Monday 23rd June 14:00-18:00
Course description: What does evidence-based practice mean? Are we doing it already? How can we use some simple tools and techniques to improve our use of research? These and other questions will be covered in this workshop and will draw on examples taken from practical experience. Evidence-based practice involves applying the results from research to our day-to-day practice as information staff, in order to improve the service we provide to our users. This workshop will be of interest to all information professionals, whether new or established, and working in all areas and the session will focus on providing some simple techniques that anyone can apply. The workshop will also include some interaction from the audience to prevent boredom and encourage collaboration!
The workshop will provide a practical introduction to the skills required for evidence-based practice, using scenarios and group work to introduce such concepts as formulating focused questions, critical appraisal, and looking at the barriers and enablers to making changes in the workplace.
This workshop would be suitable for all library staff requiring an introduction to evidence-based practice, and will assume no prior learning in this area.
Course trainer: Anne Brice is the Associate Director of the NHS National Knowledge Service, based in Oxford, UK. She also holds the post of Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Birmingham.
After qualifying in 1983 Anne worked in the University of London, then as Regional Librarian in the Borders Health Board, Scotland. In 1995 she was appointed as Librarian at the Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oxford, funded by NHS R&D to develop Finding the Evidence teaching programmes, and to facilitate access to evidence for primary care staff. She moved to the post of Assistant Director of the Health Care Libraries Unit, University of Oxford in 1996 with responsibility for co-ordinating and facilitating training, networking, and co-operation among the member libraries of the Health Libraries and Information Network. This post involved working closely with the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, and the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme. In 2002 she was seconded to the National Library for Health firstly as Specialist Libraries Development Manager, building knowledge networks and communities of practice around specialist health care domains, and later as Acting Head of Service. In her current post, she is responsible for liaison between the NHS National Knowledge Service and NHS Choices, a key service to support patients and the public make informed decisions about their health and well-being.
Anne is currently helping to set up ThinkWell, an international network which aims to improve the health and well-being of citizens across the world by enabling them to make informed decisions about lifestyle, diet and health interventions through public-led health discussions, education and research, using the internet and the mass media as fundamental tools.