Health and social care professionals to benefit from free library resource at The King's Fund

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The King's Fund Information and library service database is today joining the list of databases which are available free for all NHS staff in England to use.

This forms part of a project which aims to provide all NHS staff and the wider NHS with access to a core collection of key electronic knowledge resources. All the resources can be accessed through local portals and the NHS Evidence Search.

The database contains more than 75,000 bibliographic records. The library collection is particularly rich in official UK health policy documents and in informally published literature from health and social care organisations. Articles with abstracts, indexed from English-language journals, are included, together with books, reports, pamphlets, Web publications, strategic planning documents and government circulars. Web links to full-text items are included where available.

Lynette Cawthra, Information and library service manager at The King's Fund, said:

'We are delighted to provide this resource to NHS staff. We hope that our focus on health policy and management will make the database a particularly valuable resource for NHS managers, for clinicians with a management role and for the librarians who serve them.'

These resources have been purchased by the National Core Content project, which is funded by the NHS Workforce Development Confederations with the support of the NHS Library and Knowledge Development Network and the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency. The database is available via the Dialog interface.

Notes to editors

1. For further information or interviews, please contact The King's Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585.

2. The King's Fund library, situated in central London, is also publicly accessible to visitors six days a week. For further information, please email: , or tel: 020 7307 2568.

3. For more information about the National Core Content collection contact Scott Gibbens, Project Manager, Octavia House, Interchange Business Park, Bostock's Lane, Sandiacre, Nottingham, NG10 5QG. Email: , tel: 0115 968 4445.

4. The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through grants. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership and education courses; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.