Support available for NHS Staff with long COVID

Conversation Cafe for Multicultural Staff

We are pleased to announce the introduction of Conversation Cafe sessions, a chance for any colleagues from overseas to improve English conversation skills in a relaxed environment. The sessions will take place in the library meeting room and we hope to introduce some technology to allow participants to join via Teams too. Due to social distancing measures we can only allow 5 people into the meeting room, so will have to ask you to phone or email the library to book a place: or 01823 342433

Conversation cafes will take place on:

Thursday 20th January 12:00 – 13:00

Wednesday 26th January 12:00 – 13:00

Thursday 3rd February 12:00 – 13:00

Wednesday 9th February 12:00 – 13:00

Thursday 17th February 12:00 – 13:00

Thursday 3rd March 12:00 – 13:00

Wednesday 9th March 12:00 – 13:00

Thursday 17th March 12:00 – 13:00

Wednesday 23rd March 12:00 – 13:00

Thursday 31st March 12:00 – 13:00

BookEnds Bookclub

We are an informal book club comprised of SomersetFT staff and students from many departments, clinical and non-clinical, who meet approximately every 6 weeks to discuss a book which we have all read. We are delighted to welcome new members, so if you wish to join a community of book lovers please contact the library: or 01823 342433.

On January 12th 2022 we will be discussing: Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans via Teams 7:30pm – 8:30pm.

Please contact the library if you wish to be sent the Teams link to join the chat, all welcome.

Find out more about BookEnds on our Libguides page.

BookEnds Choices for all meetings in 2022

For those of you who wish to plan ahead, please see the image below which contains the book choices for the whole of 2022. I am really looking forward to chatting about these titles with you as the year progresses.

Uplifting Resources from your NHS

Uplifting resources: chosen by NHS staff for NHS staff

Available now via the Knowledge and Library Services website – a selection of uplifting, digital resources which include apps, podcasts and other online resources.

The Health Education England national NHS Knowledge and Library Services team has worked with the Reading Agency to crowd-source these resources. They have been chosen by NHS staff for NHS staff and are ideal for boosting your mood.

As part of Health Information Week (5-11 July), Health Education England added a small collection of print books to each local NHS Knowledge and Library Service in England.  These are available for you to borrow.

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Coming soon! A Libguide containing curated Wellbeing resources

Wellbeing Areas

We encourage you to make use of our quiet wellbeing areas to sit and read a book, listen to a podcast or an audiobook, do a puzzle or some mindful colouring.

Borrow a book from our fiction collection and enjoy the positive benefits that reading has been shown to have on mental health.