Good practice in NHS-funded library and knowledge services


  • David Stewart NHS Library & Knowledge Services North
  • Sue Lacey Bryant NHS Library & Knowledge Services, Health Education England
  • Clare Edwards Health Education England
  • Dominic Gilroy Health Education England



Every CILIP President has a theme.  In David Stewart’s Presidential year in 2019, one of his themes was the need to focus on our own evidence base in libraries and therefore research.

In the NHS “evidence-based healthcare” has been an important driver for change since the 1990s. Evidence based healthcare led directly to evidence based librarianship and that too has been a powerful agent for change in NHS library and knowledge services. Nevertheless, there is much more to do – the power of evidence needs to be recognised across all our professional groups and we need a much more coordinated approach to its funding, development and dissemination.