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Knowledge for Healthcare (KfH)

Following extensive work by the HEE Library and Knowledge Services Leads, Health Education England published Knowledge for Healthcare: a development framework for NHS library and knowledge services in England, 2015-2020 on 31 December 2014.

There is also a briefing paper that summarise the key messages from Knowledge for Healthcare.

The background to the development of the framework

HEE published their Workforce Strategy in 2014 and requested a national review of NHS LKS. The review was intended to identify future leadership requirements, service models and continuous quality improvement methodologies to ensure that LKS remain a fundamental and integral part of NHS service provision. Once work started it became apparent that a development framework for NHS LKS was required rather than a review.


To develop and publish a framework for the development of library and knowledge
services in NHS England, 2014 - 2028. This was revised to cover the period 2015-2020 during the time developing the framework.


The Working Group initially reported to the HEE Director of Education and Quality and the Director of Strategy and finally to Patrick Mitchell, Director of National Programmes (now Regional Director South of England), Health Education England. He is the Senior Responsible Owner for NHS LKS. Individual Library & Knowledge Service Leads were responsible for reporting to their own HEE local areas and local LKS staff.

The governance structure shows how the individual working groups and task and finish groups relate to one another.

For further details please read Knowledge for Healthcare. 


The framework is divided up into five distinct work programmes.

Articles in CILIP Update

A series of articles is being published in CILIP Update about Knowledge for Healthcare from 2015 to date. One month after publication, copies of the articles can be posted on this site:

Sue Lacey Bryant Empowering healthcare librarians to anticipate and adapt CILIP Update, February 2017

Louise Goswami Knowledge for Healthcare (overview of the programme) CILIP Update, October 2015 p.26-28

Clare Edwards and Linda Ferguson Knowledge for Healthcare – Quality and Impact CILIP Update, November 2015 p.35-37

Sue Lacey Bryant, David Stewart and Gil Young Knowledge for Healthcare - Workforce Plannng and Development CILIP Update, December/January 2015/2016 p.33-35

Helen Bingham et al. Knowledge for Healthcare - Service Transformation CILIP Update, February 2016 p. 35-37

Richard Osborn Knowledge for Healthcare - Resource Discovery CILIP Update March 2016 p. 33 - 35

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