Clinical and Research Support

What is a Clinical Librarian?

A clinical librarian is an information professional who works alongside health professionals to help them identify and make use of the best available research evidence.  The Clinical and Research Support Librarian service at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust can provide you with:

  • Literature searching (download a request form below)
  • Sourcing full-text research articles and high-quality information to answer ward-based queries
  • Critical appraisal / journal club training and support
  • Evidence to support audits and guideline development
  • Attendance at ward rounds, training sessions and meetings
  • Subject guides for your specialty
  • Current awareness bulletins for keeping up-to-date with the latest research (see an example)


Who is the service for?

The Clinical and Research Support Librarian is here for anyone who needs to find evidence to support their work and organisational objectives.


Clinical librarians provide a range of benefits, including:

Benefits to clinical staff Benefits to the Trust
Saving clinical time spent on decision-making Meeting service improvement targets
Providing quality-assured information at the point of need Ensuring clinical and corporate services are supported by research
Supporting evidence-based practice Supporting Trust quality and productivity objectives
Promoting good patient care and continuous learning Promoting a questioning and learning culture

CILIP (2017) Making a positive impact on the cost and quality of care


Want to know more?

If you would like to find out more about the Clinical and Research Support Librarian service or arrange for the librarian to come and visit your team, please email or ring 0208 836 6742.  The Clinical and Research Support Librarian works cross-site but please specify whether you are at QEH or UHL when you contact us.

Download a literature search request form