National Men’s Health Week

Men’s Health

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: Dementia Resources

The Alzheimer’s Society states that there are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025 and 2 million by 2051! More facts and figures from The Alzheimer’s society can be found here.

With a growing number of people now suffering with dementia we have put together a  guide showing some of the dementia related resources which are available to those in health & social care professions.

Library Resources

The library has a range of dementia care resources available for loan to Trust staff & students on placement within the Trust. A small selection of our collection is shown below. You can also download our dementia resource guide by clicking here.

NICE Guidance

Dementia: Support in health and social care [QS1] – Evidence-based statements to deliver quality improvements in dementia support in health and social care.

Dementia: Independence and wellbeing [QS30] –Evidence-based statements to deliver quality improvements in care and support for people with dementia.

Dementia: Supporting people with dementia & their carers in health & social care [CG42]Evidence-based recommendations on supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social care.

NICE Pathway: Dementia – This pathway covers supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social care.

Toolkits

Dementia Diagnosis Resource Pack –This resource pack sets out key steps for Commissioners, and key steps for General Practices to improve the diagnosis of dementia, and the diagnosis pathway.

Helping to assess cognition: A practical toolkit for cliniciansA toolkit produced by Alzheimer’s Society and supported by Department of Health. Its aim is to help health professionals determine the most appropriate cognitive assessment tool for use with patients in their setting.  The toolkit is intended as a guide to assessment of cognitive function, not diagnosis.

Dementia Evidence Toolkit – A resource for commissioners, care providers, people working in health & social care and people with dementia and their families.

Demtalk Toolkit for Effective Communication – An online toolkit for effective communication with and for people living with dementia.

Online Training

E-Dementia –An interactive e-learning resource to support the training of health & social care staff in supporting people to live well with dementia

Increasing Dementia Awareness E-learning –An E-learning resource for practitioners.

(Information sourced 05/05/17)

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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Patient Health Information Page

As part of their patient and public information remit, health libraries are trying to engage more with customers outside the healthcare workforce. As part of our role in this we have created a dedicated patient health information page on our website.

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The page has been created to signpost patients and the public towards reliable online health information. We also aim to raise awareness about local/national organisations which exist to provide support and advice for those with health enquiries or issues.

This page will be regularly updated so please keep checking back for our updates.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust 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).

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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Focus on: eLearning for Health – NICE Guidance

Did you know that as an NHS Healthcare professional you can access a wide range of free e-learning programmes? Health Education England e-Learning for healthcare have a wide range of medical and healthcare training resources from emergency medicine to mental health awareness. The full range of programmes can be found here.

In today’s blog we wanted to focus on one of the newer e-learning resources, NICE Guidance – Evidence into Practice which has been developed for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), in conjunction with Leeds and St George’s Medical Schools & is delivered in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.

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Designed to help to improve the understanding & enhance the implementation of NICE Guidelines. This interactive resource contains eight sessions of e-learning, covering the following topics:

  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Principles of decision making in healthcare
  • Changing clinical practice
  • Audit and feedback

This e-learning will help users to:

  • Follow the guidance for evidence-based medicine
  • Make decisions in an evidence-based & fair way
  • Understand, identify & overcome barriers to change
  • Conduct an audit & provide feedback
  • Plan & record learning (which may help you to meet your CPD/CME needs)

This resource can be accessed through e-Learning via ESR.

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(Information sourced from http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/nice/ – accessed 17/01/17)