Training


We provide training to SFHT staff, ICB and Public Health staff and primary care staff. To book on any of the sessions below, please contact library.sfht@nhs.net

Training for SFHT staff

Introduction to the Knowledge and Library Hub (45 minutes)

A short training session on the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub, an OpenAthens-authenticated platform allowing you to search for evidence across multiple sources. Session to include: 

  • Introduction to the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub 
  • Basic searching 
  • Using advanced search 
  • Limiting your search results 
  • Saving your search and results 
  • Brief introduction to additional resources you can access through the Hub

Upcoming dates: 8th July 10.00-10.45am; 11th August 2.00-2.45pm; 9th September 10.00-10.45am

Finding the Evidence - Find Evidence Fast (1 hour) 

This course builds on the introductory session on the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub and covers and explores in more detail the variety of Evidence Based resources accessed through the Hub and wider on the Internet which have been designed for health professionals to provide quick access to the latest evidence to inform their decision making. Attendees will be given a chance to look for information that they are interested in.

  • NICE - (provides access to selective and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health.  Includes Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) the BNF and NICE Guidance, NICE advice and quality standards). 
  • Cochrane (search for evidence, protocols, trials and systematic reviews to inform healthcare decision making)
  • TRIP  - (clinical database to support and inform evidence based healthcare, decision making and patient care)
  • DynaMed, BMJ Best Practice and Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Procedures - (Evidence  guidelines and medical opinion - for practitioners at the point of care)
  • Other quality information resources and an brief introduction to in depth databases.

Upcoming dates: 8th July 2.00-3.00pm; 11th August 9.00-10.00am; 9th September 2.00-3.00pm

Advanced Literature Searching - Database Searching (1.5 hours)

To start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use online databases. These are collections of resources that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time.  The practical workshop is designed for all health care staff to enable them to find journal articles on specific subjects and guidance on how to develop a search strategy using databases.  It will introduce techniques such as planning your search, combining search terms using Boolean logic and getting better results by using thesaurus subject headings (MeSH in Medline) and filters. Databases that can be covered include:

  • CINAHL CINAHL Complete indexes over 5,000 English language journals in the area of nursing and allied health and includes full text from more than 1,300 journals.
  • Medline - Primary abstracting and indexing service for the medical and biomedical sciences indexing over 4,600 journals.
  • Embase - covers biomedical and pharmaceutical information, indexing over 3,500 pharmaceutical and biomedical related journals.

Access to bibliographic databases will be via three different software providers (EBSCO, ProQuest and OVID).  The session will focus on the databases (and thus providers) that are most appropriate to the trainees.

Upcoming dates: 28th June 9.00-10.30am; 21st July 2.00-3.30pm; 26th August 9.00-10.30am; 30th September 2.00-3.30pm

 

Training for ICB and Public Health staff

We provide training sessions on how to find the evidence from quality resources online and how to search for journal articles using the bibliographic databases. Sessions we offer include:

Finding the evidence and searching the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

  • Finding the evidence using quality sources online for guidelines, reports, evidence summaries and synopses and grey literature.
  • Introduction to the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub, an OpenAthens-authenticated platform allowing you to search for evidence across multiple sources:
    • Using advanced search
    • Planning and developing a search strategy
    • Limiting your search results
    • Saving and exporting your results
    • Providing information on how to access additional resources

Advanced evidence searching (bibliographic databases) via the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

  • How to find journal articles using one of the following databases: Medline, CINHAL, EMBASE etc.,
  • How to develop a search strategy, combine search terms using Boolean logic and get better results by using thesaurus subject headings and filters
  • How to access full-text journal articles, save and export results
  • We can tailor this course to your interests and use examples relevant to your needs

 

Training for primary care staff

Sarah Thomas is our Primary Care Evidence Support Specialist. She can provide group or 1:1 sessions and all courses can be tailored to your interests and use examples relevant to your needs. Please contact Sarah directly to book: Sarah.thomas22@nhs.net

Basic Literature Searching using the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub­­­ (45 minutes)

The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub is a ‘one-stop’ gateway which allows you to search for evidence across multiple sources.

This session includes:

  • Accessing the Knowledge and Library Hub
  • Using the Basic Search
  • Using advanced search to combine terms
  • Limiting your search results
  • Saving and exporting your results

Advanced Literature Searching: Using the Medical Databases (1.5 hours)

This session covers more in-depth searching, enabling you to find journal articles using one of the following medical databases: Medline, CINHAL, EMBASE

The session includes:

  • Accessing the databases
  • Putting a search strategy together
  • Thesaurus and keyword searching
  • Using Boolean Operators to combine search terms
  • Using Limiters to narrow down your search results
  • Viewing and exporting results
  • Saving a search

Using OpenAthens/ Finding the Evidence­ (1.5 hours)

This session gives an overview of how to use OpenAthens, and sources for finding the best evidence.  

The session includes:

  • Using the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub
  • Key resources accessible through the Hub
  • An overview additional key sources of information including – NICE website, CKS, TRIP, BMJ Best Practice, Cochrane Library