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CILIP values the contribution that information professionals working in the healthcare sector make to our society and us as an organisation. Last year CILIP and Health Education England launched the joint #AMillionDecisions campaign stressing the importance of evidence based decision making in the healthcare sector.  

We've brought together some of the content and resources we've produced for our members working in the healthcare sector. If you're not already a member, we'd encourage you to explore the many benefits of joining CILIP which will help you develop your skills and build your career.

Join Fed-IP at Digital Healthcare Show 2018

Digital Healthcare Show is the largest integrated healthcare event in the UK. In June 2017 the event welcomed almost 6000 attendees who came together under one roof to find practical solutions to providing digitally enabled care. Join the event 27-28 June 2018 at ExCeL London.

Healthcare professionals can register with our compliments and waive the £899+VAT ticket fee when you register here.

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Insight and analysis

We’ve pulled together some of our recent coverage of the health sector from our members’ magazine Information Professional. Members get to read the full contents of the magazine on CILIP's own mobile app and all members receive their own print copy.

Emily Hurt

60 seconds with... Emily Hurt

Interview with Emily Hurt, clinical librarian at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Optimising the benefits of emerging technologies

Are you ready to optimise the potential of digital technology, and other technologies, to better serve our clients and communities?

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Launch of Fed-IP

New recognition and opportunities for healthcare library and information professionals with FEDIP

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A million ways to be Nice: #amilliondecisions

How the skills of information specialists at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) support high-quality, cost-effective evidence-based healthcare within Nice and the wider healthcare community.

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Connecting staff to corporate knowledge and best practice

The Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen ­University Hospitals NHS Trust (RLBUHT) Library Service is utilising to connect its workforce to corporate knowledge and best practice.

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Helping social workers to access research

The learning and development team at a health and social care partnership in Scotland introduced an initiative which aims to support social work practitioners in their research.

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A fresh look at literature searching at the Royal College of Nursing

Julie Key and Mandy Watson outline how the Royal College of Nursing Library and Archives Service reviewed and updated its literature search service for staff and members.

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Providing evidence that impacts on patient care

Andrew Campbell, Kal Dhanda and Emily Johnson explain how the pharmacy team at an NHS mental health trust use library services to provide evidence that impacts on patient care.

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Empowering healthcare librarians to anticipate and adapt

‘HEALTHCARE relies on knowledge to be successful. It is not enough to have the right teams with the right skills in the right place.

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Dr Mark Taylor's keynote address to the 2018 Health Libraries Group Conference on encouraging clinicians to source evidence-based material and share decisions with patients:


CILIP has been working with Health Education England to foster the role of information professionals within the sector.


A Million Decisions

CILIP and Health Education England campaign celebrating and promoting the achievements of a skilled LKS workforce in meeting statutory obligations and delivering savings in the health sector.

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CILIP and Health Education England

We are all invested in successful health provision; it is the service that every person interacts with, sometimes routinely and sometimes at times of deep crisis.

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Thought leadership

Facet Publishing, the commercial book publishing arm of CILIP, produce leading edge practical and research content from highly regarded thinkers in the international library and information community. CILIP members receive a 20% discount off all Facet books. Three recent Facet books are showcased below and free sample chapters are available for each.

Library Analytics and Metrics

Ben Showers, Digital Transformation Manager, Cabinet Office


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Being Evidence Based in Library and Information Practice

Edited by Denise Koufogiannakis, Associate University Librarian, University of Alberta and Alison Brettle, Reader in Evidence Based Practice, University of Salford

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Expert Internet Searching, 5th edition

Phil Bradley, renowned information specialist, internet consultant and conference speaker

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“CILIP membership has been really valuable throughout my career. Being part of CILIP has given me a range of skills, provided networking opportunities and grown my confidence – which helped me get a new job and advance my career.”

Joanna Ball - Head of Library Content Delivery and Digital Strategy, University of Sussex



Develop your skills

It’s essential that you keep your skills and knowledge up to date as new technology and ways of working continues to impact on the Health sector. As a member you'll have access to the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) providing a self assessment tool to map your knowledge, identifying skills gaps you need to address and demonstrate your unique skill set to current and prospective employers. Find out more about the PKSB and other benefits of membership.

Networking and community

As a member you can join any of our 21 Special Interest Groups which provide events, research, best practice and online communities.

HLG is a UK based network of individuals working in or professionally interested in health and social care both here in the UK and abroad. You'll find members working in health and social care, academia, civil service, professional associations, voluntary and public sectors and welcomes students and those interested in knowledge, library and information services, data and informatics.

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