50 ways to use your library

To paraphrase Paul Simon’s well-known song, there are indeed many ways to use your library. For example,

You could be creating a new Trust-wide policy:

“I needed to prepare a policy document about storage of medicines and could not find much research to support it. The research you provided was cited in my policy, which will ensure that staff will not use medicines stored outside a temperature range that could have made them ineffective or even harmful.”

Clinical Pharmacist, Sussex Community

 Or sharing best practice with clinical colleagues:

“We needed evidence for the creation of a new policy related to local anaesthetic infusions for acute pain patients. All the references were helpful in developing the policy, which is now shared trust-wide through the intranet and will reduce risk and improve the quality of pain management. I am also writing a chapter in a book and using some of the references.”

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals

Perhaps you’re commissioning services and maximising savings:

“I needed to identify best practice around spirometry screening for COPD. I had already searched the internet but not come up with much.

The comprehensive research you provided was used to cost and commission a local service and ensured that guidance given was up-to-date and accurate. This will impact on patient care and helped to identify a benchmark, therefore enabling us to maximise savings.

As a commissioner I found it incredibly helpful, and time-saving.”

Clinical Commissioning Manager, Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG

Interested? Request an evidence search today using our online request form or contact us for more details.

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Let us find the evidence to inform your decision-making

“I was submitting an Individual Funding Request to prescribe secukinumab as a first line treatment for psoriasis, which was to cost around £5,000. The report you provided was vital and I would not have been able to make the request without your help. Thanks to your report the drug company has agreed to cover the patient’s medication for the year.”     Consultant, BSUH NHS Trust

Evidence search collageIf you want to find the very best evidence but have limited time, we’ll research for you. We’ll search key health databases, clinical summaries and specialist research sources and filter the results carefully, based on your specific needs and to your timescale.

“The comprehensive research you provided was used to cost and commission a local service and ensured that guidance given was up-to-date and accurate. This will impact on patient care and helped to identify a benchmark, therefore enabling us to maximise savings. As a commissioner I found it incredibly helpful, and time-saving.”  Clinical Commissioning Manager, Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG

We’ll provide you with a selected summary of our findings with abstracts and extracts of relevant research.

This will be emailed to you as a word document with embedded links to full text:

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“It is incredibly helpful to have an expert searcher and to have results formatted in such a clear, systematic way. It means we genuinely ensure that we draw on available evidence as we implement projects, rather than guesswork – or relying on a rather ad- hoc Google smattering of search results.”  Associate Director, BSUH NHS Trust

 

Request a search today using our online request form or contact us for more details.

Brighton & Sussex Library and Knowledge Service:  Informing • Educating • Influencing

 

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

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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.