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
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 ( 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.