Clinical librarian service

Here at the Trust, we are very proud of our Clinical Librarian service, which supports clinical decision-making by providing good quality, filtered information to the health care team at the point of need. The clinical librarians liaise closely with different departments and clinical areas throughout the Trust. 

"A very prompt , helpful and efficient service"

"Although I can do lit searches myself, they are never anywhere near as good as those conducted by the clinical librarians - I would go so far to say that I could not do my job without this service."

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The Role of the clinical librarian

Our Clinical Librarians work in partnership with clinical staff to deliver patient-centred information. They ensure that questions that arise in clinical encounters are answered on the basis of good, sound evidence and also contribute towards the development of clinical guidelines, policies and procedures.

Our Clinical Librarians provide the literature searching service, and will provide a thorough search based on your specific question. They will provide you with a summary of the literature, highlighting the quality of evidence found as well as details of their search strategy and resources used.

"Really useful, it highlighted interesting facts and has contributed to an increase of knowledge and thus change of practice."

Our Clinical Librarians will save you time!

Clinicians have recognised that the searching process can take at least 2 hours on average out of a busy day.


Our Clinical Librarians support the whole multi-disciplinary team, and assist in giving quality patient care. They are also involved in other activities that promote evidence based practice and support a questioning and learning culture. 

Literature Search Review 2017-2018

meet our clinical librarians
lisa lawrence
Lindsay Snell
Suzanne Toft
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Areas of responsibility

The departments supported by the three clinical librarians (names in green boxes), along with areas supported by our other qualified librarians, are shown below:

  • Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Pain Management

  • Cancer Services

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Dermatology

  • Legal Services

  • Respiratory and Chest Medicine

  • Schwartz Rounds

  • Specialist Palliative Care

  • Urology


  • Complex Gastrointestinal Symptoms (CoGS) Clinic

  • Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DME)

  • Dietetics

  • Falls Group

  • Haematology (Burton)

  • Pathology

  • Quality, Safety and Strategy

  • Transformation Team

  • Emergency Departments

  • General Surgery

  • Pulvertaft Hand Centre

  • Trauma and Orthopaedics

  • Community Hospitals

Karen Johnston

  • Autism Steering Group

  • Dementia Steering Group


Caroline White

  • ENT

  • Maxillofacial

  • Research and Development (R&D)


Beth Rawson

  • Diabetes and Endocrine

  • NICU

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

  • Paediatrics and KITE team

  • Renal

To Be Assigned A Librarian

Can't find your department/area?

Contact us via the contact page to enquire about how our Clinical Librarian service can help you.