When we search for information on the internet, we enter a search command in the form of keywords and it provides some results. As search engines have become more sophisticated (using semantic search, paid for rankings and previous browsing history) what we retrieve isn’t always what we have asked for. The really effective search engines like Google, make your results appear very relevant and for most of our search needs what is provided is good enough so we don’t question them.
However, when we are searching for clinical evidence do we really want to use such algorithms to presuppose what we want? Or worse, rank ‘sponsored posts’ higher up the results list?
In the Library, we don’t rely on these types of search when looking for clinical evidence. A Clinical Librarian will structure a search to ensure that what is requested is what is retrieved. Being able to search a database which is free from advertising or other annoying algorithms ensures that you maintain control over your own information retrieval.
Serendipity and discovery are useful functions of search but sometimes we just need to find precisely, the best evidence to answer a clinical question. If you would like to learn how to structure a search using medical databases please contact Holly in the library on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you starting a new course, project or research in 2019? You will need an NHS Athens account!
Do you need to keep up-to-date with advances in your speciality, or do background research for patient care? You will need an NHS Athens account!
NHS Athens is a single username/password which will give you access to the majority of our information resources:
Create a free NHS Athens account at: https://openathens.nice.org.uk
For more information or to book a training session please email the Library or call 01625 661362.
BMJ Learning is available to all staff at East Cheshire NHS Trust with an OpenAthens account.
BMJ Learning offers high-quality continuing medical education for doctors and other healthcare professionals. It features hundreds of accredited, peer-reviewed learning modules in text, video, and audio formats.
Why is it useful?
It is important for anyone interested in continuing professional development (CPD) and other educational aims. BMJ Learning contains a large amount of free educational resources.
How do I use them?
You need an East Cheshire NHS Athens account (free to set up at https://openathens.nice.org.uk) to then access BMJ Learning here: http://learning.bmj.com/learning/home.html.
If you would like more information, a demonstration at your ward/meeting or help creating an OpenAthens account please contact Holly Cook (3398), Steve Collman (1547) or the Library desk (1362).
The Library has recently revamped its training programme. Courses are available to all ECT staff.
Training can be conducted in the library or your place of work, and is arranged for 1:1 or small groups, tailored to your specific requirements. More information is available: www.eastcheshirenhslibrary.net/training.html
For more information or to book a session contact the Library & Knowledge Service:
Tel: 01625 661362
Nurses at East Cheshire NHS Trust now have access to RCNi Decision Support.
Brian Green, Deputy Director of Nursing & Quality, and other senior nursing staff have viewed this tool and would encourage nursing staff to use it and feedback with any comments to the library.
RCNi Decision Support is an interactive point-of-care tool designed to support nurses with making evidence-based decisions when assessing and treating patients. It includes more than 100 topics which focus on patient safety and reducing common errors in practice.
This tool complements Royal Marsden; it teaches and facilitates decision making in an interactive way.
As well as a patient facing tool it can be used for:
East Cheshire NHS Trust are early adopters of this tool and through our/your feedback will help the RCNi shape this useful resource.
Access to this tool is by individual username and password.
If you would like access, more information or a demonstration at your ward/meeting please contact Holly Cook (3398) or the Library desk (1362)
The Topol Review, formally “Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future” was launched by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care last month (February 11th 2019).
In 2017, Dr Eric Topol (a cardiologist, geneticist and digital medicine expert) was invited by Jeremy Hunt, the then Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to carry out an independent review that would consider the following:
• How technological innovation (genomics, digital medicine, AI and robotics) and other developments are likely to change the roles and functions of clinical staff in all professions over the next two decades to deliver more effective and more personal care for patients.
• The implications of these changes for the workforce skills required, identifying those professions or sub-specialisms where the changes may be particularly significant.
• The consequences for the selection, curricula, education, training, development and lifelong learning of current and future NHS staff.
The Topol Review is not about the technology, it’s about the impact of the technology on the workforce. This review is integral to Library and Knowledge Services and we will be looking at how we can help to deliver its recommendations.
A few highlights for us are:
If you have any questions on the review or you would like to discuss improving knowledge management in your area then please do contact us on: email@example.com or extension 1362.
What are they?
These are resources to aid management decisions within health and medicine at all levels. There are a variety of different resources available to NHS managers, such as the Health Business Newsletter, Leader: the NW Leadership Academy journal, regular information from the Kings Fund and many other sources.
Why are they useful?
With winter coming soon, the pressures on the health services are likely to be tougher and harsher than ever. Managers must keep up to date with the latest information, best practice from around the country and systems, policies and procedures for emergencies.
How do I use them?
Check the Management Knowledge Hub for a comprehensive list of resources.
Some require an NHS Athens account to access – ask if you don’t have one!
To find out more or to book a training session, please contact:
Holly Cook (01625 663398)
Steve Collman (01625 66 1547 )
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Tackling life's big challenges through the proven power of reading
Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading.
The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. People can be recommended a title by a health professional and many are stocked in the library and include titles that cover anxiety, bereavement, depression, mindfulness, sleep and other common feelings and experiences
There is a huge evidence base around the value of reading to support health and wellbeing … if you think you would find this collection useful for you or someone you know then call into the library and check them out.
You might also like to visit the Staff Wellbeing Knowledge Hub.