Season’s Greetings! (2016)

Season’s greeting from the library staff! We would like to wish all of our library members (and blog readers) the very best for the festive season.


We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the library will be closed on the following dates:festive-opening-hours






For authorised users 24 hour library access will be unaffected. For online support and access to virtual resources 24/7 visit our website


New resource: Palliative and End of Life Care

This post was originally shared on The Christie Library & Knowledge Service Blog.A new website has been created for the National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership – a broad group working to set standards and improve care by providing a “framework for action in making palliative and end of life care a priority at local level.”

The website is still in its formative stages but it already contains information for those working in Palliative and End of Life Care in England, as well as other relevant guidance documents on specific aspects of palliative and end of life care and will continue to grow as a hub for those working in the sector as more resources are added.It already holds information about the report entitled Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A national framework for local action 2015-2020 which outlines improvements and focuses. This is also downloadable as a slide show summarising the information. There is also elaboration on each of the six ambitions:


Ambition 1 – Each person is seen as an individual

Ambition 2 – Each person gets fair access to care

Ambition 3 – Maximising comfort and wellbeing

Ambition 4 – Care is coordinated

Ambition 5 – All staff are prepared to care

Ambition 6 – Each community is prepared to help

The website is aimed to be accessible at work on a computer or on the go via a smartphone and is definitely worth exploring!

How & why to use social media – Twitter for Nurses

Twitter may be best known as a social network but it is also a great tool for professional development. You might ask, “how can it be useful for nurses?” The answer would be that you can keep up to date with all the latest news in healthcare, network with your peers, find open access articles from nursing journals and find helpful resources for revalidation and CPD. It’s also a lot of fun!

If you haven’t used Twitter before, here is a quick interactive guide to getting started.


Once you’re set up, the following profiles are a good place to start your Twitter journey:

@Wenurses – The “We” community is a great place to engage with other nurses. They host lots of Tweet chats, which are advertised on their profile (participation it Tweet chats counts towards your CPD!)

@nmcnews – Keep up to date with the latest guidance from The NMC and find all the necessary resources for revalidation.

@theRCN – Keep up to date with nursing news from the RCN.

@midyorkslibrary – The latest healthcare news, resources, guidelines and more from Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust library.

@midyorkshireNHS – the official Twitter profile for Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust

Once you’re on your way with these, you’ll be able to find many other profiles of interest!

Guides for using Twitter

Twitter can seem like a daunting place at first but once you have the basics, you won’t look back. Below are a few links to help you get started. If you need any more help, drop into the Library, where a member of staff can assist with any questions you might have. – Guide to Tweet Chats. – NMC standards for social media.  – Social media toolkits, guidance and blog posts about Social Media in healthcare.

Twitter jargon

There is a lot of jargon in Twitter that might make you nervous. There’s nothing to fear though! Here is our quick and easy guide to popular phrases used in the Twittersphere:

Twitter handle – the name of the profile (e.g. @midyorkslibrary, @Wenurses etc)

Hashtag (#) – a hashtag (#) is added to the beginning of a phrase (e.g. #NHS, #nursing, #cardiology etc) to gather all Tweets on the same subject in one place. You can also search for hashtags in the search box to find other Tweets on that subject or click on a hashtag you see on someone’s Tweet to see more.

@ (“at”) – used at the beginning of a Twitter handle to identify it as a profile. If you want that profile to see your Tweet, you should always have an @ (“at” them in it).

Retweet – Like a tweet enough to share it with your followers? Hit the retweet button.

Follow – Follow a profile to see all of their tweets in your timeline.

Timeline – A real time collection of Tweets from the profiles you follow.

Direct message (DM) – You can message a profile directly, without it being shared publicly by DM’ing them.

Tweet chat – a place on Twitter to discuss a subject. Identified by a hashtag created specifically for that Tweet chat.

Live Tweet – Events may have participants Live Tweeting. A hashtag will be created to gather all the tweets in one place (#MYITExpo)

So, what are you waiting for? Join us on Twitter today!

What’s New? December 2016

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


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? delivered to you by e-mail every month, please contact the library on ex 53899 or e-mail .

MY Question, MY Research

Yesterday the MY Question, MY Research event took place at Trust HQ. The event was organised by Mid Yorks Research and Development ( and was a fantastic opportunity for attendees to learn about some of the many research projects completed by members of staff within the Trust and other projects currently underway.

The staff library was in attendance at the event providing information to attendees on the many library resources which are available to aid research.


From electronic resources including a range of apps for smartphones and tablets (NICE Guidance – & BMJ Best Practice and access to many healthcare journals via NHS Open Athens ( Other accessible electronic resources include Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS – & NICE (

We also have a whole host of research textbooks which are available for loan to help support you in your research (you can search our full library catalogue online –  blog-canva

The library is also able to offer training to support researchers on critical appraisal, training on literature searching and will perform literature searches for busy staff. For further information on these services please contact the library.


National Self Care Week

Our local Self-Management Service is at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust see @livewellwakefield

The Christie Library and Knowledge Service Blog


As it is National Self Care Week we thought it was the ideal opportunity to remind Trust Staff that they have access to a variety of health and wellbeing books in the library, as well as books for pleasure reading.

“Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations.” Remember self care includes NHS staff, who should prioritise their own health and wellbeing. There is also a range of resources available here on the NHS website and self care forum have produced a variety of factsheets for different ailments that can be treated at home.


 All staff are welcome to come, browse and borrow books from this collection. We also welcome donations of fiction books if you are having a clear out at home. Let us know if you can recommend any health and wellbeing books for the library.

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Information at your fingertips!

If you need information immediately, or don’t have your Trust log-in details to hand, why not use the library iPad?

The iPad is always switched on and ready for use.  You can easily access all the health databases, and find your way around BMJ Best Practice or the BNF and BNF for Children.

Perhaps you may need to access your e-mails to check a meeting time or venue, or simply check the library catalogue for book or journal availability.

Whatever you are searching for the library is here to help, so please pop down to see us when you are next in the vicinity.