Thursday, 28 July 2011

PRODIGY - evidence based information for primary care

PRODIGY is a reliable source of evidence-based information and practical 'know how' about the common conditions managed in primary and first-contact care.

It is built on the Clinical Knowledge Summaries that used to be on the NHS Evidence site and uses the same format. The Prodigy service is updated regularly (there have been over 140 updates since 31 March 2011). PRODIGY is available at: and is currently free to access.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

NICE pathways - an easy way to navigate NICE guidance

NICE Pathways is an online tool for health and social care professionals that brings together all related NICE guidance and associated products in a set of interactive topic-based diagrams. The diagrams provide an easier and more intuitive way to find, access and use NICE guidance, enabling users to see everything NICE has published on a particular topic.

NICE Depression Pathway

Each pathway includes all relevant NICE guidance, including clinical guidelines, public health guidance, technology appraisals, interventional procedures, medical technology and diagnostics guidance, and quality standards, and accompanying tools produced by NICE to support implementation.
Currently 17 of NICE's guidelines are covered by the pathway site, but NICE plans to add many more by the end of the year, and ultimately, to have a pathway map for every guideline.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

New self-care website for the NHS

The new Self Care Forum web site has been launched for NHS staff and patient groups. It's aim is to encourage people to think about self care in a broad sense and provides tools and information to encourage people to look after themselves.

The site contains resources to aimed at general practice to help with the implementation of self care initiatives. There are case studies, reports, research, fact sheets and practical tips. NHS staff can also upload their own case studies.

There will also be a Self Care Week 14th - 20th of November used to publicise local initiatives

Friday, 15 July 2011

New Books On Approval

Help us to buy the books that you want to read. We have a new selection of approval books in stock at both the Berrywood and Richmond Libraries. 
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If you can spare the time, please come and have a look at the titles we have and recommend any that you think the library should purchase.  This is your opportunity to ensure that the book stock in the libraries reflects your needs.

We would also be happy to receive any other recommendations for purchases for library stock. If you want to see what we have added to stock recently, we produce monthly new books lists of our latest titles.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

CPD On-line - interactive training for mental health trainees

The Royal College of Psychiatrist's CPD On-Line service has been purchased regionally and can be made available to junior doctors undertaking training in psychiatry.

Eligible trainees should have already received an email regarding access to the resource, but contact the Library Service is you haven't and we will pass your details on to the regional Athens administrator.

Monday, 4 July 2011

National Transplant Week 4th - 10th of July

This week is National Transplant Week - and it starts with a reminder that three people die each day because there are not enough donated organs available.

The NTW site has lots of information about this years campaign - "What are you waiting for?", organ donation and transplants, as well as events that are happening this week and a chance to contribute to their national survey

As part of raising awareness, NHS Employers have also produced a briefing on organ donation.