HLG works in close partnership with CILIP and its Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Member Networks, both regional and diversity, to foster collaborative working in a variety of ways, giving us the opportunity to influence strategy to meet the needs of our Members. We have regular dialogue with CILIP’s Chief Executive to keep abreast of CILIP Workstreams that impact upon the wider health sector.

We recently worked with CILIP staff and other SIG members on co-designing a community of practice on Knowledge Management as well as ensuring we responded to appropriate consultations and policies.

The CILIP Conference is always a highlight of the calendar year and a member of the HLG Committee is always at hand to chair a session related to health information. In 2022 we are involved with two health sessions:

We have also held events in conjunction with other SIGs, the most recent being a set of four sessions with the Library & Information Research Group intended to go through the stages of undertaking and completing research in a library, information and knowledge services setting.

Another collaborative venture facilitated by CILIP is with Research Libraries UK (RLUK) to raise the profile of research practice, reciprocal marketing and encouraging access to Fellowships and other courses run by RLUK.

Consortium of Health Independent Libraries in London (CHILL)

We recently signed an Memorandum of Understanding with CHILL to ensure we maintain strong links with a number of health professional associations across London.

  • Cancer Research UK
  • College of Optometrists
  • Marie Curie Cancer Care
  • National Autistic Society
  • NICE
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • UK Health Forum
  • Anna Freud Centre at the Kantor Centre of Excellence
  • British Dental Association
  • British Medical Association
  • British Library – Science, Technology & Medicine Reference Service
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Institute of Psychoanalysis
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • The King’s Fund
  • Wellcome Trust
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Royal College of Physicians

We aim to share information regularly to complement our work and look to joining collaborative projects.

Health Education England

The Co-Chairs of HLG have regular meetings with the Knowledge and Library Services team at Health Education England to keep abreast of pertinent workstreams, reciprocal marketing and collaborative working always ensuring that we are meeting the needs of those Members working in the wider health sector.

International Collaborations

Our International Officer has been busy building links with other health library associations across the globe as well as administering our International leadership bursary. We now have a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA) and we are working to finalise a similar arrangement with the Medical Library Association in the United States.

Following our agreement with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), our joint HLG / ALIA Leadership Bursary recipient was Angela Smith, Liaison Librarian/Research Support/Acting District Manager, HNE Health Libraries, in New South Wales. A range of activities including monthly sessions with HLG Committee Members and attendance at HLG Study Days was arranged.

We are now looking for a health librarian from the UK for the joint bursary, which will involve a range of activities organised by the team at ALIA. For more details on the HLG / ALIA Leadership Bursary, including how to apply, go to the Leadership Bursary page on the CILIP website.

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