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Alignment Toolkit 2008

London’s health libraries and librarians make an impressive contribution to improving the quality of healthcare in London. This portfolio of case studies illustrates both how health libraries are aligned with the priorities of the NHS and fulfill the purposes of health libraries. Each story is categorised once in each section.

Section 1: How do libraries contribute to NHS priorities?
The focus of the toolkit is on illustrating how NHS funded libraries across the capital are addressing the key issues identified by the Darzi London review, and how libraries contribute to improvements in healthcare.

Part 1:  Reductions in health inequalities                   
Part 2: Addressing drivers for improvement 
Part 3: Priority areas

Section 2: What is the purpose of health libraries?
The Hill Review identified four purposes for health libraries. These case studies illustrate the ways in which health libraries support each:

Part 1: Clinical decision making by health professionals, patients and carers
Part 2: Decision-making on commissioning and health policy 
Part 3: Research 
Part 4: Lifelong learning by health professionals

Next steps: championing the value of health libraries
London’s health librarians are invited to:
•    Make imaginative use of these stories to champion the valuable role of health libraries, demonstrating the many ways in which librarians support core business.
•    Adopt service developments already trialed by their colleagues
•    Keep this resource alive. Clinicians are warmly invited to complete a brief report on cases that illustrate their experience of the positive impact of libraries on the core business of the NHS, using this template. Meanwhile a second template is available to librarians to contribute new stories that showcase their work.
•    A grid charting Darzi’s priorities serves as a reminder of current priorities.
 


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