Library support to commissioning

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Resources to support the provision of Library & Knowledge Services (LKS) to commissioners and managing knowledge, featuring case studies illustrating how the health library can help.
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LKS services and resources for commissioners

Info.Point bulletins “Bringing knowledge to the Commissioner’s desktop”
Library & Knowledge Service, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Learning resources to support commissioners, leaders and managers – a collection of resources compiled by the Knowledge Officer at NHS Milton Keynes CCG

Milton Keynes – understanding the health of the population –  a collection of key Public Health data sources compiled by the Knowledge Officer at Milton Keynes CCG

Evaluation and Evidence –  toolkits from (NIHR CLAHRC West)

  • Evidence Works –  a useful starting point to help find and access the most relevant evidence and signpost to more information and specialist help.
  • Evaluation Works – to help to build appropriate evaluation into the commissioning cycle.

LKS approaches to KM for commissioning

Mapping LKS Services and Skills to Commissioning Competencies  a guide by Alison Price, Librarian, Lincolnshire Knowledge and Resource Service, Oct 2013. Standard LKS services and resources are listed in broad themes, then mapped to relevant competencies for commissioners, as outlined by RCGP Centre for Commissioning. This guide can be shared / re-used / adapted etc.can be used as a tool to support the development and promotion of LKS to support commissioning.

Decision Support Service
A virtual, multi-disciplinary team brings together the Information and Resource Unit with Health Intelligence and specialists in health inequalities, diversity and clinical governance, to support commissioning and service development in Westminster PCT.

MAP: Making Alignment a Priority for health libraries
A wordpress based toolkit compiled by librarians across England to support the planning, modernisation and delivery of health library and information services and demonstrate how library service impacts upon their NHS organisation. Includes Primary Care case studies.

How libraries can help – case studies

Knowledge and library support for the delivery of PCT commissioned evidence-based care pathways ppt
In Milton Keynes two part-time information specialists ensure that service redesign is based on best evidence. Reviewing current service provision and matching it against that recommended by best evidence is an intrinsic part of this process. Find out more about their work on Quality:MK from their presentations to NHS SW Librarians in May 2008.

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