Useful HLPI links


  1. Health Libraries
  2. Public Libraries 
  3. Health Literacy 
  4. Quality of Information 
  5. Other Useful Links 
  6. Discussion Lists
  7. Quality Health Information Resources for the Public
Health Libraries
Public Libraries

Libraries Connected have four Universal Library Offers which aim to connect communities, improve wellbeing, and promote equality through learning, literacy and cultural activity.

Health Literacy
Quality of Information
  • PIF TICK – UK-wide quality mark for health information. It covers leaflets, websites, apps and videos. A PIF TICK organisation must show its health information production process meets 10 criteria.
  • Accessible Information Standard – briefing for health librarians and knowledge service managers and includes a Resources page with useful training resources etc.
  • Making the Case for Information – PIF’s report on the evidence for investing in high quality health information for patients and the public 
  • DISCERN – a brief questionnaire which provides users with a valid and reliable way of assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem.
Other Useful Links

The hub is a collection of resources that have already been developed and used by pharmacy teams to speak directly to patients, carers and the public.

Discussion lists / Social media
  • HP-Resources – Discussion List for Health Promotion Libraries and Resource Services

Email list for everyone working in the field of health promotion to discuss topics of interest to their profession

  • LIS-PUBLICHEALTH – a new discussion list for UK knowledge, library and information professionals working in Public Health; to enable members to share knowledge, learning and experience
  • Bibliotherapy Discussion Group– A mailing list for anyone interested in the links between reading fiction and non-fiction and health. Bibliotherapy, including Books on Prescription, reading groups, self-help etc.
  • CHAIN – Contact, Help, Advice and Information Network – is an online international network for people working in health and social care. For more information on CHAIN and joining the network please visit website.
  • Twitter – Follow the Patients & Public Information Group for KfH on Twitter – @K4H_PPI or follow #HEELKS thread for all discussions around HEE Library Knowledge Services.
Health Inequality
Quality Health Information Resources for the Public

Your Trust may have a list of patient information leaflets which should be used first. Here is a list of recommended websites for signposting members of the public to:

  • Patient A trusted source of information for both patients and health professionals nationwide.

The site contains over 4000 health information leaflets, a wellbeing centre, a free health check and discussion forums.

  • PIF TICK – UK-wide quality mark for health information. It covers leaflets, websites, apps and videos. A PIF TICK organisation must show its health information production process meets 10 criteria.
  • – Find information and support for a range of health issues from seeing and hearing people’s real life experiences.

Thousands of people have shared their experiences on film to help you understand what it’s really like to have a health condition such as breast cancer or arthritis.

  • Easy Health – health information in easy read and other accessible formats
  • Contact a Family – Information and support on many rare disorders written by doctors.
  • UpToDate – Free public access to Beyond the Basics patient information articles written and reviewed by medical professionals.
  • – To find government services and information including benefits, council services, policies, employment etc.
  • Lab Tests Online – Information to help patients understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are used in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease.
  • Health Tools– NHS Choices has a selection of health apps, podcasts etc. and Channel 4 has some Health Checks online tests

 List of open access websites for anyone wanting more detailed information