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Library Knowledge Services (North)

YOHHLNet Committee


Heather Steele - Chair

Library and Knowledge Lead,

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

I started my first professional post in 2012 at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, after completing an MA while working in NHS Leeds at the Public Health Resource Centre (PHRC). In 2016 I started my current role as Library and Knowledge Lead.

Helen Curtis - Secretary


Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

I have been the Library Manager at Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust for 25 years. I am a passionate advocate of libraries believing they have an enormous contribution to make not only to the evidence based medicine within the NHS but also in broader society alleviating health inequalities and social exclusion.

Craig Abbs - Treasurer


Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

I’ve been with the NHS since March 2019 after a career break.  Before that I was at the Department of Health in Leeds for ten years, managing enquiries, carrying out literature searches and current awareness trawls, systems maintenance and creating an online archive of health circulars amongst other things. Prior to moving to Yorkshire I worked for several years in Public Libraries as a Librarian in north-west London and prior to this a Library Assistant in Norwich. 

I qualified with an MA from Sheffield very near the end of the last century and have been a chartered member of CILIP since 2002.


Helen Swales - CPD Lead

Library Service Manager

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

I started my career at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, before moving into Health Libraries in 1996. 

After two years at Bradford Royal Infirmary I took on the role of Librarian for Leeds Health Authority, and after various organisational restructures, am now Library Service Manager for Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. I manage delivery of the library service for all LCHT staff across Leeds and also via Service Level Agreements delivery of library services to NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (including the GP Confederation) and Public Health staff in Leeds City Council.

I also chair the city-wide Project Team for improving access to health library services in Leeds, with specific responsibility for service development.

Sarah Gardner

Clinical / Outreach Librarian,

Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

After firmly intending to work in public libraries after a stint as a Graduate Trainee in Nottinghamshire Country Libraries, I started my professional career in the voluntary sector, running information services first at Nottingham Mencap, and later at Headway, National Head Injuries Association. I moved into the NHS in 1999 as an Information & Library Officer specialising in consumer health information at what was then Trent Healthline but quickly became NHS Direct. Ten brilliant years and six different roles later, I left in 2009 to learn a new trade – Clinical Outreach Librarian at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, an acute trust in the East Midlands.

In July 2015 I took up the position of Clinical/Outreach Librarian with Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals, based in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

Sarah Hennessy

Library and Knowledge Service Manager

South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

I currently work in a Mental Health setting at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. I was recruited in March 2013 to help drive the library service forward, introducing new initiatives such as knowledge management, improved communications and marketing, literature searching and critical appraisal training, etc. along with supporting strategic planning and development.

Until then I was a Clinical Librarian at NHS Direct, having worked there for 12 years. Here I was responsible for developing and maintaining an up to date library and information service for NHS Direct, specifically aimed at information for the patient, and also contributing to the development of the Patient Decision Aids and Health and Symptom Checkers. I also later supported clinical research and undertook searches contributing to Systematic Reviews.

In addition to my role within the Trust I actively engage in other networks to raise awareness of health libraries and contribute to the development of the skills and expertise of the health library workforce. I am co-Chair of the the CILIP Health Libraries Group (HLG), as well as being the Conference Lead for #HLG2016 and a previous Chair of Libraries for Nursing (now HLG Nursing). I also sit on the Patient Information Forum (PiF) Advisory Board and am currently enjoying participating in the CILIP Knowledge for Healthcare Leadership Programme.

Chris Lawton

Specialist Librarian (E-Resources),

North Lincolnshire & Goole Hospitals NHS Trust

I started working for the NHS in 1999 as a Receptionist working in A&E and moved into the library in 2008. I started out as a Student Liaison, before moving onto being a Library Co-ordinator & then into my current role.


Fran Morrisroe


Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

While completing my course in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield, I interned at Sheffield Children’s Hospital; an experience which provided me with an insight into the world of health libraries and the special role of the health librarian.

After completing my MA, I joined the LKS team at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust as a librarian. I am especially interested in information literacy and user experience (UX).

Gavin Grainger

Library Assistant,

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

I started my current role as a library assistant at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in March 2019. Previously I have worked in other departments within the Trust, first as a health care assistant on an elderly ward, then as a clinical support worker in radiology.

Since starting my role as a library assistant I have completed an NVQ in customer service, and been involved in creating our Research Methodology & Design collection, and our Health & Wellbeing collection.

Joanne Naughton

Library and Knowledge Services Development Manager - Yorkshire & Humber,

Health Education England

I currently work for Health Education England supporting the development of Knowledge and Library Services in North East and Yorkshire, Humber. Previously, I worked for 18 years at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust as library manager and before that I worked in higher education and further education libraries. I am particularly interested in the role of knowledge and library services in promoting health literacy.