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.

Learn how to use technologies in your face-to-face teaching

New teaching dates announced for PRH!

This popular course is suitable for anyone who teaches staff, trainees or students and aims to enhance teaching using learning technologies.

Each session lasts only 90 minutes and is stand-alone but would be complemented by the other session.

Follow the links below for more details and to book your place.

Session 1: Flipped classroom: getting ready to learn – introduces and identifies advantages and challenges to this approach.

Session 2: Active learning: getting engagement in the classroom – identifies strategies for engaging learners and how to apply them to your teaching

Explore all our courses at


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.

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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.

Top tip for Open Access Week – SHERPA Services

The Centre for Research Communications at the University of Nottingham has developed a suite of free tools to support open access publishing decisions.


Will the journal I want to publish in let me make my article freely available?

Use SHERPA ROMEO to search for journal policies on copyright and self-archiving in repositories. There is a handy colour coding system – a green ROMEO journal is one that supports archiving of all versions of your article including the final publisher PDF.

Does my research funder have an open access requirement?

Use SHERPA JULIET to find out if you should choose an open access journal, archive your article in a repository, or both.

Which journals are compatible with my funder’s open access policy?

Use SHERPA FACT for a quick answer.

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Contact us for further guidance.

Speed up your access to evidence!

The Library and Knowledge Service offers a variety of services to help implement evidence in practice.

  • We find evidence to answer your specific clinical or managerial questions.
  • We run teaching to refresh your skills in finding, evaluating and managing healthcare research.
  • We send you short updates on the latest publications in your field.

Now all of these services can be accessed more easily via our KnowledgeShare website.

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Logging in allows you to update your professional interests and receive email updates on the latest research, request an evidence search, see previous search requests, book onto or cancel attendance at teaching, and download certificates of attendance.

You can also connect with other members of KnowledgeShare across the country to collaborate and share knowledge.

Log in at with an NHS OpenAthens password (register first if you don’t have one already) or contact us to find out more.