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MAP Improvements – Survey Results 2017

Here at MAP Towers we are always interested in how people use the toolkit and what they think, so late last year we surveyed library staff about the toolkit. Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond.

The results are in! The drivers were the most accessed resource closely followed by the stories template, examples from other organisations and the policy briefings. The discussion list updates and the workshops/events that Tracey and Victoria led, were the most popular in terms of raising awareness of the toolkit.

Key suggestions for improving the toolkit included:

  • Improve the speed with which national policy is identified and added as a driver
  • Improve the range of drivers included, e.g. Scottish and Welsh policy
  • Provide information on impact away from a traditional acute setting
  • Clearer linking to resources on Knowledge for Healthcare to avoid duplication of effort
  • Less jargon and clearer presentation of the platform
  • Use RSS feeds for hot topics , policy briefings and drivers for sharing with Execs
  • Use a different system as some people cannot access WordPress
  • Introduce a star rating system for useful documents
  • Include excerpts of text from the driver that people have used in their reports / business cases
  • Add more case studies about how to use the toolkit

These results were discussed at our annual face to face meeting in November last year (in Shrewsbury, just before the snow arrived!) and we came up with our action plan for 2018-2019 which is summarised below:

  • Rebranding the project from MAP toolkit to MAP Community; a non-hierarchical, collaborative and informal voluntary learning network
  • Streamlining the drivers’ template to improve responsiveness
  • Reviewing the platform with a view to clearer presentation, removal of jargon and inclusion of example of how people have used the resources
  • Identifying additional volunteers to assist with the workload, particularly from non-acute settings, NHS Scotland and public libraries
  • Improving navigation of the MAP and review other options for hosting
  • Considering a shift in focus to prioritise drivers and move away from gathering impact stories to avoid duplication with Knowledge for Healthcare

All of this should help make the toolkit more useful – in fact there has been a frenzy of editing and rebranding on the back of the survey results and our November meeting.  So thank you to everyone who took time to complete the survey and to everyone who used the toolkit in 2017.

The MAP community produce the resources voluntarily and we are always on the lookout for people to join our merry band.  We are looking to broaden our horizons, so if you are from NHS Scotland and Wales or work in a public/educational library with an interest in health then please email Tracey at tracey.pratchett@lthtr.nhs.uk  for more information.

If you didn’t want to commit to the toolkit but have used it for something brilliant and want to share it then please let us know and we will upload onto the toolkit for you.

Thank you.

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Using Hot Topics for searches

Recently I was asked to conduct a quick search to provide some information on Accountable Care Organisations and Accountable Care Systems.

Luckily I remembered the Hot Topics that we have been adding to the MAP over the past year. The hot topic about Accountable Care Organisations, provided a great starting point for the search highlighting some of the key reports and including a useful summary which I could use in my search report.

 

If you have any ideas for any new hot topics  to be added to the MAP, email us at map@libraryservices.nhs.uk 

 

MAP update!

Visit the toolkit today and discover a wealth of resources to help you demonstrate the value and impact of your service to the wider organisation (altogether now LQAF 1.3c).

HOT OFF THE PRESS ! We had a MAP meeting in November and rebranded ourselves from “toolkit” to “community”.  The book “Strategic collaborations in health sciences libraries” is  published later this year and  Chief MAPpers Tracey and Victoria are the authors of Chapter 5 “Finding the Way Without a Road MAP: Cultivating a UK-wide Community of Practice”.

The JET Library have been keeping us super busy with the policy briefings. New content includes Quality improvement in mental health and Community Hospitals and Their Services in the NHS and Accountable Care Organisations .Feel free to reproduce any of the policy briefings (with acknowledgement to JET Library) for your own purposes. Thank you JET Library, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Under Ideas Capture you will find templates to help you put together project plans and case studies. Click on the MAP stories link and share how your service is making a positive impact on your organisation .

Recently added content to the toolkit includes:

Drivers

If you have any questions about the toolkit or how you can get involved in the project please contact Tracey Pratchett (Tracey.Pratchett@lthtr.nhs.uk). You can also follow us on Twitter (@Map_community).

Quality Improvement in Mental Health: Policy Briefing

A Policy Briefing is available for LKS staff to share in their organisations.  Produced by the JET Library at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Feel free to reproduce it (with acknowledgement).

What does this mean for libraries? 

  • LKS can provide the evidence and knowledge for quality improvements
  • Service user involvement in mental health will present an opportunity for LKS to support health literacy and critical thinking skills

Source: The Kings Fund

Link to main document 

Date of publication: July 2017

Summary of driver: This report describes the quality improvement journey of three mental health organisations (two in England and one in Singapore). It provides key insights and lessons for others considering embarking on a similar journey.

Community Hospitals and Their Services in the NHS: Identifying Transferable Learning from International Developments — Scoping Review, Systematic Review, Country Reports and Case Studies

A Policy Briefing is available for LKS staff to share in their organisations.  Produced by the JET Library at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Feel free to reproduce it (with acknowledgement).

What does this mean for libraries? 

  • As more NHS services move into community settings, LKS teams may be affected by changes to organisational structures.
  • Evidence support may be required to transformation or management teams who wish to explore this issue further.

Source: RAND Corporation

Link to main document

Date of publication: 7th July 2017

Summary of driver:  This study examined community hospital provision in the UK and other high income countries including Australia, Finland, Italy, Norway and Scotland, and identify the potential for community hospitals to perform an integrative role in the delivery of health and social care. The evidence reviews found that community hospitals can offer an effective and efficient alternative to acute hospitals. Patient experience was frequently reported to be better at community hospitals, and the cost-effectiveness of some models was found to be similar to that of general hospitals, although evidence was limited.  Community hospitals have the potential to assume a more strategic role in health-care delivery locally, providing care closer to people’s homes.

Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View: Policy Briefing

A Policy Briefing is available for LKS staff to share in their organisations.  Produced by the JET Library at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Feel free to reproduce it (with acknowledgement).

What does this mean for libraries? 

  • LKS teams may be affected by changes to organisational structures.
  • There may be an opportunity to deliver evidence and knowledge to managers, commissioners and transformation teams as health care services undergo changes.
  • LKS teams may be expected to work more closely with local authorities and community services as organisations seek integration.
  • New NHS staff will require orientation and training.
  • Patients will be expected to take an active part in their health care which presents an opportunity for LKS to support health literacy and critical thinking skills.

Source: NHS England

Link to main document (including an easy read and audio version)

Date of publication: 31st March 2017

Summary of driver: This document reviews the progress made since the launch of the NHS Five Year Forward View in October 2014 and sets out a series of practical and realistic steps for the NHS to deliver a better, more joined-up and more responsive NHS in England.

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