Health and social care

CILIP members work in a variety of health and social care settings as librarians and information and knowledge workers. They provide the information to clinicians, managers and patients that supports evidence-based medicine and healthcare. In this sector the quality and timeliness of the information provided will often impact on life and death situations as well as enabling and promoting the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

Key statistics

  • There are an estimated 6,665 librarians and information knowledge managers working in a health and social care setting. This constitues 7.6% of the UK Information Workforce

          (Source CILIP/ARA (2015). A study of the UK information workforce)

  • There are 542 Healthcare Library/Information Units in the UK plus 114 sections in HE libraries

          (Source Health Library & Information Services Directory)

No information exists for the number of Library/ Information Units in Social Care