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You can download pdfs of the KM postcards, KfH leaflets and the new KfH visual which shows the 6 workstreams for 2016.
Launched at the CILIP Conference on the 12th July 2016, the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) for Health (login required) is now available.

Welcome to the home for NHS library and knowledge services (England) and the Health Education England Library and Knowledge Services Leads

This site acts as a focal point for information mainly for:

1. Knowledge for Healthcare: a development framework, 2015-2020

On 31 December 2014 Health Education England published their development framework for Library and Knowledge Services in order to:

  • Invite stakeholders to work alongside them to transform and optimise healthcare library and knowledge services

  • Guide investment and procurement decisions, the development of new information products, partnership working and service modernisation

  • Drive the redesign of roles for healthcare library staff, to improve efficiency and enable the adoption of new models of service.

The HEE LKS Leads have developed an implementation plan in conjunction with the HEE appointed Programme Lead.

Please go to for updates on the programme.

You can also view the KfH blog at

2. Find local NHS library and knowledge services at

3. Access electronic books, journals and databases at


1. NHS Library Quality Assurance Framework (LQAF) England (2.3a) April 2016

The LQAF contains the national standards for NHS library/knowledge services together with guidance on how to measure the degree of compliance with the standards. It includes which includes revisions to two criteria: 1.3c (impact) and 5.3l (patient and public information).

2. Innovations in NHS Library and Knowledge Services

You see a summary of innovation and good practice in NHS library/knowledge services and find out more details on our wiki  at

Please note: We will not be judging innovation submissions for awards in 2016. Submissions can be made and they will be added to the Innovations wiki as "initiatives to be shared". We hope to call for innovation submissions again in 2016 with awards being made in 2017.


This contains three open access namespaces the Library Sandpit , LQAF (updates to guidance) LKS (LQAF)  Innovations and three restricted access namespaces: NHS Cost Framework , HLISD Board and HEE Library and Knowledge Services Leads.

3. NICE Community for Library & Knowledge Services Staff

Range of resources including NICE Evidence Services issues, Resources for OpenAthens and Link Resolver administrators, Keeping up to date and Training materials for HDAS and NHS Evidence Search.

4. Guidance for subscribing and using mailing lists

The guidance explains how to subscribe or change your subscription details such as email address and password and this explains how the lists work.


10 July 2015 - Keeping up to date with Knowledge for Healthcare implementation

This is where you will find updates on the programme and other programme documentation. Please go to

23 August 2015 - Knowledge for Healthcare blog launched

Please go to to read updates on the work programme and sign up to RSS feeds for new posts and comments or the new posts alerts.

13 December 2015 - Domains that should not be blocked by IT

An updated list of the domains that should not be blocked by IT within Trusts has been produced by NARAG. Please go to to download the list.

11 April 2016 - CILIP Update article on Resource Discovery

Please go to to read the most recent article on resource discovery.

28 October 2016 - Marketing materials revised and added to

Please go to to download KM postcards, KfH leaflets and the new KfH visual.

Page Updated 28 October 2016