Meet Naomi from Team buzz this Health Information Week!
It's Health Information Week this week, and this year the focus is on inspiring better health! Health Information Week is a national, multi-sector campaign to promote high quality information for patients and the public. High quality health information can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life. buzz Knowledge Service Assistant Naomi is passionate about inspiring people to look for and make use of the best possible health information out there. Over to Naomi.....
What’s your role within buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service?
I work in the buzz Knowledge Service which is a specialist library and information service for health and social care workers in Manchester. I’m a Knowledge Service Assistant which means I run the front desk on a day-to-day basis. I help people to find what they need and check books and other resources in and out.
Describe a typical day at work…
This is the hardest question because no two days are the same! Usually I would be working on the front desk of the Knowledge Service but I’ve been working from home since March due to COVID-19.
I always start the day with answering emails and then I do a wide range of tasks like running the Knowledge Service Twitter account or finding information to support buzz projects, and I’ve even made a video with advice for finding trusted information online. I also put together bulletins of news and recent research articles in order to help staff keep up-to-date with the latest developments in their field.
What do you love most about your job?
I’m really passionate about helping people to get high quality information when they need it and it’s really rewarding when you can see the difference this makes. I also love how varied the job is, there’s always lots going on!
If you had to do another job for one day what would you pick?
I would probably be a researcher because I’m a very curious person and there’s lots of questions I’d like to find the answers to! I think research evidence is really important, especially in health, because it can help you make good choices about your health and get the best possible treatment if you’re ill.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love reading and I got into bookbinding after taking a course in it a couple of years ago. I play guitar and sing, and go to gigs to see my favourite bands play live whenever I get the chance. I also love to travel – I’ve been to 48 countries so far and I’m always planning the next adventure!
What’s your favourite thing about Manchester?
I love that even though it’s a big city, Manchester has a real community atmosphere. As someone who loves books, one of my favourite things is that Manchester has lots of amazing libraries, including the oldest public library in the English-speaking world! There’s so much history here and loads of hidden gems.