PiF member Sarah Greening has shared the following information about a new health libraries group.
Knowledge for Healthcare is the framework for library and knowledge services in NHS in England.
The Patients and Public Information Task and Finish Group is one of the groups under the Service Transformation theme for implementation of the framework.
This group aims to produce a guidance document in Spring 2016, to enable health librarians to be more involved in the provision of good quality health information for patients and the public, which is part of the vision of Knowledge for Healthcare.
In the meantime, we have collated examples of best practice from around the regions of how libraries are currently engaging with the public and patients for their health information needs. As well as being part of K4HC remit, we have also had queries from many staff asking for ideas on how they can become involved in this area. Hence our title: “Ideas Bank for Health Libraries”. We are going to be developing the format of this Ideas Bank to make it more user-friendly – watch this space!
We have also produced a growing list of useful websites and documents for health libraries. This will be updated regularly and you are welcome to suggest additions to help your colleagues. There is a monthly Health Information Newsletter produced in the West Midlands which will also be posted on the Health Information pages of the LKS website.
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