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26 June 2019

UH Bristol takes part in Living Library for Health Information Week

Next week,  1-7 July 2019 is Health information week, a national, multi-sector campaign to promote high quality information for patients and the public.

High quality health information can have a huge impact on people's ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life.

To celebrate the week, UH Bristol are teaming up with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP), North Bristol NHS Trust and Bristol City Council to form Bristol's NHS Living Library.

Living Libraries work like normal libraries - visitors browse the catalogue, choose titles they are interested in, and borrow them for a defined amount of time. The difference to normal libraries is that the 'books' are people, and  the'reading' is a conversation.

This free event takes place at Bristol Central Library on Wednesday 3rd July, from 2-4pm. Anyone is welcome to attend, whether you're a student looking for an insight into a career, or a member of the public who wants to find out what it's like working in healthcare.

UH Bristol members of staff Nancy Clemance, project coordinator for voluntary services, Michelle Bonfield, clinical vascular scientist, and Laura Percy, haematology consultant, will be there alongside psychologists, psychiatrists, consultant haematologists, the head of occupational therapy, nurses and nurse trainers as the 'books' available to check out for 15-minute slots, giving people the opportunity to really find out what it's like to experience and work in the healthcare sector through open and informal conversations.

Books can be reserved before 3rd of July through Bristol Central Library or on the day at the Living Library Helpdesk, in the foyer of Bristol Central Library.