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Library Knowledge Services (North)

Health Care Libraries Unit (HCLU)

Who are we?

The Health Care Libraries Unit (HCLU) was established in 1999 following the SECTA Review of NHS libraries. HCLU was originally covered the North West of England but in 2015 took over responsibility for all NHS LKS (Library Knowledge Services) in the North of England. The unit is funded by and is responsible to Health Education England working across the North


Our vision for LKS in the North

"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."

Knowledge for Healthcare, 2014 p. 9

Our mission for LKS in the North

To deliver HEE's Knowledge for Healthcare by enabling excellent healthcare and health improvement through the strategic development of quality assured NHS LKS across the North


What are our core aims?

1. There is improved consistency and increased productivity and efficiency of Healthcare LKS and HCLU
2. There is enhanced quality of healthcare LKS
3. Organisations are more effective in mobilising evidence and internally generated knowledge
4. Patients, carers and the public are empowered to use information to make health and well-being choices
5. Partnership working is the norm in delivering knowledge to healthcare
6. There is increased capability, confidence and capacity within the LKS workforce

Find out more by reading our most recent Knowledge for Healthcare implementation plan and our monthly reports to stakeholders

Updated 25 February 2019