Library support for further education colleges

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We recognise that there are many routes into careers in the NHS and social care, and with our unique free resource we can support further education colleges to prepare the workforce and leaders of the future.

How can we support you?

Our team of librarians are uniquely placed to support you and your students. Our professional skills combined with our expert knowledge of the health and care landscape mean that we can provide tailored training and support on:

  • identifying research, evidence and information for academic assignments and coursework –essential skills that will provide a strong foundation for your students to develop professional evidence-based practice
  • evaluating and assessing research, evidence and information
  • understanding the value of grey literature in research
  • referencing and citation

We welcome referrals from tutors to our enquiry service for one-on-one support, via email or in person at our central London site. Our study support sessions can be tailored for whole groups and centred around students' current assignments.


'Over the past two years, The King’s Fund Library has supported West Kent College students to develop their research and referencing skills in preparation for their research exam and university. The staff have been excellent in helping the learners develop their use of databases, journals, and other online resources, considering the validity and reliability of the information. The workshops have a had a direct correlation on the improvement in the standard of the evidence the learners obtain from the resources and this has increased their grade and performance in the exam. This has also translated into improved formatting and referencing in coursework and I would recommend these workshops in helping to prepare learners for the reality of university. It gives them an advantage as they have a chance to develop and practice these skills before university.'
Further education tutor


'The speakers broke down our topic content so we could understand what and what not to search for.'
Further education health and social care student
'I found it useful knowing how to refine searches and finding where to find useful sources.'
Further education health and social care student
'The handout sheet was useful as the weblinks helped me with my research.'
Further education health and social care student

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