Focus on: BNF/BNFC app

The newly launched BNF Publications app brings together adult and child BNF content though a single mobile app, for the first time.

BNF & BNFC

The app has been designed to provide prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals, working for the NHS in the UK, with easy access to information from the BNF & BNFC. The app is updated monthly with the latest clinical content, giving user’s easy access to the latest medicines information.

The app is fully portable and once downloaded users don’t need to be connected to the internet to access it; meaning that the latest BNF & BNFC guidance is readily available at the point of care.

OpenAthens authentication is not required to access content on the app (please see Terms and Conditions for more information on who can download the app)

Please note: The new BNF Publications app replaces the NICE BNF & NICE BNFC apps, which will no longer be updated & withdrawn later this year.

appsYou can download the app on iTunes & Google Play.

More information on the BNF Publications app can be found on the BNF website.

Natasha on behalf of ‘The Library Team’

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Online Resources for Foundation Doctors

Yesterday we had the pleasure of introducing the library service to the Trust’s new Foundation Year One Doctors. There was a lot of interest in our online resources at yesterday’s induction so here’s some information/links to some of the key online resources, which can be accessed with an NHS OpenAthens account.

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NHS OpenAthens

An NHS OpenAthens account is your key to lots of online resources, from journals to eBooks, to point of care tools.

  • If you need to register for an NHS OpenAthens account you can self-register online here.
  • Our registration help guide can be found on the library website (here) or a paper copy can be picked up from the library.

Journals

  • Details of online journals the service has access to can be found here. You will need to be logged in with your NHS Athens account to see all content the service is subscribed to.
  • You may find the Foundation Years Journal to be of particular interest. You can access it  here.

eBooks

  •  The Oxford Medicine online eBook collection includes over 130 highly regarded titles including the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, Oxford Handbook for the Foundation Programme & the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, to name a few. View the full title list here [pdf] 110KB).
  • See our E-Books- OUP Handbooks & Textbooks blog for more information on accessing the eBooks.
  • You can access the collection here or via the library catalogue.

Point of care tools

  • The British National Formulary (BNF) includes advice of clinical experts and is continually updated to reflect the latest evidence from credible sources worldwide. BNF provides up-to-date guidance on prescribing, dispensing, and administering medicines. You can access it free via the internet or via an App.
  • The British National Formulary for Children (BNFC) presents essential practical information to help healthcare professionals prescribe, monitor, supply, and administer medicines for childhood disorders. You can access it for free via the internet or via an app.
  • BMJ Best Practice is a decision-support tool for use at the point of care. You can access it free via the internet or via an App (an NHS OpenAthens account is required for both access methods). See our BMJ Best Practice blog for more information on this resource.

If you’d like further information please do not hesitate to get in touch or pop in and see us (we’re based on the ground floor in Trust HQ).

Natasha on behalf of ‘The Library Team’

 

Focus On: Trip Database

Today we wanted to shine the light on Trip Database – a tool which allows healthcare professionals to find the best available evidence to answer their clinical questions.

The database contains links to thousands of sites, offering the highest levels of evidence, such as systematic reviews and clinical guidelines. As well as providing research evidence  users are also able to search across other content types such as images,videos,educational courses,news and patient information leaflets.

These graphics better show the features of this resource & the benefits of using it as a healthcare professional:

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If your search highlights research studies that aren’t directly accessible in full-text never fear we are able to offer Trust staff a document supply service (contact us directly for more information).

If you want to find out more about using Trip Database these links are a good place to start:

How to use Trip

The benefits of using Trip

The Trip Database blog contains useful guides, tips & tricks. You can access it here.

Access to the premium version of the Trip database (Trip Pro) is freely available to everyone in the NHS in England (via Health Education England). It’s worth noting that Trip Pro is accessed via IP address (so you would need to access the database using an NHS computer).

Focus On: BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice is a useful online resource which follows a step-by-step approach that is structured around the patient consultation and covers diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. BMJ Best Practice is free for all NHS Mid Yorkshire Trust staff to access via NHS OpenAthens.

BMJ Best Practice Website

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The BMJ Best Practice website allows users to access reliable decision-support information and ever evolving medical information on thousands of clinical topics. It also provides links to external sources which may be of interest and allows allows users to download information, including patient leaflets & PDF’s.

The website also has an CME/CPD activity tracking tool which logs your searches and active hours and allows users to create activity certificates to support revalidation and CME/CPD. More information on this can be found in this BMJ User Guide.

BMJ Best Practice App

The newly launched BMJ Best Practice app is now available for download on Apple & Android devices. It allows users to gain fast access to clinical answers on the move.

Before you can access the app you will need to register for a ‘personal BMJ account’ (or log in if you already have one).

If you need to set up a personal account here’s how to register:

Visit this link and log in via OpenAthens:

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Once you are logged in via OpenAthens you will then be prompted to create a personal account:

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Once you have registered for a personal account you will be able to access the app. Logging into the app via your personal account also ensures that your activity and active hours are logged in your CME/CPD activity tracker.

To download the app:

Visit the Apple or Google Play store and search for ‘BMJ Best Practice’

Select and download the app and when prompted, use your BMJ Best Practice ‘personal account’ details to sign in and download the content.

Once you have downloaded the new app please delete any old versions of the app you may have as they will no longer be updated.

If you would like further information on BMJ Best Practice please contact the library library.pgh@midyorks.nhs.uk. Or if you are a Trust staff member and would like to sign up to NHS OpenAthens you can register for an account here.

Please note:

 You must log in to your personal account whilst using your institution’s network at least once every 6 months, to keep your account active.

 

 

 

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…

 

Focus on E-Journals

Many of you may know that through NHS Athens at a national level, there is access to a host of e-journals online but you may not know that the library here at Mid Yorks purchases e-journal content at a local level specifically with our own Trust’s specialities in mind. Some of these are shown here, but in total we buy over 30 journals for the Trust.
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More information is available from the library. You can post a query on this blog, send us a tweet, or alternatively, come in and see us and ask about access or give us some feedback on our journal content!