About the Learning Zone

What is the Learning Zone?

The Learning Zone signposts healthcare librarians and knowledge specialists to key online resources to support their professional and personal development. It is part of the Workforce Planning and Development work stream to implement  Knowledge for Healthcare, Health Education England’s development framework for NHS library and knowledge services in England 2015-2020

Purpose and scope

The purpose of the Learning Zone is to help NHS library staff “use the right knowledge and evidence, at the right time in the right place, enabling high-quality decision-making, learning, research and innovation to achieve excellent healthcare and health improvement”.

Resources included in the Learning Zone fall under the following three categories: Generic Skills, Specialist and Technical Skills and Career Pathway and Vocational Skills.  Types of resource in the Learning Zone include blogs, books, courses, discussion lists, e-books, e-learning, grey literature, journals, people, reports, social media, videos and websites.  In order to be included in the Learning Zone the resource must be directly related to the library / information / knowledge management sector, produced by a reputable source, be accurate and complete, current with evidence of regular updating and freely accessible.

Learning Zone Standing Group

The Learning Zone content is updated and managed by the Learning Zone standing group, part of the Workforce Planning and Development workstream.

Sian Aynsley: Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust (Chair)
Catherine McClaren: George Eliot Hospital
Heather Steele: Leeds & York Partnership NHS Trust
Helen Barlow: Rotherham Hospital
Katherine France: Rotherham Hospital
Katy Oak: Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Stephanie Grey: Public Health England (Bristol)

For further information please email sianaynsley@nhs.net