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….

 

Focus On: Reading Well for Long Term Conditions Collection

This week The Reading Agency launched a new strand of their popular Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, Reading Well for Long Term Conditions.

Reading Well for Long Term conditions focuses on supporting those living with long term conditions such as arthritis, bowel conditions, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. More information on Reading Well for Long Term conditions can be found on The Reading Agency website.

Long Term Conditions Books

We have a selection of titles from the Reading Well for Long Term Conditions collection available at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Staff Library for loan to Trust staff and students on placement. You can find a full list of Reading Well for Long Term Conditions titles held in library stock in our library resources for long term conditions guide. We hold a selection of other self-help, mindfulness & mood boosting books in our library stock too.

You can also find the Reading Well for Long Term Conditions collection, amongst other strands of the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, in your local public library.

Wakefield Public Libraries have a large range of self help books that are available to loan free of charge with a library membership, you can view their catalogue here. For information on how to join Wakefield public libraries you can visit any Wakefield Library or you can join online using this link 

As part of Health Information Week 2017  Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Library staff will be in the atrium at Pinderfields Hospital  with staff from Wakefield Public Libraries on Friday 7th July, where they will be showcasing their new Reading Well for Long Term Conditions collection alongside a range of resources and services provided through Wakefield Public Libraries. More information can be found here

 

National Men’s Health Week

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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.

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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.

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!

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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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.

 

 

 

Mindfulness

A New Year, A New You!

Typically in January we may consider resolutions such as learning a new skill or other forms of self-improvement.  Here is where the library can help!  The library is a vast store of information – we can direct you to resources that inform and enlighten.  If you plan to study, the library can provide help for those who are beginning or returning to study.   Why not check out the range of resources and services available?  View our:

Our resources may surprise you!

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If you are considering a new approach, we have a good selection of mood-boosting books and self-help literature.  Mindfulness is one such area and we have a good selection of books on this topic that are available for loan today.

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“Mindfulness is a practice that individuals and groups can do on a day-to-day basis. It can enable people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences. As a mind-body approach, it can increase our ability to manage difficult situations and make wise choices” (http://bemindful.co.uk/ accessed 06/01/2017).

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There are many good free Mindfulness apps and websites, here is a small selection

STOP BREATHE & THINK app http://www.stopbreathethink.org/

NHS Choices Mindfulness http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/pages/mindfulness.aspx

NHS Choices http://bit.ly/1CfEUDw

HEADSPACE website and app  https://www.headspace.com/

CALM app and website https://www.calm.com/