuesday 20 September.

Leadership chat, Tuesday 16 August, 8pm

August’s #ukmedlibs chat focuses on leadership, both in general and on the work and achievements of the first cohort of the Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Programme. Historically there’s been a great deal of work on developing leaders and leadership among doctors, nurses and other clinicians, but less in developing leaders in our own profession.

Knowledge for Healthcare, recognising this, set out as one its aims that local leaders will need to be identified, nurtured and developed through programmes that focus on the skills required and these in turn will feed in to a more rigorous approach to succession planning. In pursuit of that aim, 23 NHS library and knowledge service professionals successfully applied for a place and started their programme in March, each participant taking an active role in delivering an assigned project on behalf of Knowledge for Healthcare.

The programme is based on a similar model to the CILIP Leadership Programme and includes a variety of different components:
• 4 face-to-face workshops
• Monthly online activities
• Action Learning Sets
• Knowledge for Healthcare group projects

We’re fortunate to have Jo Alcock (programme coordinator) @joeyanne and Michael Cook (one of the programme participants) @The_Mr_Cook to lead the chat. Knowledge for Healthcare hope to be able to recruit a second cohort, so this chat will be a timely an opportunity to learn more about the programme, and leadership in general.

Topics likely to be covered include:

  1. Can anyone be a leader?
  2. Why are leadership skills desirable for our profession?
  3. How can leadership skills be developed?
  4. What is the Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Programme and how are you finding it so far?

NHS Leadership Academy
Knowledge Hub for the NHS Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy (TVWLA)
CIPD Leadership factsheet (free registration required)
Sue Lacey Bryant, David Stewart and Gil Young Knowledge for Healthcare – Workforce Plannng and Development CILIP Update, December/January 2015/2016 p.33-35

Join us online at 8pm on Tuesday 16th August, with the hashtag #ukmedlibs. Chats are archived at

Knowledge Management: July chat, 8 pm, Tuesday 19 July

We’re delighted to have Sue Lacey Bryant, Senior Advisor, Knowledge for
Healthcare, Health Education England, to lead our July chat, on the theme of knowledge management. Knowledge management is a key driver of Knowledge for Healthcare  and the timing of the chat couldn’t be better, as knowledge management is a major theme at the 2016 CILIP Conference, which opens in Brighton on Tuesday 12 July, – Sue, together with Patrick Mitchell of Health Education England, and Professor Graeme Dewhurst  Postgraduate Dean for Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex, will be presenting on  Bringing the right knowledge to bear on everyday healthcare at 2 pm on Tuesday 12 July.

The questions for the chat are as follows. Please remember to quote the question number as you respond in the chat, and, of course, use the hashtag #ukmedlibs.

1. What does Knowledge Management in healthcare mean to you?
2. What KM tools and processes are you using (or know about) to capture and share organisational and policy knowledge?
3. What KM approaches are you using, or are aware of, to improve the quality of patient care?
4. What do you think should be in a Board self -assessment tool about the organization’s maturity in applying knowledge?
5. What ways/mechanisms do you use to connect people with shared interests across organisational and departmental boundaries?
6. What ways do you use, or are considering using, to capture and share lessons and best practice within your organisation?
7. How do you use KM within the library and knowledge service team eg. to transfer and retain knowledge when staff change?
8. What skills and knowledge do you need to help you make better use of KM?


On the next #ukmedlibs chat – Library and Knowledge Services provision for Public Health

Following on from the suggestion made in our last discussion, this month we are focusing on what Library and Knowledge Services provide for Public Health. Since Public Health moved from the NHS to Local Authorities in 2013, access to services may have changed for Public Health staff, but their need for up to date and quality evidence has not. Plus, Public Health staff has unique information needs within their own work. So how are we addressing these needs? What is your service doing to build relationships with your local Public Health? Join us at 8pm on Tuesday 21st June for the next #ukmedlibs chat!

Q1. Do you provide a service to Public Health?

Q2. If yes, how? Do you have an SLA?

Q3. Do you have a named or embedded librarian for Public Health? How does that affect their service?

Q4. What are the information needs of Public Health staff?

Q5. In your experience, how does Public Health staff want to access Library and Knowledge Services?

Q6. How is your service successfully engaging with your local Public Health?

Want to add some questions for the discussion? Tweet us @ukmedlibs

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