New eBook titles in Community

Several new ebook titles have been added to the Community page – please make sure you have your Athens account details before following the links.

If you haven’t yet registered for Athens, please follow the link below to and complete the online form. Registration is free but you will need your NHSNet email address.

Step by step approach to Microsoft Qualification

A few years ago the Cheshire ICT Service registered as an Microsoft Office Specialist Testing Centre and in 2011, NHS Connecting for Health successfully negotiated a contract with Microsoft for NHS Staff to complete the exams for free.

In addition NHS Connecting for Health provided some funds to purchase Microsoft Office books to help staff study towards the Microsoft Office Specialist Qualification.  If you are interested in knowing more about this course you should contact Cheshire ICT’s training team at

The good news is that enough books have been purchased to distribute between the staff libraries at East Cheshire and West Cheshire. 

The books cover the popular applications of MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook. There is a choice of versions (2003, 2007 and some 2010) and 2 different book styles.

Learners may choose from the larger spiral bound books which have a colour, easy to follow layout featuring numbered instructions, illustrations and test yourself quizzes. The other ‘Step by Step’ series, is more text based but still covers the key points clearly.  Both series include support material on CD Rom.
It is hoped that the books will help staff to learn how to use the Office packages more efficiently from work or at home.

Health checks for people with learning disabilities

Overview: People with learning disabilities have poorer health than their non-disabled peers and evidence suggests that this is partly because of barriers associated with identifying ill health and ensuring timely access to healthcare services (Michael 2008).

Current advice: The Department of Health recommends that primary care services provide comprehensive annual health checks for people with learning disabilities using local or directly enhanced schemes. Local authorities should help to identify individuals who would benefit from, and would be eligible for, enhanced services.

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