Bespoke training opportunities

The Staff Library provides support and guidance to all staff and students in central and eastern Cheshire from its location in the Education and Training Centre, West Park and also through its comprehensive website.  

Utilising excellent IT facilities we specialise in providing 1:1 and small group training sessions
, tailored to the learner’s requirements. This enables us to offer a high quality training service, supporting clinical governance and evidence based healthcare.

Popular areas of interest include how to:

  • register for an Athens account
  • become familiar with some of the many resources in NHS Evidence
  • conduct effective literature searches using the Cochrane Library
  • search for full text journal articles using MEDLINE, CINAHL, BNI and others
  • maximise the benefit of online information using our website – setting alerts and subscribing to newsfeeds

Additional services from our Clinical and Community Outreach Librarians:

Carole Keeling, Clinical Outreach Librarian, offers staff and students at Macclesfield DGH, the following:

  • assistance with research and improving your information searching skills
  • literature searching service for individuals or departments, journal club, research groups
  • Manuscript publication assistance – help with proof-reading, references and advice on submitting your work to publishers.

Steve Collman, Community Outreach Librarian, works exclusively with community staff and students to:

  • discuss how to search more effectively and save time
  • support and guide your research and
  • discover ways in which our service can support yours!

Please contact Library Staff on 01625 66 1362 to discuss your training requirements

New forum for IBD

Extract from Trust news bulletin

Earlier this year East Cheshire NHS Trust teamed up with Crohn’s and Colitis UK and The NHS Smoking Cessation Team to launch a new patient forum for people suffering from debilitating bowel conditions, such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

The new support forum was established as part of a number of service developments for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients at East Cheshire NHS Trust, to improve access, education and early diagnosis of IBD.

Following the success of the first forum in March 2011, the trust will host their second patient forum on 16 November from 17.30pm at Macclesfield District General Hospital’s Education and Training Centre. The trust is encouraging patients, relatives and visitors to come along and take part in the group and learn more about their condition, management and long term outcomes.

Read more on the trust news page

Unwitnessed in-patient falls

S Hignett, G Sands… – Age and Ageing, 2011 –
British Geriatrics Soc
 … doi:10.1136/qshc.2007.024695. Abstract/FREE Full Text. 

Healey F, Scobie S, Glampson B, Pryce A, Joule N, Willmott M

Slips, Trips and Falls in Hospital:
The Third Report from the Patient Safety Observatory. London: National Patient Safety Agency; 2007.

News from NHS Networks: 7 October

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Annual Report 2010/11 has been published today.  Read more »
A ban on the sale of tobacco from vending machines starts today across England.    Read more »
A non-emergency telephone number for NHS services is to launch across England, the Department of Health says.

News from NHS Networks: 7 October

Physical activity in Mental health
Promotion of physical activity, exercise and sport to improve the health of people with a mental health diagnosis.

My Shared pathway
My Shared pathway is part of the National Secure services Qipp Programme. It is developing a recovery approach to identifying and achieving outcomes and aims to streamilne the present pathway for service users in secure services.

Referral to an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Center and Mortality Among Patients With Severe 2009 Influenza A (H1N1): participating in the SWIFT study, Dr J Hunter

Caring for the Critically Ill Patient
JAMA. Published online October 5, 2011. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.1471

Referral to an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Center and Mortality Among Patients With Severe 2009 Influenza A(H1N1)

Context Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) can support gas exchange in patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), but its role has remained controversial. ECMO was used to treat patients with ARDS during the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.

Objective To compare the hospital mortality of patients with H1N1-related ARDS referred, accepted, and transferred for ECMO with matched patients who were not referred for ECMO.

The authors acknowledge the support of NHS Specialised Services of the UK Department of Health for supporting increased capacity to provide extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for adult patients during the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic and are indebted to the relevant staff at all of the hospitals participating in the SwiFT study.

Fulltext available

World Mental Health Day: 10/10/12

World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2012

The 10 October 2011 is World Mental Health Day, an event celebrated all around the world.  World Mental Health Day aims to get us all talking openly about mental illnesses and the treatment and preventions that are available to us all.

It is thought that 154 million people around the world suffer from depression, so it’s likely that you or someone you know will be affected by mental illness during your lifetime.

There is a display at Macclesfield District General Hospital along the canteen corridor and the list below provides just a small selection of the books available in our library.

  • The Guide to Mental Health for Nurses in primary care
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005 : training sets
  • What are the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards?
  • The health of the nation key area handbook: mental illness
  • Oxfordhandbook of mental health nursing
  • ABC of mental health
  • Introducing mental health : a practical guide
  • Managing crisis and risk in mental health nursing
  • Biological aspects of mental health nursing
  • Forget me not: mental health services for older people

Limited availability: BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care journal

We are pleased to announce that BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care is currently free of charge (via NHS Athens).  It isn’t yet known how long this offer will last, so take advantage of it while you can!

BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care was launched in April and is highly relevant to clinicians, researchers and other healthcare workers in all clinical services where supportive and palliative care is practiced.

Click here to access

Royal Pharmaceutical Society | Protecting children and young people

Pharmacists have a professional, legal and moral duty to protect children from abuse or neglect and to work with other organisations and authorities to safeguard children.  The purpose of this resource is to provide concise practical information to help pharmacists protect children and young people in the course of their professional practice.

It provides information in three key areas:

• Recognising signs of abuse or neglect
• What to do if abuse or neglect is suspected
• Sources of further information and advice

Click here to view the Protecting Children and Young People quick reference guide »

NICE: Autism spectrum disorders in children …

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Autism spectrum disorders in children and young people: recognition, referral and diagnosis
This NICE guideline makes recommendations towards the establishment of local multi-disciplinary teams to improve the diagnosis and assessment of children and young people with autism.

British Dietetic Association BDA

The BDA has been updating its Food Fact sheets: a very popular resource on this web site.  Three updated sheets have just been added: Fruit and Veg – how to get five a day, Vegetarian diets – keeping a healthy balance, and Sport.

The BDA has also developed a series of Key Fact information sheets designed to raise the profile of dietitians and highlight their varied roles in different speciality areas.The first three are on the topics of Malnutrition, Obesity and Diabetes.

Transforming Community Services

Extract from DoH website

Community services provide essential care to many people, families and communities, from health promotion to end of life care. This care is provided in many settings, at critical points in people’s lives, and often to those in vulnerable situations.

For more information see:

14 April 2011

The Community Indicators for Quality improvement aim to help clinicians and frontline services to measure and monitor quality improvement, by indicating where change is needed and to demonstrate what high quality personalised care looks like

From the presenter’s perspective … all in a day’s work!

Steve Collman, our latest recruit to the Staff Library team, shares this recent experience with us.

On Monday 12th September 2011, I was giving a presentation to students at Wythenshawe Hospital, explaining  how the library service and I could be of use to them. I’ve given talks before, but this was to at least 100 people, the largest group I’d ever talked to. I travelled there with Sally Price, the Postgraduate Centre Manager of Leighton hospital, who was going to give a longer talk and would introduce me.

As I entered the lecture theatre and saw virtually all of the seats taken, it suddenly became real to me; I was going to speak about my job to all of these people! Sally set up and started her talk, while I waited in the background, until it was my turn. I didn’t feel stressed or nervous; I didn’t have time!  I just listened for my cue, which eventually came up and I stepped forward to say the piece I’d been rehearsing and had already given once to another group. I barely looked at my notes as the information seemed to come to mind easily.  Near the end I asked them to write down my contact details for when they went on placement in the community and then it was over. Sally stepped forward once more while I stepped back again. At this point, the nerves finally took over and made my hands shake so much I had to keep them by my side to stop my note paper rustling.

Afterwards, whilst giving out flyers to promote Leighton’s services, a few students told me that they’d noted my contact details and were looking forward to using my services.  This was extremely gratifying, considering I hadn’t seen anyone write anything down during my talk. I hope to hear from some of them soon.

Contact Steve Collman on 01625 661547 or by email at if you work in the community and would like advice and support.



Focus on Guidelines – who writes them, what are they and where to find them?

What are clinical guidelines?

Clinical guidelines aim to help health professionals and patients make the best decisions about treatment or care for a particular condition or situation.  Authors review the research literature and take advice from experts to include the current  evidence on which to base their guidelines recomendations. Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are encouraged to follow clinical guidelines where appropriate.

Where can I find guidelines:

NHS Evidence

Patient UK at

Who writes clinical guidelines for the UK?

Here are some of the main UK organisations involved in publishing guidelines:

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Mammographic surveillance increases chance of survival

Courtesy of Health Technology Assessment newsletter

Mammographic surveillance increases chance of survival
New research published in Health Technology Assessment 2011; vol. 15:34 has found that surveillance using mammography increases the survival chances of breast cancer patients. The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) programme.

The full text of this article is available at:


Library supports Health Matters – 4 October 2011

The Staff Library is open this evening until 8:00pm and staff are available to support visitors attending tonight’s Health Matters, 4 October 2011

The topic is ‘Choose well and viruses’, presented by Alan Wills, Consultant Microbiologist and Mark Bell, GP

To book your place

Please call the Communications and Engagement Department to book a place on 01625 661560, freephone 0800 1954194 or email We do hope you will be able to join us!

Rothwell MP,Pearson D,Hunter JD,Mitchell PA,Graham-Woollard T,Goodwin L,Dunn G: British Journal of Anaesthesia, June 2011

This article “Oral oxycodone offers equivalent analgesia to intravenous patient-controlled analgesia after total hip replacement: a randomized, single-centre, non-blinded, non-inferiority study” was published in British Journal of Anaesthesia, June 2011, vol./is. 106/6(865-72), 0007-0912;1471-6771 (2011 Jun)

North of England leads on patient experience

East Cheshire Trust in the top 5

Eight of ten NHS trusts at the top of a league table measuring cancer patient experience in England are in the north of the country, according to data published by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Author(s): Davis, Carol
Citation: Cancer Nursing Practice, 01 June 2011, vol./is. 10/5(6-7), 14754266
Publication Date: 01 June 2011
Source: CINAHL
Full Text:  Available in fulltext at EBSCO Host 

NHS foundation trusts: review of three months to 30 June 2011

NHS foundation trusts: review of three months to 30 June 2011
Monitor requires each NHS foundation trust board to submit a quarterly report. Performance is monitored against these reports to identify where problems might arise. This is the first quarterly report for 2011/12 and covers the 137 foundation trusts authorised up to 30 June 2011.

Extract from The Kings Fund

News from NHS Networks: 30 Sept

Two new respiratory quick reference guides have been published to help support patients with asthma and COPD.
This research scan describes how junior doctors have been engaged in quality improvement and factors that help and hinder their involvement.
The NHS must address the significant variations in care experienced by the 170,000 patients who have major emergency abdominal surgery each year, says a new report published by the Royal College of Surgeons.
The NHS could have saved a total of £625 million if it had prescribed NICE-recommended drugs for the treatment of type 2 diabetes as opposed to other treatment options, according to a new study.