New Year: New Training Dates

Why not start off the new year by refreshing your literature searching skills, and book on one of our training courses. Dates are now available for January through to March. Find out more on our website.

Resource of the week #13: NHS Choices

What is it?
NHS Choices is the official website for the NHS in England, providing support to the general public.

How can it help you?
You can find help about symptoms, treatments and conditions. There is an A-Z list that you can browse as well as an interactive body-map.

You can investigate the options available in the Live Well section, where public health prevention campaigns are listed.

You can search for local health services such as:
  • A & E and Urgent Care Centres
  • GP Surgeries
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacies
  • Homecare and Care Home Services
How to access it?
The NHS Choices website is freely available on the Internet.

Resource of the week #12: Festive Cooking

I’m still absorbing the Christmas spirit so for this week’s resource I’m looking at resources to help with the Christmas cooking. Bear in mind that many of these websites are set up to sell cookery books, magazines or food.

First up – something for the vegetarian in your life (everyone should have at least one)

For the rest…

TV Chefs

Help from the Supermarkets

I hope that you haven’t minded me straying into non-healthcare resources. Have a healthy and happy Christmas. Remember the Health Library has reduced opening hours over the Christmas holidays.

ClinicalKey Content Updates: December 13, 2017

New Clinical Overviews (past 30 days) – CK Global
  • Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
  • Empyema
  • Exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • HIV and hepatitis B coinfection
  • Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis
  • Opioid withdrawal
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Stable ischemic heart disease
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis
Books Added – CK Global

Books Removed – CK Global
  • Atlas of Orthopedic Pathology (Wold, Lester) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9781416053286; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Bullough: Orthopaedic Pathology, 5e.
  • Mont Reid Surgical Handbook, The (Stehr, Wolfgang) 6th ed; ISBN: 9781416048954; Package/Collection: Surgery Extended; Old edition. Recommended alternative – Harken: Abernathy’s Surgical Secrets, 7e.
  • Pediatric Imaging: The Fundamentals (Donnelly, Lane) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416059073; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Old edition. Recommended alternative – Walters: Pediatric Radiology: The Requisites, 4e.
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases (Bergelson, Jeffrey) 1st ed; ISBN: 9780323020411; Package/Collection: Pediatrics; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Cherry: Feigin and Cherry’s Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 7e.
  • Pediatric Respiratory Medicine (Taussig, Lynn) 2nd ed; ISBN: 9780323040488; Package/Collection: Pulmonary Disease; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Turcios: Pulmonary Manifestations of Pediatric Diseases.
  • Practical Orthopedics (Mercier, Lonnie) 6th ed; ISBN: 9780323036184; Package/Collection: Internal Medicine Extended; Out of print, no new edition. Recommended alternative – Miller: Essential Orthopaedics.
  • Textbook of Clinical Hemodynamics (Ragosta, Michael) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416040002; Package/Collection: Cardiovascular Disease Extended; Old edition. Recommended alternative – Mann: Braunwald’s Heart Disease, 10e.
  • Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, The (Jong, Elaine) 4th ed; ISBN: 9781416026136; Package/Collection: Infectious Disease; Old edition. Recommended alternative – Keystone: Travel Medicine, 3e.

TRIP Pro access extended to end March: use it or lose it!

The national NHS subscription to Trip Pro has been extended until the end of March 2018. A reminder that access to Trip Pro is via IP address: you should get seamless access to the ‘Pro’ version of Trip from the NHS network. The features that come with NHS England-wide institutional Trip Pro access, over and above the free version of Trip, are listed hereIn the New Year, HEE will be seeking some feedback from you about the value of the Pro content and features to you and your organisations, to help determine whether it should continue to be funded centrally.

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Resource of the week #11: Creative Christmas

As the Yuletide season approaches I thought that I’d engage in a little Christmas spirit and offer a few resources to help you out with the coming festivities.

First up is a series of creative craft items – who doesn’t love a bit of glitter? (Though now apparently you need to get bio-degradable glitter) – as well as some fun-filled treats.

I used Pinterest to search for these craft ideas – no systematic search here, I just chose what I thought looked fun and reasonably easy. Most of the links go to blog items from hobbyists and some related companies. Be aware that the pages will include a lot of adverts.

Creative Crafts

Fun-filled Treats

Having mentioned Blue Peter – here is the bp arts and crafts page for more ideas.

Have fun everyone!

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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.