Knowvember: utilising knowledge to enrich health care

Knowledge mobilisation techniques help people learn before, during and after everything they do so that good practice can be replicated and pitfalls are avoided.


After Action Reviews are one well-known method used in many healthcare organisations.

However, there are more ways to share best practice and the ‘know-how’ of staff for organisational learning.

Helpful postcards from Knowledge for Healthcare highlight these activities, including how long they should take, from 15 minutes to half-a-day to ‘Anytime, Anywhere!’

Even more info on the individual techniques is available as a module on e-Learning for Healthcare (No login required)

You may want to consider carrying out a structured review of how your team, department or organisation makes use of knowledge as an asset. Utilising external evidence and organisational knowledge is a self-assessment tool produced by Knowedge for Healthcare and HEE.  Completing the tool together with a Library & Knowledge Services Manager will enable you to:

  • assess what is working well and what more could be done
  • spot practical initiatives on which librarians and knowledge specialists can lead to help you meet your objectives
  • set priorities for better mobilising evidence and organisational knowledge

Although the self-assessment tool takes only 45 minutes to complete, the benefits can be long-lasting:

“Completing the Board tool has completely changed the way we will work and our use of knowledge” Ben Mearns, Chief of Medicine, Medical Division, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Contact Ben Skinner, the Head of Library & Knowledge Services if you would like to know more.

A great set of resources for knowledge management in ‘Knowvember’!