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The Library is currently closed due to Covid-19 but library staff are working remotely and can be contacted on 

Welcome to the library service for Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.  We provide a warm and welcoming service for all NHS staff, students and health promoters across the Bradford and Airedale district.  The library contains resources on all aspects of health, but we have a specific focus on mental health, community healthcare, learning disabilities and health management.

Our library is at Lynfield Mount Hospital.  We are in a building to the right of the main reception of Lynfield Mount and we are signposted from the car park.  If you haven’t used the library before please let us know and we will give you a tour of the library and highlight any resources you might be interested in.  Trust staff can also access our comprehensive range of electronic resources.

Our resources and services

  • General enquiries: Library staff are here to help you with general enquiries, such as help finding books and information, checking references and finding statistics.
  • Literature searching: If you require a literature search to support your work, library staff are here to help. We are happy to do the search for you (this service is for Trust staff).
  • Books: We have approximately 8000 books on the shelves and access to a wide range of electronic books
  • Journals, interlibrary loan and document supply: We provide a number of print subscriptions and have access to approximately 1300 electronic journals.  If we don’t have a specific item we can order it for you from another library (this service is for Trust staff).
  • Health promotion resources and campaigns: a wide range of borrowable resources are available to promote health, including teaching packs, models and displays. We also have leaflets and posters available to order and regular health awareness campaigns.
  • Current awareness: We produce a wide range of current awareness bulletins and alerts to keep you up to date.  Please let us know your areas of interest and we will do the rest. (This service is for Trust staff).
  • Databases: A full range of bibliographic databases are available, including Medline, CINAHL and PsycINFO.  We also provide access to BMJ Best Practice, which summaries the best evidence on over 3000 topics.
  • Training: We offer group and individual training on a range of information skills, including literature searching and critical appraisal.
  • Study space and IT: a suite of PCs is available for Trust staff.

Discovery search

This is our single search box that connects you to all the library’s resources. Just pop in some keywords and you will get back a range of full-text books, journal articles and other online resources. Log in with your Athens account to get the full benefit of our fantastic new resource.

Our Partners

We work in partnership with the libraries at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to provide a comprehensive service for all NHS staff and students across the Bradford and Airedale District.

Eligibility/Access criteria

All NHS staff, students on placement and practising health promoters within the Bradford and Airedale district are eligible to join the library.  To check your eligibility and register please contact the library.  Please note that some resources and services and restricted to Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust staff.

For further information on our service please take a look at our delivery standards.

CLEAR 2020 – Collaborative Learning through Evidence and Research

On Tuesday 16 June 2020, the BDCFT Library & R&D teams will host CLEAR 2020 at Bradford City Football Club. The day will include a mix of local and national speakers, as well as a range of presentations and posters to highlight quality local research and evidence based practice projects. It is anticipated that the day will be a motivational and learning experience for all staff interested in research and evidence based practice. Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Dr Tom Foley, NHS Digital
  • Andy Gill & David Stewart, Health Education England
  • Erica Ison, Critical Appraisal Skills Programme
  • Professor Simon Gilbody, University of York

The event will be opened by Brent Kilmurray, BDCFT Chief Executive.

For more information, please see the draft programme and to register for the event, please go to the registration page.

Delegates are expected from a range of local Trusts and partner organisations.  As part of the conference, we would like to invite colleagues to showcase their research and evidence based practice.  There are several options available:

Parallel Session Presentations
Workshop presentations are invited on projects and examples of research and evidence based practice.  These can be on any topic of relevance to the Trust.  These presentations will be allotted 20 minutes, i.e. 15 minutes presenting time and 5 minutes for questions.  However this may be negotiable – if you feel that you need longer than this, please specify in your abstract.

Bradford’s Got Evidence Based Talent!
Bradford’s Got Evidence Based Talent is a fun succession of short two minute presentations to re-open the conference after lunch.  These comprise part of the main programme before the afternoon keynote speaker.  These short presentations can be given on any aspect of research or evidence based practice.

Poster Presentation
A range of posters will be on display during the conference for delegates to view during the breaks.  Posters can be submitted for any aspect of research or evidence based practice.  There will also be prizes for the winning posters with all delegates having a vote in a secret ballot!

If you would like to be considered for any of these opportunities, please complete the application form.  Completed forms should be submitted by Friday 28th February 2020 at 5pm.


CLEAR 2018 – Collaborative Learning through Evidence and Research

CLEAR 2018 took place on the 17th May 2018 at Bradford City football club.  Nearly 150 staff from BDCFT and our partner organisations attended the research and evidence based practice conference and saw keynote speakers including Roy Lilley (NHS Writer, Broadcaster and Founder of the Academy Stuff) and Gareth Allen (Woburn Coaching).  The day also included a range of local speakers reporting back on research and evidence based projects, as well as posters and stands.  The day was an enjoyable learning event for all and was captured by artist Tom Bailey – here are the cartoons that he produced on the day.