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….

 

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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.

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.

#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.

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…