1 November 2016 Last updated at 16:41, 12/01/2017

A million decisions

Photograph of UCLH Staff, copyright NHS England

A joint campaign from CILIP and Health Education England (HEE)

Every day across the healthcare sector in England more than a million decisions are made that have a profound and lasting impact on people's lives and which influence the quality of healthcare and the cost of services.

CILIP and HEE are campaigning for decisions in the healthcare sector to be fully evidence-based, calling on government and health service providers to employ and make use of the skills of librarians and knowledge specialists in meeting their obligations under The Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Under the Act, The Secretary of State for Health must ensure ‘the use in the health service of evidence obtained from research’. It also places a responsibility on Clinical Commissioning Groups and healthcare providers to make use of the best available evidence in their decision-making. Arms length bodies and those commissioning or influencing healthcare services have a responsibility to promote and monitor the use of evidence-based decision making.

The campaign

CILIP and HEE will work together to support decision-makers and those delivering health services to employ and make good use of their skills to meet their obligations under the Act, highlighting the multiple beneficial outcomes when healthcare providers and their teams staff work closely with their library and knowledge services.

Check back soon for campaign news!

Photograph of UCLH staff copyright NHS England