These services and resources aim to support staff and patients wellbeing.

Educational board games  A list of all our board games for staff and students. This promotes learning and team work.
Books on prescription An updated list of electronic and printed books from our catalogue for staff and students to borrow.
Book clubs Take part in our meetings for staff and students. Meetings every two months.

Women’s support group book club. Set up your own book club.

Reading groups, audiobooks, reminiscence and beyond words collection A service for patients. Staff can request it. We deliver this service in locations  across the Trust.
World Book Night for staff A yearly event in April. For staff, students and patients.

Benefits experienced by readers were higher self-esteem and greater self-acceptance. Readers are 10% more likely to report good self-esteem than non readers and those who read for just 30 minutes a week are 18% more likely to report higher self-esteem” (Billington, J. Reading between the lines, 2015).

For more information email: library.enquiries@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

To find out more about the evidence of the benefits of reading for wellbeing and pleasure see,

Billington, J. (2015). Reading between the lines: The benefits of reading for pleasure. University of Liverpool. https://www.letterpressproject.co.uk/media/file/The_Benefits_of_Reading_for_Pleasure.pdf

Poerio, G. L., & Totterdell, P. (2020). The effect of fiction on the well-being of older adults: a longitudinal RCT intervention study using audiobooks. Psychosocial Intervention29(1), 29-38.

Robinson, D., Moore, N., & Harris, C. (2019). The impact of books on social inclusion and development and well‐being among children and young people with severe and profound learning disabilities: Recognising the unrecognised cohort. British Journal of Learning Disabilities47(2), 91-104.

The reading Agency (2015) Literature Review: The impact of reading
for pleasure and empowerment. [Accessed on 20/09/2023] https://readingagency.org.uk/news/The%20Impact%20of%20Reading%20for%20Pleasure%20and%20Empowerment.pdf

World Book Night (2022) Why is reading for pleasure important?. [Accessed on 20/09/2023] https://worldbooknight.org/impact/why-is-reading-for-pleasure-important


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