Health Information Week

Health Information Week is a national initiative to promote good quality health resources for all.  This year it was held on July 3rd – 9th .   Campaigns took place which involved joint initiatives, which were often held outside of the usual library or department.

Mid Yorks NHS Staff Library was keen to join this programme to spread the word on what readable, reliable and valid information is out there for everyone to access (and how to utilise these sources in preference to more dubious ones).  We used this opportunity to showcase the Patient Information page on our website, which you can access here.  As our first stand was to be held in Wakefield’s main library, in the Wakefield One building, we were keen to promote materials that would be of value to the general public, and this seemed to be the perfect location!

We joined forces with Wakefield Public Libraries to promote resources that are available to the customers and public that we serve, and one of the many benefits of working with a different library was that we learned new things from each other, and came away with a host of ideas and useful information.  For example, did you know that Wakefield libraries have created reminiscence boxes which are used within the community to raise dementia awareness, and are used therapeutically to generate memories and conversations about times gone by?  The boxes are available for loan from the libraries and were a great source of interest at both events.  These are a really good resource for people who suffer from dementia, and the carers that support them.

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Terry in prime position at the entrance to Wakefield 1 Library

Working with a different client group in a public library was a new experience, and I was intrigued to know what types of health information we would be asked for.  Queries were varied – from how to register with a local GP to what is the ideal weight of a piece of fruit to make up your “5 a day”?

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Terry and Wendy then joined us in the Atrium at Pinderfields where our stands generated interest from visitors, patients and staff.  We answered queries about medical conditions, and interest was shown by parents and children who collected cards from  Wakefield libraries stand to participate in the  “Summer Reading Challenge”, which this year has a detective theme (contact your local library for details).

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(Left to right) Karen and Natasha – Mid Yorks Library, Terry and Wendy – Wakefield Public Libraries

We look forward to future collaborative working, so for more information watch this space….

 

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 😀

Introducing.. Our New Promotional Video!

If you’re following us on Facebook or Twitter you may have seen that we recently launched our new promotional video, which has been created to raise awareness of the wide range of services Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Staff Library offers to Staff and Students on Placement within the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

You can watch our promotional video below or via our YouTube channel 😃

#AMillionDecisions

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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.”

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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.

What’s New? March 2017

What’s New? is a monthly bulletin produced by the Mid Yorkshire NHS Library and Information Service. The latest issue is now available to download from our website.

This month’s bulletin includes all the latest guidance from NICE, SIGN, Department of Health, Royal and Professional Colleges and the systematic reviews published in February by the Cochrane Centres.

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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 library.pgh@midyorks.nhs.uk or by telephone (ext 53899).

World Book Day

Today (March 2nd) is the 20th World Book Day.  A day when many children will attend school dressed as their favourite literary character, and the world focuses on the joy of the written word.

Reading has many life enhancing qualities, so much so that books can now be obtained “on prescription”.  The Reading Agency gives more information here

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If you don’t consider yourself to be a reader, and still need persuading…  

visit Lifehack here

Don’t forget, the Staff Library at Pinderfields not only has resources to inform the care and advice you give to patients and staff, but also has a selection of  self-help and mood boosting books to help you  relax and enjoy your leisure time.

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