Health Libraries Group Conference 2016 #HLG2016

There has already been some very excellent overviews (I’ve seen Alans & Abis excellent pieces already) of the events of HLG 2016 that I could not hope to replicate so I shall not try. Instead, I am going to use a learning log approach to highlight my key learnings from the conference – that is not to say that I didn’t find value in the sessions not covered below!

Something that I was very happy with was the ability connect personally with new people  – or more accurately Twitter friends –  such as Alan Fricker whom I had a lovely run with on the Thursday morning or Sue Lacy Bryant whom I had met in person for the first time at the Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Programme the day prior to HLG . Just as important was the opportunity HLG2016 gave me in reconnecting with people I know, but haven’t kept in contact with (normally through my own ignorance and isolationist tendencies).  On the Thursday evening, the conference dinner – that I had been absolutely dreading – was much fun thanks to all my LIHNN North West colleagues in attendance that put me at ease, especially Gil & Tracey – with whom I made many red wine fuelled plans :-). Earlier in the day I also had opportunity to catch up with my old friend Amy, whom I had not seen in far too long, and we had plenty of time to make each other laugh!

In the days leading up to HLG my anxieties had very nearly talked me out of attending. I am so very thankful I didn’t bottle it. I had a brilliant couple of days both professionally and personally, learnt so much which I am looking forward to putting into practice.

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Learning Log 35: #HLG2016 Parallel Session: Talent Management: what is it and why is it important?

Date: 19th September 2016

Number: 35

Significant Experience: HLG 2016 Parallel Session: Talent Management: what is it and why is it important?

What Happened?: I attended the Claire Bradshaw seminar on talent management and found it extremely useful. Claire introduced the NHS/KfH Talent Management toolkit that shall definitely be a helpful resource!

So What?: As an singled-handed, embedded librarian within a public health department I often feel isolated and losing my core skill set, which is often due to my isolationist and introverted approach to life. The toolkit seems to be able to support my (non-librarian) management in supporting and developing me. But I also need to look at my own role in developing my talent and come up with ways to sell myself to my organisation.

Now What?: I am going to introduce the Talent Management toolkit to my line management and see if they are interested. I am also going to continue with my ‘Assertiveness Action Plan’ (Learning Log 21a). These both should help me develop as a professional.

When & Where: 16th September 2016, HLG 2016, Scarborough.

Learning Log 34: #HLG 2016 Parallel Session – Evidence-based commissioning: now and moving forward

Date: 19th September 2016

Number: 34

Significant Experience: HLG Parallel Session – Evidence-based commissioning: now and moving forward

What Happened?: At HLG 2016, I attended Anne Gray’s very excellent seminar on how she supports commissioners in her Commissioning Support Unit. It covered a whole host of issues that I have been encountered such as:

  • Writing for them (commissioners) – not for you or PCT!
  • Quality vs quantity in evidence provision
  • Use of collaborative work
  • Synthesis & Summary

So What?: This presentation could have been produced just for me – it was so on-point and answered questions I had been quietly asking myself about how I delivered Current Awareness to my users. Alongside Alan Lovell’s earlier seminar (Learning Log 33) it has helped me frame issues in what I deliver and provided a rough road map of what I can do to provide the added-value that perhaps I have lost in the constant change cycle we are in. I feel I am about 80-90% close to providing what would be perceived as excellent, value-added service already.

Now What?: I am going to speak to the commissioners and senior management in my organisation about a shift in how I deliver current awareness information to them to a more focused, but information rich approach which will increase my value and impact to the organisation.

When & Where: 15th September 2016, HLG 2016, Scarborough.

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Learning Log 33: #HLG2016 Parallel Session – Writing Contextualised Research Summaries to Support Commissioner’s Decision Making

Date: 19th September 2016

Number: 33

Significant Experience: HLG Parallel Session – Writing Contextualised Research Summaries to Support Commissioner’s Decision Making
What Happened?: At HLG 2016, I attended Alan Lovell (Bazian Ltd) seminar on the production of research summaries to support commissioners. I found this very interesting as it is a key aspect of what I do. Alan gave an in-depth journey through the process that highlighted the aims, processes and challenges that seemed to need a thick skin to be able to navigate! Alan also shared best practice on writing.

So What?: This allied with Anne Gray’s seminar (Learning Log 34) has given me pause for thought on how I support the decision makers in my organisation. As Alan said – there is no ‘silver bullet’ to deliver these, which gives me opportunity to refresh in a way best for my key stakeholders.

Now What?: I am going to speak to the commissioners and senior management in my organisation about a shift in how I deliver current awareness information to them to a more focused, but information rich approach which will increase my value and impact to the organisation. I am also going to examine my writing style to see if I can become more effective in delivering the key messages.

When & Where: 15th September 2016, HLG 2016, Scarborough.

 

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Learning Log 32: HLG 2016 Day 1 Keynote

Date: 19th September 2016

Number:32

Significant Experience: HLG 2016 Day 1 Keynote

What Happened?: I attended the keynote address for HLG 2016 by Louise Gowsami and Patrick Mitchell which focused on and update of Knowledge for Healthcare, the current change cycle within the health economy and how these two are intertwined.

So What?: These was very important as being outside of the NHS often means that were are kept on the periphery of updates. Getting such a sharp update on the progress of KfH and the current STP proccess was very helpful

Now What?: I shall find out what my role specifically and my team (PHIT) role within the Greater Manchester STP process. This shall help us understand what we can do to support the process and increase our visibility. There are also several tools to support my work being launched: Knowledge Management Toolkit, the Value and Impact Toolkit, I shall be investigating these to see how they can improve my effectiveness.

When & Where: 15th September 2016, HLG 2016, Scarborough.