Working with evidence

DSCF0651Additional Training Opportunities

This is just a reminder that East Cheshire staff may access training courses provided at other library venues besides our own here in New Alderley House. This is due to a reciprocal arrangement between ourselves, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester.

Stepping Hill currently has free courses on the following topics:

  • Introduction to Literature Searching
  • Introduction to Critical Appraisal with statistics
  • In-depth Literature Searching
  • The Cochrane Library
  • Using PubMed effectively

Courses at UHSM have yet to be published.

See our webpage for dates and times

Don’t forget for 1:1 training on updating or developing your evidence search skills using the healthcare databases (HDAS), NICE or Cochrane, please get in touch with one of our Outreach Librarians.  Contact Carole Keeling if you are based at the Trust or Steve Collman for any community based staff or students.

 

Any questions for Carole?

nice_nhs_evidenceDid you know that Carole Keeling, our Clinical Outreach Librarian, is happy to help any staff or students working in the Trust, with any of the following?

  1. Are you too busy to search for evidence?
  2. Would you benefit from some training on how to conduct an effective search?
  3. Do you need help in preparing articles for publication?

If the answer to any of the above is Yes, and if you are based at East Cheshire Trust please contact Carole in confidence by completing this form.

A day in the life of an NHS Librarian

If you’ve ever wondered what the work of an NHS librarian entails, this extract from Lesley Firth may just give you a flavour.  To read the full article click here.   

In your Staff  Library you will find people trained in locating up-to-date, evidence based information from reliable sources to support patient care just like Lesley.

Health professionals rely on the expertise provided by NHS librarians to aid the treatment of patients or to research rare illnesses.

Health libraries and librarians are vital to the support of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and evidence-based practice (EBP). EBM and EBP is “the process of systematically reviewing, appraising and using clinical research findings to aid the delivery of optimum clinical care to patients” (fromWhat is Evidence-Based Medicine?).

… My job is to ensure health professionals have access to the best available information so that patients receive evidence-based treatments and care. Health libraries are essential to this provision and without them health professionals would have another burden on their shoulders; how to find the best information fast?

So, what do health librarians and health libraries do that is so important?

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Autumn training options

The Staff Library offers training and support to staff and students through the following courses which are arranged at times and dates to suit individuals or small groups.  Our new course for the Autumn is An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training.  However, if anyone requires assistance with creating a presentation, using the Internet safely, setting up an email or Athens account please contact us on 01625 66 3923.

Introduction to the Cochrane Library (1.5 hours)
This course aims to instruct staff in effective literature searching using the Cochrane Library and will cover keyword and MESH search, combining search terms, saving search histories and printing/saving results.

Introduction to NHS Evidence & Basic Literature Searching (2 hours)
This course is for staff who wish to learn the basics of literature searching using healthcare databases and will include a brief introduction to the NHS Evidence web portal. No previous experience necessary.

An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training
We offer courses which examine critical appraisal of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or qualitative research. You will summarise the key features of the research type, identify tools to help appraise the research and carry out an appraisal of a relevant paper selected by the Library team. No previous experience is needed.

To book a place on any of the above courses or to discuss your requirements, please contact Library Staff on 01625 66 3923.

Autumn training options

The Staff Library offers training and support to staff and students through the following courses which are arranged at times and dates to suit individuals or small groups.  Our new course for the Autumn is An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training.  However, if anyone requires assistance with creating a presentation, using the Internet safely, setting up an email or Athens account please contact us on 01625 66 3923.

Introduction to the Cochrane Library (1.5 hours)
This course aims to instruct staff in effective literature searching using the Cochrane Library and will cover keyword and MESH search, combining search terms, saving search histories and printing/saving results.

Introduction to NHS Evidence & Basic Literature Searching (2 hours)
This course is for staff who wish to learn the basics of literature searching using healthcare databases and will include a brief introduction to the NHS Evidence web portal. No previous experience necessary.

An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training
We offer courses which examine critical appraisal of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or qualitative research. You will summarise the key features of the research type, identify tools to help appraise the research and carry out an appraisal of a relevant paper selected by the Library team. No previous experience is needed.

To book a place on any of the above courses or to discuss your requirements, please contact Library Staff on 01625 66 3923.

Community News

Visit our Community News page at http://http://www.netvibes.com/ecn-stafflibrary#Community_Care

There’s something for community nurses, health visitors, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, dental teams, and those who work in mental health areas and with drug and alcohol patients.

Steve Collman is the Community Outreach Librarian so please contact him if you have any literature search requests or would like some training in this area.  Steve can be reached by email at steve.collman@nhs.net

If you feel there are any topics that could be added to this page please let us know. You can add your comments at the foot of this post.