Benefits of collaboration

Linking up with colleagues in other sectors to provide health information and support for Patient Choice can bring real benefits including:

Benefits to Staff who can

  • Empower and support individuals to help them improve their lives
  • Apply their professional skills in new ways through creative working
  • Break down boundaries by collaborating with peers in other sectors
  • Help close the 'digital divide' for for patients who are not IT literate

Benefits to Organisations which can

  • Raise your profile as the place to go for empowerment on health
  • Promote their services and draw more local people into using them
  • Develop productive partnerships to expand organisational capacity
  • Meet library or health goals on health and inequalities

Benefits for the Community which will

  • Receive support for improved well-being
  • Have the chance to get involved in health care and choice
  • Obtain reliable health information in a trusted environment
  • Receive support that empowers vulnerable or socially excluded groups such as people with disabilities, those on low incomes, ethnic minorities, and newcomers to the community
"I have been absolutely gob smacked by the enthusiasm of the library staff. They have been so keen to get the project going . and adding real value."

- Pete Clark, Choose and Book Associate Project Manager, Waltham Forest
"It's a very good partnership. It should also raise our profile by showing our wide range of resources and demonstrating how we can assist patients in a safe, secure and comfortable environment."

- Cyprian Marah, Knowledge Manager, Hackney Central
"For us this has been very valuable because we are a diverse community. A lot of people are unaware of how the health services work."

- Esther Denny, Choose and Book Project Support Officer, City and Hackney
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