Welcome to our new doctors

Welcome to all the new doctors-in-training starting their rotations with us this month.

We look forward to meeting you at our Library Induction on 2nd August at the RSCH Library in Brighton. If we miss seeing you, do pop in and our team will ensure you have everything you need.

Farewell and good luck to all our departing doctors.


Supporting #amilliondecisions

Using the hashtag #amilliondecisions, librarians are disseminating examples of the impact their work has on the things that matter to senior leaders in the NHS.

Here at BSUH our clinical librarians Igor Brbre and Tom Roper support a series of projects that contribute to high-level organisation objectives.

Accurate, up-to-date evidence of what works elsewhere is critical to the success of improvement projects, and Igor supports the Innovation Forum, a regular meeting at which any member of BSUH staff can bring forward ideas for improvement; ideas are then honed in discussion and information and support offered to take them forward.

Igor also sits on the Clinical Policy Steering Group, to bring the latest evidence to bear when policies and guidelines are updated, and the Product Selection Group, to help ensure that procurement decisions are evidence-based.

Tom supports the work of nineteen Workforce Transformation projects within the trust, providing external evidence and examples of good practice elsewhere, so our workforce planning can meet the challenges of the 3Ts project and demographic and social changes.

To learn more about how we support decision-making, see our Annual Report, or contact Ben Skinner, Head of Library and Knowledge Services.

A million decisions


CILIP, the library and information association, and Health Education England (HEE) launched a campaign on 30 January, A Million Decisions.

Every day across the healthcare sector in England more than a million decisions are made that have a profound and lasting impact on people’s lives and which influence the quality of healthcare and the cost of services.

The campaign calls on government and health service providers to employ and make use of the skills of librarians and knowledge specialists in meeting their obligations under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Join the campaign by sharing your thoughts and experiences on Twitter using the hashtag #AMillionDecisions.


Welcome to our new Foundation doctors

A very warm welcome to all the new Foundation doctors starting their rotations with us in July. We look forward to meeting you at our Library Induction on 28th July.  If we miss seeing you, do pop in and our team will ensure you have everything you need.

You can find more about our services on our website.

Farewell and good luck to all our departing F1 doctors.

Ben Rogers: “how the library helps me”

Picture3Mr Rogers is a BSUH trauma and orthopaedics consultant, academic lead in orthopaedics for HEE KSS, and honorary senior clinical lecturer at BSMS.

Library Matters: How does the library help you?
Ben Rogers: At numerous academic and professional levels.  We teach medical students, and resources to support IRP projects have certainly been helpful.
At postgraduate level everything from journal club, simple audits, letters to journals, published work in all forms —in all facets we rely on the library an awful lot for getting an up-to-date, thorough handle on the knowledge and current evidence.
We don’t have the knowledge, expertise or time to do in-depth searches. We probably run a quick search of Medline and leave it at that, rather than a structured search of all the databases.

LM: Is there anything that has changed practice?
BAR: A recent systematic review on providing aspirin to prevent DVT after elective hip and knee replacement is going to change practice locally, regionally, maybe even more. One of our best IRP studies is a review of cost analyses in orthopaedics. It’s a very good overview on the lack of economic analysis. In the current financial climate, for a high volume speciality like ours, economic evidence for things we do is very important.

LM: How about supplying articles?
BAR: Yes, often on a very short, acute timescale. Not infrequently there’s a key paper we need for governance or to answer a clinical question. The library’s provided these numerous times and been very, very helpful.

LM:  And is it useful to have a clinical librarian in the department?
BAR: Definitely. Every piece of work we publish has to have a good academic rationale, that comes from a decent literature review. I can see it snowballing.