Great value from Athens

It’s a good time to remind everyone who has registered for an Athens account, of all the electronic resources it provides access to via NHS Evidence.
Clicking on this link will take you to a complete list of nationally purchased databases and journals (correct as at Nov 2012).

If you haven’t registered for Athens yet, then follow this link – it only takes a couple of minutes and all you need is your NHS Mail address.  If you would like a refresher about getting the best from your Athens account, please call 01625 66 1362.


Moving in March!

The countdown begins!

In 32 days time the library will bid farewell to the Education and Training Centre as the task of moving all our books, journals and IT equipment begins.  Next month will see the much anticipated relocation of the Staff Library to its new home on the 2nd floor of New Alderley House.  A number of furniture items which we do not have space for, will be advertised as surplus stock as moving day approaches. Please keep checkingMOVING DAY our website for further information as details are published.





The King’s Fund: Information overload: tackling bureaucracy in the NHS

NHS Confederation

nhsstructure_post_2013A useful paper which lays out clearly the challenges faced by the new NHS structure post April 2013.

This report aims to bring about a reduction of the bureaucratic burden on the NHS to help organisations focus on securing the best patient care. It calls on the Department of Health and arms length bodies to take action to tackle this issue, following a review of progress made to reduce bureaucracy in the health service.

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Our leaner meaner journal collection

DSCF0274As part of ongoing work to streamline our processes wherever possible, this month saw the successful update of our current paper journals and their details using the ‘link resolver’.  This is the ‘behind the scenes’ mechanism which seamlessly enables anyone searching the NHS Evidence databases or HDAS for a particular article, to see a list of possible suppliers ie: the paper and/or electronic holdings which we subscribe to or have as part of the NHS England core content deal.

Due to our move in March to much smaller accommodation, the reduction in our collection from over 160 journals down to just 14 vividly illustrates how much the library relocation has cost in terms of resources.

Our paper journals now comprise:

Rolling 12 months.  Donated

Rolling 12 months – Donated

Rolling 12 months. Donated

Rolling 12 months. Also available via NHS Athens

Held in bookstock

Rolling 12 months

Rolling 12 months. Also available via NHS Athens


LANCET (2012)
Rolling 12 months. Funded by NICE and also available via NHS Athens

Rolling 12 months

Rolling 12 months. Funded by University of Chester

Rolling 12 months. Funded by University of Chester and also available via NHS Athens

NURSING TIMES (2008 – to current)
Imperfect. Funded by University of Chester

SURGERY  (2012)
Rolling 12 months

Requests for articles and journals not covered in this list will still be available via the inter-library loan scheme.


Advancing Practice: from staff nurse to nurse consultant. Part 2: setting objectives

Advancing Practice: from staff nurse to nurse consultant. Part 2: setting objectives

John Fowler

British Journal of Nursing, Vol. 22, Iss. 2, 24 Jan 2013, pp 116

This series of articles is designed to help you advance your nursing practice. The first article explored the motivation to advance practice and the differences between specialist and advanced practice. This article will examine the importance of setting objectives.

Skills for Health: Leadership development for the health sector

lectureSkills for Health would like to announce the launch of two new Leadership Development programmes. The Leadership and Management Programme and the Team Leading Development Programme have been designed specifically for the UK health sector to address ‘real-life’ work challenges. Our leadership programmes can help you develop tomorrows’ leaders from within your organisation, develop a consistently strong leadership culture, and contribute to real performance improvements.

Our open courses allow participants to learn alongside colleagues from different health sector environments, learning from others and sharing common experiences. Alternatively, programmes can be customised for a group of employees, providing opportunities to link programme learning with other organisational development activities.

The Leadership and Management Programme

Offered as a Level 5 Leadership Certificate, this progressive programme focuses on both management and leadership development, aiming to equip operational leaders with the skills and knowledge they require to be effective managers along with an understanding of their own leadership capability. Read More.

The Team Leading Development Programme

This leadership development programme is accredited as a Level 3 Leadership Certificate that focuses on equipping leaders of front line services with the confidence and leadership skills they need to enable staff to deliver good quality services. It provides the skills and knowledge to start their development into team leaders that engage with staff, gain respect, focus on quality and create a high performing culture within their team. Read More.

Our knowledge and experience of the health sector means that our delivery team has first hand experience of supporting and developing the health sector workforce and the programme content is relevant and appropriate.

To find out more, visit,

BMJ Modules: 4 February 2013

Abdominal conditions in children are common and have a wide range of causes. In this latest module Dr Ian Wacogne outlines the common causes of various abdominal problems in children and how to recognise and manage them.

Common problems in children 2: abdominal conditions

Also here are some of BMJ’s modules on oral health. They give an important update on a range of common dilemmas.mouthulcer

Mouth cancer: recognising it and referring early

Mouth ulcers: a guide to diagnosis and management 

HIV infection: diagnostic picture tests 

Herpes simplex type 1 oral infection: a guide to diagnosis and treatment 

Neck lumps: diagnostic picture tests

Is educating community nurses about end-of-life care a waste of resources?

Brian Nyatanga, British Journal of Community Nursing, Vol. 18,
                          Iss. 2, 01 Feb 2013, pp 77

The health system-and palliative care in particular-are facing difficult financial times due to spending cuts. It seems that when times are this hard one of the first things to go is staff education, which is disturbing considering that it takes years to train community palliative care nurses to function at specialist level.

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