Upcoming Event: More & Better Research & Randomised Chocolate Trial

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust ‘More and Better Research’ event, organised by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Research & Innovation Team, is to take place on Monday 30th April 2018.

As part of the event we will be hosting a randomised controlled trial to compare how effective eating white or milk chocolate is on improving the wellbeing of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust staff.

If you like the idea of testing the effects of chocolate consumption colleagues are invited to participate in the trial, which aims to highlight the importance of research and help participants to gain a better understanding of how clinical trials work.

If you are interested in participating please ‘drop by’ during the ‘More and Better Research’ open marketplace session, taking place in Trust HQ on 30th April 2018 between 1pm and 3pm.

Interested participants do not need to book to take part in our randomised chocolate trial, although booking for the full day event is essential (please contact the Research and Innovation team for more information).


Celebrating Libraries Week

The 9th – 14th October was Libraries Week (you may have seen our daily tweets throughout the week promoting it!).  We had a joint event in the Atrium at Pinderfields with Wakefield Public LibrariesWe were joined by Dawn Bertram (right) and we showcased the resources that both libraries have to offer.

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Helen Rotherforth (Trust Librarian) with Dawn Bertram from Wakefield Libraries

The hub of the Atrium is a bustling environment, and our stands were great for catching the attention of the throng of  people that pass through it.  We generated interest from staff, patients and visitors alike.

This medic was keen to find out about our resources and even posed for a family photo to post on our social media Bluebird


Varied queries came in thick and fast, and we were able to answer one visitor’s question by introducing her to  NHS Choices  the one-stop site that answers the public’s medical information queries – anything from how to find a GP, to their “Health A-Z” which outlines conditions, treatments and much more.

There was plenty to learn about the services available at our local libraries in Wakefield and the surrounding area – did you know that you can read the latest magazines online for free with your library membership?  Topics are comprehensive – from Good Food to Amatuer Photography, Music and History!  Check out the Digital Library here

One of the highlights of our stand was the new Quick Reads selection on loan from Wakefield Libraries (short books that are specifically designed to be quick & easy to read).  You may have seen our previous post and be considering loaning one – I understand that they will make an excellent read for the chilly nights that will soon be upon us!



Libraries Week 2017


Libraries Week is an annual event providing libraries across all sectors with an opportunity to showcase their innovations and shout about the many fantastic services they have to offer!

In celebration of libraries week we’ll be out ‘n’ about on 10th October from 11am-1pm in the Atrium at Pinderfields Hospital letting Trust staff & placement students know about the variety of services we have to offer.

We’ll also be joined by colleagues from Wakefield Public Libraries who will be spreading the word about their library membership, which is available to everyone. You can also find out what’s on at Wakefield Public Libraries throughout Libraries Week by visiting their blog.

We’ll be Tweeting @midyorkslibrary throughout the week. I for one will be following  #LibrariesWeek & can’t wait to see what everyone else is upto 😃

Until next time.

Natasha (on behalf of The Library Team)


Upcoming events for Health Information Week

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:

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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 😀

Save the date! Many Ways to Learn Event

Celebrate Learning at Work Week 2017 by joining us at the “Many Ways to Learn”  event, which aims to highlight the importance and the benefits of learning and development at work.

The event is open to all staff across the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust & will take place on 31st May, from 12 noon until 8pm at Trust HQ & Education Centre.

During the event we will be offering activity sessions to help you get started with Facebook,Twitter & Canva (a free graphic design tool which can be used to create leaflets,posters & social media graphics). All library activity sessions will take place in the NHS Staff Library (located on the Ground Floor in Trust HQ & Education Centre).

More detailed information including session time slots, is available here. To book on these sessions, please contact Organisational Development (contact information can be found of the Organisational Development Intranet page).

Want to get started now?

Our social media help guides can now be downloaded directly to your desktop. Find them here on our Training & Support page.

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 (https://twitter.com/MYorksResearch) 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 – https://www.nice.org.uk/about/what-we-do/nice-apps-for-smartphones-and-tablets & BMJ Best Practice http://bestpractice.bmj.com/best-practice/marketing/bp-app.html) and access to many healthcare journals via NHS Open Athens (https://openathens.nice.org.uk/). Other accessible electronic resources include Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS – https://hdas.nice.org.uk/) & NICE (https://www.nice.org.uk/)

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 – http://midyorks.nhslibraries.com).  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.