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Knowledge Services Briefing:
Development Opportunities and People News

Knowledge Services Briefing: Development Opportunities and People News
Issue 003 -  15 October 2019


Examples of Our Impact

Health librarians and knowledge specialists working closely with staff and organisations within the NHS and wider health sector bring tangible benefits, including savings in time, costs and better operational efficiency. An updated list of LKS Impact Vignettes is available on the Knowledge for Healthcare blog.



Knowvember19 is nearly here and it provides a fantastic opportunity for you to showcase all that you have been doing to mobilise knowledge in your organisations - have you been holding Randomised Coffee Trials? Are you organising content on local intranets? Are you facilitating after action reviews? Tell up about everything you have been up to using social media and the hashtag #Knowvember19 and consider sharing your work by submitting your KM story to the Knowledge Management Toolkit. Perhaps see this as an opportunity to seek some case studies demonstrating the impact of your work mobilising knowledge.

Look out for the recorded webinars taking place throughout November, the opportunity to win a copy of the newly published KM cookbook and take part in the Twitter chat on the 19th November at 12.30, "Can you evaluate knowledge mobilisation activities?"

For further information please contact

On behalf of the Knowledge for Healthcare Mobilising Evidence and Knowledge Group 


Use of Copyright Fee Paid (CFP) Articles Allocation

The CLA Licence for the NHS in England includes an annual allocation of 9000 copyright fee paid (CFP) articles. This year’s allocation is likely to run out soon, so we need you to take action. Please read on!


Reminder - Quality and Improvement Outcomes Framework Webinars Are Now Live

The pre-recorded webinars for all six of the Quality and Improvement Outcomes are now available on the Knowledge for Healthcare blog. We would like to encourage all LKS staff to listen to the webinars, each webinar is only approx. 15 to 20 minutes long. The webinars provide contact details if you have any questions after listening to the content. There is also an opportunity to provide feedback. We are in the process of recording some topic focused webinars related to each outcome.These will become available throughout October. We will advertise these as they become available.


Reminder - Development Needs Analysis 2019

Help us plan our future CPD programme for you – the 2019 Library and Knowledge Services Development Needs Analysis Survey is now live and can be accessed by clicking here. We need every member of the library and knowledge services team to complete it.The survey runs until 30th November 2019.Tell us what your development needs are and how you would prefer those needs to be met.


Regional Meetings and Events

Meetings and Events in London, Kent, Surrey & Sussex: These forthcoming CPD events are open to all NHS Library and Knowledge Services staff across England. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Writing for publication: getting your research into print
Thursday 7 November 2019, 10:00-16:00
Room 21, Events Centre, 2nd Floor, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DN

This day-long course will help librarian authors and would-be authors publish in the professional and clinical literature and improve their writing.The course will cover

  • the natural history of publication in biomedicine and library and information research
  • planning a publication
  • finding collaborators
  • achieving authorship
  • tips and tricks for successful writing
  • choosing a journal for submission
  • responding to reviewers’ and editors’ comments
  • and promoting the published article.

Participants are invited to bring work in progress for discussion during the course of the workshop. To book please complete the booking form. 

Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Research Workshop
Thursday 28 November 2019, 10:00-16:30 (Registration starts at 09:30)
Trainers: Mark Kerr & Alison McLaren

For colleagues new to critical appraisal, or for those used to critically appraising randomised trials, cohort studies and systematic reviews, assessing and appraising qualitative research can be a challenge.

This workshop takes you through different areas of qualitative research, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs, identifying potential biases and limitations and providing reliable methods to consider the reliability and validity of qualitative research papers. 

To book please click here

Coming soon - Save the date!
Qualitative Appraisal - Thursday 28th November


Midlands and East of England Training: To book a place on any of the events below select the name of the event. If there is no link it means an event is either not yet open for booking, fully booked or bookings have closed.

Health Literacy Awareness Training
West Midlands
Thursday 17th October and 21st November 2019 - Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. Registration and for more information email:

Thursday 4st November 2019 – Health Literacy Awareness Training at Main Conference Room, St Chad’s Birmingham. To register email:

November Network Day
Thursday 14th November 2019 – Midlands and East of England Network Day in Peterborough. A day looking at innovation and transformation.
Speakers already confirmed are David Stewart: Regional Director of Health Library and Knowledge Services North and CILIP President and Lucie Clough: Fab Ambassador and Senior Improvement and Transformation Manager, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Register here.

We will also be having a number of lightning talks around Library and Knowledge Service Innovation and Best Practice. If you would like to sign up to give one of these 5 minute talks please email

Forthcoming Meetings and Events

  • Tuesday 3rd December 2019 - East Midlands LKS Managers in Leicester
  • Tuesday 10th December 2019 – East of England LKS Managers in Fulbourn
  • Monday 16th December 2019 – West Midlands LKS Managers in Birmingham
  • Monday 27th January 202 – Strategy on a Page Workshop with Amanda Stearn
  • Thursday 30th January 2020 – Midlands Library Assistant Day in Birmingham
  • Monday 10th February 2020 - Strategy on a Page Workshop with Amanda Stearn
  • Monday 9th March – West Midlands LKS Managers in TBC


Forthcoming Meetings and Events in the North: To book a place on any of the events below select the name of the event. If there is no link it means an event is either not yet open for booking, fully booked or bookings have closed. Events are open to all Healthcare LKS staff working across England

28 October 2019 - Library Assistant Study Day: Searching Skills - Lancaster

4 November 2019 - Library Assistant Study Day: Searching Skills - Newcastle

7 November 2019 - Writing for Publication - Day 1 - Leeds

8 November 2019 - GDPR - 1 Year On - Leeds

11 November 2019 - Northern Library Managers - Leeds

15 November 2019 - Northern Health and Wellbeing Launch Event - York

25 November 2019 - Library Assistant Study Day: Searching Skills - Sheffield

29 November 2019 - Literature Searching Workshop - Leeds

2 December 2019 - Library Assistant Study Day: Searching Skills - Manchester

4 December 2019 - Health Libraries North Christmas Study Day - Newcastle

10 December 2019 - LIHNN Christmas Study Day - Manchester

11 December 2019 - YOHHLNet Christmas Study Day - Leeds

19 December 2019 - Writing for Publication - Day 2 - Leeds

20 January 2020 - Library Assistant Study Day: Searching Skills - York

28 January 2020 - How to Write Patient Information - Leeds

17 March 2020 - Northern Library Managers - Manchester


People and Regional Network News

Sarah Lanney and Liz Hunwick win the 2019 Information Manager of the Year Award: We are delighted to announce that Sarah Lanney and Liz Hunwick have jointly been awarded the UKeiG and K&IM Information Manager of the Year Award, to be presented on 13 November, at the same event as Sue Lacey Bryant gives the Walford lecture. Sarah and Liz are the joint service managers at Basildon. A wonderful recognition for their work in modernising the service at Harlow, whilst continuing to maintain high standards at Basildon. Congratulations to them both!

Health Care Libraries Unit (HCLU) North Monthly Report: The HCLU monthly report for our aim 6 "There is increased capability, confidence and capacity within the LKS workforce" is now available. This report covers the period April 2019 to September 2019.

LKSLive 2019 - Regional Meeting for all Healthcare LKS Staff across the South: The theme of LKSLive 2019 was a small change can make a big difference. LKS live is the learning and knowledge exchange event for all healthcare library staff in the South West, Thames Valley and Wessex. We met at a fantastic venue called “We the Curious” in Bristol. The keynote speakers of Ruth Carlyle Small steps for literacies; giant leap for health and Natasha Howard, and Hong-Anh Nguyen Leading for diversity, both challenged and inspired us. The keynote speeches were live streamed using Periscope.There were 3 prize -winners

  • Morag Evans won the prize for the best article in Swimming Pool for her article “SWRLS AGM and inaugural conference” in the January/February 2019 (114) issue It was clearly written with a great deal of content, reflection, and information/tips to be shared with colleagues and encouraged us to think about our future as library service providers
  • Natalie Parsley won the award for “ a small change can make a big difference” for her quality improvement idea for those staff who had missed a Trust induction
  • Aaron Razack and Rebecca Howes won the prize for the best poster submitted at the event – see below


External Opportunities and Events

Applications are now open to join the Faculty of Clinical Informatics!

NHS England are running a MOOC school for people to learn how to run a massive open online course (MOOC)

New Conference - Critical Approaches to Libraries: CALC 2020



CILIP's New Professionals Day 22nd October 2019

Professionalism Debate: As you may know, CILIP has started a debate about the definition of professionalism. We are currently reviewing Professional Registration and the first part of that puzzle is coming to an future-fit, inclusive definition of what it means to be “professional”. So CILIP have set out a paper and are inviting feedback through a survey. CILIP are keen for this to go to all sectors and to all levels of staff, members, non-members, those who’ve never heard of CILIP. The survey closes on the 17th October.

Next Briefing

The next Knowledge Services Briefing: General Update will be published on 1 November 2019. If you have anything you would like included please send to by Friday 25 October 2019



Previous Issues

Previous issues of the briefings (last 5 editions of each briefing) are on the Knowledge for Healthcare blog