The following presentation, Design for the Future, is by Dr Malcolm Rigler, a NHS GP and member of the Cilip Health Group. Malcolm is co-founder of the Health/Art/Libraries (HAL) project, which aims to design and deliver arts projects, events, publications, workshops, and training to help patients and carers in their search for information and understanding about health, social care and life changes working along the theme of ‘Libraries on Prescription’.
Malcom is keen to emphasis the important role libraries can have in the provision health information and says that “most patients now “Google” their diagnosis , treatment options and side effects of drugs etc. In doing so they are trying to access reliable health and social care information that before the internet was only available in a library.
GPs around the UK are only now beginning to understand that they have a responsibility to guide patients and carers to reliable sources of information with the support of the library service.”
Some libraries have already made important links with health services, with Northamptonshire libraries actually integrating into a health and wellbeing service. Many libraries also deliver the Reading Well scheme, which promotes the benefits of reading for health and wellbeing.
The Health Libraries Group (Cilip) also contains a wealth of information about partnerships between libraries and health. This includes the recent event Health Literacy Skills and Partnership Working for Public and Health Librarians.
The SCL has also worked closely with the Wellcome Trust to “…explore commonalities between Universal offers, and the overarching aims of the Wellcome Trust, with a view to identifying funding and development opportunities for public libraries.”
Design for the Future
”I am now completely convinced that the GP within the NHS will have no enjoyable or creative future until the arts led “libraries and health“ partnership work is understood, valued and firmly supported in every possible way by both GPs and Librarians across the whole of the UK” – Dr Malcolm Rigler
Design for the Future Presentation (PowerPoint)