Somewhat later than planned is my run through of the second day of the HLG Conference (#HLG2010).
The keynote came from Prof Tony Warne. I found the discussion of theories of knowledge an eye opener and a good way to open the mind at the start of the day. He has an interesting technique for writing blog posts where he very much goes with the flow of what he finds on Google and what has happened in recent days to see what comes out. I did wonder how well his research methods would help with the assignments student nurses struggle with.
This was followed by an amusing Bishop and LeFanu lecture on the topic of disaster planning. Having been told I was in one of the more vulnerable groups for the flu pandemic and been party to various doom laden meetings I found this an interesting peek behind the curtain.
My first parallel session of the day was around profile. The first two presentations covered a ‘corporate’ clinical librarian and working with Senior Managers. Both useful case studies of how people are redefining and presenting their role. I noted that locally we already offer quite a few of the services they presented. Perhaps a case for working on some branding? The final talk in this slot was a fantastic one by Stephen Ayre on working with Clinical Audit. He has worked to embed librarian support into the clinical audit process – the key seemed to be telephoning the user to offer timely assistance. This gets past the barrier of the overflowing email and catches people at a time when they are receptive to what we do. The audit he carried out on the extent to which practice is supported by evidence is well worth a look.
Next up was Managing Change. The highlight here was a talk by Doug Knock on the experience of being involved in a multi Trust merger. This was paper of the conference for me. With mergers on the horizon for many NHS trusts this was timely and enlightening. It looked at the literature around the last great burst of mergers and considered how things were progressing at South London Healthcare NHS Trust. The merger prescription slide is worth a look if nothing else.
A quick lunch followed eaten at a wobbly table in a light Manchester drizzle.
The final parallel session for me was around web 2.0. We heard about using Library Thing to update the Core Collections (a good idea), a ‘virtual’ service model - the one woman library in effect (also good) and the use of video by Social Care TV to support LGBT education for social workers (powerful stuff). Squeezed in here was a talk on this blog by myself and Hanna – hopefully a few more people have been reading since then!
The final Plenary was by Mark Salmon of NHS Evidence. Unfortunately this was a disappointing run through of some survey results. This seemed to me to be a missed opportunity to engage with a significant cross section of those with a professional interest in NHS Evidence. The survey results were unsurprising. It is worth commenting that nearly 20% of respondents identified themselves as information specialists. Hopefully this should further demonstrate to NHS Evidence which people are most interested in working with them to help their service improve. There was little detail of new developments, no discussion of technical niceties and no evidence of consideration of how NHS Evidence fits into the broader ecology of information in the NHS. It was a deeply uninspiring end to an excellent conference.
Looking forward to HLG 2012!