It’s Great Up North – Northern Healthcare LKS Conference 6th and 7th June 2019 Old Swan, Harrogate

Calling healthcare library staff of all levels, we want your submissions for our conference next year! We would like to encourage as many as possible of you to submit proposals for workshops, presentations, or posters. There are no themes other than that of Healthcare LKS.


This conference will be a relaxed and enjoyable event and we particularly welcome proposals from those of you who have never presented at a conference before. It will be a great place to have your first go at giving a paper, or the ideal opportunity to try out a different training technique.


Want to give it a go? You’ve got options:

Parallel Session Presentation: Presentation can be on any Healthcare LKS topic and will be allocated 20 minutes (15 minutes presenting time and 5 minutes for questions) but we might be able to adjust – if you feel that you need longer, please specify in your proposal.
Examples of possible presentations could include an event you staged in your library, or a project you were involved in that went well (or not!)
Tip: Worried about going it alone? Co-present with a colleague!


Parallel Session Workshop: These are practical sessions and will be allocated 45 minutes. Make sure delegates can actively participate in your workshop. Examples: Have you been on a really interesting course recently? or acquired a new skill? This would be an ideal opportunity for colleagues to share knowledge or spark debate.
Tip: This could be a great practice run for something you want to take to other conference such as HLG, EAHIL, or LILAC.

Minutes of Madness: A fun succession of short presentations on any aspect of Healthcare LKS. Presenters will be allocated three minutes.
Tip: Nervous about presenting? These are only 3 minutes – the perfect change to give it a go!

Poster Presentation: Posters should be on healthcare topics and will be on display during the conference. Delegates will vote for their favourites in a secret ballot. There’s prizes up for grabs. Have a look at these examples for inspiration:


Tip: Remember that posters need to look good, be focused – less can be more!

If you are interested in taking part in any of the sessions above then please complete the application form at If you would like to deliver more than one session you will need to complete a form for each one.  Completed forms should be submitted by Friday 1st February 2019 at 5pm.


If you require any further information or would like a chat about your proposal, then please contact


We are planning to run some WebEx sessions in the spring aimed at those presenting at the conference giving hints and tips on presenting posters and conference sessions.


Gil Young on behalf of the Organising Committee for It’s Great Up North – Northern Healthcare LKS Conference

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It’s Great Up North – Northern Healthcare LKS Conference 6th and 7th June 2019 Old Swan, Harrogate

“the queerest place with the strangest people in it leading the oddest lives…”

Well that’s what Charles Dickens thought of Harrogate and he hadn’t even seen the conference agenda…

The venue looks wonderful Agatha Christie stayed here when she came on her holidays (but she forgot to tell anyone she was going.) It’s in super smart Harrogate birthplace of the legendary Betty’s Tea Room and Yorkshire tea. It’s got a really nice free art gallery (nice and free being my favourite combination) and for the horticulturally inclined you can walk to RHS Harlow Carr from the town centre. You must be tempted now surely? Bookings for the conference will open in January 2019 so you will have something nice to look forward to in the midst of the post-Christmas gloom.

So now that the venue is arranged and all the guests have been invited there is much work behind the scenes to make it a memorable and enjoyable conference for everyone for all the right reasons. I am sure that the programme will be diverse enough to have something for everyone but like my old PE teacher used to say you only get out what you put in so that’s where we need your help. We are calling for papers in November from you all so you have got a month to contemplate what you might like to present. Don’t be shy we are all friends here and even if your submission is rubbish at least you will have given the selection committee a good chuckle so it’s a win whichever way you look at it…

Regular update and developments can be followed via the conference twitter account @itsgreatupnorth

Helen Curtis
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

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LIHNN LKS Managers Meeting – 18 September 2018

Social Prescribing
Jo Ward, Change Maker

Dominic Gilroy, Library and Knowledge Services Development Manager – Yorkshire and the Humber

Leeanne Lockley, Quality Improvement Programme Manager, Kidney Quality Improvement Partnership (KQuIP), UK Renal Registry

Knowledge for Healthcare & HCLU Update
David Stewart, Director of Health Library and Knowledge Services North

BMJ Best Practice
Elin Goodwin, Deputy Product Manager, BMJ

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11th July 2018 – It’s Happening! A Conference for the North

Plans are underway for a Northern Health Libraries Conference – name, date and venue still to be confirmed!

This morning I made the trip into Leeds to meet with the organising committee for the first time.  I did feel slightly guilty when I realised that I was the only one from the Yorkshire part of the north and everyone else had travelled further than me.  Still – I’m sure a trip to sunny Yorkshire was a treat for all! The call went out a little while ago for volunteers to help with organising the conference and I am really pleased to be involved.  It is a really great opportunity to meet and work with colleagues from across the wider northern region and I do love to work on a project.

Anyway, back to the conference.  The initial planning meeting focused on the following:

  • Introductions – who are the members of the committee and what is our experience of conference planning?
  • Possible themes and sessions to be included in the conference. A wide range of ideas were suggested and discussed – all will be revisited as we progress through the planning process.  It was agreed that time for networking and reflection should be a key aim.
  • Target audience – how do we ensure that we attract health librarians from academic libraries as well as the NHS? Also we need to attract paraprofessionals as well as librarians.
  • Keynote speakers – a couple of suggestions were made but all members of the group were tasked with identifying possible keynote speakers.
  • Date and venue – pretty fundamental! A couple of possible venues and dates will be investigated – the full details will be released when confirmed.  Watch this space!

Overall it was a really productive first meeting and I have got a really good feeling about this conference – I’m sure that it is going to be a great success.  It has been quite a number of years since we had a regional conference and it made me feel quite old when I realised that not everyone will remember the “old” conferences that we used to have in Yorkshire! Even better we will have colleagues from the north-west this time too.  I’m looking forward to working with the organising committee and hope that we can put on a good show!

If anyone has any suggestions for the conference please do get in touch with your ideas. Email

Becky Williams

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

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LIHNN Group Updates – June 2018

Cheshire and Merseyside Group

At the moment GDPR is at the forefront of all our minds, with some great shared experience and learning from colleague in the NHS, charities and higher education.

We have had a great presentation from Adrienne Mayers from the Liverpool Medical Institute about running exhibitions, which has inspired some of us to collaborate around NHS 70th and Health Information Week.

Last year week shared innovative ways of running inductions with quizzes, use of 360 cameras and how to best get in contact with our new starters.

Next up we are running a Teach Meet, with a focus on helping each other overcome our challenges.

Greater Manchester Group

ebooks collection goes from strength to strength with all Trusts based in Greater Manchester now having joined the consortium

  • won the delegates vote at the LIHNN study day
  • presentation at HLG by Mary Hill and Stephen Woods

Meeting with Philip Cooke from Manchester Libraries in January was very informative, especially around their access to library services during hospital stays and home delivery service.  Leaflets have gone out to a number of libraries to help promote the offers.


The Spring Issue of LIHNNK up has been published and all libraries should have received their copy.  A call for papers has been sent out for the summer edition: the deadline is the 8th June. We are in the process of trying to organise a WebEx meeting to discuss the future of the magazine, which is likely to take place in June. Under discussion will be plans to move to an online version.

Inter Lending and Document Supply Group

  • The group met in February 2018 to review and update the PANDDA ILDS protocol
  • The updated protocol is now available from the LIHNN website
  • Following a consultation with library managers across the North the group approved the proposal to join the national rota (INC) for document supply but not Inter-Lending
  • The Inter Network Collaboration (INC) rota went live on 1 MAY 2018
  • The Northern Care Alliance will take over the editorial work for the PANDDA union List database in June 2018
  • Sue Steele will become the new group chair and represent the North on the national Strategic Inter Network Collaboration (SINC) group

Mental Health Librarians

  • We have purchased a collection of CBT ebooks to support training delivered to all our staff across the Northwest
  • We are exploring sharing a catalogue of staff papers so that we can learn from Trusts across the NW region and connect people to people more effectively
  • Looking into a joint purchase of Read App as a way of making journal articles from our collections more accessible and targeted


LIHNN Clinical Librarians and Trainers

  • Thanks to Paul Tickner and Emma Child for completion of their two-years in the role of co-chair. Welcome to Rebecca Roylance and John Gale as new co-chairs.
  • Our recent meetings have included:
    • Four sessions on critical appraisal delivered by John Addison
    • Knowledge management and Knowledge Café presented by Katie Nicholas.
    • Yvonne Stubbington session on presenting at conferences.
    • An update on technology developments and social media engagement at Cochrane.
    • A presentation from Dr Hazel Rodham on facilitating online critical appraisal sessions for SLTs using Twitter.
  • We have used the KfH Training Needs Analysis report to identify topics for future meetings. Topics identified include Knowledge Management, Project Management, Training and Presentation Skills, social media marketing and synthesising and summarising.
  • As always thanks to all our hosts and presenters!


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LIHNN/HCLU Briefing June 2018

HCLU Update/Knowledge for Healthcare Update – David Stewart

LIHNN Update and AGM – Susan Smith

Random Coffee Trial – Katie Nicholas and Fran Wilkie

The tale of LILAC and the flamingos – Emily Hurt

Health literacy: drawing on skills of library and knowledge services – Ruth Carlyle

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Big Day Out Up North – 25 May 2018

This event was open to all members of the Northern Healthcare networks. Held at the Royal Station Hotel Newcastle it aimed to give LKS staff time away from the day job to share experiences of using social media, running training sessions, promoting services and any other part of their job which they would like to share or would welcome advice on. The programme for the day is below along with links to presentations where they are available.

The new CILIP Membership Model – Paul Caton

The STEM Group in action – Kirstin Himsworth, Claire Masterman and Joanne Naughton

Visit to Salford University Library – Lorna Dawson and Katie Nicholas

Redundancy and Us – Tracy Owen and Gil Young

Patient information at Gateshead – Sylvia Hughes

The KM advent calendar – Katie Nicholas

KnowledgeShare – Madeleine Still

In Remembrance– Lisa Jenkinson

Enhancing the student experience, virtually and face-to-face – Nicola Conway

Getting Involved in Policies, Procedures and Guidelines: Some Lessons Learned – Joanne Naughton

Refurbing our libraries – Sarah Abernethy and Jenny Richardson

Migrating to a new LMS – Madeleine Still

Knowledge Management Sharing Day – Katie Nicholas

NHS Digital Knowledge, Information and Library Services – Gill Foster

The Healthy Library initiative (North Cumbria UHT) – Julie Weeks

Supporting Innovation and Transformation’– Jackie Howard


“Going to look back at the KM advent calendar items and look into KnowledgeShare”

“There were several good ideas to think about. I was especially interested in the dementia resources Lisa shared so might discuss those with our local dementia team.”

“The event gave me a greater appreciation of the implications of implementing a new system. It increased my understanding of knowledge management and I hope to put this new knowledge into practice.”

“Very enjoyable mix of topics and presentations”

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