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Contact the Knowledge for Healthcare team on [email protected] for further information and advice.

The Structure of the NHS. . . is always changing. You can find information on understanding the NHS at on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website.

See the video How does the NHS in England work and how is it changing? from the King's Fund, published in May 2022.

Health Education England (HEE)

Responsible for the planning, development, education, and training of the healthcare workforce including healthcare knowledge and library services. HEE operates across seven geographical regions. A NHS Education Contract exists between HEE and providers which outlines the requirements of each in respect of education and training. The NHS Education Contract includes a schedule relating to knowledge and library services.

Knowledge for Healthcare

The HEE national framework for the development of NHS Knowledge and Library Services. The vision underpinning the framework states:

"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."

HEE knowledge and library services website

You can find out more information about Knowledge for Healthcare and associated work programmes on the HEE Knowledge and Library Services Website.

HEE Knowledge and Library Services Blog

For the latest news and best practice from and about NHS knowledge and library services visit the blog.

Knowledge Services Briefings

The aim of the various Knowledge Services Briefings is to keep you informed about national and regional initiatives, network news and CPD opportunities. Sign up to receive the briefings.

Health Library and Information Services Directory (HLISD)

A comprehensive directory of health libraries and information services across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

#AMillionDecisions Campaign 

A joint campaign led by the CILIP Health Libraries Group (HLG) and HEE Knowledge and Library Services and supported by CILIP (The Library and Information Association).

Mailing List for Knowledge and Library Services Managers

If you are a knowledge and library services manager then please make sure you sign up to the library managers’ mailing list.

CILIP Professional Registration

The perfect way to demonstrate your commitment to your personal development and the profession.