Summer Entertainment Campaign

As I am getting ready to leave Torquay (just under five weeks to go!), I have been working on an independent project, the Summer Entertainment Campaign. This is based off of the Winter lucky-dip and is a way that hospital staff can have a book or DVD delivered directly to their ward or office. All they need to do [...]

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. http://www.londonlinks.nhs.uk/2013-events/november/ben-skinner-knowledgeshare.pdf Their system includes an algorithm which matches [...]

Met Office

The Met Office is the UK's national weather service. In 2004 its headquarters were moved to Exeter. It is a stunning building, with a sidewalk-inspired interior complete with street lamps, trees and a small creek. The Met is a huge organization, and has its own in-house library and archive. Last week I shadowed their librarians and archivist for a morning. Trying to [...]

Southmead Hospital

A few days ago I visited Southmead Hospital and library. Recently re-furbished, the library was much bigger and more modern than ours here at Torbay. It's really great to be able to meet more people in the profession, and one of the things that I liked most about this visit was talking to staff who had previously worked in mental [...]

Community Visits: Totnes

After we became an ICO (Integrated Care Organization) last year, the librarians here at Torbay have been eager to visit community hospitals for outreach. Last week I visited Totnes Hospital with my manager to meet with their staff. There's no designated library there, and the hospital is much smaller and considerably less frantic. Also its interior reminded me [...]

One Month In…

Yesterday marked the end of my first month at TSDFT. Since my last blog post I have: Completed hospital induction with over 100 other new clinical and non-clinical trust staff. Some highlights of this two day affair included: a 30 minute presentation on hand washing, multiple tea breaks, and learning how to lift boxes. Gone on [...]