Friday, 27 March 2015

Easter opening

All the Libraries will be unstaffed on Friday the 3rd and Monday the 6th of April for the Easter holiday.
24 hour access will be available as usual to registered members over the Easter period via our swipe card system at the Berrywood and and Richmond Libraries.

Isebrook Library will be closed over the bank holiday.

We reopen as normal on Tuesday the 7th at all of our sites.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

New ebooks: Oxford psychiatry books now available online

The Library Service has just purchased three new electronic books to add to our collection.

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The Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry covers all major psychiatric conditions and sub-specialities, and provides practical and comprehensive guidelines and in-depth coverage of psychiatric assessment, psychopathology, evidence-based practice, therapeutic issues, and transcultural psychiatry

It is indexed alphabetically by ICD-10 / DSM-IV classification codes and acute presentations for quick access. It reflects the recent major changes to psychiatric training and examinations.

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The New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry brings together over 200 chapters from the leading figures in the discipline, it presents a comprehensive account of clinical psychiatry.

Throughout, accounts of clinical practice are linked to the underlying science, and to the evidence for the efficacy of treatments. Physical and psychological treatments, including psychodynamic approaches, are covered in depth. The history of psychiatry, ethics, public health aspects, and public attitudes to psychiatry and to patients are all included.

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The Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry is a the standard text for trainee psychiatrists. The resource provides an introduction to all the clinical topics required by the trainees, including all the sub-specialties and major psychiatric conditions. Throughout, the authors emphasize the basic clinical skills required for the full assessment and understanding of the patient.

Discussion of treatment includes not only scientific evidence, but also practical problems in the management of patients their family and social context. It emphasizes an evidence-based approach to practice and gives full attention to ethical and legal issues.

Introductory chapters focus on recognition of signs and symptoms, classification and diagnosis, psychiatric assessment, and aetiology. Further chapters deal with all the major psychiatric syndromes as well as providing detailed coverage of pharmacological and psychological treatments. It also gives equal prominence to ICD and DSM classification - often with direct comparisons.

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.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Medical Masterclass out of action Friday the 20th to Monday the 23rd of March
Due to hardware changes in the Royal College of Physicians data centre, Medical Masterclass will be unavailable from 6 pm on Friday the 20th until 9 am on Monday the 23rd of March.

Medical Masterclass is an on-line resource from the Royal College of Physicians designed to support trainee doctors and those studying for the MRCP (UK) examinations (but is available to everyone). 
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
  • 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.

Monday, 16 March 2015

March 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 March issue
 you can find:
  • HIV testing in healthcare settings other than specialist clinics
  • Allopurinol for chronic gout
  • Genetic testing for foetal chromosome abnormalities
  • Child safeguarding in acute health services
  • Local food environment and diet in children and young people
  • New NICE evidence search

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

You can find subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

Friday, 13 March 2015

New ebook: Drugs during pregnancy and lactation: treatment options and risk assessment

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We have just added the 3rd edition of the popular  Drugs in pregnancy and lactation by Schaefer, Peters and Miller to our ebooks collection.

The book is a quick reference guide for anyone who may be involved in prescribing to pregnant or breast feeding women. It makes evidence-based recommendations to support prescribing decisions and was recently updated to include the latest research.

Each chapter includes information on drugs that are safe to prescribe during pregnancy or breast feeding, and a risk assessment when exposure to the drug has already occurred.

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

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Exploding subject headings - a new video on our YouTube channel

We've added a new video to our YouTube channel. Exploding subject headings shows you how to expand your search results by using the explode option to include all the related narrower subject headings in the thesaurus.

You can follow the whole process of conducting a literature search by using our literature searching and literature searching using subject headings play lists. Most of our individual videos are around 2 minutes in length (the longest is just over 4).

Friday, 6 March 2015

Loss of saved searches and alerts from Medline and PsychINFO on the 1st April

If you have searches saved or alerts set up in either the Medline or PsychINFO databases you have until the 31st of March to act or you will lose them.

When NICE re-tendered for the National Core Content, the contract for these two databases went to a new supplier (ProQuest). Because of the differences between the two products, it will not be possible to replicate searches undertaken on the old versions when the transfer to ProQuest is made.

This applies to both HDAS (on the NICE Evidence Services site) and the native Ovid SP platform.

You will need to download any searches or alerts that you wish to keep. You can find instructions on how to do that on page 7 of this document.

Once the transition to the new database supplier has been made, you will then be able to re-enter your searches or alerts on HDAS after July 15.

If you have any questions or problems please contact us.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Web site of the month: Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures 9th edition
The new 9th edition of the Royal Marsden Manual is now available on-line. The manual is recognised as the essential guide to clinical nursing skills.

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.

The RMM's site has also been completely revamped, giving a much cleaner and more user-friendly interface.

You can access the RMM from anywhere, via your NHS OpenAthens password (if you don't have one, NHFT and NGH staff and attached students can apply online here).

To log in via OpenAthens, simply click on the login on the top right corner of the screen, then click on OpenAthens in the box and enter your user name and password.

The library service will also be getting some print copies of the new manual which will be available in stock shortly after its publication on the 13th of March.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Disruption to OpenAthens access 3rd - 5th of March

There will be some disruption to OpenAthens services between 7 and 9 am each morning on the 3rd - 5th of March.

During this time you may not be able to access electronic journals, books databases or other resources that require an OpenAthens log in to access.