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Our policy

Healthcare relies on knowledge to be successful. It is not enough to have the right teams with the right skills in the right place, working together to deliver high quality and efficient patient care. It is also essential that they use the right knowledge and evidence to make informed decisions about patient healthcare.


Health Education England (HEE) is committed to enabling all NHS staff to have free access to library and knowledge services so that they can use the right knowledge and evidence to achieve high-quality, safe healthcare.

NHS bodies are encouraged to check that they have arrangements in place so that their staff can capitalise on the specialist expertise of healthcare librarians and knowledge specialists, ensuring that decision-making is underpinned by evidence derived from research. Organisations are invited to contact their Strategic Library and Knowledge Services Lead for help in setting up or strengthening these arrangements.

Library and knowledge services across health have a strong track-record of sharing expertise and working across boundaries. Resource sharing and collaboration are vital to implementing the framework we call Knowledge for Healthcare.

The graphic to the left is a useful way of explaining our role.

Our policy

Agreed by the HEE board, our policy sets out for the first time our approach to delivering on our key objective of enabling access to knowledge and evidence for healthcare decision-makers.

Download the policy from this page.

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