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A recent report by Health Education England has looked into the value provided by the Library and Knowledge services to the NHS.

https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/library-knowledge-services/value-proposition-gift-time


Some of the key findings are:

  1. The services provided take the ‘heavy lifting’ out of getting evidence into practice and give the ‘gift of time’ to healthcare professionals.

  2. Informed decisions improve outcomes, quality of care, patient experience, resource utilisation and operational efficiencies. This is best achieved when healthcare professionals are supported by the right knowledge services, with the right resources and with the right teams and roles.

  3. .....the service provides healthcare professional staff with time-saving accelerated access to better quality evidence which, in turn, enables the NHS to meet its statutory obligations to utilise evidence from research, and, as importantly, for healthcare professionals to use their time more effectively to drive improvements against the quadruple aim

  4. Further high-quality NHS based research will help to quantify the ‘gift of time’ for healthcare professionals and the associated quality improvement benefits for patients, provided by NHS Library and Knowledge Services staff.

We are proud to offer a diverse range of services, in order to do some of the "heavy lifting" mentioned. We are always looking to improve our services, and to make using the library service as easy and as beneficial as possible.


How can we help you?


You might need to find evidence quickly, or find the latest research on a particular condition or subject. We can provide a literature search service and access to the latest evidence via our online resources, point of care tools and KnowledgeShare updates.


Our clinical librarians can work with your department to provide information and support, and our training librarian can offer one to one support and training sessions to keep you up to speed on how to search for reliable information.


We also work to keep the guidelines and policies accessible and up to date. (all queries to dhft.PoliciesGuidelines@nhs.net)

We also aim to improve staff experience by offering facilities to study and relax.


Please feel free to contact us if you think there is anything the Library and Knowledge Service can assist you with.

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