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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.

Resource of the week #8: Library Search

What is it?
Library Search is the online catalogue and library account system for the Health Library and its partners. It includes the collections of:
  • Health Library for North Staffordshire
  • Library, Education and Resource Centre (LERC) at County (Stafford) hospital
  • Campus Library at Keele University

Use Library Search to look for items in our book collection as well as to search Keele University online resources.

Use Library Search to monitor your library account and request items.

Key Features
  • You can search for books at the 3 libraries (Health Library, LERC, Campus Library)
  • You can search for articles available via Keele University subscribed resources
  • You can search for eJournal titles subscribed by Keele University
  • Your books will be automatically renewed unless another user has requested it
  • You can request an item; you’ll be notified by email when you can pick it up
How can it help you?
You can use Library Search to look for available book texts.
Keele users can complete simple searches for articles.

How to access it?
The Library Search search functionality is freely available via the Internet. However you will need to log in using a Keele computer username / password in order to access the full-text of any online resources you want to access.

To access your library account:
  • Keele users – log in with your Keele computer username / password
  • NHS users – log in with your library card number and password

Video demo
Campus Library have created a number of videos to help you to find information via Library Search:
Did you know?
NHS users can access NHS-subscribed online resources from our Healthcare Resources page. These include: ebooks, eJournals and databases.

Can you find an article from the reference?

When you are given an article reference do you know where to start looking?

Our new etutorial - Find an Article from a Reference - will take you through the steps to follow to find the full-text for an article.

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Resource of the week #7: e-Learning for Healthcare

What is it?
e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) is an online learning hub provided by Health Education England (HEE). Here you can find a wide range of learning modules created in partnership with HEE.

Key Features
The e-Learning modules available:
  • Cover a wide range of healthcare-related topics, both clinical and non-clinical; you can find a list of some of the programmes available here
  • Include interactivity
  • Include multi-media elements such as video, audio and animations
  • Are available via the Internet 24/7

Screen-shot of the e-Learning for Healthcare homepage

How can it help you?
You may be directed to take certain modules by your tutors, supervisors or managers.
You can take modules to complete continuous professional development (CPD) activities.

How to access it?
The e-Learning for Healthcare hub is available via the Internet. You can log in with your NHS Athens username. Note that the first time that you log in you will be prompted to complete a registration form. This resource is available to all NHS users.


More help?
For more help and support please see the e-Learning for Healthcare website.

Don't you forget about us...

As the new term is well underway, here are a few resources to remind returning students that the library is here to support them.
  • Health Library Introduction – short video giving you the basics of who we are and what we do.
  • Using the Health Library – students can try our interactive map to learn more about the services and facilities at the Health Library.
  • Getting Started – students can refresh their memory about our major resources.
  • Check Your Skills – our new etutorial can help students to assess their own information searching skills. It includes an action plan at the end to help students to develop their skills.
  • Information Skills – students can refresh their information and literature searching skills by completing our etutorials.

How do you find articles for your projects?

If you have a project - be it an assignment, dissertation, report or review - then you'll need to find articles based on a similar topic.

Try our etutorial - Find an Article for a Project - to learn about the steps you need to take to find articles effectively.

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ClinicalKey Content Updates: November 8, 2017

New Clinical Overviews (past 30 days) – CK Global
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Choledochal cyst
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Digoxin, digitoxin, and other cardiac glycoside toxicity
  • Ethylene glycol toxicity
  • Lung cancer (non-small cell)
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Open-angle glaucoma
  • Viral meningitis
Books Added – CK Global
Books Removed – CK Global
  • Adolescent Medicine (Slap, Gail) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323040730; Package/Collection: Pediatrics; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Kliegman: Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics.
  • Albert & Jakobiec’s Principles & Practice of Ophthalmology (Albert, Daniel) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9781416000167; Package/Collection: Ophthalmology; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Yanoff & Duker: Ophthalmology.
  • Chest X-Ray: A Survival Guide (de Lacey, Gerald) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780702030468; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Silva: The Teaching Files: Chest.
  • Chou’s Electrocardiography in Clinical Practice (Surawicz, Borys) 6th ed; ISBN: 9781416037743; Package/Collection: Cardiovascular Disease Extended; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Goldberger: Goldberger’s Clinical Electrocardiography.
  • Complications in Dermatologic Surgery (Nouri, Keyvan) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323045469; Package/Collection: Dermatology; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Vidimos: Dermatologic Surgery.
  • Family Medicine Obstetrics (Ratcliffe, Stephen) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9780323043069; Package/Collection: Family Medicine; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Hacker: Hacker & Moore’s Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Human Biochemistry and Disease (Litwack, Gerald) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780124528154; Package/Collection: Advanced Basic Science; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Gaw: Clinical Biochemistry: An Illustrated Colour Text.
  • Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation (Mettler, Fred) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9780721602004; Package/Collection: Radiology Extended; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Dieterich: Practical Radiation Oncology Physics.
  • Medical Management of the Surgical Patient (Merli, Geno) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9781416023852; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Nguyen: Practical Guide to the Care of the Surgical Patient.
  • Sports Medicine Resource Manual, The (Seidenberg, Peter) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416031970; Package/Collection: Sports Medicine; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Miller: DeLee & Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.

Resource of the week #6: Cochrane Library

What is it?
The Cochrane Library publishes analysis and reviews of research studies that look at the same problem. The aim is to combine research and develop a consensus view of the problem involved, based on the evidence.

The Cochrane Library also provides a database which allows you to complete searches against the systematic review collection as well as other collections. You can also browse through the topic list of systematic reviews.

Key Features
  • Systematic reviews are developed by completing systematic, detailed literature searches and critical appraisal to identify the relevant evidence.
  • Reviewers often perform meta-analysis to combine results.
  • Conclusions are drawn based on the overall evidence.
You can find details of the search within the full-text of the complete review.

Whilst reviews can be very detailed, technical and long, there is often a plain language summary.

How can it help you?
Cochrane Library systematic reviews can help you to:
  • Determine what the latest research about a topic says
  • Assess whether there is evidence already available for the topic you are looking at
  • Find existing articles on a topic, by checking the reference list
How to access it?
The Cochrane Library is freely available on the Internet. You can run searches and view the full-text of the Cochrane systematic reviews. However some of the articles returned via the search facility will not be available in full-text. You should check your Journal A-Z list to see if you have access.

Cochrane Library Video
What is a Cochrane Systematic Review?

Cochrane Library: Finding Systematic Reviews - here is an introduction to the Cochrane Library and demonstration of how to find a systematic review
Cochrane Library: Advanced Search - use the advanced search options to find systematic reviews and clinical trials

Did you know?
Cochrane produce a number of blogs, Evidently Cochrane, that discuss review findings and how they apply to practice.

More help?
Check our Cochrane Library help page for more help.

Do you know what academic articles are?

Do you know what academic articles are?

Try our new etutorial - What is an article? - to find out how to recognise and look for academic articles.

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Literature Searching Skills for Students

Here is a reminder of how the Health Library can help support students’ literature searching skills.

Literature searching is an important element of delivering evidence-based healthcare. During their courses students will be expected to develop literature searching skills, preparing them for a career in healthcare.

The Health Library etutorial programme has been created to help students develop their literature searching skills. Our etutorials include:
  • Presentations
  • Interactive elements
  • Multi-media content
  • Reflection document (that can be downloaded, saved and added to a portfolio)
  • Online learning opportunities

Our etutorials include the following:
You can find links to all our training courses and etutorials on our website in the training section.

Here's how we've helped you - July to Sept 2017

We're here to help you get the evidence you need. Last quarter we:
  • completed 38 literature searches for staff
  • delivered 176 training sessions
  • supplied 39 inter-library loan requests
  • registered 336 new athens accounts
Quarterly statistics

Updated etutorial - Finding Articles

The Finding Articles etutorial has now been replaced by 3 new etutorials:
Let us know what you think by completing our feedback form.

Resource of the week #5: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

What is it?
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is an independent organisation “working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice”. The JRF funds research, develops policy and publishes reports on issues based around poverty and social change.

Key Features
The reports available cover a wide range of social issues, some of which are linked to health.

How can it help you?
These reports can give you background information into social issues and their impact on how people live their lives. Sections include:

  • Cities, towns and neighbourhoods
  • Housing
  • Income and Benefits
  • People
  • Society
  • Work
There is a simple search option at the top of the page.

How to access it?

Did you know?
The founder of the JRF, Joseph Rowntree, was a quaker and owner of a sweet factory – yes, that Rowntree! (The Rowntree Society, available at URL: Accessed: 23/09/2017)

NHS Athens for Students on Placement

Students on placement with the NHS are eligible to apply for an NHS Athens username and password in order to access NHS-subscribed resources for the organisation that they are on placement with. This is only available for the duration of your placement. This is known as an NHS Trust Athens account.

You can find instructions on how to apply on our Athens page, under the tab "Students on Placement". You need to follow these instructions, otherwise your application may be rejected.

You can learn more about NHS Athens via our online tutorial Register with NHS Athens.

Resource of the week #4: Dynamed

What is it?
Dynamed is an evidence-based, point-of-care, clinical reference tool. Evidence is analysed and synthesised to create information, analysis and recommendations around a wide number of conditions and diseases.

Key Features
  • You can search or browse through a wide range of conditions and diseases.
  • Information presented includes: overview, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, management, prognosis.
  • Guidelines, resources and patient information may be included.
  • References are included.
  • You can set up an alert for a topic so that you are informed of the latest practice-changing updates.
  • Dynamed is also available as a mobile app.

Example screen-shot of a Dynamed page

How can it help you?
Dynamed can provide support during patient case reviews and ward rounds, providing you with an easily accessible, evidence-based resource.

How to access it?
Dynamed is available to staff at UHNM via the Athens login.

Our Using Dynamed etutorial will show you all the basic features.

Did you know?
A number of researchers have investigated and compared point of care tools – you can learn about these papers from our etutorial.

More help?
For more help on using Dynamed and instructions on how to download the app see our Dynamed help page.