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A million decisions campaign
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. Follow the discussion on Twitter at #AMillionDecisions
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and Health Education England (HEE) are campaigning for decisions in the healthcare sector to be fully evidence-based, calling on everyone involved in policy making and care delivery to make use of the skills of librarians and knowledge specialists in meeting their obligations under The Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Under the Act, The Secretary of State must ensure the use of evidence obtained from research and healthcare providers are required make use of the best available evidence in their decision-making. Arms' length bodies and those commissioning or influencing healthcare services have a responsibility to promote and monitor the use of evidence-based decision making.
The campaign started on 30 January 2017. Join in by sharing your thoughts on Twitter using the campaign hashtag #AMillionDecisions.
Here's what people say about the important role of healthcare library and knowledge services.
Every day across the healthcare sector more than a million decisions are made which have a profound impact on people’s lives and which influence the quality and cost of healthcare services. The Government and health organisations have obligations under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to ensure the use of evidence from research and to make use of the best available evidence in their decision-making.
Professor Ian Cumming OBE, Chief Executive, HEE
Putting timely knowledge into the hands of healthcare professionals working across care settings is vitally important for making clinical decisions that are based on sound evidence. With unprecedented time pressures on health professionals, embedded health librarians and knowledge services to support them in clinical and community settings are a vital resource.
Professor Wendy Reid. Director of Education and Quality, Medical Director HEE
All healthcare students and trainees/learners should have access to the best available evidence to ensure they do their very best to care safely and effectively for those that put their lives in their hands. Our excellent library and knowledge services, easily accessible and available, underpins the training that nurses undertake and supports them through their revalidation.
Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and National Deputy Director of Education and Quality, HEE
“With the NHS striving to reduce clinical variance across the system to improve clinical efficiency and effectiveness, improve patient safety and save money, the importance of strong evidence to a Board or a healthcare professional at the patient’s bedside can never have been more crucial. The knowledge management skills of our healthcare librarians are at the fore and I am very excited to be leading this major change for a key but almost ‘hidden’ workforce in the NHS. The direct benefit to patients is evident from case studies and it is a delight to see so many healthcare librarians put themselves forward for the variety of development programmes we have established to underpin this transition. Our librarians are the backbone of support for learning and I encourage everyone to see what they are doing.”
Patrick Mitchell, Regional Director – South of England, HEE
Submit a case study
If you work in healthcare, you can submit a case study that demonstrates the impact of NHS Library and Knowledge Services in England in action.