Introduction – new directions in knowledge services in EnglandThe National Health Service (NHS) is the most trusted institution in Britain (Mann, ). It is the best, safest and most affordable health care system among 11 nations (The Commonwealth Fund, ). Yet we stand on a ‘burning platform’. With a growing and ageing population, demand on the Service is increasing and consequently staff are under pressure (NHS England, ). To ‘future‐proof’ the NHS in England, health care needs to change (Department of Health, , p. 29). The Department of Health recognises that‘To continually drive up the standards of health care, clinical decision‐making must be supported by the best available evidence and good practice. (Department of Health, , p. 29)’Lord Carter's () review identified the need for the capability to help hospitals identify opportunities to improve productivity and realise efficiency savings. In this context, Health Education England (HEE) is steering a new course for NHS library and knowledge services in England. HEE's () policy is to ensure access to knowledge and evidence for all decision makers. Health libraries have been long admired as ‘a powerhouse for education, lifelong learning, research and evidence‐based practice’ (HEE, , p. 2). Health Education England's ()
Health Information & Libraries Journal – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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