Health Education England (HEE) is responsible for planning investment in healthcare Library and Knowledge Services (LKS) on behalf of the NHS in England. These services support education, lifelong learning, research and evidence based practice. HEE has released plans to develop LKS roles and delivery, with the ambition of making healthcare knowledge services “business critical” for informed decision-making and innovation in the NHS.
Knowledge for healthcare: a development framework for NHS library and knowledge services in England, 2015 – 2020. London: Health Education England; Library and Knowledge Services, December 2014.
There is also an Executive Summary:
Knowledge for healthcare: a briefing on the development framework for NHS library and knowledge services in England, 2015 – 2020. London: Health Education England; Library and Knowledge Services, December 2014.
PKSB for Health: a Map of Knowledge and Skills for Library, Information and Knowledge Professionals
CILIP created the original Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) in 2012. Reflecting HEE’s “Knowledge for Healthcare: a development framework for NHS library and knowledge services in England” there is now a version of the PKSB for the health sector. The Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) for Health maps to the above framework and outlines the broad skills required by librarians, information and knowledge professionals working in health. Examples from health settings are provided.
Knowledge for Healthcare Blog
There is a related Knowledge for Healthcare (KFH) website and blog. There are four main work programmes:
- Quality and Impact Working Group (QIG).
- Resource Discovery Working Group (RDG).
- Service Transformation Working Group (STG).
- Workforce Planning and Development Working Group (WPDG).
An HILJ editorial speaks of five workstreams: (i) Quality and Impact, (ii) Resource Discovery, (iii) Service Transformation, (iv) Workforce Planning and Development and (v) Optimising Investment.
Bryant, SL. Stewart, D. Goswami, L. [and] Grant, MJ. (2015). Knowledge for Healthcare: the future of health librarianship. Health Information and Libraries Journal. September 2015; 32(3): 163-7.
The Knowledge for Healthcare (KfH) Learning Zone
The KfH Learning Zone is under development. It aims to help NHS library staff to:
“ …use the right knowledge and evidence, at the right time in the right place, enabling high-quality decision-making, learning, research and innovation to achieve excellent healthcare and health improvement”.
Resources in the Learning Zone are grouped into three categories:
A fourth category, Library Catalogues, has been added awkwardly as an after-thought.
The Value of Health Libraries in Australia
Possibly also of interest, an investigation into the return on investment from health library and information services in Australia found that these services provide a return of $9 (estimated conservatively) for every $1 invested:
Worth every cent and more: an independent assessment of the return on investment of health libraries in Australia. [Australia]: Health Libraries Inc. [and] Health Libraries Australia (of the Australian Library and Information Association: ALIA), November 2013.
There is also an Executive Summary.
A more recent international review:
Madden, A. Collins, P. [and] McGowan, S. [et al] (2016). Demonstrating the financial impact of clinical libraries: a systematic review. Health Information and Libraries Journal. September 2016; 33(3): 172-89.
The CILIP/HEE “A Million Decisions” Campaign
CILIP and Health Education England (HEE) have been campaigning jointly for greater awareness and use of NHS library, information and knowledge management services. This is to be achieved by promoting the uncontroversial (nowadays virtually unquestionable) notion that decisions in the healthcare sector should be evidence-based as fully as possible. Service users have been invited to contribute a wide-ranging selection of impact statements concerning the benefits that librarians and knowledge services have had locally for the cost-effectiveness and / or quality of healthcare services.
A million decisions. London [Online]: The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (cilip), November 1st 2016.
A million decisions campaign. London [Online]: Health Education England (HEE), 2017.
International Analysis / Comparisons of Workforce Competencies
An international review of workforce competencies:
Lawton, A. [and] Burns, J. (2015). A review of competencies needed for health librarians: a comparison of Irish and international practice. Health Information and Libraries Journal, June 2015, Vol.32(2), pp.84-94. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
HEE e-Learning for Health (e-LfH) Hub
The Health Education England (HEE) e-Learning for Health (e-LfH) Hub uses NHS OpenAthens to authenticate access.