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Supporting the library and information needs of UWE health and social care students on placement

Plaice, Caroline; Lloyd, Jon; Shaw, Pauline


Jon Lloyd
Subject Support Librarian: HLS


© 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.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 27, 2016
Online Publication Date Feb 28, 2017
Publication Date Mar 1, 2017
Journal Health Information and Libraries Journal
Print ISSN 1471-1834
Electronic ISSN 1471-1842
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 1
Pages 32-44
Keywords health care, higher education, libraries, library and information professionals, National Health
Service, nurses, translation of research findings
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