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NHS Partnerships

The NHS Wales Library and Knowledge Service (NHSWLKS) (formerly AWHILES) is a partnership of NHS Wales and Cardiff University health libraries providing health information to support patient care, education, training and research for NHS Wales staff, Cardiff University staff and students on placement. You can visit the NHSWLKS website to find out more.


The NHWLKS partnership supports a shared catalogue/Resource Discovery Tool,  NHS Wales LibrarySearch , which is hosted by Cardiff University. The holdings of the NHS Wales and Cardiff University health libraries and the national online resources of the NHS Wales e-Library for Health can be searched on NHS Wales LibrarySearch.  A resource sharing agreement is in place, and BCUHB Libraries can request books and journal articles from any of the other libraries within the partnership.

NHSWLKS is also a forum for members to share knowledge and good practice, and support library staff development and networking. Members are committed to Quality Improvement in Health Libraries through accreditation, standards and guidelines.

NHSWLKS is supported by Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW).  Further information about NHS Wales libraries can be found on the HEIW website.