Reaching out to Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust staff


Amy Dunn is our Mental Health Specialist Librarian and provides Library & Knowledge Services to Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust staff.  Although based at the Mill View Hospital Library in Hove, she takes every opportunity to meet with them and support their learning and development events, such as the one below:


“On November 1st I took a stack of library leaflets and other goodies to hand out at Sussex Partnership’s Autumn Learning Event held at Sussex University’s Falmer campus. It was great to see so many people attending this event, reflective of the trust’s commitment to learning, and I spoke to as many of them as I could manage during the coffee and lunch breaks.

“Every single person I spoke to was an enthusiastic library user, which was nice to hear! One person told me how she’d set up a system to share the information updates the Library & Knowledge Service sent to her with the rest of her team, another told me how he’d persuaded his manager to change the way his team carried out a process by drawing on evidence that we’d provided, and others said the evidence searching teaching they’d had from library staff was invaluable to them.

“I took the opportunity to ask each person I spoke to the question: ‘how can we best reach your non-library using colleagues and tell them about the services we provide?’

“Everybody generously took the time to give really thoughtful and helpful responses to my question, and I came away with details of meetings, events, and a list of contacts to follow up. This will keep me busy for a while!”

Contact Amy for more information on our services, or to arrange a visit to your team:



All change at Brighton & Sussex Medical School!

Last week we bid a fond farewell to Jil, our Medical School Librarian and Technology-Enhanced Learning Lead. This week, we’re delighted to welcome Lisa McLaren who has taken on the role.

Lisa has beenLisa working alongside Jil for the past month as part of the handover so many of you will have already met her at the University and RSCH library sites, but below is a little more about her role and her background, in Lisa’s own words:


“As Medical School Librarian, my job is quite wide ranging! From teaching all types of students about lit searching and academic skills to managing the resources, attending curriculum management boards and working on technology enhanced learning (TEL) projects, no two days are ever the same. I really enjoy being student facing again and TEL has always been a real passion of mine.

“I’ve got a varied background and have spent the last 12 years building a portfolio career, with posts in the NHS, Higher Education, Public and Special Libraries. I’ve managed some libraries, worked as a Health librarian and even taken the odd rhyme time session.

“In my spare time, I enjoy eating cake, making myself look like an eejit at Zumba classes, pretending to train for triathlons and watching 20 minutes of a movie before either falling asleep or being asked to feed someone.”

Farewell David

Earlier this month we bid farewell to David Rafferty, our Learning Technologist, who has taken on an exciting new post as e-Learning Manager for an international organisation working with overseas students.

David was based predominantly at RSCH but also supported drop-in iris sessions at PRH.  He was known to many BSUH staff for his excellent work with Matthew on developing iris, creating departmental induction videos and his workshops on using technologies to enhance teaching. We have enjoyed working with David and wish him all the best in his new role.

We hope to recruit a replacement to continue David’s work very soon.

Happy retirement to Jil Fairclough!

This month saw colleagues gathering from across the NHS, the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, and BSMS to say farewell to Jil Fairclough and wish her a happy retirement.  Jil has worked in the team since 1999 and for the last 14 years she has led our medical school library team as Medical School Librarian and Technology-Enhanced Learning Lead.

Jil 2b

Jil’s accomplishments in her time in post are too numerous to list in full but they include: embedding information skills teaching into every year of the undergraduate medical curriculum; creating Sabre, our search engine that finds books and journals from across local Higher Education and NHS libraries; leading an extensive programme of work to increase the use of technology in teaching; and advocating for the creation of an open access research fund for the medical school.


The BSMS Library Service has been rated by students as the best academic library service in England on three occasions over the last decade and this is largely thanks to Jil’s dedicated commitment and leadership.   Jil’s passion for medical education and for continual improvement are second-to-none and she will leave a lasting impact on the many colleagues she has worked with and friends that she has made during her time at BSMS.


Jil is retiring early in order to focus on writing her first novel and we wish her the very best for the future.

Farewell Archana!

This month we bid farewell to Archana Deshmukh, our Assistant Librarian who has taken on an exciting new post as Health Education England Librarian.

Archana was based predominantly at PRH and was known to many of our members for her excellent work in teaching information skills, administering OpenAthens accounts and carrying out Evidence searches.

We have enjoyed working with Archana and wish her all the very best in her new role.

How did we make a difference in 2016-17? Read our latest annual report

The Brighton and Sussex NHS Library and Knowledge Service Annual Report for 2016-17 has been published.  It briefly illustrates some of the ways our work has made an impact on patient care, service improvement, study, research and clinical teaching over the last year.

Annual Report 2016-17

The report shows how our services were used in comparison to previous years, with many areas showing increased activity in 2016-17.  In particular, the number of evidence search requests received, the number of teaching sessions run and the number of articles provided on request at short notice all went up this year.

Document Supply ChartTeaching chart

Usage of the online journals and databases that we purchase remained high, with only books (both print and electronic) showing a significant dip in usage.  Full details of activity and resource usage can be found in the report, along with case studies of how we made a difference to local staff and students, and updates on our changing team.

You can also read more about how our two clinical librarians are are contributing to Trust polices, guidelines and workforce planning in an earlier post.


New: Patient Information Specialist

We’re delighed to welcome a brand new role to our team. Here is Cecilia Bethencourt-Dunning to tell you more.

“As Patient Information Specialist librarian, I’ll be looking at ways to support the Trust in providing good information to patients and the public. As it’s a completely new role, part of the challenge will be working out what to do as I go along, which I’m sure will be very rewarding!


My background is in public libraries- I worked for 9 years for Kensington & Chelsea library service, which during that period became a tri-borough service with Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster. I held a variety of posts, from reference librarian to website and social media officer.

This is the first time I have worked for an NHS Trust so I’m still finding my bearings. However, the staff I have met have been very friendly and helpful and I’m enjoying getting to know my new colleagues”.