Friday, 2 December 2016

Web site of the month: Students 4 Best Evidence

Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) is an award-winning international blogging network for students interested in evidence based healthcare and supported by the Cochrane UK. Produced by nurses, medical students, AHPs and others, S4BE pulls together useful resources on evidence based healthcare and puts them all into a single interactive space.

S4BE is described as a community for students, by students, although in reality the content would be of equal interest to anyone with a focus on using evidence in their clinical practice.

The site aims to guide you through an understanding of what is evidence-based health care, how it is practised and what resources are available to support it. Sections of the site will take you through the whole evidence based practice cycle:

The site also has an interactive element and features blogs written by students as well as reviews of useful resources (websites, courses, databases etc). Students can also sign up to be a contributor to the site.

There are also a related social media sites including an S4BE Twitter & Facebook page, as well as a YouTube channel.

We think Students 4 Best Evidence is a really useful resource for students and anyone else who is interested in developing their skills in evidence based practice. Highly recommended 👍👍👍👍

Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas shopping on Amazon? Find out how you can help the library.

Click the link!
If you are doing some or all of your Christmas shopping on Amazon, you can help support the Library Service at no cost to yourself. It's as simple as clicking a link.

By clicking on the "buy it now" link in our catalogue, on our web site or from this blog, a percentage of the price of anything you buy will come to us, all at no additional cost to you.

It doesn't matter if you are buying books, a blu-ray box set, music, a Christmas jumper, a laptop, scented candles or reindeer food. If you click our link the Library Service will get a cut.

The ID will stay on your computer for 24 hours, so anything you purchase from Amazon in that time will automatically be included.

"What's the catch?" you may ask. There isn't one.

Clicking on the link doesn't change what you pay to Amazon, and we can't see what you have bought.

Clicking the link just means we get some money back which we can then invest in the library service to help make what we do go a little further.

So please, if you are going to be shopping with Amazon this Christmas, help us at the same time and use our Buy It Now link to send a little of Amazon's profits our way.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Library opening Wednesday 23rd and Friday 25th of November

Photo courtesy of  Stavos on Flickr
On Wednesday the 23rd Isebrook Library will be closed from 12.30 for the afternoon.

Due to staff fire training on Friday the 25th of November:

Berrywood Library is open as usual on both days.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Library information skills training programme 2017

"Just precisely what is a P value"?
Need to find information to support your clinical practice? Need to make a decision but can't find the supporting evidence? Starting a course but can't find the study material? Found the evidence but unsure what it means? Going through nursing re-validation? We can help.

All of our training programme dates for 2017 are now available on the Library's web site.

Our courses are free to access for staff and attached students from Northamptonshire Healthcare and Northampton General Hospital.

They are aimed at both clinicians and managers who want to be able to find and use the best possible evidence to support their decision making.

The courses run at a variety of locations including the Berrywood and Northampton General hospitals, as well as Bevan House in Kettering.

So what do we offer?

  • PreCourse Course
    If you are returning to study, or starting a formal academic programme for the first time, our PreCourse Course may be just what you need. This three hour workshop is designed to give you the information skills you need to make you studies that bit easier. The session cover things like finding the material on your reading lists, using databases and how to identify good quality information. It also covers searching for evidence and guidelines and how to access electronic journals. Everything you should need to get you started.
  • Literature Searching
    If you need to access primary research, our literature searching course may be the answer.  This will enable you to effectively search a number of databases such as Medline, HMIC (healthcare management) or the British Nursing Index through the NHS's HDAS interface. We'll show you how to search, save your results and even access full text journal articles, straight from the databases.
  • Critical Appraisal Skills
    Once you have found the evidence, you need to know what it means and if you can rely on it, and that is where our critical appraisal skills sessions come in.Our Introduction to Critical Appraisal workshop will take you through the statistics, terminology and process, while our highly interactive Critical Appraisal in Action session gives you the opportunity to appraise a research article in a group facilitated by one of our librarians.
"3 hours of CPD & a reflective
 account you say?"
  • Evidence into Practice
    If you are a nurse undergoing revalidation, try our Evidence into Practice course. It offers the opportunity to refresh (or learn) your skills in searching for the latest evidence, while finding information that is relevant to your day to day work.Come to the course with a question related to your scope of practice and go away not only with updated skills, but also with evidence to feed back in to your department. You will log 2 hours and 30 minutes of CPD time and at the end of the session will complete one of the 5 reflective accounts required by the NMC for revalidation, based on what you have learned.
As well as our published workshops, we can also create tailored sessions for you team or department, and we can always do a one to one session if you can't make any of our published dates, and we can even come to you.

Finally, if face to face training is not your thing, or you just want a little help, we have a selection of videos on our YouTube channel that can help you with getting to grips with some of these skills.

Monday, 14 November 2016

New books added to Clinical Key

Elsevier have added new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Development Day Friday 18th of November at Berrywood Hospital

We are involved in the development day being held on the 18th of November by the Pre/Post and Non-Registered Team for all nursing, allied health registered and non-registered staff. 

The event will be held across all meeting rooms and the library at Berrywood Hospital, Northampton with various development workshops and activities available throughout the day. 

Ongoing through the day:
  • De‐fib ‐ Mouth Care
  • Vena Puncture ‐ Elimination Assessment
  • IV ‐ NMC Revalidation
  • Catheterisation ‐ Portfolio Building
  • Wound Care ‐ Mentor Support
  • Diabetes Foot ‐ Research
Advice will also be on hand for Learning Beyond Registration, mentorship, NMC revalidation and creating and maintaining professional development portfolios for non-registered staff.

There’s no need to book on, just turn up to one of the sessions: 
  • 10am to 10.30am 
  • 10.45am to 11.15am 
  • 11.30am to 12noon
  • 12.30pm to 1pm 
  • 1.30pm to 2pm 

Friday, 11 November 2016

Medical Masterclass - now available as an app

Medical Masterclass is a learning package designed to help trainee physicians as well as and doctors undertaking the MRCP.

We have had a subscription to the web site for some time, but the Royal College of Physicians has now produced a rather nifty app as another way to access this revision package.

Available for both Android and iOS (Apple) devices, the app is a well designed, easy to use way of accessing all the content from Medical Masterclass. It also tracks your performance as you go through revision questions, giving you a good idea of how you are performing.

The app itself is free, but to set up an account on Medical Masterclass you will need to contact the Richmond Library to obtain a user name and password to access the content.

If you are a doctor in training, undertaking the MRCP or just wanting to test your medical knowledge, Medical Masterclass is a good starting point and the new app has just made it even easier to access.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Want to help us with some early Christmas shopping? We have some new approval books.

We have a new set of books on approval.

The scheme gives you the chance to browse a selection of newly published titles covering a variety of health and related topics and let us know if there are any you would like us to buy for the Library's collection. Like picking a present everyone can share!

Our current selections are available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until the 16th of December. The topics covered include:
  • Autism
  • Dermatology
  • Medicine
  • Mental health, psychiatry and psychology
  • Nursing
  • Palliative care
  • Paediatrics
  • ...and more
Of course, we are always happy to have recommendations for new stock on any health related topic.

You can also find a list of titles we have recently purchased (including previous on approvals) on our web site, and all of our stock via our catalogue.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

New books and journals added to Clinical Key

Elsevier have added new electronic books and journals to Clinical Key this month, including:


Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Smart lights, big savings at the Richmond Library

In March this year the old lighting system we had in the Richmond Library, Northampton General Hospital was replaced by new programmable "smart lights" that respond to things around them. Using movement sensors they turn themselves off after a set amount of time when there is no activity. Likewise, as soon as someone goes near a sensor they turn back on in banks.

They also detect the amount of ambient light, so on a bright day they will dim down to reduce consumption, or even turn off entirely.

Our old lights were never switched off (except those in staff areas after hours) and we did have some concerns that as a 24/7 library where people sit quietly and read, our users might suddenly find themselves in darkness.

However, it takes hardly any movement at all to make the lights come on and this has not been a problem as far as we are aware.

What is clear though, is the substantial impact the installation has had on the consumption of electricity in the William Kerr Building.

In  comparison with the previous year, we have seen a 38% reduction in consumption since April. Given all the computers we have and everything else, this is a very significant drop.

We are very pleased we are able to do out bit to save the NHS money whilst reducing (albeit in a small way) our carbon footprint (even more so because the vendor, Thorlux Lighting offset all the carbon emissions for the production and marketing of their products).

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Looking for a new role? We have a vacancy for a professional librarian...

Berrywood Library
Due to the impending retirement of the current post holder, we are looking to recruit a new full time band 5 librarian to join our friendly, forward thinking team.

In a varied role you will take the lead in delivering the service at Berrywood and Isebrook libraries, based in Berrywood Hospital, Northampton

You will be responsible for the day to day supervision of staff based at Berrywood. Other duties will include cataloguing, classification, stock management and collection development.

You will deliver training (both in group and one-to-one sessions), undertake enquiry work and perform literature searches for service users.  You will also lead on some library projects as they arise.

We are looking for someone who is flexible and proactive with strong IT, communication, interpersonal and presentation skills. Ideally you will also have experience of delivering training. 

You will need to be able to work effectively with minimal supervision and be able to travel to other healthcare sites within the county.  Previous health care library experience would be an advantage, but isn’t essential. 

If you are interested in this role you can find more information, including how to apply, on the NHS Jobs web site here.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Web site of the month: The NHS if...
The NHS if... is a collection of essays from The King's Fund that explores hypothetical scenarios and their likely impact on the future of the NHS and social care.

The aim of the collection is to "encourage new thinking and debate about possible future scenarios that could fundamentally change health and care." Some of the authors are from the King's Fund whilst others are experts in their fields.

The essays are broken down into three broad categories, The NHS and society, Medicine, data and technology and How the NHS works. Within these you will find essays on a broad variety of relevant topics including:
The site also allows you sign up by email to get notification whenever a new essay is published.

The NHS if... is a great site for anyone interested in the future of the NHS, the debates around its sustainability and the things that could have a potentially big impact on the way services are delivered.