Friday, 27 May 2016

ProQuest Hospitals Collection - change of name

We have just been informed the ProQuest Hospitals Collection will be changing its name on the 1st of June to the Hospital Premium Collection.

Part of the NHS's national core content, ProQuest is an extensive health and care resource which also has a lot of full text journal content. It is made up of a number of databases:
  • Health and Medical Complete - offers in-depth coverage from leading biomedical publications
  • Nursing & Allied Health Source - provides reliable health care information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more
  • Health Management - relevant resources for anyone interested in the business of running a health organization
  • Psychology Journals - key information from leading psychology and psychosomatic publications
  • Family Health - covers a vast array of subjects for patients and their families from sports injuries to women's health, from food and nutrition to midwifery, from eye care to dentistry
With both simple and advanced searching options, the (soon to be called) Hospital Premium Collection is a useful source of good quality evidence based information.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Spring bank holiday closure

All the libraries will be unstaffed on Monday the 30th of May for the bank holiday

The Garden of the Tuileries on a Spring Morning
courtesy of the Met Museum

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

We reopen as normal on Tuesday the 31st at all of our sites.

Friday, 20 May 2016

OpenAthens - what it's for and why you need an account

An OpenAthens account is your gateway to a huge volume of health care related resources. Having one will provide you with access to the latest evidence to support your practice including:
Once you have your account you can use all these resources from work, from home, from anywhere you can get onto the Internet with any sort of device, PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, providing you with instant access to the evidence.

OpenAthens is a vital resource to support your work and practice and to make it even easier for you, we have added a new video to our YouTube channel showing you exactly how easy it is to register for an account. If you don't have one why not get registered and see just how useful it can be?

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Changes to Clinical Key

Clinical Key has proved to be a highly popular resource with a lot of staff making use of the large volume of high quality content available through it, so we have renewed our subscription for 2016-17.

Elsevier have made some changes to the way the search filters on Clinical Key work.

Instead of appearing at the top of the page once you have searched, the filters now appear on the left hand side of the page (which will be more familiar to anyone who has used our catalogue, or indeed, shopped at Amazon).

The filters allow you to select full text journal articles, books, images etc. (or combinations there of) to find the information you want. You can also limit by study type, medical speciality or by date.

Elsevier have also added new electronic journals and books to Clinical Key this month, including:


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.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

May 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 May issue
 you can find:

Evidence summaries from NICE’s Medicines and Prescribing Programme:
  • Chronic wounds: advanced wound dressings and antimicrobial dressings
  • Moderate to severe acute post-operative pain: sufentanil sublingual tablet system 
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and young people: guanfacine prolonged-release 
  • Adverse events associated with off-label medicine use in adults
  • Myocardial infarction: risks and benefits of extended dual antiplatelet therapy
You can find subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Web site of the month: Better Health

Produced by the Race Equality Foundation, the Better Health web site provides access to a selection of evidence-based information to support healthcare staff promote race equality and tackle discrimination in the workplace.

The full text of the evidence-based Better Health Briefing Papers, academic papers, web resources and examples of good practice of interventions to overcome barriers and promote race equality are included on the site.

Resources available include toolkits and guidance, videos, presentations, policy papers and more.

It is possible to register to receive a regular monthly newsletter or re-visit to view news, events or contribute to the forum discussions.