Knowledge Share

Current awareness is a buzzword in healthcare. For many years librarians have disseminated the latest evidence to their members using tools such as regular email lists. However, recently these systems have become more advanced. Brighton and Sussex University NHS Foundation Trust set up “Knowledge Share” in 2013 as a way to personalize current awareness.

Their system includes an algorithm which matches a database of user interests to indexed current evidence (including NICE resources, policy and events), thus enabling each user to receive a bi-weekly list of the latest information in their area(s) of interest.

This program started off in Brighton, but has quickly grown. It is now used across the NHS. Recently we’ve decided to buy into it, and someone from Brighton came to train us last week. It’s a pretty interesting program that also includes a literature search tool and a skills training management system. They’re also going to be introducing a social networking element soon – how very modern!

We’re trying to get this in place before the new batch of Junior Doctors arrive in August, so we’re probably going to have a steep learning curve.

Buckland Abbey

While British weather is difficult to predict at the best of times, the days are getting longer and I think I can safely say that spring has arrived in Torquay. There are blue skies, warm(ish) days and tens of people eating ice cream on the beach. After living in Los Angeles for four years, it was hard to adapt to the British winter. Going to work and coming home in the dark is not my favorite. But now there are tulips everywhere and I’ve started spending more time outside, savoring these few days of sunshine.

I’ve always wanted to see a bluebell field (fulfilling my fantasy of  the”proper” British countryside), and so a few weekends ago we went up to Buckland Abbey in search of one. Unfortunately it was still a little too early, but I did get to visit a great national trust site.

The Abbey is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures such as the legendary Drake’s Drum.

At Drake’s (the seafarer, not rapper) house we saw some great treasurers, and got to dress up in old fashioned clothes. There was also a beautiful Rembrandt on display, and acres of land filled with sheep and orchards.

After oo-ing and aww-ing over the new lambs, I had lamb and mint sauce for the first (and probably the last) time, and then spent some time trampolining with two children under five. What a day!