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The Commissioning Handbook Innovation through Collaboration http://commissioning.pbworks.com/. Alison Price, Librarian NHS Lincolnshire.
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Alison Price, Librarian
In 2006-7, the National Library for Health sponsored two workshops on
the opportunities for “Bringing knowledge to bear: informing the
commissioning process in primary care”.
Recurrent themes emerged -
Librarians have been responding individually to the unique information
needs of their own organisations, developing service approaches to
Retrieving information and building up their own resource lists to
answer commissioning enquiries.
To address the Workshop themes, a small band of librarians from
various NHS regions, all with experience of supporting Commissioning,
were approached to work together on pooling their working knowledge,
experience, ideas and ‘favourites’ lists.
To help information professionals to support NHS staff involved in the
commissioning cycle by bringing together information resources and
examples of library service best practice.
To support information professionals at all levels of involvement with
commissioning, from those entirely new to the subject to those with
To provide an understanding of the information needs of
Commissioners by including examples of search requests.
How did a small group of geographically
dispersed health librarians work together to
pool their collective knowledge?
Sponsorship & Leadership.
The World of Wiki.
This project has been about collaboration at
all levels – from the ‘Do Once and Share’
approach to the delegation of tasks.
Accessing the wiki is simple and requires no
registration or logging in – just head to the
homepage and dive in!
Defining “World Class Commissioning”
The roles and information needs of those involved in commissioning
Leading the NHS; engaging with partners
Benchmarking, Best Practice and Innovation
Information resources to support commissioning
8.1 In priority areas
8.2 For specific populations
8.3 For specific diseases or conditions
8.4 For specific service sectors
Organisations that support commissioners
Professional development for commissioners
Searching for information for commissioning
Tips on searching the web
Examples of search strategies
Information services for commissioning
Managing libraries, knowledge and data
Information supply; collaboration or competition
Professional development for librarians
The Handbook is a ‘work in progress’. As the
commissioning agenda evolves, so will the
The Handbook reflects the availability of resources
in specific subject areas. Some of the pages are
bursting with links and information, others are
rather sparse. With time we hope to see them
filled with resources and experience.
for this section.
Can you make a recommendation?
No matter how experienced, or how new, we
are to supporting commissioning, there will always
be someone who finds a new resource, develops a
new searching strategy, or has best practice to
Share what you know!
The names may change, but the information
needs, and the information retrieval skills and
resources required to meet them, remain constant.
With just a little tweeking of the terminology used,
the Commissioning Handbook is being updated to support
the Commissioning agenda of the new Coalition