Welcome to your Library and Knowledge Services: introducing your Evidence Librarians

Did you know there are friendly librarians and a whole set of online resources freely available to support the work you do? We can source relevant evidence for you to inform your decision-making and save you time, deliver virtual training to enhance your skills, and signpost you to relevant online resources and physical libraries. Feel free to contact us to find out more.

The following core services are provided by Library & Knowledge Services across Surrey Heartlands:
Evidence Search Service
Librarians collate evidence for you, drawing on multiple high-quality sources including published research, reports, and models used in other organisations, to inform your patient care and clinical practice, service improvement work, journal clubs, continuing professional development, teaching, research, publications, and more. 
We can work as part of your team to provide Evidence Summaries to inform any of the work you do and ensure business decision-making is based on the latest evidence
  • We identify relevant published research, models and approaches used in other organisations 
  • We highlight key publications
  • We save you time and effort
Please see below for examples of recent summaries we have collated in response to search requests. To request an evidence search please complete the online form [link to ] or email Kerry / Olwen

Recent evidence search requests from staff across Surrey Heartlands

Impact of evidence searches

Job role

Evidence search request

GP Cervical screening interventions for people with learning disabilities
GP Remote consultations and health inequalities
Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner Incorporating co-production in musculoskeletal services
Nurse educator Cervical screening interventions for people who have experienced sexual abuse
GP Physical and mental health benefits of walking and weight loss
Art Psychotherapist Art therapy with young people with autism
GP Menopause and health inequalities
HIV Administrator Designing a sexual health clinic website for people with learning disabilities
GP Primary care nursing workforce


Electronic resources 
What is available?
The following electronic resources are funded by Higher Education England for all NHS Staff, and are available from anywhere with an NHS OpenAthens account.
  • BMJ Best Practice
    A trusted clinical decision support tool which provides healthcare professionals with access to the latest relevant clinical information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions. Includes: integrated medical calculators, patient discussions and patient leaflets, and an app that can be used offline.
  • Electronic Journals 
    A selection of full-text journals online, searchable by title.
  •  E-Books 
    A selection of full-text e-books, both clinical and non-clinical are available via Kortext  and Oxford Handbooks are available at Oxford Medicine Online
Current Awareness Service

Register to receive Evidence Updates

  • Librarians can register you to receive fortnightly, personalised evidence updates by email, tailored to your clinical and professional interests which you specify when you register.
  • We use a web-based tool called KnowledgeShare which contains guidelines, reports, evidence-based summaries, original research and much more, from multiple high quality sources of information across health and social care.
  • The Evidence Updates are designed to highlight evidence you can implement into practice.
  • If you are interested in keeping up to date with new research and publications in this way, please complete the registration form: KnowledgeShare request form



Munch & Learns

  • Librarians deliver regular virtual bite-size training sessions - Munch & Learns
  • Delivered via MSTeams and each session lasts about 20 minutes. 
  • Current topics include
    • ​Evidence searching tips
    • Critical appraisal tips
    • Twitter tips for professional development
    • Accessing electronic resources
    • Report writing tips for apprentices
    • Using NHS OpenAthens  - view the webinar [link to webinar sent to Surrey Training Hub] on the Surrey Training Hub
    • Current Awareness using KnowledgeShare-  view the webinar [link to webinar sent to Surrey Training Hub] on the Surrey Training Hub
  • Book your free place using the Eventbrite links advertised on the Surrey Training Hub.
  • Sessions can be tailored to teams/individuals so please get contact Olwen or Kerry to arrange.


  • Collaborative Working Librarians can facilitate access to a Community of Practice and Innovation (COPI) - a forum for staff across Surrey Heartlands to share their projects, to learn useful QI tips, and to access support with publishing projects via BMJ Open Quality and FabNHSstuff. Please contact Olwen Revill and Kerry Seelhoff for further details.

This short animation provides an introduction to the benefits of working with Librarians: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAFtyiVZ5zU