Sunday, 17 November 2019

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews and books added



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.

These Clinical Overviews have been updated with latest evidence:

Books

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
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Fact checking sites - sorting the facts from the spin

With a general election weeks away, and claim and counter claim appearing in the media and online, coupled with the rise of "fake news" and "deep fake" videos, it is can be difficult to sift out the facts from the spin (or even misinformation).


However, there are some sites who do their very best to ensure factual analysis of the days news and deliver an unbiased, un-spun analysis.

We recommend starting with Full Fact. They are an independent charity who provide impartial analysis of news items and political claims and who even push to have misinformation corrected. Full Fact are transparent about their funding and the team who run the organisation and carry out the analysis. They are a great place to start if you want to get to the bottom of a news story.

There are also some other fact checking sites you may find useful:
  • Media Bias / Fact Check is a useful site that follows a strict methodology to assess the biases and the accuracy of media sources. It is a US based site, but also includes reviews of lots of UK based media outlets (e.g. The Daily Mail). A useful resource if you come across a site you are less familiar with or want to get a feel for the accuracy of your preferred media company.
  • Fact Check run by Channel 4, attempts to look at the truth behind news stories and the claims of political parties and "hold them to account"
  • BBC Reality Check as with Fact Check, the BBC service was set up to check and debunk misleading stories posing as real news.
Of course not every story will be covered by a fact checking service, so you will sometimes have to use your own judgement. Full Fact have developed a handy fact checking toolkit which offers simple practical tools to help you identify the accuracy of a story.

Friday, 1 November 2019

Library information skills training programme 2020

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 2020 are now available on the Library's web page.

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 and one-to-one 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
    Our most popular course! 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
    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.

We run our workshops in a number of venues across the county:


If you have any questions or want to book a place on one of our workshops, you can find all the available dates and venues online or you can contact us for more information.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

New selection of books available to review

We need your help to buy the titles that you want to read.

We have a new selection of books on approval available for review at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries.

Every two months our supplier sends us a selection of new publications on relevant health topics which are available for you to review and suggest titles for us to purchase (or sometimes, not to purchase!).

Our new selection of approval books includes titles on:

  • Autism
  • Community healthcare
  • Medicine and medical education
  • Psychiatry, psychology and mental health
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Psychiatry
  • ...and more

Of course we are always happy to have recommendations for new stock on any health related topic.

You can also find a list of titles we have recently purchased (including previous On Approvals) on our web site and all of our stock via the library catalogue.

Monday, 21 October 2019

Disruption to guest Wi-Fi and library catalogue Wednesday 23rd October

IT are carrying out some essential upgrade work on Wednesday the 23rd of October  between 6.30 and 8.30 a.m.















During this period there will be:
  • No access to the guest Wi-Fi at any of the library sites
  • Intermittent loss of access to the library catalogue
  • No access to the NHFT Intranet

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews, journal and books added




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.


Journal

Books

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
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Important notice for visitors to the Richmond Library weekend of the 19th and 20th of October

Due to resurfacing work at Northampton General Hospital, the access road to both car park number 2 and the Cripps car park outside the library will be closed from 7 am on Saturday the 19th of October and will not reopen until 5 pm on Sunday the 20th.


Visitors to the Richmond Library are advised to use different hospital car parks or Midsummer Meadow and not to leave their cars in either car park overnight on Friday the 18th or they will be trapped until 5 pm on Sunday.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Allied Health Professionals Day Monday 14th October

The second annual AHPs day takes place on Monday the 14th of October.

To celebrate the library service has put together a resource guide aimed at Allied Health Professionals with a wide variety of different resources to support clinical practice, education and research.

The  guide covers a selection of the different resources the library has to support AHPs in lots of different disciplines. In it you'll find links to electronic journals, databases, books and relevant organisations.

If you are a physiotherapist, OT, podiatrist, radiographer, speech therapist or one of the many other varieties of AHP, we hope you'll find it useful.

You can find the guide on our website here: https://www.nhft.nhs.uk/download.cfm?ver=32692

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Library staffing Wednesday the 16th of October

Due to training, the staffing of the libraries on Wednesday the 16th of October will be as follows:

Berrywood Library will be unstaffed from 1.30 pm

Isebrook Library will be closed from 1 pm

Richmond Library will be unstaffed from 1 pm

Access will still be available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries for registered members as usual.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Databases out of action Sunday 22nd September

NICE are conducting some essential maintenance to HDAS (Healthcare Databases Advanced Search) starting on Sunday the 22nd September starting at 7 am.

The maintenance is scheduled to run until 7 pm

During this time HDAS will not be available.




There is also some maintenance being carried out on the OpenAthens system between 7 and 9 am on Monday the 23rd. This could also potentially cause problems with access to all of our electronic resources including journal, books and databases.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Monday, 16 September 2019

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews, journal and books added


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.


Journal



Books

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
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

UpToDate registration / drop in event for NGH staff Thursday 5th September



You may be aware that Northampton General Hospital has a subscription to UpToDate, which provides quick and easy access to synthesised evidence-based information on thousands of clinical topics and is an invaluable resource for all health professionals.

Staff can access UpToDate through a link on the front page of the intranet (without the need to log in) or online via OpenAthens. You can also access it via the UpToDate app (described as "one of the best apps in publishing" by EContent Magazine).

The Trust is holding a registration event on Thursday the 5th of September in the Cybercafe on Hospital Street from 10 - 1 pm.

Come along and get registered with UpToDate so you can use the app (available for iOS (Apple) or Android devices). You will also have the opportunity to put any any questions you may have about UpToDate or the app to Rob from the UpToDate team.

Monday, 19 August 2019

August bank holiday closure

All the libraries will be unstaffed on Monday the 26th of August for the bank holiday.



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 27th at all of our sites.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Potential disruption to OpenAthens services, 6th, 7th and 15th of August

There will be some maintenance work carried out on the OpenAthens system between 7 and 9 am on the 6th, 7th and 15th of August.

During this time you could see some disruption to the service with access being intermittent or you may be unable to log in and access databases, electronic journals and ebooks.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

On approvals - come book shopping with us

We want to be sure that the books we buy are the books you actually need to support your work and learning.
We review publisher's catalogues, scan reading lists and peruse different web sites, but what we like best is when you tell us what you need.

That is where our books on approval scheme comes in.

Every two months our supplier sends us a selection of new publications on relevant health topics which are available for you to review and suggest titles for us to purchase (or sometimes, not to purchase!).

Our current selections will be available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until Friday the 23rd of August. Topics covered include:
  • Anatomy and biology
  • Autism
  • Anaesthesiology
  • Medicine
  • Mental health, psychiatry and psychology
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Research
  • Surgery
  • And many more...
Of course we are always happy to have recommendations for new stock on any health related topic.

You can also find a list of titles we have recently purchased (including previous On Approvals) on our web site and all of our stock via the library catalogue.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Library staffing 24th and 25th of July

The libraries will have some disruption to their staffing on the 24th and 25th of July.

Berrywood Library will be unstaffed from 1 pm on Wednesday the 24th of July.

The Richmond Library and Northampton General Hospital will be unstaffed from 1.30 to 4.30 on Thursday the 25th of July.



Access is available at both sites to our registered members by swiping in with your library card.

Isebrook Library will be open as usual on both days.

Apologies for any inconvenience. 

Monday, 22 July 2019

Disruption to computer access 25th and 31st of July.

There will be some disruption to access to the computers in the library due to some essential maintenance work.



Thursday the 25th of July at Berrywood Library from late morning onward.

Wednesday 31st of July at the Richmond Library, Northampton General Hospital for the whole day.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused, but this is a vital security upgrade to all of our PC stock.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews and books added



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 July:


Books

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
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Friday, 5 July 2019

Health Information Week day 5: Easy Health #HIW2019

Health Information Week is a national, multi-sector campaign to promote high quality information for patients and the public. High quality health information can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life.

Our campaign this year is focused on enabling clinicians to access good quality information aimed at the public which they can recommend to patients.

We have also produced Helping you to help your patients, which is a brief guide to evaluating information as well as recommendations for sites where you can find trusted information aimed at patients.

For day 5 of Health Information Week we are looking at the Easy Health web site.

Easy Health is a valuable source of patient information leaflets and videos in an accessible and easy-read format, ideal for patients with learning disabilities or communication difficulties. 

The leaflets are produced by a range of healthcare organisations, charities, and NHS Trusts. Just click on “Health Leaflets” to browse by topic or use the search box to search.


For highly accessible information, we thoroughly recommend Easy Health.

We hope you have enjoyed our series of short items on sites that you can use to provide good quality information to your patients and the public. Please contact one of the libraries if you have any questions...

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Health Information Week day 4: NICE Evidence Search #HIW2019

Health Information Week is a national, multi-sector campaign to promote high quality information for patients and the public. High quality health information can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life.

Our campaign this year is focused on enabling clinicians to access good quality information aimed at the public which they can recommend to patients.

We have also produced Helping you to help your patients, which is a brief guide to evaluating information as well as recommendations for sites where you can find trusted information aimed at patients.

For day 4 of Health Information Week we are looking at the NICE Evidence Search service.

You may be familiar with using the NICE Evidence Search site as a way to access good quality health information including guidelines, systematic reviews, articles and web sites, but you can also use it to find information aimed at the public by the use of a simple filter.

Go to the site and enter your search term



From the search results page, simply scroll down and tick the "Information for the Public" box to apply the filter



NICE Evidence Search will then give you information that has already been quality assessed that is suitable for the public.

Tomorrow for the final in our series of blogs for Health Information Week, we'll be looking at a site with lots of leaflets and videos aimed at patients...

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Health Information Week day 3: Behind the headlines #HIW2019

Health Information Week is a national, multi-sector campaign to promote high quality information for patients and the public. High quality health information can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life.

Our campaign this year is focused on enabling clinicians to access good quality information aimed at the public which they can recommend to patients.

We have also produced Helping you to help your patients, which is a brief guide to evaluating information as well as recommendations for sites where you can find trusted information aimed at patients.

For day 3 of Health Information Week we are looking at the Behind the Headlines service.

Behind the Headlines is part of the main NHS UK site and is a really useful resource that provides an unbiased, evidence based view of health stories featuring in the news headlines.

For each item featured there is an overview of the story as well as a look at the accuracy of the reporting in the media. This is followed by an appraisal of the actual research the story is based on and some commentary about what the results mean and what we can draw from that.

Behind the Headlines is a particularly useful resource for clinicians who may be faced with patients who have seen an article in a daily newspaper and want to know what it means for them.



Tomorrow for Health Information Week we'll be looking at a web site that gives you access to a huge amount of information...

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Health Information Week day 2: BMJ Best Practice #HIW2019

Health Information Week is a national, multi-sector campaign to promote high quality information for patients and the public. High quality health information can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life.

Our campaign this year is focused on enabling clinicians to access good quality information aimed at the public which they can recommend to patients.

We have also produced Helping you to help your patients, which is a brief guide to evaluating information as well as recommendations for sites where you can find trusted information aimed at patients.

For day 2 of Health Information Week we are looking at BMJ Best Practice.

BMJ Best Practice is a point of care reference tool which also includes a good selection of patient information leaflets. 

For access go to https://bestpractice.bmj.com and login with your OpenAthens account. If you don’t have an account you can register for one here: https://openathens.nice.org.uk/ 

The first time you login to the site it will prompt you to set up a personal login as well – this will be linked to your OpenAthens account and allows you to do extra things such as to install the app on a mobile device and to collect CME/CPD credits.

Once logged in you can search for a topic or browse 



If you have searched for a topic then you can go to the “Patient leaflets” section of that topic.

You can then click on the link to download the PDF: 



If you have selected the browse option from the homepage then you can browse an A-Z list of leaflets, or select to browse by specialty. All leaflets include a publication date so you can see how recently it has been updated.





















Tomorrow for Health Information Week we'll be looking at a web site to keep you up to date with research featuring in the media...

Monday, 1 July 2019

Health Information Week day 1: Clinical Key #HIW2019

Health Information Week is a national, multi-sector campaign to promote high quality information for patients and the public. High quality health information can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life.

Our campaign this year is focused on enabling clinicians to access good quality information aimed at the public which they can recommend to patients and over the next 5 days we will be signposting some resources and web sites we hope you will find useful.

We have also produced Helping you to help your patients, which is a brief guide to evaluating information as well as recommendations for sites where you can find trusted information aimed at patients.

For day 1 of Health Information Week we are looking at Clinical Key.

Clinical Key is a fantastic resource and many of our users will be familiar with the high quality content it contains such as the Lancet journal series, electronic books and topic pages, but did you know it also contains a wide selection of information sheets in a variety of languages that are specifically tailored to patients?

To access them go to www.clinicalkey.com and login with your OpenAthens account. If you don’t have an account you can register for one here: https://openathens.nice.org.uk/

Once you’re logged in you can click to browse patient education topics or to search, select “Patient Ed.” From the list of resource types and type in your search terms:


From your search results you can browse the contents to find the most useful information for your patient. Click on a result for more information.



Once you’ve chosen click on the option to print, and it will create a printable PDF for you. You can choose your language (if available). You can also add your name and contact details for your patient.
Clinical Key is a great all round resource that can support both you and you patients, from complex clinical information through to videos, topic pages and patient education sheets.

Tomorrow for Health Information Week we'll be looking at another really useful resource for supporting patients.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Your summer reading starts here with our new leisure collection

Off on holiday and need a read for the beach? Having your own summer reading challenge? Simply love books?

Last year the Library was successful in a bid to Greenheart to establish a leisure reading collection for staff and thanks to their generosity the collection is now available for staff to enjoy.


You may remember we were asking for ideas for titles and authors to buy for our new leisure collection. We took on your recommendations and ordered almost everything we could from the list of suggestions you kindly gave us. Then we added a few extra titles we thought you might enjoy with all the library staff recommending at least one book they have read and loved.

We now have a great collection of books available at all three of our libraries. Our leisure reading collections encompasses a really wide range of genres, topics, cultures and interests. From literary fiction, family sagas, and sci-fi, to cookery, interior design, biographies and gardening, we hope there is something for everyone.

You can find all of our leisure collection on the library catalogue or you can do it the old fashioned way and pop into the library to browse what is on the shelves...

With good evidence that reading for pleasure improves well being and empathy, and no fines on late books, we hope the library might be your first stop when planning your next read...

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Over 750 extra nursing and allied health electronic journals now available

In April you may recall the new National Core Content for NHS staff in England was released. Whilst we gained some great new resources such as BMJ Best Practice and the Psychology and Behavioural Sciences collection of journals, we also lost the CINAHL Plus with full text database.

When we reviewed how much Trust staff have been accessing CINAHL Plus we realised just how much the full text journal content was being used.

Consequently, we decided it is a resource we could not do without and have purchased a subscription to the database to allow staff to continue to access all the journals that were lost when the national funding was withdrawn.

You can now access all the full text journals online again, via the NICE Journals A-Z if you know the title of the journal you want (we have a handy guide on how to use it on our web site).

You can also find all the journals via a subject search using HDAS (Healthcare Databases Advanced Search) on the NICE Evidence Services site.

Of course you'll still need your OpenAthens password to access all the journals (and lots of other great resources) and you can get one here if you haven't already.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Early closing at Isebrook Library Tuesday the 11th of June

Isebrook Library will be closing at 1 pm on Tuesday the 11th of June.



Berrywood and the Richmond libraries will be open as normal.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Library closures Monday 3rd June

Due to a staff event there will be some library closures on Monday the 3rd of June:


Access to registered members via our 24 hour swipe card system at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries will be available as usual.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Spring bank holiday closure

All the libraries will be unstaffed on Monday the 27th of May for the bank holiday.





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 28th at all of our sites.

Have you seen the news?

Health care is such a fast changing environment it's difficult to keep up with what is happening in the NHS.

With some many different sources of information, it can sometime be hard to know where to start, especially with the increase in fake news on social media and beyond.

But we can help.

Our Daily Health News service scans feeds from over 60 different sources every day. We review them and the ones we think you will find most useful are then posted onto our Blogger site, giving you just one place to look if you want to find out what is new in health and the NHS.

We don't include a lot of clinical items (you can find more of that via our Twitter account). Our feeds include:
  • Local media coverage of Northamptonshire health issues
  • NHS, DoH and other government sites
  • Think tanks like the King's Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation
  • Royal Colleges
  • Voluntary groups and charities
  • Health related news sites like OnMedica
  • Mainstream media sites like the BBC, and newspapers including the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian
You can access this service in a number of different ways:
  • Visit the web site
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed (you can find it here)
  • Most conveniently - you can subscribe to the service by email and receive one message a day with a digest of all the news, complete with links to take you straight to the item. Simply enter your email address here and you will be sent a confirmation email. Once you have clicked on the link in the email your subscription will be live. We will never use your email address for anything else or share it with anyone, and you can unsubscribe from the service at any time.
Our Daily Health News Service is an easy way to keep up to date with the issues facing the NHS and health care and we hope you will find it useful...

Sunday, 28 April 2019

May Day bank holiday closure

All the libraries will be unstaffed on Monday the 6th of May for the bank holiday.

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

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

BMJ Best Practice now available

Did you know you now have access to BMJ Best Practice?

BMJ Best Practice is a trusted clinical decision support tool which provides healthcare professionals with access to the latest relevant clinical information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions.

BMJ Best Practice includes:
  • A modern, fresh user interface and navigation
  • Enhanced differential diagnosis and treatment algorithms
  • Videos covering the most common clinical procedures
  • Improved page designs with quick links to increase speed to answer
  • More than 250 integrated medical calculators
  • Patient discussions and nearly 400 patient leaflets
  • The latest evidence and Cochrane Clinical Answers
  • Plus an award-winning app that can be used offline, ensuring that you always have the information you need, when you need it. 
To access BMJ Best Practice go to: https://bestpractice.bmj.com/

Log in using your NHS OpenAthens account (if you don’t have an account yet you can register for one here). 

Once logged in you can also register for a personal account which allows you to record CME/CPD activity for revalidation and you can access it offline via a free app for Android and iOS devices.

To support you in getting started, download the user guide or visit the FAQ section. If you need any more information, please contact the library.



Friday, 12 April 2019

Easter opening

All the Libraries will be unstaffed on Friday the 19th and Monday the 22nd 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 Richmond Libraries.

Isebrook Library will be closed over the bank holiday.

We reopen as normal on Tuesday the 23rd at all of our sites.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Help us buy the titles you need

We want to be sure that the books we buy are the books you actually need to support your work and learning.

We review publisher's catalogues, scan reading lists and peruse different web sites, but what we like best is when you tell us what you need.

That is where our books on approval scheme comes in.

Every two months our supplier sends us a selection of new publications on relevant health topics which are available for you to review and suggest titles for us to purchase (or sometimes, not to purchase!).

Our current selections will be available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until Friday the 17th of May. Topics covered include:
  • Anatomy and physiology 
  • Autism and ADHD
  • Dementia
  • Medicine
  • Mental health
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology and psychological therapies including CBT 
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing 
  • Paediatrics
  • Public health
  • ...and more
Of course we are always happy to have recommendations for new stock on any health related topic.

You can also find a list of titles we have recently purchased (including previous On Approvals) on our web site and all of our stock via the library catalogue.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

What's new on Clinical Key - new clinical overviews and books added


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:
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Hepatitis D
  • Neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Tobacco use disorder
  • Abruptio placentae
Books

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
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Disruption to Internet access at the Richmond Library, Wednesday 3rd of April

IT are carrying out some essential network maintenance on Wednesday the 3rd of April between 18.00 and 20.00.


During this time Internet access at the Richmond Library could be intermittent and there may be periods when no access is available at all.

As well as Internet access, this will also affect email, SystmOne and other systems used by NHFT staff.

This will not impact on the Berrywood Library.

Apologies for the inconvenience. 

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Would you like to work for us? We are recruiting...

Northamptonshire Healthcare was recently given an Outstanding rating at its last CQC inspection, has been nominated for numerous awards, and won the Health Service Journal's prestigious Trust of the year 2018, all of which makes it a great place to work.

The Richmond Library
We are looking to recruit a part-time library assistant based at the Richmond Library, Northampton General Hospital, as well as providing cover at our satellite library at Isebrook Hospital in Wellingborough. 

The post is 30 hours a week, working 9 - 5 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 

We're looking for someone with great customer service skills as you will often be the first point of contact with the NHS staff who use our services.

We need someone who is adaptable, confident, and able to deal with the full range of staff and students. You will have a good level of general education and be IT literate. Previous experience of working in a library would be a bonus but is by no means essential. A sense of humour would also be an asset.

Isebrook Library
Our library assistants undertake a range of general duties including staffing our reception desks and dealing with users, carrying out library inductions for individuals and groups, sourcing documents, answering enquiries and supporting users with finding information and general IT queries.

You will also be given overall responsibility for one or more areas of work, and of course, appropriate training will be given.

If you are interested in this role you can find more information, including how to apply, on the on the Trust's web site here.

We look forward to hearing from you...