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July’s Chat – Patient and Public Information, how is your service getting involved?

Following Health Information Week earlier this month, July’s chat will be on Patient and Public Information (PPI). Since Knowledge for Healthcare was published, in which Patient and Public Information was highlighted as a key are of work, there has been an increased focus on the topic. How has PPI affected you? Are you loving or loathing this focus? Are you seeing positive changes through this work? We will be following the questions below:

  1. What has your service implemented so far to support the PPI agenda?
  2. What’s been the most positive thing to come out of your PPI work so far?
  3. What is the most problematic aspect of PPI for you?
  4. Did you get involved with Health Information Week? How so?
  5. Have you built any good relationships out of your PPI work? How would you like to see those develop?
  6. Do you feel you need additional support to implement PPI in your service? If yes, what?
  7. Have you used any of the resources put together as part of the Knowledge for Healthcare PPI work stream?

Join us on Tuesday 18th July at 8pm on Twitter using the hashtag #ukmedlibs to discuss Patient and Public Information.


June’s Chat – Professional Development, are you up to scratch?

MLA Competencies and CILIPs PKSB for Health

June’s chat will be focused on two professional development tools, the Medical Libraries Association’s Competencies and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professional’s Professional and Knowledge Skills Base for Health.

Both documents are for you to use to highlight any areas that might require further professional developments and assess which areas you are particularly strong in. But are these documents helpful? Do you feel they reflect the demands of the profession? We’ll be following these questions during the course of the chat:

  1. Have you recently used a professional development tool? If so, which one? And, how?
  2. What are the benefits of the MLA competencies?
  3. Is there anything missing from the MLA competencies?
  4. What are the benefits of the CILIP PKSB for health?
  5. Does it cover everything that medical information professionals need?
  6. Do these tools inspire you to fill in any knowledge gaps or fill you with dread about what more you should be doing?

The MLA competencies are available online here and you don’t need to be a MLA member to access them. The CILIP PKSB for Health is available online here, but is only accessible to CILIP members.

Join us on Tuesday 20th June at 8pm on Twitter using the hashtag #ukmedlibs to discuss these professional development tools.

What are you using? – Productivity apps and tools for time management

#ukmedlibs chat February 21st February 2017 8pm

Last month we talked about our New Year’s resolutions and the resounding response seemed to be linked to increased productivity. Which led to the question, how? With added roles, tasks and projects how do you keep on top of it all? Let your colleagues in to your secrets…

  1. What is your one top tip to being productive?
  2. Are you using any tools to keep on top of it all or to support productivity?
  3. Any apps you want to recommend?
  4. Procrastination, the scourge of productivity. How do you stave it off?
  5. Do you feel you manage your time efficiently?
  6. What are your top time management tips?

Join us at 8pm on Twitter on Tuesday 21st February using the hashtag #ukmedlibs

What’s your new year’s resolution? #ukmedlibs chat – Tuesday 17th January 8pm

New Year, new you? Or new priorities for your service or career?

Let’s kick off 2017 with a chat about what we are aiming to do this year professionally. Are you trying to quit a bad work habit? Or perhaps you are trying to get yourself in to a good work habit? Maybe you need to get a piece of work you’ve been putting off done  or have a project to get off the ground? Let us know what you are planning for this year and share good ideas and advice with your colleagues.

  1. What is your work New Year’s resolution?
  2. What have you been putting off that you’re determined to get done this year?
  3. What good work habits are you putting in place this year?
  4. What old work habits are you working towards getting rid of?
  5. Do you have a project you’re starting this year?
  6. What will you do this towards your CPD (Continuing Professional Development) this year?
  7. What does 2017 look like for your service? Sum it up in three words.


Join us at 8pm on Tuesday 17th January using the hashtag #ukmedlibs

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

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

#ukmedlibs chat 17th April; current awareness

April’s #ukmedlibs chat will be focused on current awareness. How are we keeping our users and ourselves up to date with all the new research, news articles, events, guideline changes etc.  Join us from 8pm on Tuesday 19th April, using the hashtag #ukmedlibs to discuss all things good and bad about current awareness (hopefully we’ll also pick up some good tips!) We will loosely be following the below questions over the hour;

  • Do you publicise current awareness as a key service on offer?
  • Do you think it’s an essential part of our service to users?
  • How do you put together current awareness updates for your users? Do you use a platform like KnowledgeShare?
  • Do you send out current awareness bulletins on specific topics or to specific user groups? Ie. Substance misuse or to Public Health staff
  • How much time do you spend putting together current awareness updates?
  • Do you have current awareness updates set up for your own professional use?

Want to see other questions asked? Let us know by tweeting us @ukmedlibs See you there!

Critical appraisal session with John Blenkinsopp 19 January 2016

John introduces our critical appraisal chat:

The issue for discussion is whether Librarians should lead the Critical Appraisal agenda within Evidence Based Medicine? We currently lead in terms of finding evidence, but should we also lead in terms of appraising the quality of the evidence found? My view is that Critical Appraisal is actually an extension of our existing skills and expertise and is a lot easier than you might think. To attempt to prove this we are going to appraise a BMJ paper:

Hickson M, D’Souza AL, Muthu N, Rogers TR, Want S, Rajkumar C, Bulpitt CJ. Use of probiotic Lactobacillus preparation to prevent diarrhoea associated with antibiotics: randomised double blind placebo controlled trial. BMJ. 2007 Jul 14;335(7610):80. Epub 2007 Jun 29

What are your experiences of critical appraisal of clinical evidence? Have you enjoyed, helped, struggled, hated it?
Are librarians the right people in healthcare to be leading appraisal of evidence?
Are there any barriers to librarians leading critical appraisal sessions?

In terms of the paper, questions for this are as follows:

1) What did you think of the paper?
2) Was the paper focused in terms of the population, intervention control and outcomes?
3) Describe the patient
4) Describe the intervention
5) Describe the control used
6) What outcomes were being measured?
7) How did the randomization worked
8) Do the patient groups compare well?
9) Were the patients and staff ‘blind’ – did the patients know what they were drinking?
10) Was there any loss to follow up
11) Was there enough power in the study?
12) What were the results?
13) How precise were the results
14) If you worked for Danone, how would you use this paper to ensure that patients in hospital received Actimel. Who would you market it to?

Join us 8pm on Tuesday the 19th January. Use the hashtag #ukmedlibs