Knowledge for Healthcare

Knowledge for Healthcare is the strategic framework for NHS funded knowledge and library services in England

Published by Health Education England in December 2014, it sets the direction for the development of these services.

It has been refreshed for the period 2021–2026.

Knowledge for Healthcare front cover
Front cover of the refreshed Knowledge for Healthcare strategic framework

Non-urgent advice: Our shared ambition  

NHS bodies, their staff, learners, patients and the public use the right knowledge and evidence, at the right time, in the right place, enabling high quality decision-making, learning, research and innovation to achieve excellent healthcare and health improvement. 

In this video, Sue Lacey-Bryant, National Lead for NHS Knowledge and Library Services gives an overview of the refreshed Knowledge for Healthcare strategy.


The national library and knowledge services team deliver the strategic vision through 5 main workstreams:

  1. Health literacy and patient information
  2. Mobilising evidence and knowledge
  3. Quality and impact
  4. Resource discovery
  5. Workforce planning and development

Our internal knowledge management service plays a key role as we develop our work to bring knowledge for healthcare and informing decision making across Health Education England. 

For general enquiries contact: [email protected].

Page last reviewed: 15 June 2021