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).

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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).

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).

The Non-Medical Prescribers’ Bulletin, An easier way to access information

Today I’m talking about the production of the Non-Medical Prescribers (NMP) Bulletin, how and why it came to be, what it contains. Feedback is always welcome and even better than that it is always useful! READ on 🙂

The Background

The non-medical prescribers’ bulletin first began as a conversation between Mid-Yorks library service librarians, the director of pharmacy and an advanced clinical pharmacist in patient care. Essentially the discussion was about:

  • providing for the professional development of the NMP’s within our Trust, ensuring that they were enabled in their keeping-up-to-date requirements for CPD in particular.

As a regular researcher of the health and medical information the area where the research light is most regularly focused is in the arena of drug testing and development, medicines management and administration. So staying up-to-date…

  • is not a simple task, it is time consuming and information that is relevant to the busy prescriber is not always easy to find amongst the vast proliferation of information out there in the cybersphere.

What goes into the bulletin?

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The bulletin includes:

  • NICE Evidence specifically relating to non-medical prescribing
  • links to clinical knowledge summaries – specifically prescribing information
  • medicines and prescribing alerts – links to the service
  • technology appraisals – recommendations for new and existing medicines/treatments/procedures
  • BNF and BNFC links to the What’s New section and the latest changes
  • reports of significance from Royal colleges, professional bodies, Department of Health and others
  • information on medicines complete
  • journals and research studies
  • a special focus where I find one e.g. community prescribing, prescribing in physiotherapy
  • and of course any new resources the library purchases which are of relevance!

How do I decide?

Decisions about what to include and what to leave out are based on timeliness and relevance…

  • not all relevant information will be accessible in full text format and that is where the library’s document supply service will be especially handy. This service is free for Trust staff, contact us via this blog or through email

How often is it produced?

The decision was made to create a quarterly bulletin, the first one being published in June 2016, since then another 2 bulletins have been produced, they are now available to view on the pharmacy intranet pages and on the library website which means:

sharing the resource with our fellow librarians and other colleagues working within health libraries across Yorkshire and the Humber and much further afield to include the whole of the North in the spirit of ‘do once and share’

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