The Spring Forum proved to be a most successful day with exceptional speakers at an excellent venue with the Royal Society of Medicine proving to be marvellous hosts as always.
The first speaker was Dr Ian Curran, Dean of Excellence, Head of Innovation at the London Deanery. He delivered an extremely visionary presentation on the theme of excellence, with an emphasis on providing tailored services which are patient-focused and allowing true expertise and talent to shine through in the workforce.
Dr Lisa Bayliss Pratt, Director of Nursing, Health Education England, followed almost seamlessly, managing to explain the new HEE structure and purpose whilst emphasising the importance of compassion as part of the training and continuing development of the NHS workforce as a whole. See her presentation here: LBP HEE and nursing
Next to speak was Prof. Stephen Powis, Medical Director of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust explaining the Education Outcomes Framework. He did this with constant reference to how this might be assisted by librarians and made the Framework meaningful to those in the audience who had heard of the EOF but weren’t sure what it might mean for them.
To cap off a great morning, Dr Julia Whiteman, Director of Appraisal Revalidation and Performance at the London Deanery explained the purpose and system of revalidation. This is something we, in health libraries have known was on the horizon, but were unsure about how we could support it. Dr Whiteman’s clear and consice presentation not only gave us insight into how we might support doctors, but also a plethora of marvellous resources we can point them to. See Dr Whiteman’s presentation here: Educational Implications of Revalidation (Jan 2013)
We were delighted to hear Graham Harris, Assistant Director of Professional Standards at the College of Paramedics, who took us through the development of the profession and the importance of education support for paramedics as they move through their increasingly high profile professional ladder. Even though UHMLG supports all the health professions, it is difficult to find speakers from non-medic backgrounds so we were especially grateful to Graham for speaking. His slides are here: College of Paramedics Presentation 2013
Prof. Megan Quentin-Baxter, Professor of Health Professions Education at Newcastle University provided a very entertaining and thought provoking session on the issues around reuse and licensing of educational resources and objects. She prompted as many questions as answers, and the audience went away with many issues and queries to think about around copyright and the risk management implications of throwing open your resources to the wider world. See her presentation here: Megan Quentin Baxter UHMLG
Judy Atkinson, Library and Information Services Manager at the Royal College of Nursing demonstrated the changing face of health libraries with a very engaging presentation on the exciting new library at the RCN and the rationale behind the changes. Its sleek new design was most impressive and as it will be open to the public – we can all have a look when it reopens in the Autumn of 2013.
David Stewart, Director of Health libraries North West took us on a whistlestop tour of the new structures within the NHS. Despite the enormity of the task, he whisked us through the entire reorganisation within 30 minutes and left us breathless at the end. Very entertaining and informative. His slides are here: David Stewart UHMLG and a very useful overview diagram here: A4 Diagram of NHS Structure as of January 2013
Sue Lacey Bryant, Director of Corporate Affairs and Partnerships, NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group delivered an inspirational closing speech, encouraging us to be passionate about our work and to embrace change (“never let a crisis go to waste!”) and how we have important work to do. She left us all charged to go out and change the library landscape. Her presentation is here: SueLB__UHMLG_04022013_Rev
After closing remarks by Erika Gavillet, Chair of UHMLG, the day drew to an end with a tour of the Royal Society of Medicine Library for those who did not have to dash off to catch their planes, trains, tubes and buses.
The Forum was kindly supported by our sponsors: BMJ Group, EBSCO, Elsevier, Oxford University Press, Swets, Wolters Kluwer|Ovid and Wolters Kluwer UpToDate.