It has been a busy few months and there is never a dull moment at BDCFT! Here is an update on our latest news:


The Garden Library

In June 2019, we were delighted to announce the launch of the Garden Library, based in the Four Seasons Café at Lynfield Mount Hospital. The Garden Library was officially opened by Chief Executive, Brent Kilmurray, on 26th June 2019.



Establishing library services for Service-Users/Carers has been an aim of the BDCFT library team for some time – this is largely in response to feedback from service users and staff. In the first instance the Garden Library has provided a range of fiction, non-fiction and wellbeing books, as well as health promotion leaflets and IT access. Over time we hope to develop other services, including a Patient Information Service and training, i.e. signposting Service Users and carers to good quality health information sources.



Service users were consulted throughout, and they provided feedback on the resources and collections they would find useful. Service users also suggested names for the new library – the BDCFT library team selected “The Garden Library” from the list of suggestions. We will continue to get feedback, suggestions and ideas from service users as we develop the service. We have recently secured funding from HEE to update the collections and also to provide resources for service-users based at Airedale. Thanks to HEE for funding this new service!


World Book Night
In April 2019, we celebrated World Book Night once again! Similar to World Book Day for children, World Book Night aims to promote reading and literacy in adults. We have celebrated World Book Night for the last three years as a way of promoting literacy but also to promote the library service. We had a book giveaway (courtesy of the World Book Night organisers) a bake sale for the Alzheimers Society and a health promotion resource showcase. The library team dressed-up in literary fancy dress and a good time was had by all!



CLEAR 2020: Collaborative Learning through Evidence and Research
We are very busy at the moment organising our next Research and Evidence Based Practice Conference! On Tuesday 16 June 2020, the BDCFT Library & R&D teams will host CLEAR 2020 at Bradford City Football Club. The day will include a mix of local and national speakers, as well as a range of presentations and posters to highlight quality local research and evidence-based practice projects. It is anticipated that the day will be a motivational and learning experience for all staff interested in research and evidence-based practice. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Tom Foley, NHS Digital
  • David Stewart, Health Education England
  • Erica Ison, Critical Appraisal Skills Programme
  • Professor Simon Gilbody, University of York



It is going to be a very busy few months but we are really looking forward to it!

If you have any questions about any aspect of the library at BDCFT, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Becky Williams
Library Manager, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust