Health and Wellbeing

“The joint work between the Library Service and Staff Psychology has been invaluable on many levels. Our patients (staff) now have a greater choice of recommended reading and the Library Service has been fantastic in promoting and distributing resources to staff who are unable to be physically onsite. Additional options for patient care have been provided, and our clients have benefitted from the safe and supportive contact that the Library Service has provided them with.”

Staff Wellbeing Portal- Support for you and your family during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Self Help – The library have a selection of  self help books on topics such as loneliness, men’s health and mental health. As well as books to help you overcome problems, such as eating disorders and obsessions and compulsions.

Staff Psychology Recommends….
Occupational Health and Staff Psychology have collaborated with the Library Service to create recommended reading lists to support your mental wellbeing.

Your Health Collection 2022-  Knowledge and Library Services have worked with the Reading Agency to build a collection of 10 books and 30 online resources for NHS staff. The collection focuses on supporting better general health, including topics such as ageing well, women’s health and menopause, men’s health, life as a trans person and better mental wellbeing. It has been chosen by the various communities involved for individuals to use themselves or to help them understand someone else’s health issues. All 10 books are in all of the Trust’s Libraries.  


Quick Reads
All the libraries have a selection of Quick Reads –  books by some big name authors, designed to be shorter and easier to read for adults who are less confident in their reading skills. 

The Reading Agency presents ……Mood boosting books
The Mood-Boosting Books scheme is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction, recommended by readers and reading groups around the country.  A good book can give a real boost to the way you feel. Browse and borrow one of these books from your local Trust Library, and see how your mood improves when you read it.

Uplifting resources for the NHS from the NHS Health Education England and the Reading Agency have crowd-sourced a list of uplifting books and digital resources from NHS staff which are ideal for boosting your mood. Click on any of the books below to check availability. 

E-books from Bookboon (only accessible from the Trust intranet)
The NHS Northumbria eLibrary has a selection of e-books to support your wellbeing. To download, from a Trust PC, click on E on the Intranet A-Z and select E-books