Thursday, August 22, 2019

Request a Literature Search Online

If our librarian staff are not available to talk to about your Literature Search you can put in a request online and they will get back to you.

We have updated our online forms. Please complete with as much information as possible. You can request a literature search on a clinical topic related to patient care, nursing or clinical practice or for something non-clinical such as management or education related topics.

This service is available to NHS staff and Keele academics.

Upgrade to Dynamed Plus, but now renamed back to Dynamed

Dynamed Plus has been upgraded. You still get evidence-based information about a wide range of clinical conditions and diseases, but there is now increased personalisation.

The name has also reverted back to Dynamed.

I'll be updating all our content and help over the next few days, but all the links should still work.

Dynamed is available to UHNM staff via your OpenAthens login.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Reminder: Health Library closed for the Bank Holiday, Monday 26th August 2019

Just a quick reminder that the Health Library will be closed on Monday 26th August for the Bank Holiday. You can still access online resources via the Health Library website.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

NHS OpenAthens Reorganisation – Who is your Admin?

There has recently been a re-organisation of the NHS OpenAthens groups. OpenAthens accounts may have been moved around and you may now need to register for a different group.

You may also be supported by a new Admin. Your admin can help you with any problems you may encounter using your OpenAthens account or problems you experience trying to access resources.

Here is a quick summary of what has occurred.

The Health Library currently supports the following NHS organisations:

UHNM Staff

UHNM staff are supported both by the Health Library, based in the CEC at the Royal Stoke Hospital, and LERC, based at the Post-Graduate Medical Centre at the County Hospital in Stafford. Both Cheryl Kent (myself) and Liz Haines can help you with any issues with your account, although a number of staff at both libraries are able to deal with minor issues.

North Staffs Combined Healthcare Staff

Athens Admin for this group of staff is provided by the Outreach Team and these should be your first port of call for support.

Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust Staff

Although MPFT staff are supported by their own MPFT Library Service, staff living or working in the North of Staffordshire may also use the Health Library Service and Athens Admin support is also available from the Outreach Team based in the Health Library.

CCGs, GPs and Practice Staff in Staffordshire

The Health Library supports all CCG, GP and practice staff working within the following CCG areas:
  • Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group
  • East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Stoke on Trent Clinical Commissioning Group
  • South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group

Athens Admin support for this group of staff is provided by the Outreach Team and these should be your first port of call for support. Staff living or working in the South of Staffordshire can also use the MPFT Library Service, if that is more convenient.

Public Health Staff

OpenAthens accounts held by Public Health staff are no longer supported by the Health Library. Please contact the Public Health national admin for support at:

Any other OpenAthens users in Staffordshire

Any other OpenAthens account holders who were previously supported by the Health Library, and have not been covered above, have been re-organised into Regional Groups. If you work for an organisation based in Staffordshire you are now part of the Midlands and East of England group; contact details for Admin support: or 0115 952 9486

OpenAthens Registration

You’ll find more details to help you to register for an OpenAthens account on our Athens web page. For help selecting which organisation you need to register with see our table here.

If you are in need of help feel free to contact the Health Library Service and we will help where we can or direct you to further support if needed.

Please share this information with your work colleagues, particularly if they have an OpenAthens username.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Library Search upgrade - Tuesday 20th August

Library Search upgrade - Tuesday 20th August: Library Search portal is being upgraded on 20th August. Most of the functionality and design will remain the same, however, Saved Searches will need to be saved again after the update.

Requesting a Book Inter-Library Loan - Form Update

We have updated our online form that allows you to request a book inter-library loan. We are in the process of moving all our forms to a new platform. Hopefully this will make the forms clearer and easier to use.

If you would like to make any comment about the new forms you can do so via our Contact Us form.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Have you completed one of our Online Tutorials lately?

If you have completed one of our Online Tutorials recently we'd really like to hear what you thought. We'll be updating them next year and we'd like to know what you liked and what you didn't like so that we can improve them and make them even better.

We've got a new feedback form that you can use to let us know what you thought.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Would you like to suggest an item for our collections?

We now have a new Stock Suggestion form.

So, if you think that we are missing something please feel free to make a suggestion. Is there a new book in your topic area, do you need something for a reading list or to help you improve your skills?

Use our Stock Suggestion form and our staff will investigate your request.

If you have comments to make about our new forms please use our Contact Us form.