Knowvember: utilising knowledge to enrich health care

Knowledge mobilisation techniques help people learn before, during and after everything they do so that good practice can be replicated and pitfalls are avoided.


After Action Reviews are one well-known method used in many healthcare organisations.

However, there are more ways to share best practice and the ‘know-how’ of staff for organisational learning.

Helpful postcards from Knowledge for Healthcare highlight these activities, including how long they should take, from 15 minutes to half-a-day to ‘Anytime, Anywhere!’

Even more info on the individual techniques is available as a module on e-Learning for Healthcare (No login required)

You may want to consider carrying out a structured review of how your team, department or organisation makes use of knowledge as an asset. Utilising external evidence and organisational knowledge is a self-assessment tool produced by Knowedge for Healthcare and HEE.  Completing the tool together with a Library & Knowledge Services Manager will enable you to:

  • assess what is working well and what more could be done
  • spot practical initiatives on which librarians and knowledge specialists can lead to help you meet your objectives
  • set priorities for better mobilising evidence and organisational knowledge

Although the self-assessment tool takes only 45 minutes to complete, the benefits can be long-lasting:

“Completing the Board tool has completely changed the way we will work and our use of knowledge” Ben Mearns, Chief of Medicine, Medical Division, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Contact Ben Skinner, the Head of Library & Knowledge Services if you would like to know more.

A great set of resources for knowledge management in ‘Knowvember’!


World Mental Health Day

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Today is World Mental Health Day, a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. This day each October, supporters come together to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on people’s life.

The World Federation for Mental Health established World Mental Health Day in 1992, and this year’s theme is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.

Young people can experience a range of mental health problems. Mind, the mental health charity, gives information about where children and young people can get support with a mental health problem.

YoungMinds is a UK charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. The YoungMinds resources library has toolkits, publications, reports and policy information about children and young people’s mental health.

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health. If you volunteer, work or are studying to work with infants, children or teenagers MindEd has e-learning applicable across the health, social care, education, criminal justice and community settings.

To help professionals, parents and peers to support children with their mental health Pavilion Publishing have created a guide, Youth Self-harm and Suicide Awareness: A reflective practice guide for staff working with children and young people.

More and more schoolchildren are struggling to cope with their mental health. Amidst rising rates of depression, anxiety and self-harm in children and young people, the Mental Health Foundation has launched their Make it Count campaign. The Mental health in schools: Make it Count webpages include guides for pupils, parents and teachers to help children better understand, protect and sustain their mental health.

The National Institute for Health & Social Care (NICE) produces guidance on social and emotional wellbeing in children:

Social and emotional wellbeing: early years

Social and emotional wellbeing in primary education

Social and emotional wellbeing in secondary education

Our Mental Health – Children and Adolescents speciality resource list highlights just some of the resources and services available through your Library & Knowledge Service.

For more information contact our Mental Health Specialist Librarian, Amy Dunn.


It’s #learningatworkweek 14 –18 May 2018!


Develop your skills while you work, using the learning opportunities offered by your Library and Knowledge Service.


Join us in learning brand new skills or refreshing your existing ones…from finding quality health information and critically appraising the findings to getting the most out of social media and using technologies in your own teaching.

Sessions take place in our libraries on all sites – book your place at and bring your colleagues!

Save yourselKnowledgeSharef time and ensure you are up-to-date on the latest developments in health care by signing up to KnowledgeShare, our current awareness service which is tailored to your interests and emailed to you at intervals of your choosing. It also links you with colleagues in other trusts to enable sharing of research and best practice.

Register for an NHS OpenAthens password to benefit from the online information tools we provide, ranging from point of care decision support, medicines information, health journals and statistics to clinical images, exam preparation and information to give to your patients.

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Explore the full range on our website.

Remember we offer great opportunities throughout the year to help you enrich your knowledge.  Contact us for more information.

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The Library and Knowledge team is up-to-date with mandatory training….are you?

Check what you need to do, complete online learning or book face-to-face sessions through iris, your one-stop shop for learning at BSUH NHS Trust.iris screen shot

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View your mandatory training requirements…



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…and find other professional developmental opportunities taking place.



Log in with your BSUH IT account 24/7 from work or home.

No access to a computer? No problem; you can use the computers in our RSCH and PRH libraries anytime to complete your mandatory training through iris.

The Library and Knowledge staff can help you find your way around iris and will refer you to the iris support team if necessary. For more information see the library website.

For support and group bookings, contact or x8014.


iris drop-in sessions continue

Visit our libraries to improve your knowledge and skills in using iris, the Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust e-learning site. We can help you to find your way around iris and support you as you complete your Trust mandatory training online.


No booking or previous experience required. All you need is your Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust username and password to log into iris.


For the up to date schedule of available sessions please see our information skills webpage:


New material on iris

iris, the one-stop shop for education at BSUH, now has modules on infection prevention for clinical, and non-clinical staff. Seven of the Trust’s mandatory training modules are now available as e-learning,

In June, the software was upgraded and managers and educators can now see RedAmberGreen reports of progress.

Log in to iris at with your BSUH network username and password.