CAMLIS Project

CAMLIS Project - CAM Library & Information System Project
(In collaboration with the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine)


In June 2007, the Research Council for Complementary Medicine received two years of funding from the Rufford Laing Foundation. This enabled the joint appointment with the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) of an Information Centre Manager, Gerhard Bissels, formerly Librarian at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute Library. This was followed by the launch of CAMLIS, Europe’s first comprehensive CAM library and information service. CAMLIS continues to support researchers, healthcare professionals and managers, as well as patients and members of the public with an interest in CAM, through its hybrid print and on-line collection. The reading room at the RLHIM was opened in 2008.

An online service was launched at the same time (www.cam.nhs.uk) and allows federated searching across a wide range of quality screened resources - from library catalogues to e-journals and databases - and by doing so is expected to become an important portal to CAM information for the UK and beyond.

The collaboration with the RLHIM complements other projects the RCCM has undertaken, notably the development of the National Library for Health's CAM Specialist Library (now part of NHS Evidence, as well as extensive reviews of the CAM research literature in the main areas of NHS provision: cancer, mental health, coronary heart disease and stroke and chronic conditions (e.g. arthritis, asthma, back pain, diabetes and multiple sclerosis), for the Department of Health. See NHS Priorities Project.

Last updated on17 October, 2011 - 16:06
Created on23 December, 2010 - 17:00