Public Health England publishes “Knowledge strategy: Harnessing the power of information to improve the public’s health”

Public Health England (PHE) is a government agency that began operating on April 1, 2013. Their main goal is “to ensure that decisions we all make about our personal health, and the health of the population more widely, are based on the best information available and deliver the best possible outcomes”. On June 17, 2014, PHE published its strategy to meet the following commitments:

  1. Support openness and innovation
  2. Understand and meet public health requirements for knowledge
  3. Provide the tools to let public health professionals do their jobs
  4. Develop cross-system networks, tools and services to share intelligence, expertise and experience
  5. Work with others efficiently
  6. Ensure everything we do has a positive impact and provides value for money

You can access the document here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/320506/PHE_Knowledge_Strategy.pdf

See page 36 of the knowledge strategy for a description the role of librarians. Some potential areas for librarian involvement include:

–       Evidence synthesis

–       Mediated literature searching and filtering

–       Current awareness services

–       Information skills training

It is very encouraging to see the work of health librarians recognized in a “big picture” strategic plan like this one.

 

Submitted by: Teruko Kishibe, Archivist/Information Specialist

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