The Library and Knowledge Service would like to give a warm welcome to our newest member of staff. Anne Webb joins us as Clinical Outreach Librarian, replacing Carole Keeling. Anne will be mainly responsible for staff members based in Macclesfield Hospital, providing e-resource training, evidence searching, support for research and current awareness amongst other services. Why not contact her to find out how she could help you?
Telephone 01625 663398
The self-service terminal has now been installed in the Library and Knowledge Service, but further configuration is needed before it can be used. Staff appreciate your continued patience while we sort out minor issues.
The Library and Knowledge Service is taking part in 2015’s Learning at Work week:
Are you interested in learning how to use computers from scratch? Amanda Gardner will be providing computer skills training for those who want to start from the beginning, as well as something for those who are a little more advanced.
Do you want to know how to use Athens resources? Carole Keeling will be helping people set up accounts and running basic training sessions.
Do you want to use social media in your job, but aren’t sure how it all works? Steve Collman will be running drop-in sessions Friday 15th May and Monday 18th May to show the basics, plus a little bit more for those who are interested.
Why not drop in and learn something new?
The Library and Knowledge Service is taking part in Learning at Work week next month, with a variety of free training available!
- All through May at lunchtime you can request training on basic computer skills from Amanda Gardner, our E-Resources Librarian
- You can learn how to register for an NHS Athens account and how to perform basic searches with Carole Keeling, our Outreach Librarian
- You can learn how to use social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and others with Steve Collman, our Community Outreach Librarian, on 15th and 18th May, 12-1pm.
Why not ask us for more information in any of these and other areas? Call 01625 661362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today and find out what you could learn!
A UK health regulator has issued a warning to makers of mobile medical “apps” that may harm patients.
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Neil McGuire, clinical director of devices at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said, “Be under no illusion—if you have a medical device and it’s software or an app and patients come to grief, we’re coming looking.”
The library would like to welcome all new starters from the corporate induction this morning. We hope to see some of you here soon, to take advantage of our many resources.
We have computers for emailing, e-learning and training, books on a wide variety of specialities as well as the fiction collection.
We also have our team members who can answer any questions you might have and are available to explain procedures and give training on how to use resources.
Or you could just drop in for a cup of tea or coffee!
A very warm welcome to Amanda Gardner, who joined us last week. She replaces Jan Read as electronic resources librarian as well as doing work on e-learning modules. Amanda is very happy to answer any queries you may have about Athens accounts, electronic resources and general library information.
Last week, all of the public computers in the library were replaced with new ones, containing Windows 7 and the most up to date version of Microsoft Office. Come in and try the new machines today! Feel free to ask for help from any member of library staff if you’re having any problems.
If you work at Eagle Bridge Health and Wellbeing Centre in Crewe and you need help finding information for research, patient care or just to keep up to date, why not drop into the library on the second floor? Steve Collman, Community Outreach Librarian, will be available on the 12th of February all day to give you help and advice.
Welcome to the group of students in the library today, who were learning how to use Sharepoint and databases. The session was run by Elisa Dowey and Abe Ginourie of Chester University. Hopefully we’ll see some of you back soon for further library help and support!
The NHS European Office collates some of its recent publications into a single quick reference to help you better understand EU health policy
Following today’s media coverage on the care.data programme NHS England would like to clarify the following points in relation to patient care.
- Under the care.data programme no patient data has been collected so far from GPs
- The Pathfinder stage will test the care.data programme in four different English regions
- The opt out for the care.data programme will apply to confidential GP data being used for purposes beyond direct care
- The opt out is not currently live and will not impact upon direct care
- How we communicate this to patients will be tested in the Pathfinder areas
The BMJ Clinical Evidence website at http://clinicalevidence.bmj.com/ has recently been updated and is fully optimised to fit your mobile, tablet or laptop. To see for yourself you can view a sample systematic review by following this link – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Take a look for yourself and see what else might be useful.
Have you visited our Understanding Evidence page recently. For those of you returning to study this year, you can find some useful links on our website at http://ectsl.weebly.com/understanding-evidence.html
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Here is a useful click-able map showing the progress of doctors from medical school to consultant level. It has been produced by the Wales Deanery/Cardiff University and is best viewed in Google Chrome rather than IE. If you would like to have this on your smartphone, android and iphone apps are available for download.
Get to know your way around the newly updated NICE website at http://www.nice.org.uk/
Why not take the tour to familiarize yourself with the new layout.
Searching for evidence is one thing but making sure what you find is accurate, up-to-date, and evidence based from a reputable source are all important factors which need to be considered.
Here is an excellent site which will guide you through the critical appraisal process of published research.
Finding and Appraising the Evidence – by Amanda Burls and Anne Brice
The course is made up of 6 modules:
A good resource, well worth a look – the excellent ‘Behind the Headlines’ facility which is part of the larger, more well known NHS Choices website.
Behind the headlines (BTH) looks at stories in the media to expand and explain how the headline came about. If you read the article below, you will see how BTH traces the evidence back to the original research and provides an unbiased conclusion.
Hip replacement deaths drop by a half since 2003
“Death rates following hip replacement surgery fell by half in England and Wales,” reports the BBC News website.
Its headline is based on a new study in The Lancet which looked at data from the National Joint Registry (NJR) over the course of eight years. The registry is an NHS database recording outcomes in artificial joint operations such as hip and knee replacements.
Read the full article, which includes research, a video and an easy to follow conclusion.
Insulin safety training is a requirement for all those who prescribe, prepare, handle or administer insulin. To ensure compliance with NPSA safe prescribing of insulin requirements, please can any prescriber, nurse or pharmacist who has not already completed the diabetes.nhs.uk training now do so. Please note the website address to access this learning has changed and can be found at:
*Please note – of the 5 e-learning packages listed on this website, it is the Safe Use of Insulin module you are required to complete.
Each module allows users to log on, complete the course, take an on-line test and print a certificate if passed. There is an assessment at the end with a pass rate of 75% to gain a certificate. Please give a copy of your certificate to your line manager.
Extract from internal Staff Briefing
If you are about to embark on a period of study you may find this reading list on Leadership very helpful.
It is produced by The King’s Fund Information and Library Service and the selected items are from items held by the Information and Library Service or are freely available on the Internet. It does not aim to be comprehensive, or to be a ‘recommended reading list’ – but to give an indication of the sorts of resources The King’s Fund can make available on this important topic.
Please don’t forget that there are more useful links and resources to be found on our Health Management page.
The University of Northampton has produced some useful information for students in their Skills Hub. These include video tips and links to resources on such topics as evaluating information, plagiarism, academic writing, critical thinking, time management and even note taking tips.
In this short video, there are some techniques to help you critically evaluate information used in your academic work. Produced by Gillian Siddall, Academic Librarian and Jo Cormac, Academic Practice Tutor.
Thanks to Ian Wilkes (Warner Library) and Susan Smith of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust for this list of free exam resources.
Postgraduate Examination Resources: Warner Library subscribed / free
Medical Masterclass www.medical-masterclass.com
- Exams covered: MRCP Part 1 and 2
- Online practice examinations and question bank – ask Warner Library staff for login details.
- Exam covered: MRCP Part 1
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- Exams covered: MRCP, MRCPCH, FRCR, MRCS Part 2/Part A:2, MRCOG, DRCOG, MRCGP, MRCPsych, FRCA, MCEM Part A, PLAB Part 1, FRCPath Haem Part 1: Paper 2
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Exam Consult http://www.examconsult.co.uk
- Exams covered: Medical Finals, MRCP Part 2
- 50 free questions for Basic Science, medical finals, MRCP Part 2
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East Cheshire Health Unison website
East Cheshire Health Unison branch, which covers East Cheshire NHS Trust staff and other associated staff, now has its own website. This means members can check out what’s happening locally and contact the branch directly. It can be found at http://www.unisonech.co.uk