Focus On: Trip Database

Today we wanted to shine the light on Trip Database – a tool which allows healthcare professionals to find the best available evidence to answer their clinical questions.

The database contains links to thousands of sites, offering the highest levels of evidence, such as systematic reviews and clinical guidelines. As well as providing research evidence  users are also able to search across other content types such as images,videos,educational courses,news and patient information leaflets.

These graphics better show the features of this resource & the benefits of using it as a healthcare professional:



If your search highlights research studies that aren’t directly accessible in full-text never fear we are able to offer Trust staff a document supply service (contact us directly for more information).

If you want to find out more about using Trip Database these links are a good place to start:

How to use Trip

The benefits of using Trip

The Trip Database blog contains useful guides, tips & tricks. You can access it here.

Access to the premium version of the Trip database (Trip Pro) is freely available to everyone in the NHS in England (via Health Education England). It’s worth noting that Trip Pro is accessed via IP address (so you would need to access the database using an NHS computer).


The Non-Medical Prescribers’ Bulletin, An easier way to access information

Today I’m talking about the production of the Non-Medical Prescribers (NMP) Bulletin, how and why it came to be, what it contains. Feedback is always welcome and even better than that it is always useful! READ on 🙂

The Background

The non-medical prescribers’ bulletin first began as a conversation between Mid-Yorks library service librarians, the director of pharmacy and an advanced clinical pharmacist in patient care. Essentially the discussion was about:

  • providing for the professional development of the NMP’s within our Trust, ensuring that they were enabled in their keeping-up-to-date requirements for CPD in particular.

As a regular researcher of the health and medical information the area where the research light is most regularly focused is in the arena of drug testing and development, medicines management and administration. So staying up-to-date…

  • is not a simple task, it is time consuming and information that is relevant to the busy prescriber is not always easy to find amongst the vast proliferation of information out there in the cybersphere.

What goes into the bulletin?


The bulletin includes:

  • NICE Evidence specifically relating to non-medical prescribing
  • links to clinical knowledge summaries – specifically prescribing information
  • medicines and prescribing alerts – links to the service
  • technology appraisals – recommendations for new and existing medicines/treatments/procedures
  • BNF and BNFC links to the What’s New section and the latest changes
  • reports of significance from Royal colleges, professional bodies, Department of Health and others
  • information on medicines complete
  • journals and research studies
  • a special focus where I find one e.g. community prescribing, prescribing in physiotherapy
  • and of course any new resources the library purchases which are of relevance!

How do I decide?

Decisions about what to include and what to leave out are based on timeliness and relevance…

  • not all relevant information will be accessible in full text format and that is where the library’s document supply service will be especially handy. This service is free for Trust staff, contact us via this blog or through email

How often is it produced?

The decision was made to create a quarterly bulletin, the first one being published in June 2016, since then another 2 bulletins have been produced, they are now available to view on the pharmacy intranet pages and on the library website which means:

sharing the resource with our fellow librarians and other colleagues working within health libraries across Yorkshire and the Humber and much further afield to include the whole of the North in the spirit of ‘do once and share’


What’s New? February 2017

The latest edition of What’s New? is now available on our webmsite.

What’s New? is a monthly bulletin produced by the Mid Yorkshire NHS Library and Information Service. It contains the very latest information and up-to-date guidelines from NICE, Royal Colleges, Professional Bodies, the Department of Health and the latest Cochrane Systematic Reviews.

If you are a Trust employee and would like copies of What’s New? delivered to your inbox every month, please contact the library by e-mail or by telephone (ext 53899).

Focus on: eLearning for Health – NICE Guidance

Did you know that as an NHS Healthcare professional you can access a wide range of free e-learning programmes? Health Education England e-Learning for healthcare have a wide range of medical and healthcare training resources from emergency medicine to mental health awareness. The full range of programmes can be found here.

In today’s blog we wanted to focus on one of the newer e-learning resources, NICE Guidance – Evidence into Practice which has been developed for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), in conjunction with Leeds and St George’s Medical Schools & is delivered in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.


Designed to help to improve the understanding & enhance the implementation of NICE Guidelines. This interactive resource contains eight sessions of e-learning, covering the following topics:

  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Principles of decision making in healthcare
  • Changing clinical practice
  • Audit and feedback

This e-learning will help users to:

  • Follow the guidance for evidence-based medicine
  • Make decisions in an evidence-based & fair way
  • Understand, identify & overcome barriers to change
  • Conduct an audit & provide feedback
  • Plan & record learning (which may help you to meet your CPD/CME needs)

This resource can be accessed through e-Learning via ESR.


(Information sourced from – accessed 17/01/17)




Focus On: BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice is a useful online resource which follows a step-by-step approach that is structured around the patient consultation and covers diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

BMJ Best Practice is free for all Mid BMJ LOGO.pngYorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust staff to access via NHS OpenAthens.

BMJ Best Practice Website

The BMJ Best Practice website allows users to access reliable decision-support information and ever evolving medical information on thousands of clinical topics.

It also provides:

  • The latest guidelines and treatment algorithms
  • Procedural videos on essential clinical techniques
  • Important Updates to alert you when evidence has changed
  • Links to drug databases and Cochrane Clinical Answers
  • More than 250 interactive medical calculators
  • An award winning app with offline access
  • The ability to download whole topic PDF’s links
  • Patient leaflets and patient discussion aids.GET STARTED GUIDE.png

The website also has an CME/CPD activity tracking tool which logs your searches and active hours and allows users to create activity certificates to support revalidation and CME/CPD. More information on this can be found in this BMJ User Guide.

BMJ Best Practice App

The newly launched BMJ Best Practice app is now available for download on Apple & Android devices. It allows users to gain fast access to clinical answers on the move (even offline).

To download the app:

  1. Sign up to BMJ Best Practice via OpenAthens (or Log In if you already have one).1.png
  2. Once you are logged in via OpenAthens you will then be prompted to create a personal account.2.png
  3. Visit the Apple or Google Play store and search for ‘BMJ Best Practice’. Use your personal account username and password to access the app. Logging into the app via your personal account also ensures that your activity and active hours are logged in your CME/CPD activity tracker.*

* Once you have downloaded the new app please delete any old versions of the app you may have as they will no longer be updated. You must log in to your personal account whilst using your institution’s network at least once every 6 months, to keep your account active.

Further information

This BMJ Best Practice Video provides further information on this useful online resource.

If you would like any further information on BMJ Best Practice please contact the library Or if you are a Trust staff member and would like to sign up to NHS OpenAthens you can register for an account here.

You may also be interested in…

BMJ host several webinars and podcasts throughout the year, with international experts. These are aimed at healthcare professionals and students with an interest in keeping up to date with the latest scientific developments, evidence-based medicine and guidelines.

You can access the latest podcasts and webinars by clicking this link.



A New Year, A New You!

Typically in January we may consider resolutions such as learning a new skill or other forms of self-improvement.  Here is where the library can help!  The library is a vast store of information – we can direct you to resources that inform and enlighten.  If you plan to study, the library can provide help for those who are beginning or returning to study.   Why not check out the range of resources and services available?  View our:

Our resources may surprise you!


If you are considering a new approach, we have a good selection of mood-boosting books and self-help literature.  Mindfulness is one such area and we have a good selection of books on this topic that are available for loan today.


“Mindfulness is a practice that individuals and groups can do on a day-to-day basis. It can enable people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences. As a mind-body approach, it can increase our ability to manage difficult situations and make wise choices” ( accessed 06/01/2017).


There are many good free Mindfulness apps and websites, here is a small selection


NHS Choices Mindfulness

NHS Choices

HEADSPACE website and app

CALM app and website

What’s New? January 2017

The latest edition of What’s New? is now available on our website.

What’s New? is a monthly bulletin produced by the Mid Yorkshire NHS Library and Information Service. It contains the very latest information and up-to-date guidelines from NICE, Royal Colleges, Professional Bodies, the Department of Health and the latest Cochrane Systematic Reviews.


If you are a Trust employee and would like copies of What’s New? delivered to your inbox every month, please contact the library by e-mail or by telephone (ext 53899).