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Clinical Librarian, Brighton and Sussex NHS Library and Knowledge Service

Pen, paper, music, biscuits and coffee: transcript, analytics and resources from last night’s productivity chat

The transcript and analytics of last night’s chat about productivity techniques are now available.

As there were a number of techniques, apps and resources mentioned, we’ve extracted them from the transcript and list them below, in the order they were mentioned:

Also mentioned: pen, paper, music, biscuits and coffee

Transcript and analytics of January’s chat: new year resolutions

Thanks to everyone who participated in last night’s chat on new year resolutions. The transcript and analytics are now available.

The February chat will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 21st February and will be on productivity tools and time management: the topic came up in last night’s chat, and was popular. We have an idea for April’s chat. If anyone has suggestions for March, do contact us, either on Twitter or by e-mail to

Notes from November’s summarising and synthesising chat

Thanks everyone who participated in last night’s chat on summarising and synthesising evidence, and particularly to Alison Mclaren (@patcherillo on Twitter) for leading.

The transcript and analytics are now up, thanks to Symplur.

Some other resources mentioned in the course of the chat were:

Summarising and Synthesising Evidence #ukmedlibs chat – Tuesday 15th November 2016 8pm.

Join us on Tuesday 15th November for our next #ukmedlibs chat, this month on Summarising and Synthesising Evidence

Are you or your service regularly providing summarised evidence reviews for your users? Are you considering adding them to your service offer for certain user groups? We know that commissioners and public health staff highly value these evidence summaries to support their work, saving them time and providing them with high quality evidence.

  1. Are you providing evidence summaries?
  2. Which service users are requesting evidence summaries? Are you advertising this service or providing it as requested?
  3. Should there be a cost implementation for this service?
  4. What are the benefits to your service of offering evidence summaries?
  5. What are the difficulties or barriers in the provision of evidence summaries?
  6. Do you feel that you would benefit from further training on evidence summaries? What would you want that to cover?

Alison Mclaren from Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust joins us to share her experience of providing complex reviews for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network. Want to add to our questions? Tweet us @ukmedlibs

Coming soon, to a #ukmedlibs twitter chat near you

With three chats to go, it might be helpful to outline the #ukmedlibs chat calendar for the remainder of the year.
18 October: quality assurance in health libraries: to LQAF and beyond, led by Sam Burgess and Dominic Gilroy
15 November: synthesising and summarising.
20 December: our now traditional- well, we’ve done it once- light-hearted look at curiousities from the biomedical literature. Think Christmas BMJ, only more so.

All chats start at 8 pm.

In 2017, we’ve had some interest in a chat on cataloguing and acquisitions and we’ll be meeting in December to map out a programme for the whole year. If you have an idea and would like to help lead a chat, get in touch: e-mail us at or tweet us @ukmedlibs. We can provide support if you’ve never led a twitter chat before.

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.

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