Knowledge Service

We are a professional library information and resource service available to all Trust staff, NHS community healthcare staff (including GP staff), and health promoters working in the city of Manchester.

The Knowledge Service is based in Fallowfield, and the Outreach Librarian can visit Trust staff in their workplace. You can download our service leaflet here.

Resources for Mental Health Nurses and Support Workers

Contact the Outreach Librarian for more information to access to the British Journal of Mental Health Nursing and the British Journal of Healthcare Assistants

Knowledge Service local guide to revalidation for nurses

Information about local resources for Trust nurses revalidation

Library Services Annual Review 2015 - 2016

The Library Service Annual Review is now available

Information skills Training

If you would like a training session covering how to carry out a literature search please contact the Knowledge Service. See also, Resources for systematic reviewing.

Experiences Collection

Fiction and biography available to loan

Looking for something new to read? If you're looking for a good read that's also thought-provoking and deals with mental health issues, have a look at our new collection of fiction and biography, all covering a variety of mental health experiences.

You can see the full collection here: Experiences Collection List.

You can borrow books using your existing Trust Library membership. If you're not already a member, just fill in a membership form from the Library services and forms page. You can borrow up to 8 books for 4 weeks at a time free of charge.

You don't even need to travel to the Library - just tell us which book(s) you want and we will send them via the internal post.

We'd like to hear what you think of the collection too - get in touch and let us know! It was developed by the North West Mental Health Libraries Group and funded by the Health Care Libraries Unit's Libraries Development Fund.

What we do

We support your evidence-based practice and lifelong learning by providing access to information, and provide resources to support your health promotion work. We can help with:

  • Keeping up to date throughout your career
  • Research and finding out
  • Support for decision making

Library services include:

  • Access to books, reports, journals and multimedia resources
  • Health promotion models and other teaching resources available to borrow
  • Enquiry service
  • Literature searching service
  • Training on searching the Healthcare Databases
  • Current awareness: email bulletins of new information delivered to you
  • Electronic resources, available with your NHS Athens password
  • Access to documents through our inter-library loan service
  • Leaflets and posters on a range of health promotion topics
  • Study space with PCs (please contact us before your visit to book a PC) and access to photocopying facilities

Services may vary depending on user category; please contact us for details.

Please browse through our pages for further details:

Keeping up to date

Electronic resources and Library catalogues

Library Services and Forms

Contact details

Telephone: 0161 248 1769


Fallowfield Library - 1st Floor
Platt Lane
Manchester M14 7FB


To contact the Outreach Librarian directly:

Rosalind McNally
Outreach Librarian
Research and Innovation 3rd Floor, Rawnsley Building
Central Manchester Hospitals site
Hathersage Road
Manchester M13 9WL

Telephone: 0161 276 3308 / 07501486816 (mobile)

Other Library staff (all based at Fallowfield):

Daniel Livesey - Knowledge Services Manager Telephone: 0161 248 1912

Lorna Dawson - Knowledge Service Assistant Telephone 0161 248 1753

We work closely with the University Hospital of South Manchester, NHS Foundation Trust, Academy Library. For Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Library Contact: 0161 701 1480/1484.

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Opening hours:

Monday - Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm

These are our usual hours but may be subject to change. We recommend you contact us on 0161 248 1769 to check we are open before you set off. The service is closed on statutory holidays, and any other extended closures will be advertised here.

Christmas opening times

We will be open 9am-4:30pm every weekday (excluding Bank Holidays) as normal.

Please note the library will be open on Wednesday 28th December, 9am-4:30pm but Knowledge Service staff will not be available for enquiries.


There is a small car park behind the Library building. If the barrier is down, you'll need to get out of your car and use the intercom on the door next to the car park barrier. Press the buzzer marked "NHS Public Health Development" and we will open the barrier for you.