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Cumbria and Lancashire Librarians is one of three patch groups (along with Cheshire and Merseyside and Greater Manchester) in LIHNN.

Terms of Reference



Terms of Reference

Purpose: To provide leadership in planning and developing co-ordinated services across Cumbria and Lancashire in order to empower librarians to deliver responsive quality focused services for health and social care staff.

Role of the Panel:

  • Co-ordinate developments across Lancashire & Cumbria
  • Identify and share good practice
  • Market library services – raising the profile of library services
  • Membership: Membership will be made up of NHS Library representatives from all geographical areas in Cumbria & Lancashire with a strategic and senior decision making role as well as representation from HCLU.

Group Members: Members of the group include staff from health-related library and information services based in the following organisations:

  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Trust
  • Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • NW Ambulance Services NHS Trust (occasional attendance as required)

Chair: The Chair will be appointed annually by members and rotate between them. Debra Thornton, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the current Chair of the group.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Maintain an overview of national and other policies and frameworks
  • Work with the health librarians across Cumbria and Lancashire in developing networks with stakeholders, customers and librarians
  • Combine local and national requirements in a vision for health library services
  • Develop quality standards and benchmarking
  • Inform stakeholders
  • Develop marketing strategies
  • Identify opportunities for best practice and sharing of resources across Cumbria and Lancashire.


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Next Meetings

16th November – venue TBC

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Minutes and Papers from Previous Meetings


2017   September May January
2016   September May January
2015     November August
2014   November July January
2013   September May March (conference call)
2012     July May

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Passport to Partnership

This agreement between all NHS Health Libraries and HE institutions in Cumbria and Lancashire enables all NHS and HE staff and students from the participating institutions to access the collective health resources of the area.

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