On 24th September 2018, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services announced a substantial investment in the NHS Wales e-Library for Health. This comes as a great opportunity for us to expand the resources the e-Library is able to offer.
Over the last five months, we have procured over 1,500 additional e-journals from a range of publishers; four point of care tools and one e-learning package.
This investment marks the launch of a new NHS organisation, Health Education Improvement Wales (HEIW). HEIW aims to provide a single approach to commissioning, planning and developing the education and training of the NHS workforce.
NHS Wales Informatics Service has managed the e-Library for many years with ongoing support from librarians across all the Health Boards and Trusts. We also have a group of e-Library Champions who represent a range of health professionals.
“I am pleased that health and care professionals will have equitable access to a wide range of online, high quality, evidence-based information to support their education, training, research, development and daily work delivering care.” says Rhidian Hurle, Chief Clinical Information Officer for NHS Wales.
All of these new e-resources are now accessible to all NHS Wales staff, contract holders (GPs, Optometrists, Dentists, Community Pharmacists and Social Workers), trainees, trainers and students on placement. By January 2019, the e-Library will also have new databases and supporting systems in place.
To find out more, visit the e-Library webpages.