Resources and references
Health libraries, public libraries and the NHS can move closer to important targets and policy objectives by working together.
There are so many shared priorities: reducing inequalities, promoting public health and giving local people a voice. Across public services, the emphasis is on joint working to meet locally agreed goals. Here are links to Health Link resources and just a few of the relevant policies to help exploit this potential.
Health Link resourcesPartnership for Patients Project Report Summary (Health Link 2008)
Patient Choice Evaluation Summary (Loughborough University 2008)
Information and Support for Patient Choice in the Public Library Service – Feasibility Study (DH and HL 2005)
Executive Summary Feasibility Study Patients Choice in the Public Library Service (DH and HL 2005)
Health Link Literature Review on cCBT in Libraries (HL 2008)
Health Link’s work on libraries includes research, policy development and pilot projects. Have a look at the Partnership for Patients pages on our main site.
To find out what other professionals are doing, or get an update in your own field you may find these websites which offer good overviews, contacts or news.
Information about health, how the NHS works, and patient choice
National Library for Health
Includes a special section for librarians, packed with useful features
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
Special interest groups for public and health libraries
Health Library and Information Services Directory
Get in touch with hundreds of specialist health libraries