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Library Knowledge Services (North)


Who are we?

The Health Care Libraries Unit (HCLU) was established in 1999 following the SECTA Review of NHS libraries. HCLU 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. In 2019 the HCLU team became directly employed by Health Education England and is now known as HEE Library and Knowledge Services (LKS) 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 objectives?

1. There is improved consistency and increased productivity and efficiency of healthcare LKS
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


Updated 19 May 2020