Thursday, 23 March 2017

NHS Libraries - #amilliondecisions

Health libraries have a big impact on the Trusts that they work with, supporting clinicians and managers to deliver the best possible care and make the best possible decisions, fully apprised of the evidence base behind them.

Health Education England and CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals) has recently launched the #amilliondecisions campaign to support the work of NHS library services.

Professor Ian Cumming OBE, Chief Executive, HEE said: “Every day across the healthcare sector more than a million decisions are made which have a profound impact on people’s lives and which influence the quality and cost of healthcare services.  The Government and health organisations have obligations under the Health and Social Care Act to ensure the use of evidence from research and to make use of the best available evidence in their decision-making.”

Nick Poole, CILIP Chief Executive said: “We encourage anyone responsible for healthcare services to take a look at the astonishing impact on the cost and quality of care when healthcare teams have good access to the specialist expertise of clinical librarians and knowledge specialists.
To those leading healthcare services, it’s a call to ensure that your part of the NHS or sector is meeting its duties under the Act, and where there are gaps, to work with CILIP and HEE to put arrangements in place so that your organisation and staff are able to access the evidence to inform their practice and decision-making.”

You can also follow the campaign on Twitter using the #amilliondecisions hashtag

If you work for Northamptonshire Healthcare or Northampton General Hospital you can already access our services. Have a look at our web site or pop into one of the libraries in person to find out how we can help you...

Friday, 17 March 2017

New titles added to Clinical Key

Elsevier have added new electronic books and a journal 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.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Web site of the month: The Hearing Aid podcasts
Produced by two NHS geriatricians, The Hearing Aid offers a series of educational podcasts (audio files) aimed at heath professionals caring for older adults.

The MDTea (Multidisciplinary Team Education on Ageing) series of podcasts present the evidence based rationale for care, recent advances, as well as established good practice in geriatrics. The podcasts cover topics such as:

Notes for each of the podcasts are available which include links to relevant NICE guidelines, journal articles and more.

All are open access (free to use) and you can even log in and get an email showing you listened to the podcast which can be used as evidence for CPD.

You can also subscribe to the Podcasts via iTunes, email, or by following @MDTea_podcast on Twitter.

The Hearing Aid is a great way to stay up to date with the evidence and practice in geriatrics and well worth a listen.