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”.

Meet our new senior library assistant!

A warm welcome to Cecelia, our new Senior Library Assistant at our Mill View Hospital Libary. Find out more about her below:

“I am the new Senior Library Assistant based at Mill View Hospital. My role will be helping users on the enquiry desk and helping with the day to day running of the Library.Cecelia

This is my first NHS post, as I have previously worked in academic libraries. I worked at several libraries within the University of Oxford and most recently at the University of Sussex Library.  I have just finished my MA in Information Studies at the University of Brighton and look forward to putting the skills I’ve learned into practice. Outside of the Library, I enjoy travel, cooking, and watching bad sci-fi movies about sharks.

I’m looking forward to getting to know the Library and Knowledge Service team and all of the services we offer.”

Meet our new Library Assistant!

A warm welcome to Carrie Anne, our new Library Assistant. Find out more about her below: carrie

“I have just started my Library Assistant role at RSCH.  I’m eager to get stuck in and learn all about the Library and Knowledge Service. This is my first NHS employment and I’m still finding my way around, but the team have been very helpful and welcoming.

I serve library users at the enquiry desk, processing books and journal article requests, and I will be giving particular attention to the care of our periodicals. We have a large collection of journals within the main area of the library as well as the archives, all of which need steady upkeep.

Previously, I’ve worked at several academic libraries across Brighton and London. My most recent experience was with The Feminist Library – a public archive of women’s liberation movement materials. I hope to build upon my existing skills with LKS and develop my library career.”


Farewell Natasha

Last month we said goodbye to Natasha Rothwell, library assistant at our RSCH and MVH sites.  Natasha worked for the library & knowledge service for over ten years, joining the team at Brighton General Hospital before our relocation to the Audrey Emerton Building at RSCH.


Having previously worked in the medical records department at BGH when it was part of South Downs Health Trust, many of the library users at Mill View Hospital Library where she worked alongside our Mental Health Specialist Librarian were familiar faces to her, and she is missed in the library by all the staff who knew her.

We have enjoyed working with Natasha and having her as part of our team and wish her all the best with her future endeavours.

Hello Archana!

ArchanaArchana has joined the Library and Knowledge Service team as Assistant Librarian and is based predominantly at Princess Royal Hospital.
She is a familiar face to the rest of the team, having previously
undertaken a research project at BSUH with Tom Roper, our Clinical Librarian. In her new role, Archana is supporting the Library and Knowledge Service in delivering research skills workshops, administering the OpenAthens authentication system and is contributing to our KnowledgeShare evidence search service.  Welcome Archana