My work experience

Hello my name is Harvey, I am 15 and for my work experience I have been at the staff library for the past week. Firstly I would like to say that the staff working in the library, that consist of Karen, Natasha, Helen and Dianne were very generous, kind and supportive towards me. If anyone who reads this hasn’t yet been to visit the library, you should definitely go check it out as you might find something of interest!

I have thoroughly enjoyed my work experience as I have undertaken various tasks, in and out of the library. From small task such as shelving books or folding leaflets, onto bigger tasks which include scanning and stamping books. I visited many different departments in the hospital too, such as the eye centre and the general office one of my favourite things about the week was that I was assigned the task to create a new display in the library all about “self-help”.  I gathered together some books and created a new poster which I found fun.

On Thursday me and Natasha visited Fieldhead, had a tour of its library and then went round the Mental Health Museum. This was very interesting, as there was a padded cell which I entered with the door closed. The hospital in general and especially the museum had an eerie atmosphere, as it was and still is a hospital for mental health and psychiatry.

All together I have really enjoyed my work experience this week, I have met some great people and will look back at the week with fond memories.

Thanks , Harvey.



All views and opinions are my own.


Upcoming events for Health Information Week 2017

Many organisations across different sectors are collaborating for Health Information Week 2017 (3-9th July 2017). This campaign aims to improve accessibility of high quality health information for the public as well as building on local partnerships between information providers and improving health literacy.

It is essential that quality information is provided to people to enable them to better manage their health and wellbeing and make fully informed decisions about their treatment and care. Library and Knowledge specialists are uniquely positioned to underpin this vital agenda, working in partnership with clinical staff and other information providers.Patrick Mitchell, Regional Director – South of England, Health Education England (HEE)

As part of Health Information week 2017 the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Staff Library will be working in partnership with Wakefield Public Libraries to promote good quality health information for the benefit of our staff and the public by raising awareness of the resources that are available to them, both online and in print.

Health information week activities

On Tuesday 4th July Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Library staff will be joining Wakefield Public Libraries from 12:30pm to 14:30pm at Wakefield One to promote and signpost the public to reliable health information sources.

If you’re unable to pop by you can find links to a selection of reliable health information sources on our patient health information web page.

On Friday 7th July Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Library staff will be in the atrium at Pinderfields Hospital with staff from Wakefield Public Libraries between 10am and 11.30am where they will be showcasing their new collection on ‘living with long-term conditions’ alongside a range of resources and services provided through Wakefield Public Libraries.

We hope to see you there 😀.

If you are unable to pop by and see us at either event we will be Tweeting (@midyorkslibrary) throughout the week using the hashtag #HIW2017



Reflection: Many Ways to Learn Event 2017

Wednesday 31st May 2017 was the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust ‘Many Ways to Learn event, in celebration of Learning at Work Week 2017.

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The event was an opportunity to showcase the wide range of opportunities which are available to Trust staff to support development and further study. From information on a range of free online courses, information on learning/development opportunities within the Trust to representatives from Huddersfield University & The Open University who were on hand to provide information and advice to staff interested in further study.

The Occupational Health team ran a range of health & wellbeing sessions throughout the day, including sessions on mindfulness and stress awareness. The event also included taster sessions in British Sign Language from Topp Language Solutions, flower arranging & even origami. There definitely was something for everyone 😀

During the event members of the library team ran a number of activity sessions which helped attendees learn how to use Canva, set up a Twitter account & get started on Facebook.


The sessions were delivered on a one to one basis, which we found to be the most effective teaching method (due to the amount of information to share). This also allowed us to tailor our sessions to suit the needs of individuals. The library team agree that the activity sessions were a success and may be something we could repeat in future… watch this space!

Here’s some of the feedback we received from our session attendees:

MWL Comments from our attendees(1)

If you weren’t able to attend the Many Ways to Learn event but would like some help getting started with Canva, Twitter or Facebook our social media help guides can be downloaded here.

Until next time…

Natasha 😀

Using Canva because it’s: FREE and useful

You may not know how exciting the FREE graphic design software (Canva) is and may feel you cannot read any further, but hold your horses because this piece is about to get much more interesting. Ask yourself: do you want to create professional looking designs for infographics, leaflets, flyers & presentations easily? If so then read on because although I have said this once it bears repeating, It’s FREE!

bears-repeatingToday I’m blogging about Canva which we in the library have been getting acquainted with for a few months now. We’ve been using the software to create promotional designs which we can then post on Facebook, add to Tweets, and sure enough here I am blogging about  design software.

One of the ways I have found it particularly useful is its role in marketing, gathering together visual images of latest resources adding some blurb and then sending it via  Twitter and Facebook to our followers. 

More targeted is where we add a graphic display of related resources into email lists.The recipients of which belong to a specific staff group, for example those working within the operating theatres received  our ‘all things theatrical’ infographic. all-things-theatrical

We  have had really favourable
reactions to this type of promotional activity.
  • We also use graphical software to promote information about the library more generally – any events looming or specific training courses we have upcoming. Once the graphic is created it can be used again at a later date, copied and edited which is all good recycling practice, saves time and provides us with a usable resource bank for all our promotional activities.

And…we’re getting better

  • developing our skills by using a wider variety of design formats from flyers to presentations and
  • we hope to be able to pass this new knowledge on to team members, colleagues, friends and basically anyone who’s interested.

Before I got it right I got it wrong lots of timelessons-learneds, this was mighty frustrating but the more I use it the more sense it makes, Canva has become almost indispensable to me at work and… I’m on a voyage of discovery with Prezi of which I will speak more about in the future…


Weighed down by books…in a good way :)

Autumnal greetings and bleatings to all who visit the blog this week. it’s the library and I feel bound this week to discuss books, the old fashioned kind made from paper, printed and pressed, bound and finished on a press such as the one below, which is a thing of beauty….!


This image (snatched from Wikipedia – you can read further here ) is of one of the original Guttenberg printing presses, this according to Wikipedia now lives in Bermuda (like the triangle). But back to our NEW book stockaka

Not to be missed!

Many boxes arrived earlier this week and the subject matter, variety and colour are quite fabulous, it would be wrong not to SHOUT! about them…

Topics covered go….

From paediatrics to anatomy and physiology whilst whistle-blowing in the NHS, there’s clinical specialities and cases with a side of hypnobirthing and transcultural nursing. Healthcare management features alongside ophthalmology and geriatric medicine and the letters MRCPGH and FRCA SOE are a given. General practice is not forgotten along with paramedic practice and safe prescribing. But here’s a word-jumble which might help!


As always our online library catalogue is where you will find information about all our books/journals

Queries, questions and enquiries are always welcome so please get in touch with us either via this blog, on twitter @midyorkslibrary or email us

bye for now


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 . 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! MESH website – MESH facebook page West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing app – Modality Systems blog post: A DAY AT THE NHS MID YORKSHIRE IT EXPO – THE IMPORTANCE OF CONNECTING THE USER AND THE ARCHITECT – 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


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


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 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

What's New picWhat’s New June 2016

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


Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust Health & Wellbeing Roadshows

Visit us at the Health & Wellbeing Roadshows to take part in our Library Prize Draw!


Roadshow dates are as follows:

Dewsbury District Hospital

Oakwell Centre                    12th May               11.15-13.30

Pontefract Hospital  

Seminar Room Floor B      17th May               11.30-13.30

Pinderfields General Hospital  

Trust HQ                                18th May               11.30-13.30

There will be a range of stands for staff to visit, such as; The Body Shop, Country Baskets and local gyms as well as information from departments within the Trust.

We will be on hand to tell you all about the benefits of joining the Library. Pop to our stand to say hello and enter our prize draw! Who knows, you might be a lucky winner!