Strategy; Our Governance; Strategic Priorities

Knowledge for Healthcare
Mobilising evidence; sharing knowledge; improving outcomes

Knowledge for Healthcare 2021-2026 sets the strategic direction for the development of NHS knowledge and library services. The priorities are to enable all NHS staff and learners to benefit equally from high-quality knowledge services, and optimise the expertise of knowledge and library teams to inform decision making from Board to ward, at the bedside and in community and primary care.

Health Education England aspires to lead the development of world-class knowledge services, optimising the use of evidence from research and knowledge for policy and practice,
enabling excellent healthcare and health improvement.

Health Education England will work with partners to ensure equity of access and opportunity delivered by:

  • The right resources: Commitment to achieving equitable and sustainable funding for NHS knowledge and library services while giving systems value for money.
  • The right team with the right roles: Services with more knowledge specialists work with more teams, releasing more time for care, having a greater impact on patient care.
  • The right services: Knowledge services for all, built on the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Rob Webster CBE, Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Lead Chief Executive West Yorkshire and Harrogate ICS:

“Our Library and Knowledge Service enables us to be a learning organisation,
ensuring our staff are well supported to make informed decisions and continue to
drive innovation.”


Our Governance

The Knowledge for Healthcare Board agrees policy and sets strategy and takes oversight of the development of NHS funded library and knowledge services in England in order that they:

  •  Ensure use of evidence from research across the Service
  •  Underpin improvements in patient care and safety and outcomes
  •  Maximise value for money;  approve investment decisions
  •  Enable the development of a flexible NHS workforce that is open to innovation

Terms of Reference

Strategic Priorities

Mobilising Evidence and Knowledge

Healthcare organisations, services and systems effectively mobilise evidence, learning, knowledge and know-how to enable evidence-based policy and practice

Knowledge as an asset.

Mobilising knowledge

Quality and Impact

Healthcare organisations, staff and learners receive quality assured, business-critical knowledge and library services

Quality improvement outcomes framework

Making a positive impact.

Health Literacy and Patient Information

Staff, learners, patients and the public are better equipped to use evidence-based patient, health and wellbeing information for shared decision-making and self-care​

Health and digital literacy

Resource Discovery

Staff and learners make optimal use of high-quality knowledge resources and evidence at the point of need

Staff and learners overview.

Workforce Planning and Development

The knowledge and library services workforce has increased capability, confidence and capacity to meet the evolving knowledge and information needs of the healthcare system

Service and role redesign

Organisations are invited to contact their Senior Library and Knowledge Service Lead for more information.