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Library Knowledge Services (North)

Festive Hamper Competition - a success for staff well-being!

Between Nov 6th 2023 and Dec 8th 2023 the operational team (Sarah, Louisa, Deirdre, Georgia, Sarah Jane and Niamh) at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals library ran our annual festive hamper competition. To enter people had to be a member of the library, borrow a book from our fiction or well-being collections between the specified dates and submit a review of the book borrowed. People could submit a paper review – we handed these out when they joined – or they could email them in.…

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Working with the Patient Experience team

Working with the Patient Experience (PE) team was an opportunity for the LKS to better support this team and also a continuing professional development opportunity for me to explore new ways of working. I worked with my PE colleagues for 2 days a week in October 2022 for an initial 3-month period which was then extended to end in September 2023. The PE team works with staff across the Trust, bringing together a variety of feedback from patients, relatives and carers; staff can then utilise this feedback to improve services. The team also manage the Trust volunteers.…

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Hello from Michael Boyes - New Starter

Hello everyone. My name is Michael Boyes and I am just settling nicely into my new role as Librarian in Liverpool University Hospitals NHS FT [LUHFT] where I’m based principally at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital site. This is my first job following my time at the University of Liverpool where I studied for an undergraduate degree in Anatomy and Physiology, a master’s in Biomedical Sciences and finally a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Physiology.…

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Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust (PCFT) Knowledge Service - Survey Report on Named Knowledge Specialist Pilot Scheme

In February 2023, PCFT launched a new Research Strategy . Part of the strategy is to develop associated Research Units. There are currently five, covering Older People, People with Learning Disabilities, Young People, People with Psychosis, and OPTIMED (Medicines Optimisation and Safety). The Knowledge Service assigned a particular Knowledge Specialist to three of the units (Older People, People with Learning Disabilities, Children & Adolescents). The named Knowledge Specialist was to act as a point of contact/access for Knowledge Services, who members could get to know by them attending meetings and contact directly.…

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Castaway Books at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Inspired by BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs the Libraries at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals ran an initiative called Castaway Books. We asked our users what 3 books they would take with them if they were to be Castaway to a remote location & the reasons why.…

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Hello from Amanda Balaam - New Starter

Hello, my name is Amanda Balaam, and I’ve recently started as Evidence and Library Service Manager at Mersey Care. I am not new to the NHS, having been at the Northern Care Alliance as an Assistant Librarian for almost 5 years. Prior to this, my experience is almost 25 years in school libraries, most recently in Suffolk for 20 years, although I am a Northerner born (Yorkshire) and bred (Lancashire)!…

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Impact Case Study - Contributing to Women's Care

There is something very Victoria Wood about the words “pelvic floor” also known as, lower your voice for this bit, “women’s’ problems”, but it is great to be involved with a research project that is relevant to all women particularly those of a certain age.…

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