What are LQAF Innovations?
As part of the self-assessment process for the NHS Library Quality Assurance Framework (LQAF) service managers are asked to identify examples of the 4 categories of innovation (Marketing, Organisational, Process and Product Innovation) within their service.
Recognising and Rewarding Innovation in NHS LKS June 2012 explains what constitutes an innovation. There is an innovation and inititiative template (updated September 2013 to accommodate initiatives to be shared) for completion by the service manager which should be read in conjunction with Guidance on LKS Innovation & Initiative Submissions 2013. The service manager then submits the form to their LKS Lead for further consideration.
This checklist is used by the LKS Lead to help determine which submissions are then sent to the judging panel of LKS Leads and service managers who decide on the annual innovation awards.
New for 2013 - Initiatives to be Shared: Widening Access
The HEE LKS Leads agreed to promote other LKS initiatives that were not innovations but would be useful to share to spread the learning. For 2013 library and knowledge services will be encouraged to submit initiatives to be shared that will not go forward to the national innovations judging panel. The initiatives will be added to a section of the innovations wiki for all to see.
In 2010 the SHA Library Leads introduced four awards in the annual Sally Hernando* Award for Innovation in NHS Library and Knowledge Services.
The table below lists documents for you to download and the links to pages relating to the annual awards:
Copies of all the innovation submissions judged either innovations or good practice can be downloaded from www.libraryservices.nhs.uk/wiki/Innovations.MainPage.ashx for all the years the awards have been running.
You can now search the submissions from previous years by category using the innovations database.
* Sally Hernando (1957-2010) was the former Head of Knowledge Management and E-learning at NHS South West. Sally led on many innovative national developments and was a great supporter of developing library services to their fullest potential.
Further information about Sally is available in The Swimming Pool issue 16 2010, the newsletter of the SW information management system.
Page Updated 22 January 2014