Tuesday, 23 December 2014

If you haven't had enough of shopping, you could help us buy some new books...

Woman Reading
www.metmuseum.org
We have just taken delivery of a new set of on approval books. 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.

Our current selections are available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until the 30th of January. The topics covered include:
  • Accident and emergency
  • Anatomy
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • Management
  • Mental health
  • Neurology
  • Nursing
  • Obstetrics & gynaecology
  • Plastic surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Public health
  • ...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.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas opening at the libraries

All the libraries will be open until Christmas Eve.

Berrywood Hospital Library will be staffed from Monday the 29th until Wednesday the 31st of December, and then will reopen on Monday the 5th of January.

Isebrook Hospital Library will close on Christmas Eve and reopen on Monday the 5th of January. Please contact one of the other libraries if you require any help during this period.

The Richmond Library at Northampton General Hospital will be staffed from Monday the 29th until Wednesday the 31st and reopen on Friday the 2nd of January.

24 hour access will be available to registered users as normal throughout the Christmas period at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries.

We would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and hope you have a good new year. We look forward to seeing you in 2015.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

NHS winter tracker from the BBC

The BBC have created an online tracker to report on activity and performance in Accident and Emergency departments in England.

Simply enter your postcode into the site to see how your nearest A&E unit is doing in relation to the 4 hour wait target.

The information available for each trust includes:

  • Performance against the target
  • Total number of attendances at the A&E department
  • Emergency admissions
  • Numbers of patients waiting more than 4 hours
  • Trolley wait times

Sunday, 14 December 2014

December Eyes on Evidence from NICE

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

In the December issue
 you can find:
  • Home-based self sampling to test for sexually transmitted infections
  • Risk of cervical or vaginal cancer in women treated for cervical intraepithelia neoplasia
  • Adverse drug reactions with new medicines
  • Reducing hospital admissions from nursing homes for older people
  • Short-term mortality after acute myocardial infarction
You can find all the previous issues of Eyes on Evidence or subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

There are also new Evidence Updates highlighting new information worth considering along side current guidance:

Saturday, 6 December 2014

New ebook: the Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness

Access it online
We have just added the Handbook of Mindfulness to our ebooks collection (which includes the Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry) on the 123Library platform.

Coming in at over 1,200 pages (so just as well it is electronic and you don't have to carry it), this two volume set contains a huge amount of information about mindfulness from it's origins in Buddhism to it's adoption by western psychological science.

It discusses the use of mindfulness across a number of fields including leadership, organisational behaviour, education, medical practice, therapy and mental health.

Like our other ebooks (find them all on our catalogue), you will need an Open Athens password to access the book. If you don't have one you can register online here.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Web site of the month: Research the Headlines

http://researchtheheadlines.org
Research the Headlines is a blog that looks at how research and research findings are portrayed in the media.

Similarly to the Behind the Headlines service on NHS Choices, Research the Headlines takes a media report of a story as a starting point and then looks at the actual research and what that might mean.

The blog covers a lot of science based research, but health and biomedical feature very heavily. It is written in a way that does not require a research background to understand, but will be of equal interest to those who do.

The contributors have also produced a series of top tips for people to do their own research of the headlines.

Research the Headlines is produced by the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Its back! The great library book sale bonanza starts Monday the 1st of December

Back by popular demand!
The rush to the library to bag a bargain...

We are having a sale of recently withdrawn library stock at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries, starting on Monday the 1st of December.

On offer will be a variety of titles covering lots of different topics and disciplines, including previous editions of current text books.

Costing just £1 or £2 each, you could find yourself a real bargain. You'll need to be quick though as they tend to sell fast.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Changes in access to the BNF and BNFC online

Both the BNF and the BNF for Children have moved web sites. They are now no longer available from the bnf.org address, but are now both hosted on the Medicines Complete site.

To access them directly use the links below:


If you are using a device on an NHS network you should be able to access both versions without the need to log in.

If you are using them from outside of the NHS, you will need to have an Open Athens account to enable you to log in.

Both the BNF and BNFC are also available as an App for Android and iOS (Apple) devices via the NICE web site. Again you will need to log into Athens when you download the App to confirm your eligibility.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Need help managing your library books? We've got an app for that...

The free BookMyne app from SirsiDynix, for both Apple and Android devices, allows you to manage your access to the library from your smartphone or tablet.

BookMyne offers a lot of convenient features, making it quick and easy to search our collections on the move, find the items you need and manage your account.


BookMyne enables you to:
  • Search for items by title, author or subject
  • Reserve any title in our catalogue and select which library you would like to collect it from
  • Edit or cancel your reservations (we all change our minds sometimes)
  • See when a reserved item becomes available
  • See all the items on loan to you
  • See if you have any fines
  • Renew any loans and see when items are approaching their due date (and never have a library fine again!)
  • Use your phone's camera to scan a book's barcode to instantly check if there are copies in the library
Once you've downloaded the app, all you will need to get started is your library card and your PIN (which you can get from any of the libraries if you don't already have it and also allows you to log in and use our online catalogue).

We think BookMyne is an easy way to find the information you need, stay on top of your loans and reservations and avoid those pesky fines by always having your books returned or renewed on time.

Did we mention it's free...?


BookMyne on the App Store
BookMyne on Google play

Thursday, 13 November 2014

November Eyes on Evidence from NICE

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

In the 
November issue you can find:
  • Premature death in people with learning disabilities
  • Self harm and suicide in prison
  • Admissions to hospital for any type of infection and childhood vaccinations
  • Radical radiotherapy or prostatectomy for prostate cancer
  • Effects of decision aids on patients' decision-making about treatment or screening
You can find all the previous issues of Eyes on Evidence or subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

There are also new Evidence Updates highlighting new information worth considering along side current guidance:

Friday, 7 November 2014

Changes in access to the Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry and other ebooks

We have moved some our our e-books to a different supplier.

The new 123Library platform is easy to use and has a number of useful features such as allowing you to highlight text, make notes on ebooks, and place bookmarks in the text. You can even download the book for a limited time (which requires the free Abode Digital Editions).

You can find the titles directly from the links below:
You can also access them via the library catalogue or  by logging into Open Athens and clicking on the 123Library link on the resources tab.

You will need an Open Athens password to be able to access the books. If you don't have one you can register online here.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Library information skills programme for 2015

And this is how you get the full text article...
Need to find some information to inform your practice? Need to make a decision but can't find the evidence? Found the evidence but not sure of it's validity? We can help.

All of our training programme dates for 2015 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.

Our courses 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.

If you are about to begin a programme of study, our Pre-course Course may be just the thing. The course is designed to set you up with the information skills you need to tackle academic work. The 3 hour sessions cover finding books from your reading lists, using databases, identifying good quality information, searching for evidence and guidelines and accessing full text electronic journals.

If you need to find the research our Literature Searching course can help. This will enable you to effectively search healthcare databases such as Medline, the British Nursing Index and HMIC (healthcare management) to find the information you need and even retrieve full text electronic journal articles.

Mmm, where is the P value?
Of course, once you have found the information you need to know how to assess it and our Critical Appraisal skills workshops can help.

Our Introduction to Critical Appraisal will give you a basic understanding of the terminology and process, whilst our highly interactive Critical Appraisal in Action session gives you the opportunity to appraise a piece of research in a group facilitated by a librarian. 

It doesn't end with our published programme though. We can also create a tailored session for your department and can also do one to one sessions if you can't make any of our dates, and we can even come to you. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a session.

And finally, if you can't make a training course, we do have a lot of related videos on our YouTube channel.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Web site of the month: Ask DORIS

Question about stroke? Ask DORIS
DORIS (Database Of Research In Stroke) is a free to access resource which aims to bring together the best evidence in relation to stroke.

DORIS was developed by the Cochrane Stroke Group with the aim of providing:

  • Access to the best evidence, including systematic reviews, RCTs and guidelines
  • Ongoing research
  • A way of identifying priorities for future research
  • A platform for collaboration
DORIS has a number of useful search tools to enable you to access the evidence. With a selection of drop down filters, you can quickly search for medical management and complications, specific interventions or just enter text to perform a general search. 

DORIS also recognises words if you have truncated them (for example, enter "therap" to find therapy, therapies, therapist, therapists etc.), and there is also a filter that allows you to narrow your search by time (acute treatment, late treatment, prevention).

Once you have found your results, DORIS has a number of filters that allow you to look for specific types of information (e.g. systematic reviews), research in progress or even areas of uncertainty (future research). Where possible it also links you to the full text.

DORIS is free to use, but does require you to register with a valid email address before you can access the database. Don't let that put you off, DORIS is a really useful resource for anyone involved with the care and treatment of stroke.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Come shopping for books for us

The Artist's Wife
www.metmuseum.org
We 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.

Our current selections will be available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until Friday the 5th of December. Topics covered include:
  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Psychology, psychiatry and mental health
  • Research
  • Study and revision guides
  • ...and many 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 the library catalogue

Monday, 20 October 2014

European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2014 resources

18th November 2014
The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is an annual event, running on the 18th of November, designed to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practice in antibiotic use (you can find the Department of Health's Antimicrobial Strategy 2013-2018 here).

This year Public Health England are running a campaign calling for everyone to pledge how they will make better use of antibiotics, via their Antibiotic Guardian site.

In conjunction with the Department of Health, PHE has produced a number of resources to promote European Antibiotic Day for both primary and secondary care. These include:
If you are using social media the hashtag for the campaign will be #AntibioticGuardian and you can follow the European campaign on Twitter.

There is also a short video available from Public Health England to accompany the campaign called Will you be an Antibiotic Guardian? This explains the issues with antimicrobial resistance and what the public can do to help.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Ebola resources

Ebola virus courtesy of CDC Global
With the current Ebola outbreak featuring constantly in the media, and the possibility that there will be another UK case at some point, we thought it might be useful to produce a short list of information resources relating to Ebola.

UK Material

Department of Health 
The main source for the official announcements is Ebola - the UK government response

You can also get all updates from the UK Government by subscribing to the Ebola RSS feed or subscribing to an email news list.

Public Health England www.gov.uk/government/collections/ebola-virus-disease-clinical-management-and-guidance 
Ebola virus disease: clinical management and guidance for NHS Trusts and primary care

Expert interview: Is Ebola a risk to the UK? A blog from PHE's Director of Global Health  https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2014/10/15/expert-interview-is-ebola-a-risk-to-the-uk/

Association of Ambulance Chief Executives http://aace.org.uk/ebola-guidance-wider-resources/
Aimed at ambulance staff

NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/conditions/ebola-virus/Pages/Ebola-virus.aspx
Overview of Ebola, it's transmission, treatment and travel advice

Royal College of General Practitioners www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/clinical-resources/ebola.aspx Common sense guide to Ebola for GPs and their teams

International Material

World health Authority www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/
Situation reports on the current outbreak, fact sheets, technical information, publications and guidance

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control  
www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/healthtopics/ebola_marburg_fevers/Pages/ebola-outbreak-west-africa.aspx
EU based epidemiological information, together with risk assessments, surveillance information and more.

US Centre for Disease Control www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html
The US based Centre for Disease Control has a dedicated section on it's web site which includes lots of information about symptoms, transmission, risks and the ongoing outbreak.

CIDRAP www.cidrap.umn.edu/infectious-disease-topics/ebola
Produced by the Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, the site features news, analysis, resources and literature.

Doctors without Borders www.msf.org.uk/ebola
Interactive guides on Ebola, the current outbreak, treatment, a timeline for the outbreak and a blog featuring posts from people involved all over the world.

EbolaAlert www.ebolaalert.org/
A West African site run by volunteers featuring news, links to resources and more.

Médecins Sans Frontières  www.msf.org.uk/ebola
Information on the crisis in West Africa

Evidence Aid www.evidenceaid.org/ebola/
Information resources aimed at decision makers from the Oxford based organisation.

You can also stay up to date via Twitter using the hashtag #ebola


Free access journal article and information collections
With thanks to Keith Nockels at Leicester University who suggested many of these resources. 

Updated 13th November 2014

Friday, 10 October 2014

We'd like some feedback on our new library catalogue

We have just launched a new version of our library catalogue, offering a more sophisticated searching experience. It will pull back results even if you misspell something (within reason anyway) and offers you a number of filters for narrowing down your search results, including publication date, author and loan period.


There is also an advanced search option if you want to use a more precise search strategy,

As with our old catalogue, you can also search for reading lists and see what we hold in stock for a wide variety of courses from the universities of Northampton, Leicester and Oxford.

Every time you conduct a search, the system automatically creates a link to an RSS feed. This means you can save the feed if you wish to keep track of new things on your chosen topic as they come along (see the excellent Potted Guide on Phil Bradley's web site if you want to know more about RSS).

You can also reserve items, have them sent to your NHFT library of choice and renew any loans you have via the catalogue by logging into your account (you will have previously needed to get your PIN from one of the libraries). Once logged in you can also create and save lists of titles you are interested in.

We think the new catalogue offers a more sophisticated "Google" type experience and hope it makes it easier for you to find the items you want as well as reserving and renewing items you have already borrowed.

More importantly though, we'd like to know what you think. If you have a few minutes, please have a look at our catalogue and then complete this very short (5 question) survey http://svy.mk/1xgBqdI

Many thanks...

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

October Eyes on Evidence from NICE

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

In the October issue you can find:
  • Long-acting injectable paliperidone compared with haloperidol for maintenance treatment of schizophrenia
  • Sources of Clostridium difficile infection
  • Natural history and management of sigmoid diverticulitis
  • Effects of a patient handover intervention on rates of medical errors and preventable adverse events
  • Day patient treatment after short inpatient care versus continued inpatient care in young people with anorexia nervosa
You can find all the previous issues of Eyes on Evidence or subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

There are also new Evidence Updates highlighting new information worth considering along side current guidance:

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Web site of the month: My NHS

My NHS
The Department of Health have just launched the My NHS service aiming to improve the transparency of health care related data by providing easy access to information about health and care providers. The site has quality indicators for:

The data on hospitals gives a dashboard showing CQC rating, Friends & Family test score, A&E performance, mortality rating and more. You can also review trust efficiency, safety and food data (you can see the results for Northamptonshire's acute trusts here).

The social care data reviews quality of life. use of care homes and user/carer satisfaction (Northamptonshire data here)

The public health services section lists indicators for breast feeding, uptake of the NHS health checks, screening and vaccination rates (Northamptonshire data here).

Public health outcomes data includes preventable mortality, smoking rates, obesity and physical activity (Northamptonshire data here).

Much of the data can be downloaded in a CSV / Excel format for further comparison.

The site is very new and there are plans to further develop it based on user feedback and to add more information over time.

My NHS is a useful tool collating statistical health and care quality indicators data from a number of different areas and placing it together in a easy to access form.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

September Eyes on Evidence from NICE

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

In the September issue you can find:
  • Prognosis of common mental health disorders in young people
  • Inhaled therapies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hospital admissions
  • Telehealth for health and social care
  • Bracing for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
  • Physical activity in older people and healthy ageing 
You can find all the previous issues of Eyes on Evidence or subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

There are also new Evidence Updates highlighting new information worth considering along side current guidance:

Sunday, 7 September 2014

We have a new selection of books for review

Marie Ginoux by van Gogh
www.metmuseum.org
We 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.

Our current selections will be available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until Friday the 10th of October. Topics covered include:
  • Anaesthetics
  • Dermatology
  • Pathology
  • Psychology, psychiatry and mental health
  • Respiratory medicine
  • ...and many 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 the library catalogue

Monday, 1 September 2014

Web site of the month: NHS Photo Library

The NHS Photo Library is a great source of stock photos for use by NHS organisations. It contains over 4000 health and care related images which are fully searchable online.

The site has images relating to a wide variety of settings and health related activities including:

  • Primary care
  • Community care
  • Secondary care/hospitals
  • Healthy living/health promotion
  • Patient and public involvement
  • Medical science & technology
  • Health care buildings & signage

The site also has some useful features, like the lightbox which enables you to create and store sets of photos for easy access.

You can download the images directly, or you can request them to be sent to you on a CD (although there is a charge for the latter).


The images are available for use for the majority of NHS communications, including web sites, newsletters, annual reports, patient information leaflets and other publications. 

The only exclusion to this is press releases as media outlets are not licensed to use them.

Access to the NHS Photo Library is completely free but restricted to NHS organisations, local authority social care and public health staff. You will need to register with an official work email address (.nhs.uk/.nhs.net) in order to gain access.

The NHS Photo Library is a really useful source of high quality photos that allows you to use them in a wide variety of ways whilst not having to worry about copyright issues.

Monday, 18 August 2014

August Bank Holiday closure

All of the libraries will be closed on Monday the 25th of August for the bank holiday.

24 hour access is available as usual to registered members by swiping in using your library card at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries.

We reopen as normal at all of our sites on Tuesday the 26th.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Latest titles added to stock


We added a new selection of books to our collection this month. See our latest acquisitions, via our new books list on the Library web site.

The current list includes titles on:
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Child health
  • Learning disabilities
  • Management
  • Mental health, psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Research
  • Surgery
  • ...and many more
And don't forget, if you are looking for something less work and more beach related, we have a small collection of fiction books available too...

Thursday, 7 August 2014

New additions to the free NHS trial of electronic resources

Back in June we told you about the NHS wide trial of electronic journals and books (the "Finch pilot") that is going on until March 2015.

Two new resources have been added to the trial and will also be available until March next year.

www.rsc.org/merck-index
The Merck Index Online is produced by the Royal Society of Chemistry and  has been in existence for over 120 years. 

As with the printed edition, the online index contains a wealth of authoritative information on chemicals, drugs and biologicals in a fully searchable full text database (you can find out more about the content here).

The database has a number of different ways to search, including by full text, compound, manufacturer, molecular formula and many more.


The publisher Karger have also decided to join the pilot and have made their collection of electronic journals freely available to NHS staff.

The titles Karger is offering span a large range of health related subjects and include:

Access to both of these resources is via the NHS's IP range. This means you do not need any passwords, but you will only be able to use them from a computer connected to the NHS network.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Web sites of the month: Serum Rhubarb & MedExam

www.medexam.net
This month's sites have a local flavour as they have both been developed by Declan O'Kane, a consultant physician from Northampton General Hospital.

MedExam.net is an educational resource for students. It features over 1850 questions for undergraduate and post-graduate exams with detailed answers. The questions cover a large range of clinical topics.

The site is free to use (just register to get access)

Serum Rhubarb is a free to access web site aimed at medical students, junior doctors and those interested in clinical internal medicine.

The site features a lot of good quality content coupled with a very simple, easy to use layout.

Currently subject area covered include:
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology and heptology
  • Neurology
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Rheumatology
Both resources are great for students new to medicine or those needing to revise, and well worth a look.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

July Eyes on Evidence from Nice

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

In the July issue you can find:
  • Antipyretic therapy for children with fever
  • School environments and student health
  • Physiotherapy in Parkinson's disease
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy for health anxiety
You can find all the previous issues of Eyes on Evidence or subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

There are also two new Evidence Updates highlighting new information worth considering along side current guidance:

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

New collection of electronic journals available

We have bought a new collection of electronic journals. The Emerald Health and Social Care collection gives us access to over 30 titles covering topics such as mental health, learning disabilities, offending and health care management

Titles available include:
  • Advances in Dual Diagnosis
  • Advances in Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities
  • Clinical Governance
  • International Journal of Healthcare Quality Assurance
  • Journal of Adult Protection
  • Journal of Forensic Practice
  • Journal of Health Organisation & Management
  • Journal of Integrated Care
  • Leadership in Health Services
  • Mental Health Review
  • Tizard Learning Disability Review
  • Working with Older People
  • ...and many more
The journals are all available via your OpenAthens account, and you can access them via the My Journals service on the NICE Evidence Services site (you'll also find the titles appearing if you search the databases). There is a handy guide to accessing journals on our web site if you need any help. 

If you don't already have an Open Athens account you can register for one here.

Friday, 18 July 2014

About to start studying? Our course for people about to start a course is back

Our Pre-Course Course is back! Designed for NHS staff about to start (or who may have already started) a programme of study, the Pre-Course Course can help equip you with the skills you need to make finding information for your studies as painless as possible.

Whether it is a module, short course, degree or masters, is freely available to NHFT and NGH staff.

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. Whether it is a module, short course, degree or masters the Pre-Course Course can help.

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.

Find the course dates on our web site here.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Need help with literature searching? We have created some new videos on how to use HDAS more effectively

We have added some new titles to our YouTube channel. The videos show how to get the most out of the NICE Evidence Services Healthcare Databases (HDAS) such as Medline or the British Nursing Index by using subject headings to improve the speed and accuracy of your searching.

There is a play list called Literature searching: using the subject headings so you can watch all 4 videos in sequence to understand the whole process (a total of less than 7 minutes).

Alternatively you can watch the individual videos:
You can also find other videos that take you through the whole process of conducting a basic literature search from selecting the best database to find what you want, through to selecting and saving you results and even setting up an automated alert to let you know when new material in your area of interest is published.

Our videos are short and detailed enough to take you through the process of literature searching in a methodical, step-by-step manner. Don't forget, you can also book on a training session with the Library Service if you want a more human touch!


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Understanding the new NHS: A guide for everyone working or training in the NHS

The guide from NHS England
NHS England have produced a new guide to the systems, structures, functions and processes that constitute the NHS under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The guide covers the commissioning, monitoring and delivery of NHS services as well as working in the NHS, leadership, quality and innovation. It also covers the NHS in the rest of the United Kingdom and the differences between the services.

Although written by junior doctors and aimed at clinicians in training, the guide is a highly accessible and practical read for anyone wanting to have a better understanding of the complexities of the new NHS.

Friday, 4 July 2014

New books - you can try before we buy

We 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.

Our current selections will be available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until Friday the 15th of August. Topics covered include:
  • Diagnostics
  • Health services
  • Medical study/revision aids
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry / psychiatric nursing / mental health
  • ...and many 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 the library catalogue

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Disruption to OpenAthens access Thursday 3rd of July

EduServ are undertaking some essential maintenance to the OpenAthens system on July 3rd between 7:00 am and 11:00 am.

During this time there are likely to be periods of disruption and you may find you are unable to register for an OpenAthens account, or use your account to access databases and journals online.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Web site of the month: TRIP

Here at the Library Service we have been fans of the TRIP (Turning Research Into Practice) database for many years.

TRIP is a UK clinical search engine designed to allow clinicians to find the best evidence to answer their clinical questions.

TRIP has an easy to use simple search, but also offers two other ways to search in a more sophisticated way.

The advanced search option is very similar to the same feature in Google and allows you to combine search terms in different ways to find the information you want (including phrase searching, limiting by year and excluding words).

The PICO (Patient/Population Intervention Comparison Outcome) interface allows you easily break your search down into its most important elements which is really useful when answering a clinical question.

TRIP's PICO search 

Once you have found your results TRIP offers different filters so you can further narrow down your results by type of evidence (systematic reviews, guidelines, primary research etc).

As well as searching for evidence, TRIP searches other sorts of content which is displayed in your results including images, videos, education/CPD material, information for patients and news items. Each is displayed on its own tab, again allowing easy filtering of your results.

TRIP is free to use and doesn't require any passwords, but there are some  advantages to logging in to it (which you can do via Facebook or Twitter, as well as setting up your own account manually).

If you add Northamptonshire Healthcare or Northampton General Hospital as your organisation when you set up your account, you will be able to click through any links to journal articles and see if you can access them via the Library Service's electronic holdings (you will still need to log in with your Open Athens account to access the actual article).

Once you have signed in, TRIP will create a timeline of your activity on the site so you can easily revisit any searches you have previously undertaken. You can even export your timeline as a .PDF file to use it as evidence of CPD.

TRIP is a great resource, easy to use, accurate, fast and much more flexible than the NICE Evidence Services site, offering more sophisticated searching and better personalisation.

You can find TRIP at www.tripdatabase.com

Saturday, 14 June 2014

June Eyes on Evidence from NICE

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

In the June issue you can find:
  • Acid-suppressive drugs and oesophageal adenocarinoma in Barrett's oesophagus
  • Prescriptions for anxiolytics and hypnotics and risk of death
  • Assessment and treatment of dementia in older adults
  • Bedtime schedules and children's cognition and behaviour
  • Trained glycaemia alert dogs for people with type 1 diabetes 
You can find all the previous issues of Eyes on Evidence or subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

There are also three new Evidence Updates highlighting new information worth considering along side current guidance: