Monday, 26 September 2011

New selections of links covering information for patients and clinical images

We have developed two new sections in the Useful Links part of our web site that you may find useful.

Information for patients covers good quality web sites aimed at patients rather than health professionals. It is a good starting point for those looking for non-technical health care information, or for clinicians who may want to refer patients to sites to find out more about their particular condition.

Clinical and healthcare images contains links to web sites featuring clinically related photographs, diagrams,
charts, videos and other related material. These sites may be useful if you are preparing a presentation, writing an essay, or looking for an image to enhance an explanation. Some of these sites offer licence free use of their material, for others some conditions will apply (please check before downloading).

If you have any suggestions for sites we may want to include in our useful links lists, please let us know.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Medical Masterclass

Medical Masterclass is an online resource from the Royal College of Physicians designed to support those studying for the MRCP (UK) examinations (but is available to everyone). 

The library has a subscription and we have a number of logins that we can give out to library users for a monthly loan period. Access to the website includes:

  • 3000 practice questions for MRCP (UK) parts 1 and 2 (written examination) with the option to select individual specialties if there are particular areas you want to focus your revision on
  • Timed mock examinations
  • New for 2011 – screencasts aimed specifically to help you with the MRCP (UK) PACES examination
New questions and practice exams are regularly added to the site so there is plenty of material here!

If you would like to find out more or would like a login to access the site please contact the Richmond Library.

Friday, 9 September 2011

CLAHRC Introduction to Critical Appraisal 29th September

As part of the CLAHRC  R&D programme, the Library Service is running an introduction to critical appraisal training course at Berrywood Hospital on Thursday the 29th of September (10.30 - 12 & repeated 2.30 - 4) in the Oak Room at Berrywood Hospital.

This course covers the basics of assessing the quality of research evidence. It looks at the different types of research studies you are most likely to come across and will give an introduction to some of the statistical terminology most commonly used in biomedical research. The course also takes you through a checklist for critically appraising a randomised controlled trial.

To book a place please contact CLAHRC Co-ordinator Rachel Lovesy on
Places are limited.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Laptops for loan

Do you need a laptop for a presentation or to work from home?
The Library has recently acquired some laptops we are able to lend to NHS staff for work related activities.
They are available from the Berrywood & Richmond libraries (but we can deliver them to our other library sites), and are free to loan. The laptops can be booked in advance and are loaned for a period of one week.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

New edition of the Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures available

The new 8th edition of the Royal Marsden Manual is now available on-line (the Libraries also hold printed copies of the book). The Manual is nationally recognised as the essential guide to clinical nursing skills. The online edition is very easy to use, allowing you to search or browse through topic headings.
The fully updated edition provides up-to-date, evidence-based clinical skills procedures related to essential aspects of patient care. The procedures in The Manual are based on the latest research findings and advice from clinical experts, to enable students and qualified nurses to provide the best possible care. All procedures include the rationale for each action and the evidence used is graded to help nurses assess its validity.

You will need your NHS Athens account to access the Manual. If you don't have one you can apply online (NHS staff and attached students only). You can also reset your password if you have forgotten it.

To access the Manual, go to the RMM site ( and log in using your Athens account.

If you don't currently have an Athens account (or have forgotten your password), NHS staff in Northamptonshire can apply online.

The Library Service transfers to Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS FoundationTrust

Along with the rest of the IM&T Directorate, the Library Service has today officially transferred from Provider Services to Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. This does not effect the services we offer, or who can use the libraries, but we look forward to working even more closely with colleagues from NHFT.