This is where you can find all the publications issued by the HCLU Team. Choose the relevant category of report from the left-hand menu.

We have also provided archive sections for

With the publication of Health Education England's Knowledge for Healthcare (KfH) in 2014, the HCLU team decided to convert their annual NW operational plan in to an implementation plan for the North (2018-19)

This plan is reviewed on an annual basis and monitored at HCLU team meetings.

Earlier operational plans can be viewed at:

Each year the HCLU Team produces an annual report which summarises the work of the team.

Here is our most recent annual report 2017-18 and a summary report 2017-18 (revised 24 July 2018)

The NHS LKS Development Managers produce a separate CPD Programme Annual Report (2017-18)

Earlier Annual Reports starting in 2005-06 and CPD Programme Annual reports (starting in 2008-09) can be found at:

In April 2018 HCLU began producing monthly reports for our stakeholders. The new reports take it in turns to focus on our six core objectives, as outlined in the implementation plan for the year


    Objective 4 (Aug 18 - Jan 19)
Objective 3 (Jul 18 - Dec 18) Objective 2 (Jun 18 - Nov 18) Objective 1 (May 18 - Oct 18)
Objective 6 (Apr 18 - Sep 18)  Objective 5 (Mar 18 - Aug 18) Objective 4 (Feb 18 - Jul 18)
Objective 3 (Jan 18 - Jun 18)   Objective 2 (Dec 17 – May 18) Objective 1 (Nov 17 - Apr 18) 


See Archive: Quarterly Reports for previous reports

TFrom February 2019 the HCLU bulletin will be sent out twice a month.  Usually on or around the 1st and 15th of each month. The aim is to cut down on the number of e-mails we send to you.

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The most recent issues (last 4 issues) of the bulletin are shown below.



Training and Development Policy for HCLU and LIHNN

LIHNN/HCLU Attendance Policy for Courses and Events

1. Do NHS Libraries Have a Role in Providing Information to Patients, Carers and the Public? 2008

This project was carried out by Alison Brettle, Claire Hulme and Paula Ormandy of University of Salford, Institute of Health and Social Care. It examined the following:

There is a full report or executive summary.

2. The Provision of Information Resources and Services to the General Public and Patients in Cheshire and Merseyside: a Review, 2006

Produced by David Stewart, Director of Health Libraries NW this provides a brief overview of the 2006 provision of health information to patients and the general public and an outline of issues arising from that provision.

3. Effective Methods of Providing Information for Patient Care (EMPIRIC), 2004-2005

This project examined the effectiveness, cost effectiveness and impact of information skills training and librarian mediated searching within North West (NHS) libraries on health professionals wishing to locate evidence based information for patient care. It was carried out by Alison Brettle, Claire Hulme and Paula Ormandy of University of Salford, Health Care Practice R&D Unit.

4. The SECTA Review: The North West Health Library and Information Services Review, 1998

This research was funded by the NHS Executive NW with the purpose "to review the current situation for the purpose of education and training, research and development and patients care". One of the recommendation was to "Establish a Regional Library and Information Advisory Unit" and it is as a result of this that the NW Health Care Libraries Unit was established in 1999.

There is a full report and an executive summary.

Here is our archive of strategies and plans

HCLU strategies

HCLU annual operational plans

Marketing and Communications Plan

2015-16 2015-16 -
2014-15 2014-15 2014-15
2013-14 2013-14 2013-14 
2012–15 - -
2009-14 - -
2003-06 - -








HCLU annual reports CPD annual reports
2016-17 2016-17
2015-16 2015-16
2014-15 2014-15 
2013-14  2013-14 
2012-13 and Achievements 2012-13   2012-13 
2011-12  2011-12 
2010-11 and Executive summary  2010-11 
2009-10  2009-10 
2008-09  2008-09 
2007-08  -
2006-07  -
2005-06 -











Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
2017-18 April to June 2017 July to September 2017 October to December 2017 See Annual Report 2017-18
2016-17 Mid Year Report (April to Sept. 2016)   October to December 2016 January to March 2017
2015-16 April to June 2015 July to September 2015 October to December 2015 January to March 2016
2014-15 April to June 2014 July to September 2014 October to December 2014 January to March 2015
2013-14 April to June 2013 July to September 2013 October to December 2013 January to March 2014
2012-13 April to June 2012 July to September 2012 October to December 2012 January to March 2013