National Men’s Health Week

Men’s Health

June 12th – 18th is National Men’s Health Week and events are occuring throughout the country to mark this.  Our Trust’s Occupational Health Department is running information sessions over the next two weeks (details on the intranet) and these are held in the rooms adjacent to the Library, providing the perfect reason to pop in to see us!

We have produced a leaflet of men’s health resources, which contains a selection of  pertinent books.  As the theme this year is “belly fat” we are sure the title Hazardous Waist is bound to be popular!

Men's Health resources (for guide)

In addition to our books, there are links to useful online resources – full information can be found on our website here or paper copies can be picked up on the library display.

Mens health week

New Books

We are here to help all staff with their health related queries, so please contact us for assistance – and don’t forget to check our new additions to stock lists (here) regularly for new titles on your area of interest.




Every day across the healthcare sector in England more than a million decisions are made that have a profound and lasting impact on people’s lives and which influence the quality of healthcare delivered and the cost of services.

#AMillionDecisions is a campaign being headed by CILIP and Health Education England which calls on government and health service providers to make use of the skills of librarians and knowledge specialists n meeting their obligations under The Health and Social Care Act 2012.

“Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, there is a responsibility for health services to make best use of evidence obtained from research.”


As well as an extensive range of healthcare titles (view our full catalogue here) did you know that Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Staff Library Service also offers,provides,facilitates and/or supports:

  • 24/7 access to PC’s and quiet study space
  • Access to online resources (including journals,eBooks & apps) via NHS OpenAthens
  • Current awareness services (e.g. What’s New? and Non-Medical Prescribers Bulletin)
  • Document supply services (journal articles)
  • Inter-library lending
  • Literature searches
  • Healthcare database training
  • Critical appraisal training (understanding research articles)
  • Clinical & non-clinical professional development

          and much more..

The team is committed to delivering the right evidence, at the right time, to support all staff working from “bedside to boardroom”. Contact us to find out how we can help to support you.


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

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.


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


Using the library catalogue


Autumn is upon us, and these darker nights and mornings are the time when we often enrol on courses and begin our studies.

This week the library has been busy assisting students to obtain their recommended reading materials – it always pays to start early!

The most frequently asked questions have been around checking the catalogue, renewing online and reserving books that are already on loan.

We have a leaflet that answers these and many more questions, and it is available to download from our website ( in the Useful Documents and Links page.


Managing Your Library Account Online

You can set up a PIN number with the library staff that will allow you to:

  • Search the catalogue for books and journals
  • Reserve books that are currently on loan to others
  • Renew your loans on up to three occasions
  • View your account to check the details of the books you have on loan

If you have any further queries the library team are always happy to help.


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