Monday, 29 July 2013

Help us boost the Library's collection...

Your library needs youWe are very keen to ensure that the books we buy are the books you want to read. We review catalogues, look at publicity from publishers, scan reading lists and peruse different web sites to try and find titles we think you might need.

What we like best though, is recommendations from our users.  Our Books on Approval scheme means we have a collection of new publications sent directly from our supplier which are available for you to review.

The current selection includes subjects such as:
  • CBT
  • Emergency medicine
  • Exam revision aids
  • Geriatrics
  • Nursing
  • Psychiatry
  • Speech therapy
  • Urology
  • And a lot more...
You can find the current on approval books at the Berrywood and Richmond Libraries and we would be happy to buy any of the titles you think we should have in stock.

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

Friday, 19 July 2013

Places still left on our course for staff about to start studying

We still have some places left in July, August and September on our Pre-course Course.

It is designed to give anyone about to start an academic programme a flying start in dealing with:
  • Sourcing material from reading lists
  • Getting an Athens password
  • Accessing electronic journals
  • Searching databases
  • Getting the most from the support the Library Service can offer you.
If you are going back to education, whether it is a module, short course, degree or postgraduate qualification, this course could help to make your academic life a little easier.

To find out more, including course dates and venues, and how to book, visit our web site.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

July's Eyes on Evidence from NICE

Eyes on Evidence is a free monthly bulletin from NICE Evidence Services (formerly NHS Evidence) which reviews significant new evidence as it emerges and what this may mean for current practice.

In the July issue you can find:

General health checks in adults
A Cochrane review suggests that general health checks are not associated with reductions in mortality 
or morbidity.

Hand eczema in healthcare workers
A randomised controlled trial indicates that accurate diagnosis of hand eczema and a preventive 
education intervention in healthcare workers may improve symptoms and quality of life.

Effect of menstrual cycle on mood in a general population of women
A systematic review suggests a lack of clear evidence for a relationship between negative mood and 
the premenstrual phase in the general population.

Adherence to a warfarin dosing algorithm in atrial fibrillation
Adherence to a warfarin dosing algorithm by clinicians treating people with atrial fibrillation may be 
associated with improved coagulation control and clinical outcomes.

Trends in new medicine launches in the UK
A retrospective observational study indicates that although short-term trends indicate a decline, longerterm data for 1971 to 2011 show a small increase in new medicine launches.

Case studies from the Quality, Improvement, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) collection highlighting 2 new examples from the QIPP collection demonstrating how NHS organisations have implemented new local practices that have both cut costs and improved quality.

Evidence Updates
NICE has recently published Evidence Updates on:

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Check out our recent acquisitions....

You can find a list of the new titles we have bought recently on our web site.  New stock includes titles on anaesthesia, midwifery, nursing, psychology, research and more.

You can find a list of titles added in previous months on our site too, and don't forget we have our Books on Approval scheme and are always happy to have recommendations for things you think we should have in stock.

Friday, 5 July 2013

New training course for NHS staff about to undertake further study

We have developed the new Pre-course Course for NHS staff who are about to start (or may have already started) new studies. It may be a short course or module, a full Masters or even a PhD, but we can help.
You may already be confident in using the library and finding the information you need, but if you think Athens is a good holiday destination rather than your gateway to online resources this may be the course for you.
In this 3 hour session we will you set you up to:
  • tackle reading lists and find the books you need
  • use databases
  • identify good quality information
  • search for evidence and guidelines
  • access full text electronic journal articles
  • make best use of the support the Library Service can offer you throughout your studies
There will also be an opportunity to join the library and apply for an Athens account to access online journals and databases if you haven't already.

23rd July
1.30 - 4.30
13th August
9.30 - 12.30

22nd August
9.30 - 12.30
12th September
1.30 - 4.30

Contact us if you would like to book a place.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Web site of the month: Regional Voices for Better Health: Who's Who in the Regions

Regional Voices for Better Health is a partnership of nine regional networks across England that champion
the work of voluntary and community organisations in improving health care.

They have compiled a "Who's Who" of staff for the nine regions in England. Aimed at volunteer and charity groups, but useful for a much wider audience, the site offers a list of contacts for many organisations in the newly reformed NHS.

The lists include:
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Commissioning Support Units
  • Health and Wellbeing Boards
  • Local Healthwatch organisations
  • Directors of Public Health
  • NHS England Area Directors
You can find the information for the East Midlands here.