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Professional standards and personal development


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Delivered to the Irish Health Sciences Libraries Group, Kilkenny 24 February 2006

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Professional standards and personal development

  1. 1. Professional standards and personal development Thinking the unthinkable
  2. 2. My text for today • The importance of professional standards and personal development planning in a changing environment. Why are these important and significant for health care librarians?
  3. 3. New rôles • Outreach Librarians • Clinical Librarians • Knowledge managers • Primary care knowledge managers • Clinical Governance facilitators • R&D facilitators • Information analysts • Lecturers and Trainers • Electronic Resource Managers • Webmasters • Health Informaticians
  4. 4. The oldest profession?
  5. 5. What’s a profession? • Control • Regulate • Educate
  6. 6. The conventional view “All professions are conspiracies against the laity”. George Bernard Shaw The Doctors Dilemma 1911
  7. 7. Professional redefinition • CILIP: – Framework of Qualifications • Body of Professional Knowledge – Health EAG – HLG Manifesto • UKCHIP • MLA/AAHSL:Building on Success Charting the Future of Knowledge Management within the Academic Health Center
  8. 8. The Future of the Professions (2001) • Council of Excellence in Management and Leadership – Impetus for change from • Technical development • Increased user expectations and knowledge • New managerialism • Professions that succeeded were those who looked at the future and planned
  9. 9. Challenges to professionals • Developments in technology: expert systems • New areas of work and tension with other professions • Corporate whittling away at professional autonomy
  10. 10. A crisis • The UK crisis of confidence in professions: high profile cases focus public concern on regulation of health professions: Bristol, Shipman • Demographic challenges
  11. 11. Health as an exemplar • Vanguard role • Large, diverse • Politically important • Centre for change
  12. 12. Health EAG • Roles and opportunities for librarians – Work cross-sectorally across health, social care and education – Work in multidisciplinary teams – Use traditional skills in new ways – Contribute to the development of evidence-based health care and services – Play a role in the development and cascading of critical appraisal skills in the workplace – Train and educate users in information skills – Promote the importance of information quality in clinical governance and risk management – Support rapid decision-making by making better quality information available – Work with a range of information providers, for example publishers and public health information analysts, in developing new services
  13. 13. EBM revolution • EBM • Changes in health care professions • Flatter networked cultures: teams working, partnership, user needs • Need for greater quality assurance. Value for money • New ways of working and learning
  14. 14. Policy – The shift of decision making from secondary to primary care – A drive to modernise services and improve access to health care – The need to ensure quality, safety and equity – Patient and public involvement and empowerment – Addressing the lifelong learning, demographic and workforce challenges – Harnessing the technical revolutions of the digital age
  15. 15. Working with others • Information professionals • Archivists • Records managers
  16. 16. Modernising professional education and CPD (1) • Reaccreditation (?mandatory) • New ways of delivering: – E-learning: Folio – Multiple learning styles – Performance indicators • Network of mentors • Complement NHS knowledge and skills framework • Work with UKCHIP/MLA’s AHIP
  17. 17. Modernising professional education and CPD (2) • Need for accredited academic,ic modules in health information • Audit and accreditation of LIS training and CPD providers
  18. 18. Influencing • Policy work • International dimension
  19. 19. Knight and Brice (1) • Conclude that libraries are being reshaped in response to changes in: – The economics of information – Advances in computing and communication – Global information policies – Changes in teaching, research and scholarship
  20. 20. Knight and Brice (2) • Expect health libraries to be – Centres of evidence – Libraries without walls – Centres of instruction – Filters – Centres for R&D Knight, Thalia, Brice, Anne Librarians, Surgeons and Knowledge Surgical Clinics of North America, Vol. 86, No. 1. (February 2006), pp. 71-90