Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Opening Hours changes for Easter Holidays

There are some changes to the Health Library opening hours for the Easter holidays as follows:

  • Good Friday 14th April: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 15th April: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Easter Sunday 16th April: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Easter Monday Bank Holiday 17th April: CLOSED

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Nursing final year placements - loaning items

If the next few weeks you are embarking on your final placement before graduating:
You are welcome to continue to loan items from the library, but please be aware that normal loan periods will still apply.
Items may be requested by another user and recalled. Late return of requested items will still incur fines.

Automatic renewals will run as normal, but if you wish to try to avoid having an item potentially due for return at a time when you really cannot come in, you can attempt to renew your books early via you account on Library Search.

All items must be returned and any outstanding fines paid before you graduate.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017


The Health Library can help you in many different ways. Here is an example from our NHS Outreach Service.

One of our Outreach Librarians, Clare,  carried out literature a search on the topic of group psychological interventions alongside clients with long term physical health conditions. North Staffs Combined Healthcare has patients with a variety of conditions including medically unexplained symptoms, epilepsy, and chronic pain. A systematic search was carried out across all relevant databases and a report document was prepared which included all references, listed any systematic reviews separately, and provided links to full text using NHS Athens.

To provide information for an evidence base of knowledge which may be used to improve service delivery and patient care in the future.

For more help from the Outreach Service contact the team here.

If we can help… Let us know.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

NHS A-Z eJournals - new search interface

The NHS A-Z Journals list has had a face-lift and now has a more spacious, uncluttered interface.

You can still search by journal title and the search options remain the same, however the presentation is clearer.

Example screen-shot of the new NHS A-Z journals list

Remember to log in with your Athens username / password in order to be able to view the titles included in your Athens subscription.

Please note that the list now has a new URL or web address, you will need to update your bookmarks. You can always link to the journal list from the Journals page on the Health Library website.

The Latest Research to Support #amilliondecisions

NHS staff in the community can sign up for bulletins. Recent journal articles and reports, news, updated guidelines, and systematic reviews are included in the bulletins we produce. They are designed to give you a concise overview of some of the newly available literature in a range of practice areas.

Clinical Effectiveness Bulletin (Monthly)
Produced for staff working in the primary care in North Staffordshire. This aims to draw attention to key documents, guidance and evidence-based reviews on clinical effectiveness. Sources used include:
NHS Evidence ** Department of Health ** Cochrane Library ** King's Fund

Health Inequalities Bulletin (Bi-Monthly)
Produced for staff working in the primary care in North Staffordshire. This aims to draw attention to key documents, guidance and evidence-based reviews on health inequalities. Sources used include:
NHS Evidence ** Department of Health ** Cochrane Library ** King's Fund

Mental Health & Social Care Current Awareness Bulletin (Monthly)
Produced by the Essex Public Health Resource Unit Library on behalf of the East of England Health Libraries Group (EoEHLG). This highlights the latest evidence published in the following specialist areas:
social work ** anxiety ** dementia ** depression ** dual diagnosis ** eating disorders ** learning disabilities ** O/C disorders ** occupational therapy ** post-traumatic stress ** psychology ** schizophrenia
The bulletin also includes highlights of new publications, forthcoming conferences and useful websites.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Document supply: supporting you to make #amilliondecisions

How can we help support you to make decisions?

To base your decisions on the available evidence, invariably some sort of search for the current evidence or literature is needed.

You get your list of results and what happens – there may be some items that you are unable to access in full text from the NHS electronic resources.

Our document supply service can help you get access to this crucial information:

Inter-library loans 
If it is an item that the library does not hold at all in electronic or print format, we can search for the item in other libraries which we have an inter-lending arrangement with.

We can then request a copy to be sent to us and forward it on to you or make available for collection from the library.

To request an article or book via inter-library loan the request forms can easily be found on the Health library website in the Find a Form section. There is a charge per item for this service.

Copies from stock 
The item may be available in print in the library. Complete a Copies from Stock request form and the library staff can copy the item for you and have it ready for collection or to send to you. There is a charge per page for this service.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Providing Access to the Evidence: supporting #amilliondecisions

Healthcare workers make over a million decisions every day, impacting on patients’ lives.

How can we help?
Health decisions are based on a number of factors including the available research evidence.

The 4 factors to consider in evidence-based practice

The Health Library purchases a range of good quality online resources and provides you with access to those resources to support your decision-making.

Get Access:
Register for an NHS Athens username / password so that you can access our databases and full-text resources. We manage Athens access locally and help you to maintain your username.

Find the Evidence
You can access bibliographic databases, clinical search engines, point of care tools, full-text ejournals and ebooks to help you to identify the best evidence. You’ll find a full list of resources on our healthcare resources page.

Learn more about the #amilliondecisions campaign.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Need to brush up your skills? Book on one of our training courses

Want to find information quickly? Need to brush up on your literature searching skills?

Health Library training courses are presented by qualified librarians, usually to small groups and offer you plenty of time for hands-on practice.

Our courses include opportunities to:

  • Get help finding the right information via the Internet
  • Learn how to conduct a literature search and use our databases to get information quickly
  • Find high-level good quality systematic reviews and evidence summaries using the Cochrane Library and similar resources
  • Start to develop your critical appraisal skills
  • Get to grips with Refworks

Book yourself on a session by getting in touch with our Training Team or book online.

Friday, March 10, 2017

NHS eJournal Changes for 2017

We have had a few changes this year regarding our NHS journal subscriptions as detailed below:

Main packages:

  • Ovid Journals – 7 subscriptions have been terminated, while 46 have been renewed.
  • Oxford Journals – the subscription to the Oxford Medical Collection has been terminated, however we have retained access to 10 of the most used titles.
  • Clinical Key – this subscription has been retained for UHNM staff, and includes access to over 600 journal titles

Individual Titles:
Nine (9) individual titles have been terminated, while 34 have been renewed.

Databases allow you to search bibliographic information as well as provide access to some full-text articles. The main databases that NHS staff can access include the following:

  • Ebsco Medline Complete
  • AMED
  • BNI
  • Cinahl
  • Embase
  • Healthcare Business Elite
  • HMIC
  • Medline
  • Proquest Hospital Collection
  • Proquest PsyArticles
  • PsychInfo

There has been a delay in renewing some titles this year. Please let us know if you are experiencing problems accessing a specific title. Remember that all the journal titles are listed on the NHS A-Z journals list.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Micro-learning to help you develop your information skills

Our Information Skills for Health blog can help you to develop your information skills. You’ll find tips and tricks, resource features and etutorials that will help you to use our resources to find the information you need. All delivered in a micro-bite-size.

Check out some of our recent blog items: