Leisure Activities


Have you ever wondered what the library staff do in their leisure time?  The library is generally a calm, quiet environment so it could be assumed that we like to curl up with a good book after a hard day’s work.  Actually we have a variety of interests and hobbies (including reading) which may surprise you.  I can’t outline them all, but I recently tried simulated sky diving in a wind tunnel and I highly recommend the experience.

On arrival we sat and observed others who were taking their flights.  It seemed relatively tame until suddenly the instructor and pupil joined hands and shot up the tube, returning gracefully a few seconds later.  This represents free falling at 1000feet!  I was aghast and thought you must need several sessions before attempting that.  To my surprise, after a short briefing and session to master the body positioning required, I found myself volunteering to try the turbo launch – and it was exhilarating!

I’m not sure that I would have the nerve to actually jump out of a plane, but this taster gave me food for thought and was certainly a very different way to spend a Tuesday evening.

Karen Hill



What’s New? August 2016

The latest edition of What’s New? is now available!


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What’s New? is a monthly bulletin produced by the Library and Information Service. It consists of the very latest information covering all aspects of healthcare provision and management, as produced by NICE, Royal Colleges and the Department of Health.

If you are a Trust employee and would like copies of What’s New? by e-mail, please complete the form below (by over-typing) to subscribe.


MY IT Expo – Reflections

As someone with a personal interest in digital technologies, the MY IT Expo was an event that I’d been looking forward to. It presented a fantastic opportunity to see how IT and digital technologies are used to deliver and improve healthcare. It was also a great opportunity to demonstrate some of the online resources that are available via the Library to support Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust staff.

it expo pictures

In preparation for the event, we decided that we would like to live tweet the day using the hashtag #MYITExpo. This proved to be a great success, providing a place where attendees could share their participation in the event and their experiences online. These tweets can be viewed using the hashtag – take a look at the brilliant contributions made!

At our stand, we presented the resources that we have available to create a 24 hour Library service. Where the information staff need can be accessed at any time of the day, at the touch of a button or screen. Our presentation can be viewed at https://prezi.com/dwjvx6u64hym/mid-yorkshire-nhs-trust-library/ . We also gave live demonstrations of how to use these resources, such as Anatomy TV, BMJ Best Practice and BNF Apps on our iPad.


A highlight of the day was seeing (and feeling!) the SimMan manikin. It’s quite a strange thing to hear a heartbeat, feel his chest move, and realise that he IS actually blinking and you haven’t gone completely mad! The moulage demonstration, creating very realistic looking injuries, was brilliant. It was great to learn how important simulation is and how it plays an integral part in training staff.

One of the talks I attended was Computer Simulation in Medical Education, presented by Jason Eyre. This further expanded on the discussions I’d had with the MESH team at their stand. It was incredibly interesting to see the benefits of computer simulation in medical education, particularly how virtual reality gadgets, such as Oculus Rift, could be used in training. Next step, the holodeck?


Another great discovery at this event was the West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing app. This has become one that I have added to my phone and recommended to friends and family. From symptom checker to care navigation to job searching, this app contains a wealth of information that can assist people to find support when they need it.

wakefield app

Other stands included Modality Systems (@modalitysystems), eHealth innovations (@eHealthSafety), The Health Informatics Service (@thisnhs), Euroking (@EuroKing_Nettie), EMIS Health (@EMISHealth), Civica (@CivicaUK). Visit their Twitter feeds to see how they are contributing to the constant improvement of the NHS.

A big thank you to Mid Yorkshire IT (@MidYorkshireIT) for the event!

Please view the links below to see find out more about the departments and companies involved in the day!

http://midyorksmesh.co.uk/ MESH website

www.facebook.com/midyorksmesh/?fref=ts – MESH facebook page

http://bit.ly/2akYJB0 West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing app


http://stel.bmj.com – Mid Yorkshire Trust staff can sign in using their NHS Athens account to view this journal





Library and Information Service Annual Report 2015 – 2016

Welcome to our annual report – a chance for us to look back at 2015/2016 and review some of our progress, achievements and future plans.

We hope you find it informative. Please contact us if you would like further details on any of its content.

Annual report front page

Annual report 2015 to 2016


Focus on E-Journals

Many of you may know that through NHS Athens at a national level, there is access to a host of e-journals online but you may not know that the library here at Mid Yorks purchases e-journal content at a local level specifically with our own Trust’s specialities in mind. Some of these are shown here, but in total we buy over 30 journals for the Trust.

More information is available from the library. You can post a query on this blog, send us a tweet, or alternatively, come in and see us and ask about access or give us some feedback on our journal content!

What’s New? July 2016

The latest edition of What’s New? is now available!

What’s New July 2016

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What’s New? is a monthly bulletin produced by the Library and Information Service. It consists of the very latest information covering all aspects of healthcare provision and management, as produced by NICE, Royal Colleges and the Department of Health.

If you are a Trust employee and would like copies of What’s New? by e-mail, please complete the form below (by over-typing) to subscribe.



Mood boosting Books

Are you looking for something to make you smile? Do you need a pick me up?

We often discuss the benefits of a healthy diet for a healthy body but how do we maintain a healthy mind? Research shows that reading for pleasure can have a large impact on our psychological health and wellbeing. The infographic below demonstrates some of the benefits of reading for pleasure.

Reasons to read for pleasure

To support this, the library has selected books available from the Reading Agency’s Mood Boosting Books collection. More details about this national programme can be found at https://readingagency.org.uk/adults/news/new-reading-well-mood-boosting-books-list.html


Picture courtesy of  the Reading Agency

Visit the library, in Trust HQ at Pinderfields Hospital, to take a look at our collection of fiction and begin your reading for pleasure journey! We would also love to hear what you think about these books. Tell us what you think by following this link https://www.midyorks.nhs.uk/book-reviews or leave a comment below!





Billington, J, (2015). Reading between the Lines: the Benefits of Reading for Pleasure, Quick Reads, University of Liverpool

What’s New? June 2016

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Do you ever wonder if?

You’re up-to-date with all the latest clinical and non-clinical healthcare information?

Then look no further and discover our What’s New? current awareness bulletin because here we gather together, each month, all the latest healthcare information produced by the most authoritative sources (NICE, SIGN, Department of Health, Royal Colleges and Professional Bodies, Cochrane etc) and we re-package the information to deliver the main points and then we add a hyperlink to the full text.

To access you can:

  • Link out to it from this blog
  • Catch it on the Trust ‘My Bulletin’
  • See it on our website
  • Look out for it on our Twitter and Facebook pages
  • Subscribe to it by contacting us and ask us to add you to the mailing list



Scales blog

What is critical appraisal?

In a world of information overload, trying to keep up to date and implement evidence based practice (EBP) is a challenge.  Critical appraisal is one aspect of the EBP cycle that supports decision making.  It is a logical process to help weigh up the benefits and strengths of research against its flaws and weaknesses.  This evidence can then be used in supporting health care decision making.

 The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) approaches reviewing research in 3 steps:

 1. Is the study valid?

The first step is to decide whether the study was unbiased by evaluating its methodological quality.

 2. What are the results?

If we decide that the study is valid, we can go on to look at the results. At this step we consider whether the study’s results are clinically important. For example, did the experimental group show a significantly better outcome compared with the control group? We also consider how much uncertainty there is about the results, as expressed in the form of p values, confidence intervals and sensitivity analysis.

 3. Are the results useful?

Once you have decided that your evidence is valid and important, you need to think about how it applies to your question. It is likely, for example, that your patient or population may have different characteristics to those in the study.

 Critical appraisal skills provide a framework within which to consider these issues in an explicit, transparent way.

 Who is it for?

It is for anyone that wants to use research evidence in their professional practice, professional and personal decision making, and policy & guidelines development.

 Where can I find out more about it?

To help you learn the skills to read a research paper we run training sessions for beginners which will equip you with the skills to critically appraise a research paper using an approved checklist or decide if a paper is worth reading and assess its strengths and weaknesses. (See our flyer here for dates)

 Here’s an example in practice:

Your clinical department wants to improve the organisation of the outpatient clinic, and you have found a systematic review of relevance and a recent patient survey report. The clinical management team meet in 3 weeks to discuss potential changes. Two members of the group critically appraise the review and read the survey report independently, and discuss their findings ahead of the meeting. At the beginning of the team meeting they report back on the review and its findings, these underpin the next stage of discussion about reconfiguring the clinic that includes the results of a patient survey and the views & experiences of the management team.

Other useful sources:

CASP www.casp-uk.net/

Behind the headlines www.nhs.uk/news

Cochrane Library www.cochranelibrary.com/

How to read a paper www.bmj.com/about-bmj/resources-readers/publications/how-read-paper



Spotlight on NHS OpenAthens!

You may already have an NHS Athens account but if you don’t, here’s a quick introduction to some of the benefits of signing up!


The library has a wide range of online resources available to MY staff & placement students, to aid with work/study. Find out more by visiting the library resources webpage.

To gain access to these resources, you will need to create an NHS OpenAthens account* by visiting https://openathens.nice.org.uk and completing the registration form.

*Please note that you will need to sign up using your work email address to be automatically made eligible to access online resources.

Once you’ve completed the registration form you should receive an activation email from OpenAthens. Please note that you need to activate your OpenAthens account before you can use it

If you already have an NHS OpenAthens account with another NHS Trust, you can transfer this over to The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. You can do this yourself from your account settings, or by contacting your OpenAthens account administrator.

If you’ve forgotten your OpenAthens log in details & need to change your password,visit MyAthens password reset page.

If you have any problems during the sign up process, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the MY staff library team, who will be happy to help 🙂

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today!