Health Information Week

Health Information Week
On Tuesday 3 July, as part of Health Information Week, Jan and Steve staked out a spot in the Staff Restaurant, Treetops just as the lunchtime rush began. With the aid of the latest technology, an iPAD, their aim was to raise awareness of the many quality eresources available to Trust and Community staff and students.

The iPAD was used to demonstrate the number of useful clinical and healthcare apps freely available for download to smartphone and iPAD users.  One such example was the BNF app. This provides users who have an Athens username and password (a must for every healthcare professional), that there is nothing to stop them from having the latest pharmacology advice and updates at their fingertips. No more scrabbling around the department looking for that one dog-eared copy!  If you have a clinical or healthcare  ‘app’ you would like to recommend, please let us know.

There were even some free books to give away. As part of the Staff Library’s stock downsizing prior to their move later this summer, a number of free hardback medical journals were passed on to new owners. Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to acquire one, it’s not too late to call in the Staff Library and see what else is available.

There was plenty of opportunity to discuss various topics such as how to register for Athens and what it enables registered users to access; how to book for training; who it was best to talk to regarding literature searching and there was also plenty of interest in Horizon Scanning – the library’s latest service.

Horizon Scanning (HS) aims to bring the latest news and information direct to an individual’s inbox. It is very easy to sign up to and if you are not completely satisfied you can unsubscribe at any time. Best of all the service is free and if your particular interest isn’t included on the list of subjects offered, then one of the Staff Library team, will be happy to customise something which is more suited to your exact needs.

 

NICE launches free British National Formulary Smartphone App for NHS England

NICE launches free British National Formulary Smartphone App for NHS England

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has today launched a free British National Formulary (BNF) Smartphone application for download by health and social care professionals who work for or who are contracted by NHS England.

The new app is called NICE BNF and has been developed to provide easy access to the latest up-to-date prescribing information from the BNF – the most widely-used medicines information resource within the NHS.

The NICE BNF app is available to download for free to health and care professionals via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Users will need to enter their NHS Athens user name and password to activate the app and download the content.

via NICE launches free British National Formulary Smartphone App for NHS England.

Guidance at a glance on your smartphone

Guidance at a glance on your smartphone.

The official NICE Guidance app is available to download now for users of Android and iPhone smartphones.

The free app allows quick and easy access to all of NICE’s recommendations and advice, and has been developed in response to demand from users of NICE guidance.

Aimed at healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses and medical students, the app allows users to search, browse and explore all of the guidance produced by NICE.

More than 760 pieces of NICE guidance are contained, such as clinical guidelines on COPD, hypertension and stroke, and the app is automatically updated whenever access to the internet is available.

Guidance is arranged by clinical or public health topic, and particular sections can be bookmarked for easy access, or sent via email.

Other features include receiving automatic updates and new guidance as soon as it is published on the NICE website, adjustable font size for readability, and the ability to ‘swipe’ between chapters when looking at guidance.

The NICE Guidance app works on Android Smartphones, Apple iPhones and iPod touch running IOS 4.3 and above. It can be downloaded from Apple’s iStore and the Android Market.