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More than bedside reading: Librarians win high praise as part of the patient care team 

At its recent inspection of services within the University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) Trust the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) gave the Clinical Librarian service their highest accolade, saying that it was an innovative service from which the rest of the NHS could learn. There are three Clinical Librarians in the UHL Trust in a scheme that is provided jointly by the NHS libraries at Leicester General and Glenfield Hospitals and the Clinical Sciences Library based at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Leicester is one of the few places in the country, and indeed world-wide, to offer such a ground-breaking service to clinicians in their workplace. Clinical Librarians attend clinical meetings and even hospital ward rounds so that when research is needed to ensure the best care for patients, the doctors, nurses, midwives and therapists can be provided with the latest information on treatment choices by the Clinical Librarian. The Librarians are currently using a Palm top, hand held computer to aid this research, so answers to clinical questions can be found in seconds. 

CHI also commended the Clinical Sciences Library’s Clinical Effectiveness Librarian (Mary Edmunds Otter) who offers support in the writing of guidelines within the Trust and provides a greatly valued email current awareness service.

For more details of the Clinical Librarian services see the website at The CHI commendation was also “Document of the Week” on the National Electronic Library for Health (NeLH) website at 


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Last updated: 21 March 2002 10:55
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