Health and Well-Being Library Services

The Knowledge, Library and Information Service is supporting the Trust in its Health and Well-Being initiatives.

Would you like to learn something new? Are you feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed? Do you want to eat more healthily, lose weight and get fit?

We offer a wide range of resources to help you relax and stay healthy.

Free Health and Wellbeing apps

NHS staff have been given free access to a number of wellbeing apps from now until the end of December 2020 to support their mental health and wellbeing.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked with the following app providers to waive costs for the NHS workforce who are dealing with the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing. Using scientifically-backed assessments, tools and training you can measure and manage your personal mental health needs, including digital programmes designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfillment and nutrition.

The team at Unmind are offering free access to NHS staff until the end of December 2020, which is active now.

How NHS staff can get access:

  • Go to
  • Sign up with your NHS email address
  • Download the Unmind app from your appstore – your organisation name is NHS.

If you do not see your NHS email domain or have another support query, please visit the FAQs and support for more information


Headspace is a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep.

Free access to all NHS staff with an NHS email address is available until 31 December 2020 and is active now.

How NHS staff can get access:

  • Go to for NHS staff to access, with the option to select clinical or non-clinical staff to start enrolling.
  • You will need to use your NHS email address to sign up.

Access their FAQs and support for more information.

Sleepio and Daylight (developed by Big Health)

Sleepio is a clinically-evidenced sleep improvement programme that is fully automated and highly personalised, using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep.

Free access to Sleepio for all NHS staff is active now until 31 December.

Daylight is a smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice and animation.

Free access to Daylight is active now until 31 December.

How NHS staff can access Sleepio:

  • Click on the following link on your laptop or desktop computer:
  • Sign up for an account using your name and email address.
  • Click ‘Personalise Sleepio’.
  • Get started.

How NHS staff can access Daylight:

  • Click on the following link:
  • Answer a few short questions to tailor the programme to you.
  • Sign up for an account using your name and email address.
  • Download the Daylight smartphone app (search ‘Daylight – Worry Less’ on both iPhone and Android).
  • Get started.

For technical support please contact:

Additional apps and support will be available over the next few weeks.

Health and Well-Being Collection 

The Leisure Library at DRI contains a Health & Well-Being Collection available for staff and patients. It contains books on health conditions, mental health issues, diet, exercise and general well-being for both adults and children and is provided as part of our partnership with Doncaster Libraries. All books are available for loan.
If we do not have the title you need, we will try to obtain it for you, free of charge, from another Doncaster Library.

Below are some book lists which you might find useful for information on specific areas of health and wellbeing. They contain a selection of titles which are available for loan from the Leisure Library at DRI or, if we do not have it, we can request a copy for you from Doncaster Libraries. Ask library staff for further information or browse the book lists below:

Search the Doncaster Libraries catalogue for more health and well-being titles, any of which we can request for you.

The Reading Well – Books on Prescription

This collection of books helps you to understand and manage your health and well-being using self-help reading.

The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. People can be recommended a title by a health professional, or they can visit their local library and take a book out for free. The scheme is available in 98% of English library authorities.

For more information, click here

They cover a number of different topics – click the titles below for more information:


Mental Health

Young People’s Mental Health

Long Term Conditions

As part of our partnership working with Doncaster Libraries, these titles are available for Trust staff to borrow from the Leisure Library at DRI and the Library and Learning Resource Centre at Bassetlaw Hospital. Ask staff for details.

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books

The Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme is a collection of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry selected by readers. Reading is known to have many health boosting properties including reducing stress, improving memory and providing relaxation and enjoyment. They include recommendations by people affected by cancer and common mental health conditions.

As part of our partnership working with Doncaster Libraries the books in the collections are available for loan from the Leisure Library at DRI. In addition, some titles are also held in the library at Bassetlaw Hospital.

Click the picture or ask library staff for further details.

Leisure Reading

The Leisure Library at DRI offers recreational reading in print, audio and digital formats, for all Trust staff, students and patients. Further details are available on our Leisure Library page.

It is well documented that reading has a calming effect and is known to reduce stress levels. Why not come and see what we have available?

As well as fiction, we stock books on exercise, healthy eating and cooking, plus relaxing hobbies such as gardening and crafts.

The Leisure Library is also a good place to just come and relax – or why not try some adult colouring – it’s a great stress-buster!

Some helpful websites for information about health

A collection of different websites that provide high quality information and advice on a range of topics including health and well-being. To browse them, click here

NICE Evidence

Provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health, including research on health and well-being topics. (Please ask library staff if you require any further help) click here

NICE Guidance

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published evidence-based guidance for all employers on how to improve the health of their staff. Topics covered are: management of long-term sickness absence, mental wellbeing, obesity, smoking cessation and physical activity in the workplace – click here

Further reading and background evidence

If you would like some further reading or background evidence around health and well-being initiatives, you may find the following of interest:

NHS (2009) NHS health and well-being. Final report (Boorman Review) – click here

Picker Institute (2015) Understanding staff wellbeing, its impact on patient experience and healthcare quality – click here

The Work Foundation (2010) The business case for employees health and wellbeing – click here

Public Health England The Workplace Wellbeing Charter – click here

NHS Employers: Case studies and resources – click here

The Library Health Information Service

The Leisure Library at DRI offers a Health Information Service. If you need assistance with obtaining health or patient information on a condition or following diagnosis of an illness, we may be able to help. We will signpost you to online sources of reliable patient information, for both adults and children. Please ask library staff for further information.

Disclaimer: any information provided is not an endorsement of how your condition or illness should be managed. You must always seek help and advice from your local GP or other healthcare professional.

Contact us

Leisure Library, DRI

Tel: 01302 642890 or Ext. 642890


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