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Date of release: 10 November 2020

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This week I’m going to focus on another innovation at the Trust – our first repository, which will showcase the publications of the exciting work of the people employed by the organisation.

Launched yesterday, it is hoped the repository will eventually house the entire collection of work written by Trust employees, allowing them to check out the most authored members of staff and most written-about topics. It can be found via this link: https://rwt.dspace-express.com

This is a place for staff to showcase their literature if they have:-
  • Published a paper or other research
  • Presented at a conference
  • Produced and displayed a poster
  • Authored a book or book chapter

The advantages and benefits are:-
  • All Trust published papers archived in one place
  • Work of the Trust available to a worldwide audience
  • Marketing tool to attract additional research funding and new employees with specific research interests
  • Easily searchable and free to use on the internet
  • Faster dissemination of research into practice
  • Links to the Bell Library Discovery tool, so searching health databases will also have exposure to published papers held in the repository
  • Stores ‘grey’ literature, such as poster presentations
  • Provides a standardised formation for institutional records
  • Content will be indexed by Google, Google Scholar and other leading search engines to gain maximum exposure
  • Support the expectations of future CQC and National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) inspections.

Historically, collation of research activity has been carried out ad hoc by members of our Research and Development Directorate and Library and Information Services, using either an Excel spreadsheet or referencing software Endnote (approx. 3,000 references, with approximately 150 items added per year at present).  

But this method was capturing less than 10 per cent of publications by Trust employees and had very limited access by only a few members of staff, while in some cases there was duplication of staff time from the two departments.

So we now have a ‘one-stop shop’ for recording all published articles, books, chapters, presentations at conferences by staff affiliated to the Trust. 

To date the repository has saved from current alerts:
  • 124 journal publications 
  • 4 conference papers
  • 1 book chapter
  • 11 posters

There are over 1,000 retrospective documents to add – I will be in there somewhere – while the Trust staff have authored or co-authored 19 COVID-19 articles since March 2020.

The Trust authors with most articles so far are:
  • Dr Matthew Brookes, Consultant Gastroenterologist
  • Phil Tittensor, Consultant Nurse for the Epilepsies
  • Miss Raghavan Vidya, Consultant in General Surgery
  • Dr Nicky Eddison, Orthotics Service Manager/Clinical lead
  • Professor James Cotton, Professor of Cardiology and Director of R & D John Hudson 
  • Dr James Bateman, Consultant Rheumatologist
  • Dr Andrew Veitch, Consultant Gastroenterologist

Repositories first appeared around 2002, mainly at universities, to capture the scholarly activity of staff and students.

The repository will be managed by our library, and it will take advantage of their expertise of digital resources.  

Health care libraries are a recognised powerhouse of education, lifelong learning, research and evidence-based practice.

Our R and D Directorate was created in 1998 and our organisation is the proud host of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network West Midlands (CRN), a network covering 28 Trusts and 11 CCGs within the West Midlands with approx. 200 staff.

There is a growing number of research-active staff within the Trust who integrate research to their clinical roles.

Research studies/activities are run across the various sites of the Trust and within the community by many of our staff.

We see this as vital because clinical research is at the heart of improving health care and will facilitate research of the highest quality and relevance to the NHS.

If any staff have a list of publications they would like to submit, please e-mail the repository team at rwh-tr.rwtrepository@nhs.net or use the online submission form

They should include their full name, job title, professional group, division, department and the type of publication they are submitting – journal article, book chapter, conference abstract, poster, or other. If there is a PubMed ID, this may help the library identify the item. 

Happy reading!

Take care,

A Teaching Trust of the University of Birmingham