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It’s a sobering thought that we are more than half-way through the year already but in keeping with some recent posts on reflection, it provides an opportunity to reflect on this, your Staff Library website. 

We’d like to ask all our readers, staff and students,  to respond with ideas, comments, suggestions of themes, topics, resources that might be added to this website before 2012.  There may be technical limitations but we won’t know unless we try.  So please let us have your ideas . . . . videos, podcasts, a particular news feed?? It’s up to you. Please use the comment option below to send your feedback.  Thank you.

Reflective writing skills

For anyone wanting practise in reflective writing, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have put together some information and resources around creative writing, initially as part of the Year of Writing. 

Writing for reflective practice and personal development’ provides some short exercises based on a book of the same name, written by Gillie Bolton.

  • Click here for information sheet about diaries and journals.
  • Click here for an information sheet on Freewriting.

Please use the feedback option to let us, and other readers know if you found the exercises useful.

Shelf Watch – on reflection

New books are coming in all the time but these two look interesting and might be useful to anyone wanting to develop their reflective skills.

Practising Critical Reflection, Fook, J and Gardner, F  2010
This first one is a handbook which looks at 3 main areas – theory and context, the process of critical reflection and lastly its application.

Developing the Reflective Healthcare Team, Ghaye, T  2005
“This is a book about meaningful learning through the practices of reflection”, and is one of the first to explore how this (the practice of reflection) can be used to develop healthcare teams in order to deliver high quality personalised care.

More from NHS Networks

This report reviews the key workforce risks and opportunities within the nursing and midwifery workforce in 2011 and beyond.
Training in dementia care should be offered to all staff working with older people in the health, social care and voluntary sectors, in line with NICE recommendations, the all-party parliamentary group on dementia has said.
Taking a medicine is the most frequent intervention that patients will use to improve their health.



News from the NHS Network

NHS Network is a website which aims to share ideas through supporting innovation and improvement and promote networking within the health service.

Here are 3 recently published documents which we hope you will find interesting. Paper copies are available in the Library.

7 July 2011
Route to success: the key contribution of nursing to end of life care
The guide highlights the key nursing contributions within the six steps of the end of life care pathway.

7 July 2011
Preventing and controlling healthcare-associated infections
NICE, in partnership with the Health Protection Agency (HPA), is currently developing advice on the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) in secondary care settings as part of a pilot project.

6 July 2011
The RCN’s UK position on health visiting in the early years
The Royal College of Nursing has published evidence of the important role that health visitors play in the lives of children and families.

A book in the life of Dr Mark Johnston


Dr Mark Johnston


In this, the first of a series of articles, we have asked a number of our readers to select a particular book and explain what makes it so important and irreplaceable.  Our thanks this month go to Dr Mark Johnston, who has taken time out from work in geriatric and general medicine, to describe the book which would surely occupy the place of honour on his bookshelf.



‘A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.’
Martin Farquhar Tupper

 There is something special about the pleasure of eading a book, something which has been getting lost with increasing use of online resources and eBooks; they both have their benefits but sometimes luxury can outweigh convenience.


Being a geriatrician, Brocklehurst’s Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, is the ‘Rolls Royce’ of textbooks for me. It is split into two categories, firstly Gerontology, the study of changes with aging, including its impact on society and then a clinical component, focusing on illness in elderly patients.

It has much to offer and it should be a recommended read to all NHS staff, particularly Gerontology. There are many future changes coming in the NHS, with reforms and greater focus on our aging patients. It is important that we understand the needs of our older patients and I think this book would be a great starting point for all those who are interested.

Dr Mark Johnston MB ChB  MRCP (UK)
Geriatric and General (Internal) Medicine
Mersey Deanery

Writing opens new opportunities

Benjamin Franklyn once said “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”, advice which Amanda Lucas seems to have taken to heart.

Photo of Amanda Lucas

Amanda Lucas - Deputy Head of Midwifery

Having recently completed her degree in professional practice, a chance discussion with one of her tutors at University of Chester, prompted Amanda to try her hand at writing an article for the RCM Midwifery journal.  This was a new departure for Amanda but undeterred she began by revisiting work she had submitted as part of a degree module, then reshaping it to fit the needs of the publishing company.  In this particular instance, just 1,000 words were required.  ‘The hardest part at this point’ explained Amanda, was knowing what to leave out’.

After a brief flurry of supportive emails from the RCM publisher, Amanda’s first article on infection control entitled ‘Naked below the elbow’ was published in April 2010.  Suitably buoyed up by this success, Amanda quickly followed up with ‘Challenging the status quo’, which concentrated on change management and was published in August 2010.

Reflecting on previous KSF/PDR appraisal discussions, when it was suggested she consider further development, Amanda recalled how she was initially reluctant to commit to a degree but that all changed the minute she started her course, following successful PQF funding.  Now she enthuses to others about the benefits of the degree course; how much she has enjoyed it and importantly, how it has brought about changes in practice here at MDGH.

Amanda feels convinced that others can follow in her footsteps ‘because they already do the work … and there is plenty of local support available at the Staff Library’. Brushing up on her search and computer skills was one of Amanda’s first tasks but being supported and knowing where to look, together with facilities like the economical document delivery service and the fact that the Library is ‘local made a big difference’.

When she isn’t writing, Amanda is keen to be involved in the latest HAI initiatives, becoming a regular presenter at numerous events including the HAI conference at Carnforth, Lancashire and our own Start the Year conference on June 29.

What next? Having recently been promoted to Deputy Head of Midwifery, Amanda shows no signs of slowing down but has instead entered an Excellence Award competition with Chester University and, if she is successful, hopes to put the £500.00 prize money to funding her next project, a Masters in Business Management. 
Jan Read 

Publications:      RCM Midwifery
Naked below the elbow 
1/8/2010           Challenging the status quo
Taking the lead
Learning and skills counsel

New Books (Women and children) June 2011

Sulik, Sandra:   Primary care procedures in women’s health, 2010, shelved at 618.2

Drolet, Beth A:   Birthmarks of medical significance, 2010, shelved 618.92

Shields, Linda:   Perioperative care of the child: a nursing manual, 2010, shelved 617.98

Stables, Dot:   Physiology in childbearing with anatomy and related biosciences, 2010, shelved 612.62

New Books (General Medicine)

Cooper, P:  ADHD: research, practice and opinion, 1999, shelved at 618.92

Dimond, B:   Legal aspects of pain management, 2010, shelved at 344.0414

Gillberg, C:  The biology of the autistic syndromes, 1992, shelved at 618.92

Jagoda, A:   Seizures, 2011, shelved at 617.1

Mills, Angela M:   Gastrointestinal emergencies, 2011, shelved at 617.1

Parrott, R: Talking about health: why communication matters, 2009, shelved at 610.696

Rolfe, Gary:   Critical reflection in practice: generating knowledge for care, 2011, shelved at 610.7301

Stephens, D:   The impact of genetic hearing impairment, 2005, shelved at 617.8

Storey, John:   Governing the new NHS: issues and tensions in health service management, 2011, shelved at 362.1068

NEW BOOKS: Nursing – June 2011

Ackley, Betty J. Nursing diagnosis handbook: an evidence-based guide to planning care 2011 616.075
Bach, Shirley Communication and interpersonal skills for nurses 2009 610.730699
Bond, Meg Skills of clinical supervision for nurses: a practical guide for supervisees, clinical supervisors and managers 2010 610.730683
Burns, Nancy Understanding nursing research: building an evidence-based practice 2011 610.73072
Carvalho, Sally Fundamental aspects of legal, ethical and professional issues in nursing 2011 174.29073
Cassedy, Paul First steps in clinical supervision: a guide for healthcare professionals 2010 610.730699
Drolet, Beth A. Birthmarks of medical significance 2010 / October 618.92
Eslick, Guy D. Paediatric chest pain 2010/December 618.92
Griffith, Richard Law and professional issues in nursing 2010 344.420414
Harver, Andrew Asthma, health and society 2010 616.238
Holland, Karen Applying the Roper-Logan-Tierney model in practice 2008 610.73011
Holt, Tim ABC of diabetes 2010 616.412
International conference on harmonisation of technical requirements for registration of pharmaceuticals for human use ICH harmonised tripartite guideline for good clinical practice 1996 / June 362.1068
Jagoda, Andy Seizures 2011 / Feb 617.1
Kubler-Ross,Elizabeth On death and dying: what the dying have to teach doctors, nurses, clergy and their own families 2009 155.937
Marks, David F. Health psychology: theory, research and practice 2011 610.19
Mazurek, Bernadette Evidence-based practice in nursing and healthcare: a guide to best practice 2011 362.105
Ng, Vicky Lee Optimization of outcomes for children after solid organ transplantation 2010 / April 618.92
Parrott, Roxanne Talking about health: why communication matters 2009 610.696
Peate, Ian Nursing care and the activities of living 2010 610.73
Rebar, Cherie R. Understanding nursing research: using research in evidence-based practice 2011 610.73072
Reid, Norma G. Research methods and statistics in health care 1987 378.0072
Rolfe,Gary Critical reflection in practice: generating knowledge for care 2011 610.7301
Rovensky, Jozef Dictionary of rheumatology 2009 616.723
RoyalCollegeofNursing Making nursing visible: valuing our contribution to high quality patient-centred care 2011 /June 610.73011
Shields, Linda Perioperative care of the child: a nursing manual 2010 617.98
Stables, Dot Physiology in childbearing with anatomy and related biosciences 2010 612.62
Walsh, Danny The nurse mentor’s handbook: supporting students in clinical practice 2010 610.730699
Weber, Janet R. Nurses’ handbook of health assessment 2010 610.73

New Books – June 2011

63 new titles were added to the Library shelves in June, including 11 in the leisure reading category.

Here is a selection to whet your appetite:

  • Ackley, Betty J:   Nursing diagnosis handbook: an evidence-based guide to planning care:   616.075
  • American Psychological Assoc:   Mastering APA style: student’s workbook and training guide:   808.66
  • Blaxter, L:   How to research:   378.007
  • Burgess, Robin:   New principles of best practice in clinical audit:   362.1068
  • Cooper, Paul: ADHD: research, practice and opinion:   618.92
  • Dimond, B:   Legal aspects of pain management:   344.0414
  • Griffith, R:   Law and professional issues in nursing:   344.420
  • Harver, Andrew:   Asthma, health and society:   616.238
  • Holland, K:   Applying the Roper-Logan-Tierney model in practice:   610.730
  • Holt, Tim:   ABC of diabetes:   616.412
  • Huff, Darrell:   How to lie with statistics:   519.5
  • Kubler-Ross, E:   On death and dying:   155.937
  • Mills, Angela M:   Gastrointestinal emergencies:   617.1
  • Rovensky, Josef:   Dictionary of wheumatology:   616.723
  • Volans, Glyn:   Drugs handbook 2011:   615.1141
  • Weber, Janet R:   Nurses’ handbook of health assessment:   610.73

Leisure reading includes:

  • Childs, Lee:   61 hours
  • Farndale, Nigel:   The blasphemer
  • Gerritsen, Tess:   Keeping the dead
  • Grisham, John:   The Innocent Man, The appeal
  • Montonari, R:   Broken angels
  • Parris, SJ:   Heresy
  • Slaughter, K:   Blindsighted
  • Walters, Julie:   Maggie’s tree

For the full book list – click here