Farewell David

Earlier this month we bid farewell to David Rafferty, our Learning Technologist, who has taken on an exciting new post as e-Learning Manager for an international organisation working with overseas students.

David was based predominantly at RSCH but also supported drop-in iris sessions at PRH.  He was known to many BSUH staff for his excellent work with Matthew on developing iris, creating departmental induction videos and his workshops on using technologies to enhance teaching. We have enjoyed working with David and wish him all the best in his new role.

We hope to recruit a replacement to continue David’s work very soon.


Learn how to use technologies in your face-to-face teaching

New teaching dates announced for PRH!

This popular course is suitable for anyone who teaches staff, trainees or students and aims to enhance teaching using learning technologies.

Each session lasts only 90 minutes and is stand-alone but would be complemented by the other session.

Follow the links below for more details and to book your place.

Session 1: Flipped classroom: getting ready to learn – introduces and identifies advantages and challenges to this approach.

Session 2: Active learning: getting engagement in the classroom – identifies strategies for engaging learners and how to apply them to your teaching

Explore all our courses at https://www.bsuh.nhs.uk/library/information-skills/


Happy retirement to Jil Fairclough!

This month saw colleagues gathering from across the NHS, the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, and BSMS to say farewell to Jil Fairclough and wish her a happy retirement.  Jil has worked in the team since 1999 and for the last 14 years she has led our medical school library team as Medical School Librarian and Technology-Enhanced Learning Lead.

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Jil’s accomplishments in her time in post are too numerous to list in full but they include: embedding information skills teaching into every year of the undergraduate medical curriculum; creating Sabre, our search engine that finds books and journals from across local Higher Education and NHS libraries; leading an extensive programme of work to increase the use of technology in teaching; and advocating for the creation of an open access research fund for the medical school.


The BSMS Library Service has been rated by students as the best academic library service in England on three occasions over the last decade and this is largely thanks to Jil’s dedicated commitment and leadership.   Jil’s passion for medical education and for continual improvement are second-to-none and she will leave a lasting impact on the many colleagues she has worked with and friends that she has made during her time at BSMS.


Jil is retiring early in order to focus on writing her first novel and we wish her the very best for the future.

Top tip for Open Access Week – SHERPA Services

The Centre for Research Communications at the University of Nottingham has developed a suite of free tools to support open access publishing decisions.


Will the journal I want to publish in let me make my article freely available?

Use SHERPA ROMEO to search for journal policies on copyright and self-archiving in repositories. There is a handy colour coding system – a green ROMEO journal is one that supports archiving of all versions of your article including the final publisher PDF.

Does my research funder have an open access requirement?

Use SHERPA JULIET to find out if you should choose an open access journal, archive your article in a repository, or both.

Which journals are compatible with my funder’s open access policy?

Use SHERPA FACT for a quick answer.

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Contact us for further guidance.

Speed up your access to evidence!

The Library and Knowledge Service offers a variety of services to help implement evidence in practice.

  • We find evidence to answer your specific clinical or managerial questions.
  • We run teaching to refresh your skills in finding, evaluating and managing healthcare research.
  • We send you short updates on the latest publications in your field.

Now all of these services can be accessed more easily via our KnowledgeShare website.

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Logging in allows you to update your professional interests and receive email updates on the latest research, request an evidence search, see previous search requests, book onto or cancel attendance at teaching, and download certificates of attendance.

You can also connect with other members of KnowledgeShare across the country to collaborate and share knowledge.

Log in at www.knowledgeshare.nhs.uk with an NHS OpenAthens password (register first if you don’t have one already) or contact us to find out more.

Support for managers

Here’s just a selection of the rich resources to support Managers. Explore our full range via our website: https://www.bsuh.nhs.uk/library/

NHS OpenAthens password required; register here: http://openathens.nice.org.uk/


effective leadership

Sullivan E J.  Effective Leadership and Management in Nursing.  9th ed. 2018




Clinical leadership


Stanley D. Clinical Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare: Values into Action. 2nd ed 2017


leadership for eb innovation


Davidson S. Leadership for evidence-based innovation in nursing and health professions. 2017



abc of clinical leadership

Swanwick T.  ABC of clinical leadership.  2nd ed.  2017




healthcare management


Walshe K.  Healthcare management.   3rd ed.  2016



effective leadership a cure


Chaffer D.   Effective leadership: a cure for the NHS?    2016





lean six sigma


Arthur J.  Lean six sigma for hospitals. 2nd ed.  2016





Spurgeon P. Medical leadership: a practical guide for tutors and trainees. 2nd ed. 2016





Finkelman A. Leadership and management for nurses: core competencies for quality care.   3rd ed. 2016




brit jnl healthcare


British Journal of Health Care Management  (BSUH OpenAthens password required)



int jnl health


International Journal of Health Planning and Management  (Kent, Surrey, Sussex NHS OpenAthens password required)



jnl healthcare risk


Journal of Healthcare Risk Management  (Kent, Surrey, Sussex NHS OpenAthens password required)





jnl nursing management


 Journal of Nursing Management   (Kent, Surrey, Sussex NHS OpenAthens password required)



nursing management


 Nursing Management  (BSUH OpenAthens password required)



Evidence searches carried out on Management

We provide evidence to inform patient care, service improvement, research and clinical teaching. Recent searches we’ve provided include:

  • Clinical risk management and positive risk taking
  • Forming and managing integrated teams
  • Compassionate Leadership
  • Leadership in maternity: training, development and support
  • Assessments or surveys examining organisational capability: leadership, safety and culture
  • Barriers to recruitment of Band 4 Assistant Practitioners
  • Best practice in NHS staff appraisal systems

Web and other resources

Better leadership for tomorrow: NHS leadership review Department of Health, 2015

Developing people: improving care  NHS Improvement. This is an evidence-based national framework to guide action on improvement skill-building, leadership development and talent management for people in NHS-funded roles.

NHS Leadership Academy Programmes, toosl and resources for every level of leadership.

Service-line management: an approach to hospital management  Department of Health UK policy, statistics and consultations.