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23 January 2018

‘You can see the impact you’re having in a healthcare library’

From searching the latest research literature in cardiothoracic medicine to training staff on reflective writing, Royal Papworth Hospital’s library and knowledge services are there to help staff across the Trust.

Clinical Outreach Librarian Rebecca Rowe and Senior Library Assistant Lynden Poole - who have just been joined by new Library Manager Becky Scott - undertake a lot of behind-the-scenes work at the hospital.

One of the biggest parts of their job is literature searching. Documents are supplied to staff, whether it’s for an audit, care pathway, research, or patient care, and as a lot of literature is now online rather than ‘on the shelves’, the library subscribes to important research tools such as UpToDate and ClinicalKey to help gather clinical information.

Training is another service the library team offers and there are regular courses open to staff as well as bespoke sessions designed for individuals – and it is this individualised approach that the team enjoy the most.

“Tailoring workshops allows us to really make sure staff are getting the most out of the library services,” said Rebecca. “It’s so rewarding seeing someone grow in confidence and have them come back to the library telling us how well they’ve done on some work that we helped them with.”

The ability to have one-on-ones is a real asset to Papworth Hospital Library, as is the regional network of healthcare libraries that Papworth is a part of.

Health Education England requires NHS institutions to provide a healthcare library and knowledge services. This is part of a broader strategy for healthcare knowledge services to become an integral part of informed decision-making and innovation.