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

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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!

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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….

 

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

 

 

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 😃

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.

Focus On: Wiley Medical & Nursing Collection Trial

The Wiley Medical & Nursing Collection brings together over 400 premium healthcare journal titles, including Journal of Advanced Nursing,British Journal of Surgery and BJOG to name just a few. A complete list of the titles in the collection can be viewed here.

Wiley Titles

To access the online content staff will need an NHS Athens account. If you’re not yet registered for NHS Athens you can register here. 

We have signed up to a trial until the end of May 2017, with a view to purchase. We are keen to obtain feedback on this content from our library users, so please get in touch with the team if you have any comments or suggestions.

If you have any queries please get in touch with a member of library staff (library.pgh@midyorks.nhs.uk / x53899) who will be happy to help!