Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Improved access to NHFT systems at Berrywood Hospital Library

We have seen recently that NHFT staff don't always find it easy to access the systems they need when they are out of the office.

To try and make life a little bit better we have set up two of our computers at the Berrywood Library so that NHFT staff can use their own login and access clinical systems, shared drives and anything else they would normally find on their office PC.

You can also use the NHFT corporate WiFi at the Berrywood and Isebrook libraries if you have a mobile device.

If you need access when you are out and about, the library at Berrywood offers another place you can work. Best of all, if you register as a library member you can use this facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (and you may just find we can help you with other things too!).

Friday, 24 November 2017

Library training programme 2018
"If only I knew how to find the right evidence..."
Need to find information to support your clinical practice? Need to make a decision but can't find the
supporting evidence? Starting a course but can't find the study material? Found the evidence but unsure what it means? Going through nursing re-validation? We can help.

All of our training programme dates for 2018 are now available on the Library's web site.

Our courses are free to access for staff and attached students from Northamptonshire Healthcare and Northampton General Hospital.

They are aimed at both clinicians and managers who want to be able to find, evaluate and use the best possible evidence to support their decision making.

So what do we offer?

Tailored sessions

  • If you can't make one of our workshops we can arrange a one-to-one session with you, either at one of the libraries or in your place of work if it is suitable.
  • We can created a tailored session for your team or department and deliver it in any suitable location. From a 10 minute update on the library service to a full three hour training session, just let us know what you need.

Our scheduled workshops

  • The PreCourse Course
    If you are returning to study, or starting a formal academic programme for the first time, our PreCourse Course may be just what you need. This three hour workshop is designed to give you the information skills you need to make you studies that bit easier. The session cover things like finding the material on your reading lists, using databases and how to identify good quality information. It also covers searching for evidence and guidelines and how to access electronic journals. Everything you should need to get you started.
  • Literature Searching
    If you need to access primary research, our literature searching course may be the answer.  This will enable you to effectively search a number of databases such as Medline, HMIC (healthcare management) or the British Nursing Index through the NHS's HDAS interface. We'll show you how to search, save your results and even access full text journal articles, straight from the databases.
  • Critical Appraisal Skills
    Once you have found the evidence, you need to know what it means and if you can rely on it, and that is where our critical appraisal skills sessions come in.Our Introduction to Critical Appraisal workshop will take you through the statistics, terminology and process, while our highly interactive Critical Appraisal in Action session gives you the opportunity to appraise a research article in a group facilitated by one of our librarians.
  • Evidence into Practice
    "CPD time and a reflective account? Sign me up"

    If you are a nurse undergoing revalidation, try our Evidence into Practice course. It offers the opportunity to refresh (or learn) your skills in searching for the latest evidence, while finding information that is relevant to your day to day work.Come to the course with a question related to your scope of practice and go away not only with updated skills, but also with evidence to feed back in to your department. You will log 2 hours and 30 minutes of CPD time and at the end of the session will complete one of the 5 reflective accounts required by the NMC for revalidation, based on what you have learned.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Calling all nurses & AHPs - help needed with a database trial

Health Education England have organised a trial of the Ovid EMcare database as part of the plan to re-procure the NHS national core content (electronic journals and databases available to all NHS staff in England) in 2019.

Depending on the results of the trial HEE may decide to procure EMcare along side, or instead of, the CINHAL database currently available.

EMCare holds over 3,700 full text journals covering nursing and allied health topics. This includes 1,800 titles not currently available in other databases (you can find a short introductory video here and a full list of all the journals on the database here).

For the trial HEE are particularly interested in the database interface and how easy you find it to search (the full text content is not actually accessible).

To access the EMcare trial go to You will need your OpenAthens password to log in.

To complete a short (6 questions) feedback survey on EMcare go to:

The trial is available now and runs until the 29th of January 2018.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

New clinical overviews and books added to Clinical Key

Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.

The following topics have been added in November:
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Choledochal cyst
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Digoxin, digitoxin, and other cardiac glycoside toxicity
  • Ethylene glycol toxicity
  • Lung cancer (non-small cell)
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Open-angle glaucoma
  • Viral meningitis


Elsevier have also added new electronic 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.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Apps & electronic resources drop-in session, 15th November

Did you know the library has a number of different free apps available to give you easy access to lots of our electronic content?

Do you want to know more about accessing electronic journals, books or databases? Have you had problems with registering for an OpenAthens password? We can help.

The library is holding a drop-in session between 12 and 2 on Wednesday the 15th of November, in Seminar Room 1, Cripps Postgraduate Centre, Northampton General Hospital.

Come along and find out about:
You can also bring along any problems or questions you may have about anything to do with making the best use of our electronic resources (or indeed anything else library-related).

To save time (and your data!), please pre-install the app(s) you are interest in on your device and we would be happy to help you set them up during the session.

If you have any questions please contact the Library. We'd be 'appy to see you on the 15th...

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Late opening at Berrywood & Isebrook libraries on the 7th November

Due to staff training Berrywood Library will not be staffed until 10:45 on Tuesday the 7th of November (out of hours access is available as normal to registered members).

Isebrook Library will open at 11.15.

The Richmond Library at Northampton General will be staffed as normal.

Apologies for any inconvenience. 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Web site of the month: Fingertips: health and wellbeing indicators

Produced by Public Health England, the Fingertips site contains a broad selection of health profiles
containing a large number of statistical indicators across a range of health and wellbeing themes.

The profiles allow you to:

  • Browse indicators nationally, regionally or down to individual CCG level
  • Benchmark local data against regional or national averages
  • Export the data 
The themes are organised by national public health priorities such as AMR (antimicrobial resistance), diabetes, mental health or sexual and reproductive health.