Monday, 23 July 2012

Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry now available online

Now available on MyiLibrary
The national issue with access to the Maudlsey Guidelines has remained unresolved. Given this is a popular item, we have decided to purchase electronic access to the guidelines ourselves.

You can now view the Guidelines via the MyiLibrary web site.

To access them you will need an NHS Athens account. If you don't have one, NHS staff and attached students can register online here. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it here.

Latest issue of Eyes on Evidence

Eyes on Evidence is a free monthly e-bulletin from NHS Evidence which covers significant new evidence as it emerges, with an explanation about what it means for current practice. The articles are also linked to relevant article and NICE guidance.

In this month's issue:
To view the latest edition, browse the archive or subscribe by email, visit

Friday, 20 July 2012

GMC National Training Survey 2012

The National Training Surveys are a core part of the work that the General Medical Council carries out each year to monitor the quality of medical education and training in the UK.

The survey covers all doctors in postgraduate training and the current one had a 95% response rate.  It shows that overall, satisfaction has increased since last year’s survey and that junior doctors feel the standards of training and clinical supervision are improving.

The full report is also available on the GMC web site, along with associated documents.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Never again? The story of the Health and Social Care Act 2012

Never again? The story of the Health and Social Care Act 2012:
This book, published jointly by The King's Fund and the Institute for Government and freely available online, explains why and how the Act became law; from the legislation’s origins 20 years ago, through the development of the 2010 White Paper Liberating the NHS to the passage of the controversial Bill through both Houses of Parliament.

It focuses on what Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health, is trying to achieve through the NHS reforms and considers the role the Liberal Democrats played in introducing amendments to the legislation and passing the Bill.

Never Again? draws some early lessons from the process of legislation and change surrounding the reforms and explains why the Secretary of State for Health believes that the NHS will ‘never again’ need to undergo such a huge structural change.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Care and support White Paper published

The Department of Health has published the ‘Caring for our future: reforming care and support’ White Paper, which sets out the vision for a reformed care and support system, with a focus on wellbeing and independent living.

You an also find out more on the Department's Caring for our future web site, including videos featuring ministers, graphics on how the proposed new changes will work, how the bill will affect service users, carers, service providers and professionals, and more.

White paper supporting documentation
Bill supporting documentation
Responses and reactions

Monday, 9 July 2012

The Richmond Library has reopened and the new self issue system is available

We have now finished tagging all of our stock, the new security system has been installed and we are again open.  Best of all though, we now have a self issue machine to make borrowing books out of hours (or during the day) much easier.

Simply scan your card, put up to 5 books on the pad and all will be instantly issued to you. No forms and no fuss. The machine will even give you a receipt for any items you borrow, complete with the return dates.

You can also use the self issue machine for checking when your books are due back and even renewing them (you don't need to have the books with you to renew them).

The machine has a touch screen and is very easy to use, but if you have any questions or comments please let us know.

Monday, 2 July 2012

The Richmond Library, Northampton General Hospital is now closed until 9:00am on Monday the 9th of July

Due to the installation of our new RFID self issue and security system the Richmond Library is now closed (including for out of hours access).You can still return items using the book returns box outside the main Library door.

If you need anything please contact the staff at Berrywood Hospital Library who will still be able to help. You can call 01604 682650 or email

We apologise for the inconvenience.