Dr Hannah Spring

Senior Lecturer: Research and Evidence-Based Practice

School of Health Sciences

E: h.spring@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876813

Senior Lecturer

Prior to working at York St John University I held a variety of posts in Department of Health and NHS settings. By background I am a clinical information specialist and my most recent post before coming to York was as Knowledge Manager at Airedale NHS Trust. I have also worked in a variety of independent consultancy roles including working with Nottingham University as an independent reviewer and content provider for the Intute Health and Life Sciences database, and as a consultant research librarian for GP’s and other health practitioners at Fisher Medical Centre, Skipton.

As a qualified lecturer and information specialist with over ten years teaching experience, I have significant experience in research and information and knowledge management in the health and academic sectors. I am particularly experienced in working with health professionals in the primary and secondary healthcare, and academic sectors.

At York St John University I teach across a broad range of health related undergraduate and postgraduate modules. I specifically take the lead on the information and health literacy aspects of evidence based healthcare practice, teach research methods and support research capacity development within the Faculty advising and leading on systematic reviews and other research projects. My specialist interest areas include:

  • Information literacy and health
  • Evidence-based health practice
  • The impact of internet and web 2.0 technologies on learning and information behaviour
  • Systematic reviews and associated research methodologies
  • Research development in health LIS professions
  • Clinical librarianship in primary care and the allied health professions
  • Health literacy

Further Information

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Leeds University
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Huddersfield
  • BA (Hons) Library and Information Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
  • Member of the Health Libraries Group (CILIP)

Précis

  • Senior Lecturer – Research and Evidence Based Practice, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, York St John University
  • Member editorial board Health Information and Libraries Journal (HILJ)
  • Editor – Learning and Teaching in Action regular feature of Health Information and Libraries Journal
  • Member of Health Information and Libraries for Evaluation and Research (HEALER) network
  • Information Manager – RCOMH
  • Reviewer – British Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Organising Committee Member for ISHIMR 2015 (International Symposium on Health Information Management Research

 

Teaching

I currently teach across a broad range of health related undergraduate and postgraduate modules and specifically take module leadership on the Occupational Therapy programme for the dissertation module at level 3, and evidence-based practice module at level 1. At MSc level I lead on research methods modules. I specifically take the lead on information and health literacy aspects of evidence based practice, teach research methods and support research capacity development within the Faculty advising and leading on systematic reviews and other research projects. I am active in working and publishing with colleagues on a variety of ScoRe (Students as Co-Reseachers) projects. I also write regularly in my capacity as editor from the Learning and Teaching in Action regular feature of the Health Information and Libraries Journal, on a variety of subjects relevant to health related learning and teaching. My specialist teaching areas include:

  • Health related information literacy
  • Health literacy
  • Evidence-based health practice
  • Systematic reviews
  • Research methods

I am also involved in the delivery of various continuing professional development courses run by the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences for external practitioners.

Professional Activities

I am currently editor for the Learning and Teaching in Action regular feature of the Health Information and Libraries Journal (HILJ) and a member of the HILJ editorial board. I am also a member of the editorial board for the Health and Interprofessional Practice journal and reviewer for the British Journal of Occupational Therapy. I am also an active member of the Health Information and Libraries for Evaluation and Research network (HEALER) and a senior fellow of the HEA.

  • External examiner for evidence-based practice modules on BSc (Hons) Practice Development, GDip Practice Development, GDip Nursing Practice, BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice at University of Cumbria (October 2017 - )
  • External Examiner for Health Information and Health Literacy related PhD submissions - Loughborough University (i-School - School of Business and Economics)
  • Member of Research Ethics Committee – School of Health Sciences, York St John University (February 2017 – present)
  • Chair of the Organising Committee for ISHIMR 2015 (International Symposium on Health Information Management Research)
  • Invited visiting professorship at Pacific University Oregon, USA (October 2014, 1 month)
  • Reviewer for International Journal of Library and Information Science (October 2014 – present)
  • Editor of Learning and Teaching and Action regular feature for the Health Information and Libraries (October 2009 – present)
  • Journal, reviewer and editorial board member (Sept 2009 – present)
  • Reviewer for British Journal of Occupational Therapy (August 2009 – present)
  • Member of the Research Centre for Occupation and Mental Health (RCOMH) with role of Information Manager – York St John University (June 2009 – present)
  • External examiner for BSc (Hons) in Health and Social Care Informatics University of Derby (Sept 2008 – Sept 2013)
  • Member of the Health Information and Libraries for Evaluation and Research network (HEALER) (Sept 2008 – present)
  • Member of the Allied Health Professions Research and Effectiveness Forum for Yorkshire (August 2005 – present)
  • Therapy Weekly Research Update provider (May 2005 – Jan 2006)
  • Intute (Nottingham University) Content Provider and Reviewer (May 2004 – June 2010)
  • Member of editorial board for Therapy Weekly (Jan 2004-Jan 2006)
  • Consultant Research and Health Information Specialist for Fisher Medical Centre, Skipton (March 2000-March 2009)

Research

  • I have a PhD investigating the priorities and barriers to research development in health librarianship and the relationship between this and evidence-based health practice.
  • I also have membership on a variety of research teams both internally and external to the University. I collaborate on research activities relating to health information and health infomatics with partners at the iSchool at Sheffield University.
  • I currently leading on two ScoRe research strands in the area of obesity, and also the experience of asylum seekers in the UK.
  • I am an active member of the HEALER (Health Libraries for Evaluation and Research) network.

Publications

Theses

Spring, H. 2013. The barriers to and priorities for research development in health librarianship. PhD thesis. University of Leeds

Books

Grant, M., Sen, B., Spring, H (eds). 2013. Research, evaluation and audit: ten practical steps to demonstrating your value. London: Facet (Due for publication May 2013).

Book Chapters

Spring, H. 2014. Health 2.0 and information literacy in rare diseases. In: R. Bali., Bos, L., Gibbons, M., Ibell, S. (eds). Orphan diseases in the age of health 2.0. London: Springer

Sen, B., Grant, M., Spring, H. 2013. What are audit research, evanluation and audit. In: Grand, M., Sen, B., Spring, H (eds). Research, evaluation and audit: ten practical steps to demonstrating your value. London: Facet

Spring, H., McCluskey, C. 2013 Building confidence in doing research. In: Grant, M., Sen, B., Spring, H (eds). Research, evaluation and audit: ten practical steps to demonstrating your value. London: Facet

Journals

Spring, H. (2016) Online learning: the brave new world of massive open online courses and the role of the health librarian. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 33 (1), 84-88

Spring, H., Kunkel, M., Gilman, I., Henderson, N., White, J. (2016) International collaborations in learning and teaching: perspectives from a visiting professorship. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 33 (3), 249-254

Waite, O., Smith, A., Madge, L., Spring, H., Noret, N. (2015) Sudden cardiac death in marathons: a systematic review.  The Physician and Sportsmedicine. Available from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00913847.2016.1135036?platform=hootsuite&journalCode=ipsm20

Bannigan, K., Spring, H. (2015) Doing quick literature reviews well: the search for high-quality evidence. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 22 (4), 158-158

Spring, H., Doherty, P., Boyes, C., Wilshaw, K. (2014). Research engagement in health librarianship: outcomes of a focus group. Library and Information Science Research, 36 (3-4), 142-153

Spring, H (2014) Health information, what happens when there isn’t any? Information literacy and the challenges for rare and orphan diseases. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 31 (3), 243-246

Spring, H. 2014. An investigation into the barriers to and priorities for research engagement in health librarianship. International Journal of Health Information Management Research, 2 (1).

Spring, H., Adams, R. 2013. Combating plagiarism: the role of the health librarian. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 30 (4), 337-342

Sen, B., Spring, H. 2013. Mapping the information-coping trajectory of young people with long term illness: an evidence based approach. Journal of Documentation, 69 (5), p638-666

Bannigan, K., Spring, H. 2012. The evidence base for occupational therapy in mental health: more systematic reviews are needed. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 28 (4), 321-339

Spring, H. (2011) If you cannot beat them, join them! Using health 2.0 and popular internet applications to improve information literacy. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 28 (2), 148-151

Spring, H. (2010) Theories of learning: models of good practice for evidence-based information skills teaching. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 27 (4) 327-331

Spring, H. (2010) Health professionals of the future: teaching information skills for the Google generation. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 27 (2) 158-162 (This article now rated amongst the top 10 most downloaded articles of HILJ)

Rossall, H., Boyes, C., Montacute, K., Doherty, P. (2008) Developing research capacity in health librarians: a review. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 25 (3) 159-174

Rossall, H. 2006. How to find the right health information. Therapy Weekly 25 May, 10-12

Rossall, H. 2005. Current awareness tools for health on the internet. Therapy Weekly 22 September, 9-11

Rossall, H. 2005. Using the internet to facilitate best practice. Therapy Weekly 24 March, 11-14

Hassey A., Wilkinson H., Newell J., Rossall H. 2004. Alcohol abuse in older people – presentation and scope of the problem: a clinical review. Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice. 1 (1) 5-13

Conference Papers

Spring, H., Howlett, F., Connor, C., Antcliff, J. (2017) The value and meaning of a drop-in centre for refugees and asylum seekers [Oral Poster Presentation]. Talking about teaching conference, 20th January 2017. York St John University: York

Howlett, F., Spring, H. (2016) Obesity and bariatric care: embedding research into the undergraduate occupational therapy curriculum [Oral Presentation]. COTEC/ENOTHE, 16th June 2016, NUI Galway Conference and Event Centre: Galway, Ireland

Howlett, F., Spring, H. (2016) An exploration of health experiences of people who are plus-size or obese [Oral Poster Presentation]. COT Conference, 9th June 2016, Harrogate International Centre: Harrogate.

 

Spring, H. (2016) Improve your data! How to use surveys effectively in healthcare LIS research [Workshop]. MLA Conference, 14th May 2016, Metro Toronto Convention Centre: Toronto, Canada

Spring, H. (2016) Facilitating your focus group: running effective focus groups in health LIS research [Workshop]. MLA Conference, 13th May 2016, Metro Toronto Convention Centre: Toronto, Canada

Spring, H (2015) Rapid reviewing in healthcare research: an overview of methodological techniques. Research Seminar, 2nd December 2015, York St John University: York

Spring, H. (2015) Supporting young people’s health information needs. Research Reflections Conference, 10th September 2015, York St John University: York

Spring, H. 10 July 2015. Planning your research project (Workshop). European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) Workshop Conference 2015. 10th-12th June 2015. Edinburgh

Spring, H. 10 July 2015. Using action research in practice (Workshop). European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) Workshop Conference 2015. 10th-12th June 2015. Edinburgh

Spring, H., Howlett, F., Jennings, K., Lau, P., Melville, D., Orton, D., Riley, A., Thomson, A. (2015) Current occupational therapy practice in supporting people with obesity and bariatric needs. Poster presentation at COT conference, 30 June-2 July 2015, Brighton, UK

Spring, H., Sen, B. 25 July 2014. Planning your research project: a workshop from the HEALER network (Workshop). Health Libraries Group conference 2014, 24th-25th July 2014. Oxford

Spring, H. 24 July 2014. Research engagement in health librarianship: outcomes of a focus group. Health Libraries Group conference 2014, 24th-25th July 2014. Oxford

Spring, H. 25 April 2014. Information literacy when there is no information: the case of rare and orphan diseases. 10th Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) 2014, 23rd–25th April 2014. Sheffield.

Spring, H., Sen, B. 25 April 2014. Supporting young people’s health information needs. 10th Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) 2014, 23rd–25th April 2014. Sheffield.

Spring, H. 28 June 2013. Barriers to and priorities for research engagement in health librarianship. 16th International Symposium on Health Information Management Research (ISHIMR 2013) 26-28th June 2013. Halifax: Nova Scotia

Spring, H. (18th June 2012). Doing research to support the value and impact of your service: 10 top tips. University Health and Medical Librarians Group (UHMLG) Residential Conference:  Royal York Hotel: York

Bannigan, K., Rouse, S., Spring, H., Yoward, S. 12 June 2012. Evaluation of learning by example for teaching undergraduate students research skills. COT Annual Conference and Specialist Mental Health Annual Conference 12-14th June 2012: Glasgow

Bannigan, K., Rouse, S., Spring, H., Yoward, S. 26 May 2012. Evaluation of learning by example for teaching pre-registration students research skills. COTEC: Congress of Occupational Therapy 24-27 May 2012. Stockholm: Sweden

Booth, H., Brettle, A., Spring, H., Urquhart, C. 20 February 2012. Getting started in research and evaluation. Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) day workshop for LIS practitioners run in collaboration with Health Libraries Group (HLG) and HEALER. Manchester: University of Salford.

Conference Proceedings

Bath, P., Spring, H., Sen, B. (2015). Health informatics for enhancing health and well-being. ISHIMR: Proceedings of the seventeenth international symposium for health information management research York, UK 24-26 June 2015

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