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Resource of the week #10: Medical Masterclass

What is it?
Medical Masterclass is an online learning resource developed by the Royal College of Physicians London. You can practice questions for the MRCP (UK) (part 1 and 2) written examinations.

Key Features
There are 12 Medical Masterclass printed textbooks available at both LERC (Stafford) and the Health Library (Royal Stoke). These include core skills as well as medical specialities. They support your development and study for the MRCP (UK) exam.

You can then use the online Medical Masterclass resource to take mock MRCP (UK) Part 1 and Part 2 exams.

How can it help you?
You can practice for the exam – there are over 2,200 questions. You can compare your results against other users.

How to access it?
The online material is only available to NHS staff at UHNM. To access the online material, please contact staff at LERC (Stafford) for a username / password.
The book collection is available from each library.

Proquest database problems on UHNM network Fixed

The Proquest database provides NHS athens users with access to ejournals and articles on the Medline and PsychInfo databases.

The problem we experienced logging on to the Proquest databases from the UHNM network have now been fixed. If anyone continues to encounter any problems please get in touch.

Clinical Effectiveness Bulletin

The Clinical Effectiveness Bulletin, produced by the NHS Outreach Team, is now available via the Health Library website. Issues are added to the website as they become available, so you can always find them online.

The bulletin aims to draw attention to key documents, guidance and evidence-based reviews on clinical effectiveness. It is published on a monthly basis. For more information contact the Outreach Team.

Resource of the week #9: Joanna Briggs Institute Database

What is it?
The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is a research and development centre within the University of Adelaide. It collaborates with institutions across the world to gather good quality, high-level, evidence-based material on a range of nursing-specific topics.

The database allows you to search this material for information on a range of topics, including nursing management and education as well as nursing practice.

Key Features
The material available includes systematic reviews, best practice information sheets and evidence summaries. The evidence summaries give a “snapshot” of the current state of evidence on a topic. This is accompanied by recent references and gives a clear indication of the level of evidence involved. The summaries tend to be relatively short and have an easy-to-read format.

How can it help you?
You can find high-level, evidence-based summaries across a range of nursing-related topics.

How to access it?
You can access the JBI database from your nursing databases page. You will need your Keele computer login details if you are trying to access off-site.

More help?
You can find more help on using the JBI database from our website.

Problems with the Proquest database on UHNM network

The Proquest database provides NHS athens users with access to ejournals and articles on the Medline and PsychInfo databases.

We are currently experiencing problems using this database on the UHNM network - the login process is resulting in an error "Blocked request: Policy violation". We have logged the problem with IT and they are working towards fixing it.

In the meantime if you experience this problem unfortunately the only solution is to use a non-UHNM networked PC. NHS staff who are members of the library can request walk-in access to the Keele network - come to the library counter with your Health Library card.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Nursing Revalidation – Finding Supporting Evidence

Are you completing your nursing revalidation and looking for evidence to support your activities?

We can help you to find sources to support:
  • Reading and reviewing publications for CPD
  • Your written reflective accounts
  • Reflective discussion
Try these resources:

Evidently Cochrane – evidence for everyday nursing
This resource is a blog. They post articles on a regular basis which discuss the latest evidence published, relating to nursing practice and issues.

Some recent examples include:
  • Venous leg Ulcers: evidence review
  • Footcare for People with Diabetes: prevention of complications and treatment
  • Rivastigmine reviewed: doubts about the dementia drug

There is an A-Z list of categories that you can select from and a search option. The content presented is reasonably short and it is delivered in an easy to read format; references are included.

You can follow the blog on twitter or facebook, where you’ll get notified of the latest articles. You can also sign-up to receive updates by email.

NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines – your guide to the science that makes the news
Articles presented here look at the research papers that have sparked recent news headlines. The authors analyse the research and assess whether the reported headlines are a reflection of the research outcomes. These articles are a good way to learn about the key things to look for when appraising research articles.

Some recent examples include:
  • Daytime Wounds may Heal Faster
  • Night-time Eating linked to Heart Disease
  • Afternoon Open Heart Surgery “leads to fewer complications”, study reports

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
The NIHR funds research into healthcare activities. They promote their results and outcomes via a number of routes. The Signals, Highlights and Themes publications provide summaries and overviews of the research that they fund.

Signals are articles providing summary information about NIHR research published. As well as an explanation of the study, the authors indicate how the research may impact on current guidelines and practice.

Some recent examples include:
  • Pilocarpine improves dry mouth caused by radiotherapy
  • A commonly used treatment does not improve chronic low back pain
  • Breathing exercises improve asthma and can be learned by DVD

You can use the search portal to find content in your topic-area or browse through the categories.

These articles discuss conditions and treatments using NIHR evidence.

Recent examples include:
  • Childhood Eczema
  • OCD – obsessive compulsory disorder
  • Obesity in Men

These articles bring together related research on a particular theme

Recent examples include:
  • Advancing Care – NIHR research on improving the health and care of care home residents
  • Roads to Recovery – research of stroke services
  • On the Level – research on prevention and management of type 2 diabetes

You can sign-up to receive the NHIR bulletin by email, as well as follow NHIR on twitter and facebook to get the latest articles.

Royal Marsden Manual Online is available to UHNM and SSoTP staff via their Athens username. It provides access to a wide range of evidence-based guidelines and procedures. There are also links to references which you can follow up on if you wish.

The Mental Elf runs a blog reporting on the latest evidence published relating to mental health issues. Articles discuss the latest articles, reviews, guidelines and policy decisions relating to mental health topics. They may include an appraisal of the evidence under discussion.

Recent examples include:
  • Personal well-being networks for severe mental illness: the importance of being social
  • Family involvement in acute mental health care
  • Brief behavioural therapy for children and adolescents with anxiety and depression

How does published research and evidence compare to your practice? You can use articles from these sources to help you to learn something new, use as a discussion point, or compare, contrast and reflect on your own practice.