Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A Modern Hospital: Memories of Princess Marina Hospital

Princess Marina Hospital in Northampton was one of the last NHS learning disability hospitals to be built. It was opened in 1972 and at the time was the most modern facility in the whole of Europe. The hospital finally closed in 1995.

Research carried out by the Finding Out Group (four people with learning disabilities who had research training) looked at the perspective of nursing and other staff from Northamptonshire Healthcare who worked at Princess Marina.

This is a oral history project supported by NHS nurses (many of whom worked at Princess Marina themselves) and authored by Jan Walmsley (Visiting Professor in the History of Learning Disability at the Open University).

The booklet is available for free online at the Centre for Welfare Reform or you can download a PDF here.

There is also a Power Point (download) of the findings with lots of photos on the Open University's web site. 

Monday, 18 January 2016

New titles added to Clinical Key

Elsevier have added a new electronic journal and selection of books to Clinical Key this month,



Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Our subscription to Clinical Key this year was generously funded by the Northamptonshire Health Charitable Fund.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

January Eyes on Evidence

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 January issue
 you can find:

Evidence summaries from NICE’s Medicines and Prescribing Programme:
  • Diabetes mellitus type 1 and type 2: insulin glargine biosimilar (Abasaglar)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults: high-strength insulin glargine 300 units/ml (Toujeo)
  • Diabetic nephropathy: blood pressure-lowering therapy
  • Early breast cancer: adjuvant bisphosphonate treatment beneficial in postmenopausal women
You can find subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Web site (sort of) of the month: ScHARR Research Hacks

Not strictly speaking a web site, this is a playlist of videos on YouTube from the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield.

The videos are all short (mostly around 1 minute) and feature a range of useful tools to enable researchers (or anyone else) to better able to find and share information as well as tips on collaborating.

The topics covered include using Google Drive and Netvibes, making a podcast, having an online meeting, Google Scholar and many more.

You can also download all the videos via iTunes.

For anyone interested in research or collaborative working, we think this is a really useful resource.