[Press and Public Relations] Information Service Geared To Busy Health Workers

October 2001

No 163

The University of Leicester launches an outreach library service for primary, community and mental health NHS staff in Leicestershire

Leicestershire doctors and health workers will find they have information at their finger tips, thanks to a new initiative from the University of Leicester.

On 31st October 2001 at Leicestershire Health Authority, the University's Clinical Sciences Library will officially launch its new information service for all primary, community and mental health NHS staff in Leicestershire.

The service aims to take library and information services into GP surgeries, health centres and community hospitals, rather than expecting busy staff to visit the Clinical Sciences Library on the Leicester Royal Infirmary site.

The service will support clinical practice and clinical governance, life long learning, research and audit.

The University Library has provided services to the NHS for more than 20 years, and has long wanted to modernise services beyond the hospitals. Funding from the Trent NHS Knowledge and Libraries Unit and Leicestershire's Information for Health Management Board has enabled the Library to launch this two-year project.

Services include:

·Ask a Librarian! An enquiry service by phone, fax, e-mail or in person

· Training in finding and appraising the clinical evidence in the surgery or community hospital

· Current awareness keeping NHS staff up-to-date in their specialist area

· Document delivery delivering books and journal articles to the desk

· Website, www.le.ac.uk/li/clinical/outreach/menu.htm, incorporating local information, access to national and international quality websites and learning support material.

The initiative has been running since September, and Isla Kuhn the Project Librarian, has already provided information for an audit in cervical cytology and trained more than 30 GPs and practice nurses in finding the evidence in their workplace.

She has also supported a nurse writing a dissertation on emergency contraception, recommended resources for a school nurse developing a school intranet, contributed to a palliative care learning workshop and set up a system to keep a community paediatrician up-to-date with an epilepsy therapy.

Reflecting on the improvement this new service will bring to the NHS in Leicestershire, Isla Kuhn said: The Outreach Library Service should transform information gathering for people working in primary, community and mental health care in the county. It will mean that the latest information available will be there in their place of work and not in a central library they may find difficult to visit regularly.

Note to editors: Further information is available from Isla Kuhn, University of Leicester Primary & Community Care Project Librarian, telephone 0116 252 3279, email ilk1@le.ac.uk

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