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NHS Library Essentials

A guide to library services and key resources for NHS staff

Library services and support for NHS staff

The library offers a wide range of services to support you with your clinical practice.

You also have two NHS librarians available to help with any additional needs or enquiries you may have, including 1:1 training.

Karen John-Piere (NHS and Liaison Manager) email: tel: 020 8725 5433

Stephen Reid (NHS Liaison Support Librarian and OpenAthens Administrator) email: tel: 020 8725 5433


Information Skills Training

If you want to improve your literature searching skills and find out more about the resources available to you, the library runs a range of training sessions from getting the most out of databases to keeping up-to-date with the most recent research in your field.  See our full list of training sessions.

Can't make one of the courses?  Email to see if we can arrange a 1:1 session at a time that suits you.


We also have a range of self-help guides to download online.

Clinical and Research Enquiry Service (CARES)

The library provides a free literature searching service to support patient care, service evaluation and research.  Additionally we can set up an alert so that you receive emails about the newest publications in your area of interest.  Both clinical and non-clinical queries are accepted; simply complete the online form.

Research Enquiries

Online drop-in: Monday-Friday 12-1pm in Microsoft Teams (link here).

This is a drop-in service where you can get help with finding and accessing information, referencing, literature searching, e-learning resources and much more. If you can't join us at these times, email



NHS eLearning for Healthcare

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies to support patient care by providing free, high quality e-learning for the training and education of the healthcare workforce across the UK.

e-LfH is currently developing and delivering more than 90 e-learning programmes from audiology to anaesthesia, dentistry to dermatology, electronic fetal monitoring to end of life care, primary care to prescribing. Sessions are designed to be engaging and interactive, and use high quality images, video, audio and animation to help users understand and retain knowledge. Content is presented using a variety of templates such as ‘real-life’ scenarios, case studies, ‘knowledge bites’, MCQs and e-libraries.