© 2017 Health Libraries Group Objective: The aim of this research was to explore the library and information needs of health and social care students whilst on placement. Methods: Both desk and primary research were conducted and included an online questionnaire to students and semi-structured interviews. Results: The questionnaire was completed by 252 students from a variety of programmes, equivalent to a 10% response rate. The results indicate a wide range of factors impacting on the library and information experiences of students. Whilst differences in the availability of a physical library in hospital or community locations still exist, these are mitigated by technology and a preference for home study. A significant result is that 77% (n=193) of students on placement study at home, using a variety of Internet-connected devices. This highlights a marked change in practice and underlines the need for mobile-compliant e-resources and accessible at-a-distance services. Conclusion: As a result of this research, practical recommendations on how library support can be improved were developed including enhanced collaboration and learning with NHS colleagues, and knowledge sharing with other departments within the University who support our students.
Plaice, C., Lloyd, J., & Shaw, P. (2017). Supporting the library and information needs of UWE health and social care students on placement. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 34(1), 32-44. https://doi.org/10.1111/hir.12171