Working with SPFT CAGs

Over the last few years Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has introduced Trust-wide Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs) to evaluate and inform evidence-based practice.

There are CAGs for Psychosis, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Complex Emotional Difficulties (personality disorders), Later Life and Dementia, Children and Young People, Learning Disabilities and Neurobehavioural Disorders, and Forensic Health.

The CAGs are responsible for ensuring that staff know the most effective interventions and approaches for people with particular needs, and that clear information is provided to patients and families about what they can expect from care services.

Our Mental Health Specialist Librarian, Amy Dunn, regularly attends CAG meetings to help ensure evidence-based improvement in care delivery services. We provide the CAGs with updates on library resources, ensure that CAG members receive etocs (electronic tables of content) and evidence updates via KnowledgeShare, and carry out evidence searches to help inform what ‘standard care’ within the Trust should look like. Searches that Amy has carried out for the CAGs include:

  • National drivers and guidance relating to functional mental health in old age
  • The use of enhanced observations in mental health inpatient services
  • Carers’ involvement in forensic mental health services
  • The use of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) in CAMHS services
  • Resilience in informal/family caregivers of people with dementia
  • Social and occupational interventions in Forensic Services

Evidence search collage

To request an evidence search visit

For more information contact Amy


Wellcome Book Prize: 2018 short-list announced

The Wellcome Book Prize 2018 short-list was announced this morning, 20 March. They are:

Stay With Me
Adebayo, Ayobami
Edinburgh: Canongate Books, 2017

The butchering art : Joseph Lister’s quest to transform the grisly world of Victorian medicine
Fitzharris, Lindsey
London: Allen Lane 2017

With the End in Mind - flat

With the end in mind: dying, death and wisdom in an age of denial
Mannix K
London: HarperCollins, 2017

To be a machine: adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death
O’Connell, Mark
London: Granta 2018

Mayhem: a memoir
Rausing, Sigrid
London: Hamish Hamilton 2017

The Vaccine Race - flat

The vaccine race: how scientists used human cells to combat killer viruses
Wadman M
London: Black Swan, 2018

Copies of  those illustrated, With the end in mind, and The vaccine race are already available in NHS libraries in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and may be ordered through our online catalogue. We have copies of the others on order, so you may borrow them from our libraries soon.

Libraries unstaffed today for training!

All our libraries are unstaffed this morning for the Library & Knowledge Service Staff Development Forum.

We will be back at the following times:

Audrey Emerton Library, Brighton: 1.45pm

Princess Royal Hospital Library, Haywards Heath: 3.00pm

Mill View Hospital Library, Hove: 2.00pm

You can leave messages for us on 01273 523300 or email and we will get back to you on our return.

Training 1

Primary Care matters

We’re very pleased to say that our very own Kevin Burgoyne has a new role in supporting the information needs of Primary Care and CCG staff. Read more about Kevin and his work below:

“Hello! I’m Kevin, Primary Care Specialist Librarian. Having worked at the Royal Sussex site for the last 10 years, I’ve recently taken on this really interesting role focussed on providing evidence services for Primary Care. I work with the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) at Hove Town Hall, as well as Sussex Community Foundation Trust (SCFT)


“At Hove Town Hall I sit with the Clinical Quality and Patient Safety team, but have been asked for support by different teams within the CCG, such as Medicines Management and Urgent Care, as they seek to be as evidence-based as possible when commissioning services that meet local healthcare needs. Commissioners are usually clinical staff from a variety of backgrounds, used to having heavy demands placed on their time and it is a bustling, meeting-heavy environment. 

“The requests are challenging and often require a different approach to evidence searches carried out for clinicians in the acute sector. I attempt to summarise the evidence I find to make it as accessible as possible for the requesters, and this can require a fair bit of background reading to understand the context, and often just to understand the question!

“I was preceded in post by Inga who blazed the trail for a couple of years, and the job is still evolving. As the local healthcare Trusts and Groups constantly reconfigure and realign, I try to promote Library and Knowledge Services at meetings and events to further our outreach, and ultimately secure ongoing funding for the role.”

You can contact Kevin for help with primary care information on