Yum yum! Results of the MY library Randomised Chocolate Trial

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s ‘More and Better Research’ event, organised by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Research & Innovation Team took place on 30th April.

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During the event we decided to test the effects of chocolate consumption by hosting a randomised chocolate Trial. The randomised chocolate trial enabled us to engage with Trust staff and delegates to see if:

  • Eating white or milk chocolate improved wellbeing?
  • Taking part in the trial increased their awareness of clinical trials?

We attracted 56 recruits on the day and were able to highlight the importance of research in healthcare and to help participants to gain a better understanding of how clinical trials work.  The experience also helped participants to see how it feels from the other side when patients are asked to participate in trials for new treatments.

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It is known that getting patients to enrol in clinical trials can be a challenge for a number of reasons, such as the ‘fear of the unknown’ or having to read through lots of information and understand what it’s all about.  The participants of our randomised chocolate trial acknowledged these feelings when asked to take part in the trial and saw the volume of information to digest and forms to complete!

On the whole our randomised chocolate trial was some light hearted and tasty relief for delegates attending the event and helped to show case how the library supports research in the NHS.

A big thank you to all of those who participated in the trial 🙂

You can find the full results here.

For further information about our randomised chocolate trial, or to find out how the library can support your research project, please contact a member of the MY library team, who will be happy to help.

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All about JournalTOCS

Hello Blog readers, today I want to tell you all about JournalTOCS. It’s something that I as a librarian in the healthcare sector subscribe to and value as part of my daily information gathering routine.

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What is it?

It’s basically a current awareness service where once you sign up you can discover the newest research papers in your chosen field or in a particular subject area which might be of interest to you, so although I primarily use JournalTOCS for medical/healthcare related information I’m also interested in American literature so I get updates on any new papers in that subject area too! So….

Why should you use it?

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in a nutshell… because

  • it’s free to sign up! http://www.journaltocs.hw.ac.uk/
  • you can select from a wide range of journals to have information about the latest research papers emailed to you via RSS feeds. You can choose to receive emails daily,weekly or monthly (depending on your preference)
  • you can save articles and export/share details (max 100 articles in the free version)
  • you can link out to the journal web page
  • it covers 73 subject areas including
    • medical science
    • business and economics
    • health and safety
    • nutrition and dietetics
    • pharmacy and pharmacology AND
    • library and information science 
  • each of the subject areas are then subdivided so you can drill down and find exactly what you’re looking for, below is a snapshot of what happens when we open up the medical sciences subject area

medical sciences jtocsNB: As of May 2018 a maximum of 15 journals can be followed in the free version of JournalTOCs.

We like to help so…

If you want anymore information about JournalTOCS or would like some help getting set up, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Or why not pop in and see us because we would love to see you 🙂

Upcoming Event: More & Better Research & Randomised Chocolate Trial

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust ‘More and Better Research’ event, organised by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Research & Innovation Team, is to take place on Monday 30th April 2018.

As part of the event we will be hosting a randomised controlled trial to compare how effective eating white or milk chocolate is on improving the wellbeing of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust staff.
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If you like the idea of testing the effects of chocolate consumption colleagues are invited to participate in the trial, which aims to highlight the importance of research and help participants to gain a better understanding of how clinical trials work.

If you are interested in participating please ‘drop by’ during the ‘More and Better Research’ open marketplace session, taking place in Trust HQ on 30th April 2018 between 1pm and 3pm.

Interested participants do not need to book to take part in our randomised chocolate trial, although booking for the full day event is essential (please contact the Research and Innovation team for more information).

What’s New? March 2018

What’s New?’ is a monthly current awareness bulletin, produced by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Staff Library service.

This edition brings together the latest guidelines, standards, appraisals, reports and reviews (published during February 2018) to help keep staff up to date.

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You can download the latest bulletin, and all previous editions, from the library website. If you are a Trust employee and would like future copies of What’s New? delivered to your inbox every month, please contact the library by email or by telephone (ext 53899)

Focus on: Literature/Evidence Searching eLearning Modules

We’ve previously blogged about the many Health Education England e-Learning for healthcare programmes NHS Healthcare  professionals are able to access for free.

In this blog post we’re focusing on the Literature Searching e-Learning programme.

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The Literature Searching e-Learning programme contains a number of modules, each of which are designed to help the healthcare workforce build confidence to search published literature for evidence relevant to their work, study & research. Each of the modules should take no more than 20 minutes to complete and can be ‘dipped into’ for reference, or completed to obtain a certificate.

You can access Health Education England e-Learning for healthcare programmes with your NHS OpenAthens account. More information can be found in this blog post.

The current modules in the e-Learning programme are:

Building the foundations

Three modules to enable users to assess their current level of skill in literature searching, find out more about the resources available and how to get started with planning a search.

Developing the skills

Three modules to enable users to narrow/broaden their searches and use subject headings to find more relevant articles in less time.

Applying the skills

  • Module 7 How to search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS) (coming soon)

What’s New? August 2017

What’s New? is a monthly current awareness bulletin for staff working within clinical and non-clinical environments.

The bulletin brings together the latest guidelines/standards/appraisals, reports and reviews to keep staff up to date.

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You can download the latest bulletin, and all previous editions, directly to your desktop from the library website.

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).

CILIP conference 2017 reflections on Our Common Values…

It was my first time…at a CILIP conference, after over 17 years in libraries, so finally I made it! Initially I was concerned with practicalities, trains and hotels and connecting up with the YOHHLNet bursary winners. Once sorted I had to  set about deciding what I wanted to see and hear. My main aim was to avoid listening to anything to do with the day job, so knowledge management and impact/evaluation, task and finish groups and tool-kits so predominant in the health library sector at the moment were given short shrift [with apologies and a big wink to all those engaged in such things].

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I wanted to see/hear something new, something that might move me and/or make me think differently. Two sessions in particular did this for me. This first blog post looks at David McMenemy’s @D_McMenemy talk on ‘sustaining our common values: the pressure at play, and to come…’ I found this really interesting and thought-provoking.

BEING UNIVERSAL

David began by asking us to think about what being ‘universal’ meant for libraries, a library for you whoever you are and wherever you come from…and how this was being challenged by the fragmentation of public library services where community and charity run libraries are increasingly replacing that ‘universal offer’. This was particularly interesting to me because my local library is one of those voluntary run community libraries, its great and thriving and the local population I believe absolutely love what it offers both in terms of resources and in terms of Place. As David said it does fit nicely with the Government drivers to enhance community well-being via the use of more volunteers and charitable activities.

But of course not every village or small town has the wherewithal in terms of resources [specifically people with the enthusiasm AND the knowledge/know-how to set-up their own library service] so that immediately places these populations at a disadvantage. With the loss of the universal offer, who you are and where you come from starts to handicap you in terms of access to libraries.libs for everyone

One of the points made was with regard to Who sets the library up, is it a specialist interest group within the community? Or is it weighted towards a particular social class? What might this mean for universal access and is this likely to influence the kinds of resources/activities available? Would it feel or even become exclusive? A library for some but not for everyone, whoever you were and wherever you came from?

PRIVACY

The other aspect of our common values focused on the issue of patron privacy, essentially protecting the right of our patrons’ to privacy in terms of  their online activity. As with other organisations LIS have the technologies to hand to analyse the users online searching activities, and to filter out particular content. I found this really interesting because I often simply take this for granted, or don’t even think about what is happening to our service users and indeed myself as a seeker of information in an online world.

Are we both:

  • snooping into someones private business and 
  • interfering with an individual’s right to seek information 

I also found it useful to note that because technology allows us to see what our service users are doing online doesn’t mean that we should just go ahead and access that information, and is it up to us to censor content?

So the central message seemed to  me that we should be asking questions, reflecting upon and thinking critically about the values we have within the LIS community. Through research the evaluation and analysis of these values could form the evidence base for a set of commmon values for the future. To see the presentation given by David click here

Helen Rotherforth  librarian   @midyorkslibrary 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s New? April 2017

What’s New? is a monthly current awareness bulletin produced by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Library and Information Service.

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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 March by the Cochrane Centres.

You can view & download the April bulletin, and all previous editions, from the library website.

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).

#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).