Health Information Week 2021

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Want to find out what it’s really like to have a long term condition? Borrow a Living Book, from the Living Library!


Have you ever wanted to chat to somebody about what it’s like to have a long term condition? The Living Library is an opportunity for you to do just that.


On Tuesday 6th July, 2-4pm, several UHDB staff have volunteered to be Living Books, sharing their experience of a long term condition. This includes mental health conditions, and physical conditions such as Crohn’s disease and labyrinthitis.


Talking to somebody gives you an insight into what it’s really like to live with a specific condition. You may be interested for personal reasons (e.g. you or a friend or family member have or may have the condition). It may simply be about developing your own awareness of what life is like for our colleagues with long term health conditions. Either way, our volunteers are happy to talk about their experiences.


To borrow a book, join the MS Teams meeting  any time between 2 and 4pm on Tuesday 6th July. We will briefly go over expectations for borrowers with you, and put you into a breakout room with your preferred book. You have 15 minutes to chat with the Living Book. If you then want continue chatting, and the Living Book agrees, you can renew the book for another 15 minutes.


It’s an online event, on MS Teams, so you can join us from wherever you are. It’s open to anybody working in University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust or Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.


Full details of the books available are in our catalogue below. Why not have a look and see which ones you’d like to borrow?


As with any library, if your book is already on loan when you arrive, you will need to borrow a different book. However, you can reserve a book by pre-booking a time slot (email for more details). Alternatively, drop in on the day – it’s up to you!


We’re running the Living Library for Health Information Week (#HIW2021). This is a national week to raise awareness of the value of high quality information for patients and the public. This year, for #HIW2021, we’re focussing on NHS staff and the qualitative, experiential aspect of health information – what it’s really like to have a particular long term condition.


We look forward to seeing you there on Tuesday 6th July.


Living Library Catalogue

Click on a catalogue card to find out more information.


Uplifting Resources for the NHS, from the NHS


Uplifting resources for the NHS, from the NHS

It’s always good to have some mood-boosting resources. It’s been a tough year for all of us. Health Education England and the Reading Agency have put together a list of uplifting poems, podcasts, websites, and apps at


These were collated based on suggestions from NHS staff, about resources which have been particularly helpful recently. You can access them for free, on your phone, computer, or other device.


We’ve also received a collection of uplifting books which you can borrow from the Library. If you’re based in a community hospital, remember we can post the books out to you! For more information about getting books posted to you, contact or 01332 788146 or 01283 511511 ext. 2104. Alternatively, drop into the Library at RDH or QHB and borrow them in the usual way.

Uplifting Books

See the slideshow below for the complete list of our uplifting books.