Our Local Health Partnerships

Local Partnerships

The Library is always seeking new opportunities to innovate and form useful partnerships with organisations and agencies across the local health community. We work with the following organisations to support staff and volunteer health and wellbeing, learning and teaching across the Trust and to assist with the recruitment and retention of healthcare staff:

Better World Books

Better World Books (BWB) is a commercial organisation which recycles and/or re-sells books. As we update our stock and turn over old stock, we had a need to find a reliable and ethical partner to dispose of that stock at no charge to the Library.

Our agreement with BWB ensures that not just old stock but, any books in reasonable condition, can be deposited at the Library in the knowledge that they will either be resold, with a proportion of the proceeds returned to the Library as a small income, or recycled into animal bedding. All income generated by this scheme will be used to purchase resources to support staff and volunteer health and wellbeing, such as our Mood Boosting Collection.

We have nominated the National Literacy Trust as the recipient of a proportion of our sale proceeds, so that resale of our old stock supports literacy programmes across the UK.

The benefit to Library users is that stock is disposed of at no cost to the Library creating space for new stock, income is generated which will be used to buy new health and wellbeing resources,  the profile of the Library has been raised as a recycling department in the Trust and staff can be assured that their donations are helping to support literacy in the UK.

Health Ambassadors

The Library has been involved with Health Ambassadors since 2012. We regularly attend careers fairs, local schools and colleges as well as supporting in-house recruitment events at the Trust, to encourage school-age children and teenagers to consider a career in health care, both in clinical and non-clinical roles. As well as providing information about health librarians, we also provide careers information for a wide range of roles within the NHS.

We support regular work experience placements through our work experience programme and we are a popular placement as we are in a non-clinical area but can provide a wealth of information to students about careers in the NHS.

Norfolk and Suffolk Workforce Partnership

The Library has a Memorandum of Understanding with a range of partners across the local health community which encourages the mutual support and promotion of our services for the development and modernisation of services to meet local customer needs. The members of the Norfolk and Suffolk Workforce Partnership are:

  • Library and Information Centre, West Suffolk Hospital
  • Ipswich Hospital Library
  • Library, University of Suffolk
  • Suffolk Public  Libraries
  • Norfolk Public Libraries
  • Library & Knowledge Services, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn
  • James Paget Library, James Paget Hospital Great Yarmouth
  • Thomas Browne Library, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital
  • Frank Curtis Library, Hellesdon Hospital (Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust)
  • Norfolk and Waveney, North and East London Commissioning Support Unit
  • East Coast College

Suffolk Libraries

We support a range of literacy events and programmes originating both from Suffolk Libraries and our library as we seek to improve literacy and support staff wellbeing through the encouragement of reading for pleasure.For full details of our mutually supportive work, click here.


Suffolk Area Health branch represents all staff employed by the Trust including those based in the community. The Library created the Learning Needs Survey for the branch and, through the Unison Learning Reps based in the Library, supports learning and training of all staff. You can take the Learning Needs survey here or pick up a hard copy in the Library, download the form here or ask for a copy from the Unison office next to the Post Room.

Read a case study of how the Library and Suffolk Area Health Branch supported Reading Ahead at West Suffolk Hospital in the summer of 2017.


Higher Education Institutions

University of Suffolk via our comprehensive support for students.

University of East Anglia via our comprehensive support for student AHPs and our Embedded Librarian Service with Integrated Therapies.