Library & Knowledge Service
Facilitating evidence-based decision making
Spotlight on ... resources for medical students
The Library & Knowledge Service would like to welcome all the new medical students who have recently joined East Cheshire NHS Trust on placement. As part of the support offered to you while you are here, you will have access to a variety of high quality, evidence based resources. These include:
UpToDate is an evidence-based, physician-authored, clinical decision support tool. It aims to synthesise all the evidence on any clinical topic and is literally ‘up to date’ to within a month of the latest research published. To access for the first time, do so via the windows menu on a Trust PC, this will give you access without a username and password. Once in, register for your own account so you can use it via an app or from home.
BMJ Best Practice
BMJ Best Practice is also a Clinical Decision Support tool, although without the coverage provided by UpToDate. The information is presented differently and some people prefer it. You can login with your Athens credentials (use your email address and your Athens password) – all links to our resources can be found here.
If you don’t know where to start or you just want to browse, our Knowledge Hubs are great. All the resources (journals, apps, websites, e-learning) relating to your clinical specialty or staff group, in one place.
Sign up to Knowledge Share and get abstracts emailed to you every 2 weeks. The more specific you can be, the more targeted your alerts. The emails contain links to relevant high level evidence – articles, reports, reviews – so you won’t be inundated with primary research articles. Sign up here.
Clinical Librarian Services
Need evidence but don’t have time to look? Ask the library to do an evidence/ literature search. Please say whether it is for a clinical audit, a presentation or patient care as this will determine the level of search we perform. Do say if your search is urgent and we’ll try and get something to you within 24 hours (or ASAP). Request a search by emailing Holly Cook on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulletins and Updates
The Library produces a variety of bulletins and updates. The bulletins are monthly links to commercially published, high level evidence briefings and the Updates are a selection of primary research abstracts (about 50) and are published twice yearly. Please find more information on these publications here.