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Allied Health Professionals

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

Healthcare Databases

NICE Evidence databases: CINAHL, Medline and AMED  (NHS Athens account required)

UpToDate (available to WUTH & CCC staff) provides evidence based summaries of clinical topics covering more than 20 specialties, as well as nearly 1,500 patient information topics, and more than 27,000 graphics, tables and videos available to download into presentations.  Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.

Please note that Up to Date is an American resource. This is particularly important when using information on licensed indications, doses and treatment pathways. For UK advice please refer to the Medicines Formulary, the BNF or contact Medicines Information. OpenAthens details are required to access the BNF. 

Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.

Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.
UpToDate user guide 

The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews
Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine
PEDro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database)
Pubmed
OT Seeker

Dynamed Plus  

DynaMed Plus™  (available to WUTH staff) is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,400 topics, DynaMed provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions.

DynaMed Plus editors monitor the content of over 500 medical journals on a daily basis. Each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence. Through this process of Systematic Literature Surveillance, the best available evidence determines the content of DynaMed Plus.

Dynamed provides direct links to British National Formulary, NICE Guidlines, SIGN Guidelines, Patient UK etc.

If you need any further help please contact the library

ProQuest Hospital Collection 
Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES 
Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.


 

Guidelines

NICE guidelines
NICE Evidence  

Journals

Browse journals 
More ejournals are available via NICE Evidence (Athens account required)
 

Books

Browse our catalogue 
Search our catalogue for physiotherapy books 
Search our catalogue for occupational therapy books 
Search our catalogue for speech and language therapy books  
 

Evidence Alerts

Library, research and evidence based practice bulletin
AHP bulletin (Department of Health)
Health Management Update
NHS Networks 

Please also see the full list of specialist Horizon Scanning and Current Awareness Bulletins available
 

Training

Further details about Finding the Evidence and Introduction to Critical Appraisal training. 

Services

Literature searching service
Document and book supply
Our Specialist Services
Journal Club support service 
 

Useful Websites

NICE Evidence: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways
CASP critical appraisal checklists: checklists to enable you to appraise research studies in a systematic and straightforward way.
Discern:  A valid and reliable tool for assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem.
Internet for allied health professions  An online tutorial for allied health professions on using the Internet to find information.
British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists: Professional resources. Practice and CPD resources to support Occupational Therapists.
European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education. Encourages lifelong learning in OT, includes details of webcasts and conferences.
Anatomy.TV:  (available to WUTH staff) A 3D anatomy resource.  
Wirral Medicines Information Centre
 

Examples of library impact

The library service has been involved in the following projects alongside AHPs.
Literature searches on various topics including recent searches on:
• Shoulder pain and scapula dyskinesis
• Effective discharge planning for occupational therapy services
• Nutritional management of the acutely ill patient
Supporting AHPs undertaking further study to develop a search strategy and locate relevant journal articles on their topic.
Supporting physiotherapists and occupational therapists to search for and critically appraise suitable articles for Journal Club.
Working alongside a team of physiotherapists to set up their own Journal Club.
Please contact us to find out more.

Doctors (including SAS doctors, GPs in training and surgeons)

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for doctors, including SAS doctors, GPs and surgeons. If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

Healthcare databases
NICE Evidence databases: Medline, Embase and PsychINFO (NHS Athens account required)

UpToDate  (available to WUTH & CCC staff) provides evidence based summaries of clinical topics covering more than 20 specialties, as well as nearly 1,500 patient information topics, and more than 27,000 graphics, tables and videos available to download into presentations.  Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.

Please note that Up to Date is an American resource. This is particularly important when using information on licensed indications, doses and treatment pathways. For UK advice please refer to the Medicines Formulary, the BNF or contact Medicines Information. OpenAthens details are required to access the BNF. 

Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.

Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.
UpToDate user guide 

 


The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews
Pubmed: Quick search of the most up to date medical journal articles
Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine


Dynamed Plus (available to WUTH staff) 

DynaMed Plus™ is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,400 topics, DynaMed Plus provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed Plus an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions.

DynaMed Plus editors monitor the content of over 500 medical journals on a daily basis. Each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence. Through this process of Systematic Literature Surveillance, the best available evidence determines the content of DynaMed Plus.

Dynamed Plus provides direct links to British National Formulary, NICE Guidlines, SIGN Guidelines, Patient UK etc.

If you need any further help please contact the library

ProQuest Hospital Collection
Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES
Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

Ebola information is available from:

Guidelines

NICE guidelines

Journals

Search our catalogue for journals

Books
Browse our catalogue
Search our catalogue for medical statistics books
Search our catalogue for study skills books
Search for catalogue for examination books
Oxford handbooks

Evidence Alerts
Library, research and evidence based practice bulletin

GP & Practice Team Bulletin

NICE Evidence Updates

NICE News

Public Health England Bulletin

Please also see the full list of specialist Horizon Scanning and Current Awareness Bulletins available

Training
Further details about Finding the Evidence and Introduction to Critical Appraisal training

Services
Literature searching service
Document and book supply
Our Specialist Services
Journal Club support service

Useful websites
NICE Evidence: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways
BMJ.com: Resources for BMA members including specialty specific portals, teaching videos and the latest BMJ articles.
BMJ Case Reports is a peer-reviewed, valuable collection of case reports in all disciplines so that healthcare professionals, researchers and others can easily find clinically important information on common and rare conditions. This is the largest single collection of case reports online with more than 11,000 articles from over 70 countries.  Our subscription means that as well as searching BMJ Case Reports, WUTH staff can now submit a case report for free, allowing you to avoid the usual annual fellowship fee of £168.  To access BMJ Case Reports, all you need is a WUTH OpenAthens account.  Log in here with your OpenAthens.  If you’re interested in submitting a case report, take a look at the Instructions for Authors and contact the Library and Knowledge Service for the WUTH Fellowship code (you’ll need this to submit).
BNF and BNF for Children: Authoritative and practical information on the selection and clinical use of medicines in a clear, concise and accessible manner. Athens account required.
NHS Medical Careers: career planning guide designed to assist you in understanding your options for choosing your future career as a doctor in the NHS.
CASP critical appraisal checklists: checklists to enable you to appraise research studies in a systematic and straightforward way.
Discern: A valid and reliable tool for assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem. 
Doctors.net: offers a variety of health information resources and fora for discussion to doctors who have registered with a GMC number.

Anatomy.TV:  (available to WUTH staff) A 3D anatomy resource.  
Wirral Medicines Information Centre


Resources for GPs in training
Sign up to receive the GP & Practice Team bulletin, published by the Department of Health. This bulletin provides resources on health policy and practice for GPs, practice managers and nurses.
Search our catalogue for books on general practice.
PRODIGY (formerly CKS) is a reliable source of evidence-based information and practical 'know how' about the common conditions managed in primary care.
Health Talk Online: An award-winning charity website (was DIPEx) that shares other people's experiences of health and illness.
GP Notebook: Designed to provide a concise synopsis of the entire field of clinical medicine focussed on the needs of the UK GP.
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP): courses, email updates and revalidation resources
BMJ Learning modules for GPs
Mersey Deanery: General Practice: information, resources and careers advice 
Guide to the Revalidation of General Practitioners (version 7): sets out the RCGP’s current proposals for the processes and evidence that will be required in order for GPs to be revalidated.
Pulse Learning: Online learning resource for GPs - earn CPD credits for clinical, GP commissioning and practice business topics, 
Pulse Today: latest news and developments in general practice
GP-UK: An open mailing list for the UK general practice community. 

Resources for Surgeons
The Royal College of Surgeons of England: the professional organisation
Surgical Tutor: contains education resources for undergraduate and postgraduate surgical exams
BMJ Speciality Collection: resources on general surgery from the online BMJ, also links to relevant books and journals from the BMJ Publishing Group

Resources for SAS doctors
Mersey Deanery: SAS doctors
North Western Deanery: Useful links for SAS doctors
NHS Employers: Specialty and Associate Specialist doctors 
NHS Medical Careers: Career Progression for SAS Doctors

 

Examples of library impact
The library service has been involved in the following projects alongside doctors:
Literature searches on various topics including recent searches on:
• Case studies of spontaneous haemopneumothorax;
• Treatment of brain tumours - neurosurgery versus chemotherapy;
• Radiotherapy dosage for Hodgkins Lymphoma;
• Association between metabolic syndrome and peripheral vascular disease.
Help with identifying and critically appraising a study for Journal Club.
Delivering critical appraisal workshops.
One-to-one training on how to search for the best evidence.
Please contact us to find out more.

Revalidation Support

Revalidation

As part of the revalidation process, all licensed doctors will have to demonstrate every five years that they are up to date and fit to practise.

The GMC GMP Framework for Appraisals & Revalidation is divided into four domains

1. Knowledge, skills and performance
2. Safety and quality
3. Communication, partnership and teamwork
4. Maintaining trust

The Trust Library & Knowledge Service can help you to find the evidence of best practice for the first domain, Knowledge, Skills & Performance.

To help you find the evidence, we offer the following services & training:

  • We provide training in literature searching, to support you to develop the skills to find relevant evidence for yourself
  • We can do literature searches with you, or for you, on your chosen subjects
  • We can obtain journal articles & publications for you to read and use to stay abreast of developments in your field
  • We can signpost you to appropriate current awareness services, which will help you to stay up-to-date in your area of clinical practice
  • We have computers in the library and IT Suite which you can use to search for the evidence you need or to prepare your documents.
  • For more information or help, please contact

Linda Taylor, Outreach Services Librarian on x 8610 or
send her an email on lindataylor12@nhs.net

 

Useful revalidation links

Body Link
College of Emergency Medicine

Revalidation webpage

Revalidation guidance

General Medical Council

Revalidation webpage

Summary revalidation guidance

Royal College of Anaesthetists

Revalidation webpage

Supporting information for revalidation

Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Revalidation webpage

Getting ready for revalidation

Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health Revalidation webpage & supporting information
Royal College of Pathologists Revalidation webpage & supporting information
Royal College of Physicians

Revalidation webpage

Supporting information for revalidation

Royal College of Radiologists Revalidation webpage & supporting information
Royal College of Surgeons

Revalidation webpage

Revalidation guidance

 

 

Managers and Administrative staff

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for Managers. If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

Healthcare Databases

NICE Evidence databases: Health Business Elite, HMIC (NHS Athens account required)
Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine

ProQuest Hospital Collection 
Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES
Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

Guidelines

NICE guidelines
NICE Evidence Search

Journals

Browse journals

More ejournals are available via NICE Evidence (Athens account required)

Books

Browse our catalogue 
Search our catalogue for books on the following topics:
Leadership 
Human Resources 
Coaching 
Change management 
Project management 
Knowledge management 
Financial management 
Study skills 
Negotiation  
 
Evidence Alerts

Library, research and evidence based practice bulletin
Commissioning Zone newsletter
Health Management Update
NHS Networks
NHS Managers

Kings Fund Health Management Policy Alert

Public Health England Bulletin

Please also see the full list of specialist Horizon Scanning and Current Awareness Bulletins available
 

Training

Further details about Finding the Evidence and Introduction to Critical Appraisal training.

Services

Literature searching service
Document and book supply
Our Specialist Services
 

Useful Websites

The King’s Fund
Health Management Online, NHS Scotland
NHS Employers
NHS Confederation
eWin Workforce Information Network Portal 
Business Balls
Advanced Google Search
NICE
The Guardian: The most useful sites on NHS quality and performance
The Guardian: The most useful sites on NHS finance
The Guardian: The most useful sites on NHS staff issues
Institute of Healthcare Management
Wirral Medicines Information Centre

Examples of library impact

The library service has been involved in the following projects alongside health care managers.
Literature searches on various topics including recent searches on:
• previous, current and emerging ideas about quality management in general practice
• implementing a pre-falls algorithm to prevent falls
• implications of re-introducing link nurses for certain specialities i.e. Infection control
• How are other hospitals running emergency surgical services?
Supporting managers undertaking further study to develop a search strategy and locate relevant journal articles on their topic.
Please contact us to find out more.

Nursing staff

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for nurses. If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

Healthcare databases
NICE Evidence databases: CINAHL and British Nursing Index (NHS Athens account required)

UpToDate  (available to WUTH & CCC staff) provides evidence based summaries of clinical topics covering more than 20 specialties, as well as nearly 1,500 patient information topics, and more than 27,000 graphics, tables and videos available to download into presentations.  Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.

Please note that Up to Date is an American resource. This is particularly important when using information on licensed indications, doses and treatment pathways. For UK advice please refer to the Medicines Formulary, the BNF or contact Medicines Information. OpenAthens details are required to access the BNF. 

Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.

Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.
UpToDate user guide 

Dynamed Plus (available to WUTH staff)

DynaMed Plus™ is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,400 topics, DynaMed Plus provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed Plus an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions.

DynaMed Plus editors monitor the content of over 500 medical journals on a daily basis. Each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence. Through this process of Systematic Literature Surveillance, the best available evidence determines the content of DynaMed Plus.

Dynamed Plus provides direct links to British National Formulary, NICE Guidlines, SIGN Guidelines, Patient UK etc.

If you need any further help please contact the library

Ebola information is available from:

Dynamed Plus
The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews 
Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine

ProQuest Hospital Collection 
Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES
Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

Guidelines
NICE guidelines
NICE Evidence

Journals
Browse nursing journals
More ejournals are available via NICE Evidence (Athens account required)
All staff and students have access to a new collection of nursing and midwifery journals, which includes key titles such as the British Journal of Nursing, British Journal of Community Nursing, Nurse Prescribing, Journal of Wound Care and British Journal of Midwifery.
This new bundle, in addition to, our existing nursing and midwifery resources, will help to keep you up to date with practice, support your continuing professional development, and help you to gather evidence for your Revalidation portfolio.
To access this journal bundle you need an OpenAthens account, which will allow you to log in to the MAG online website from work or from home. 

Books
Browse our catalogue 
Search our catalogue for nursing research books 

Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures online

(available to WUTH staff)
If you are on the WUTH network, select the link above.  Otherwise, OpenAthens details are required to access this resource . Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.”

http://www.rmmonline.co.uk/

Evidence Alerts
Library, research and evidence based practice bulletin
Chief Nursing Officer bulletin
Health Management Update
NHS Networks
Breast Feeding and Maternal Health Horizon Scanning Bulletin
Child and Maternal Health Knowledge Update 

Infection Control Health Horizon Scanning Bulletin

Patient Safety Hoizone Scanning Bulletin

Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin

Please also see the full list of specialist Horizon Scanning and Current Awareness Bulletins available

Training
Further details about Finding the Evidence and Introduction to Critical Appraisal training.

Services
Literature searching service
Document and book supply
Our Specialist Services
Journal Club support service

Useful websites
NICE Evidence: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways
CASP critical appraisal checklists: checklists to enable you to appraise research studies in a systematic and straightforward way.
Discern: A valid and reliable tool for assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem.
Internet for Nursing: online tutorial to help you develop internet research skills.
Nursing Times: the latest news, practice and resources for student nurses
Anatomy.TV:  (available to WUTH staff) A 3D anatomy resource.  
Wirral Medicines Information Centre

Examples of library impact
The library service has been involved in the following projects alongside nurses.
Literature searches on various topics including recent searches on:
• Community discharge planning for patients
• Teaching and assessing nursing students in a ward environment
• Lung cancer patients experience of radiotherapy
• Therapeutic cooling in cardiac arrest patients
Supporting nurses undertaking further study to develop a search strategy and locate relevant journal articles on their topic.
Working alongside Practice Development Units to provide evidence input and support staff development.


Please contact us to find out more.

Revalidation support

Revalidation Support

Library & Knowledge Service 

Nursing and Midwifery Revalidation

How the Library can help you with revalidation

The components of revalidation are to:

  • Practise a minimum of 450 hours over the three years prior to the renewal of registration
  • Undertake 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Obtain five pieces of practice‐related feedback
  • Record a minimum of five written reflections on the Code, CPD and practice related feedback
  • Provide a health and character declaration
  • Declare appropriate cover under an indemnity arrangement
  • Gain confirmation, from a third party, that revalidation requirements have been met

The Library & Knowledge Service can help you find the necessary evidence of best practice, so you in turn can demonstrate your fitness to practice.

To help you find and demonstrate the evidence, we offer the following services & training:

  • We provide dedicated print and electronic evidence resources to help you keep up-to-date
    • Many of the electronic resources require an NHS Athens password.
  • We provide training in information search skills so you can develop the skills to find the evidence for yourself and reflect on it.
    • Request First Steps in Searching or Finding the Evidence session for you and/or your colleagues
    • Request a Reflective Writing session for you and/or your colleagues
  • We provide training in Critical Appraisal skills so you can develop the skills to assess how robust and reliable original research is using appropriate tools
  • We offer to do information searches with you on your chosen subjects
  • We obtain journal articles & publications for you, which you might need to read to stay abreast of developments in your field of expertise
  • We provide an Evidence Alerts service which alerts you to new innovations, improvements, best practice, news and evidence in your chosen areas of interest 
  • We support Journal Club activity which enables groups to present and critique original research of interest and relevant to their specialty and in itself is great evidence
  • Access to the library and its facilities, study space, computers and printers.

The NMC guide to revalidation can be viewed here.

 

Oncologists

Your Library and Knowledge Service has compiled a selection of key resources for oncology. If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

NICE Evidence databases (NHS Athens account required):
Medline
Embase
CINAHL
BNI
Health Business Elite
HMIC
AMED
PsycINFO

UpToDate  (available to WUTH & CCC staff) provides evidence based summaries of clinical topics covering more than 20 specialties, as well as nearly 1,500 patient information topics, and more than 27,000 graphics, tables and videos available to download into presentations.  Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.

Please note that Up to Date is an American resource. This is particularly important when using information on licensed indications, doses and treatment pathways. For UK advice please refer to the Medicines Formulary, the BNF or contact Medicines Information. OpenAthens details are required to access the BNF. 

Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.

Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.
UpToDate user guide 

 

ProQuest Hospital Collection 
Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES 
Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews

Pubmed: Quick search of the most up to date medical journal articles

Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine

NICE guidance on cancer

NICE Evidence Cancer Guidelines

Search our catalogue for oncology journals

Search our catalogue for oncology books

Search our catalogue for palliative care books

To subscribe to the Evidence Alerts listed below complete the Evidence Alerts subscription form.

Cancer Horizon Scanning Bulletin
End of Life Care Horizon Scanning Bulletin
Allied Health Professional Bulletin
Health Management Update
Library, Research and Evidence Based Practice Bulletin
NHS Networks Alert
NICE News

NICE Evidence Updates

Please also see the full list of specialist Horizon Scanning and Current Awareness Bulletins available

For more details about "Finding the Evidence" and "Introduction to Critical Appraisal training" please visit our training pages.

Literature Searching Service
Document and Book Supply Service
Our Specialist Services
Journal Club Support Service

NICE Evidence: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways


NHS Choices Cancer: patient information on symptoms, causes, treatment and local health services


Cancer Research UK: information, news, statistics and resources

Equator Oncology Project


Macmillan Cancer Support : practical, medical and financial support for cancer patients as well as information and resources for health care professionals.


Marie Curie Cancer Care : support for cancer patients, carers and families, plus resources for health care professionals.

Merseyside & Cheshire Cancer Network

The library service has been involved in the following projects in oncology:
• Supporting Diagnostic Imaging in setting up a Journal Club
• Training oncology registrars in literature searching
• Participation in a Practice Development and Research Unit steering group to
provide access to the best evidence
• Presenting an exhibition stand at Learning At Work Day
• Literature searches to identify evidence on various topics including:
Management of acute radiation skin reactions
Nurse led telephone follow-up clinic for radiotherapy patients
Assessment and treatment of oral complications in patients undergoing
chemotherapy
Brachytherapy for cervical cancer

Please contact us to find out more.

 

Did you know that you can register for Library membership without visiting the Library? If you wish to use this service please email mcardle.library@nhs.net

Did you know that you can receive material loans by post? If you wish to use this service please email mcardle.library@nhs.net

Pharmacists

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for Pharmacists. If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

Medicines information

British National Formulary 

British National Formulary for Children 

NICE medicines information

NICE A/Z of Medicines

 

Healthcare databases
NICE Evidence databases: Embase and Medline (NHS Athens account required) 

UpToDate

(available to WUTH & CCC staff) provides evidence based summaries of clinical topics covering more than 20 specialties, as well as nearly 1,500 patient information topics, and more than 27,000 graphics, tables and videos available to download into presentations.  Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.

Please note that Up to Date is an American resource. This is particularly important when using information on licensed indications, doses and treatment pathways. For UK advice please refer to the Medicines Formulary, the BNF or contact Medicines Information. OpenAthens details are required to access the BNF. 

Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.

Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.
UpToDate user guide 


Dynamed Plus (available to WUTH staff). If you are on site at Wirral University Teaching Hospital then you can access Dynamed Plus via this link without having to log in.

DynaMed Plus™ is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,400 topics, DynaMed Plus provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed Plus an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions.

DynaMed Plus editors monitor the content of over 500 medical journals on a daily basis. Each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence. Through this process of Systematic Literature Surveillance, the best available evidence determines the content of DynaMed Plus.

Dynamed Plus provides direct links to British National Formulary, NICE Guidlines, SIGN Guidelines, Patient UK etc.

ProQuest Hospital Collection
Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES 
Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

If you need any further help please contact the library

The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews

Guidelines
NICE guidelines
NICE Evidence

Journals
Ejournals are available via NICE Evidence (Athens account required) 

Books
Browse our catalogue  
Search our catalogue for Pharmacy related books 

Evidence Alerts
NICE News - Featuring the latest news and guidance from NICE. 

NICE Medicines Awareness

Please also see the full list of specialist Horizon Scanning and Current Awareness Bulletins available

Training
Further details about Finding the Evidence and Introduction to Critical Appraisal training.

Services
Literature searching service
Document and book supply
Our Specialist Services
Journal Club support service

Useful websites
NICE Evidence: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways 
CASP critical appraisal checklists: checklists to enable you to appraise research studies in a systematic and straightforward way. 
Discern: A valid and reliable tool for assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem. 
Anatomy.TV:  (available to WUTH staff) is a 3D anatomy resource.
Wirral Medicines Information Centre
OpenPrescribing

Examples of library impact
The library has been involved in training pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists to find high quality evidence

The library has provided literature searches on pharmacy related topics which have impacted positively on decision making and patient care


Please contact us to find out more.

Researchers

If you’re involved in research, the Trust Library and Knowledge Service provides the following support:

We can help you to develop a robust search strategy and train you to search for journal articles, guidelines and reports effectively.

Critical appraisal: We can train you to recognise different study designs and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of research studies.

Locate books and journals: We can help you find books and journals in your subject area and provide a document supply service.


See what other people in the Trust are publishing: Journal articles published by WUTH staff are posted on the Library BlogSubscribe to the Library Blog.

Keep up to date: Our Evidence Alerts service offers a quick and easy way to keep up to date with the latest evidence via email bulletins.

National Institute for Health Research Journals

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation
Health Services and Delivery Research
Health Technology Assessment
Programme Grants for Applied Research
Public Health Research

Analyse your data: The McArdle Library loans digital transcription kits to help you record and transcribe interviews.

Useful websites
WUTH Research and Development team: local support and advice for researchers
Research and Development Info: general advice on research, training and funding.
Research Design Services: free advice on research design to researchers in the North West who are developing proposals for national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research
NHS R&D Forum: a network for those involved in managing and supporting R&D in health and social care
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): Department of Health organisation that provides details of funding information, research guidance, news, jobs and publications
National Research Ethics Service (NRES): facilitates and promotes ethical research and also protects the rights and safety of research participants
RD Learning: information on post qualification training courses offered by Higher Education Institutions, Research Networks and Professional bodies, all with an emphasis on research
Medical Research Council: publicly funded organsaition supporting research in medical sciences
Wellcome Trust: global charitable foundation supporting biomedical research and the medical humanities
Cancer Research UK, Cancer Stats: Cancer incidence, mortality and survival statistics for the UK and around the world
North West Cancer Intelligence Service: intelligence data, information and resources relating to cancer services in the region
North West Public Health Observatory: public health intelligence and datasets NICE Evidence: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways.

CASP critical appraisal checklists: checklists to enable you to appraise research studies in a systematic and straightforward way.
Discern: A valid and reliable tool for assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem. 

Understanding Health Research 
A tool for making sense of health studies​


 

Did you know that there are people who can help you to design your research, write your protocols and help you to seek funding?

The National Institute for Health Research Design Service for the North West provides all these services at no charge.

If you are thinking about writing for publication there are resources, hints and tips and details of useful articles to help you.

Scientific and Technical staff

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for scientific and technical staff. If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

Healthcare databases
NICE Evidence databases: including Medline, Embase and PsycINFO(NHS Athens account required) 

UpToDate  (available to WUTH & CCC staff) provides evidence based summaries of clinical topics covering more than 20 specialties, as well as nearly 1,500 patient information topics, and more than 27,000 graphics, tables and videos available to download into presentations.  Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic. 

Please note that Up to Date is an American resource. This is particularly important when using information on licensed indications, doses and treatment pathways. For UK advice please refer to the Medicines Formulary, the BNF or contact Medicines Information. OpenAthens details are required to access the BNF. 

Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.

Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.
UpToDate user guide 


The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews 
Pubmed: Quick search of the most up to date medical journal articles 
Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine 


Dynamed Plus (available to WUTH staff) 

DynaMed Plus™ is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,400 topics, DynaMed Plus provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed Plus an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions.

DynaMed Plus editors monitor the content of over 500 medical journals on a daily basis. Each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence. Through this process of Systematic Literature Surveillance, the best available evidence determines the content of DynaMed Plus.

Dynamed Plus provides direct links to British National Formulary, NICE Guidlines, SIGN Guidelines, Patient UK etc.

ProQuest Hospital Collection 
Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES 
Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

If you need any further help please contact the library

 

Ebola information is available from:

Dynamed Plus



Guidelines
NICE guidelines 

Journals
Search our catalogue for journals

Books
Browse our catalogue
Search our catalogue for physics books 
Search our catalogue for pharmacy books

Evidence Alerts
Library, research and evidence based practice bulletin 
Cancer Horizon Scanning bulletin

Please also see the full list of specialist Horizon Scanning and Current Awareness Bulletins available

Training
Further details about Finding the Evidence and Introduction to Critical Appraisal training 

Services
Literature searching service
Document and book supply
Our Specialist Services
Journal Club support service

Useful websites
Federation for Healthcare Science: overarching body for the professional organisations representing healthcare scientists.
Medical Research Council: publicly funded organsaition supporting research in medical sciences
Nuffield Council on Bioethics: an independent body that examines and reports on ethical issues in biology and medicine
Wellcome Trust: global charitable foundation supporting biomedical research and the medical humanities
NICE Evidence: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways
BNF and BNF for Children: Authoritative and practical information on the selection and clinical use of medicines in a clear, concise and accessible manner. Athens account required.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA): the government agency which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe 
Anatomy.TV: (available to WUTH staff) is a 3D anatomy resource.
Wirral Medicines Information Centre

Examples of library impact
The library service has been involved in the following projects alongside scientific and technical staff:
Literature searches on various topics including recent searches on:
• Evidence for use of levosimendan in cardiogenic shock (severe low output heart failure)
• Attitudes of repsiratory clinicians towards smoking cessation
One-to-one training on how to search for the best evidence.
Please contact us to find out more.
 

Students

Your Library & Knowledge Service enables evidence based practice, service improvement, personal development, research and innovation by providing easy and convenient access to the right information, in the right place, at the right time.

We offer a wide range of services and support to students including:

  • Material Loans
  • Document supply
  • Assisted Literature searches
  • “Finding the Evidence” and “Introduction to Critical Appraisal” Training
  • Support and resources for
    • Academic study
    • Audit activities
    • Research activities
    • Continuing Professional Development
  • Journal Clubs
  • Keeping up to Date
    • Evidence alerts
    • how to get searches to update you!

We take the view that you are students studying to become a specific type of professional, therefore, there are customised information portals for each professional group. Take a look at the “Resources for your profession” section of our webpages and use these as a good starting point for your Information and Evidence Search.

It is the case that students frequently find these resources useful as a means of gaining an overview and evidence summaries of clinical conditions and treatments and anatomical structures.

Medical Students
Access hundreds of peer-reviewed, "snack-sized" video podcasts to help you with your revision. You can learn on the go or in the comfort of your home. 

http://www.podlearn.org/
Registration is required to access the podcasts
Requests/suggestions for new content required are given consideration.
 

Anatomy TV  (available to WUTH  staff & students)

Contact us when you need help or support.

Resources to support Audit activities

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for staff, students, managers and researchers engaged in Audit activities. If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

Healthcare Databases

Dependent on the nature of the audit

Healthcare database

Area

Access

AMED

Allied Health related topics

Via NICE Evidence, NHS Athens account required

British Nursing Index and CINAHL

Healthcare and drugs topics

Via NICE Evidence, NHS Athens account required

HMIC and Health Business Elite

Management, Service Development, Governance and compliance related topics

Via NICE Evidence, NHS Athens account required

MEDLINE

Medical, Clinical topics

Via NICE Evidence, NHS Athens account required

PsycINFO

Psychological and Leadership aspects

Via NICE Evidence, NHS Athens account required

 

ProQuest Hospital Collection

Pubmed

UK DUETs - A database of treatment uncertainties from patients, carers, clinicians and from research recommendations. Covers a wide variety of health problems.

 

Clinical Decision Making and Evidence Summary Tools

UpToDate  (available to WUTH & CCC staff) provides evidence based summaries of clinical topics covering more than 20 specialties, as well as nearly 1,500 patient information topics, and more than 27,000 graphics, tables and videos available to download into presentations.  Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.

Please note that Up to Date is an American resource. This is particularly important when using information on licensed indications, doses and treatment pathways. For UK advice please refer to the Medicines Formulary, the BNF or contact Medicines Information. OpenAthens details are required to access the BNF.

Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.

Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.

UpToDate user guide

 

Dynamed Plus  (available to WUTH staff)

DynaMed Plus™ is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,400 topics, DynaMed Plus provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed Plus an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions.

DynaMed Plus editors monitor the content of over 500 medical journals on a daily basis. Each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence. Through this process of Systematic Literature Surveillance, the best available evidence determines the content of DynaMed Plus.

Dynamed Plus provides direct links to British National Formulary, NICE Guidlines, SIGN Guidelines, Patient UK etc.

ProQuest Hospital Collection 
Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES 
Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

If you need any further help please contact the library

 

Systematic reviews

The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews

Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine

 

Guidelines

NICE guidelines

NICE Evidence Search

 

Statistical information

Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)

 

Evidence Alerts

Dependent on the nature of the audit

Please see the full list of specialist Horizon Scanning and Current Awareness Bulletins available

 

Training

Further details about Finding the Evidence and Introduction to Critical Appraisal training.

 

Services

Literature searching service

Document and book supply

Our Specialist Services

Journal Club support service

 

Useful Websites

NICE Evidence Search: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways

CASP critical appraisal checklists: checklists to enable you to appraise research studies in a systematic and straightforward way.

National Audit Office 

NHS England  

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) 

Commisioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUINS)

Patient UK 

Wirral Medicines Information Centre

Health & Social Care Information Centre

Remember to check the websites of the professional bodies relevant to the subject of your audit

 

Examples of library impact

LKS has provided literature search support for audit(s) on the following topics:

  • Robotic hysterectomy versus total laparoscopic hysterectomy - benefits / risks
  • Metformin related B12 deficiency and proposal for guidelines to treat.
  • 1. In patients needing Specialist Palliative Care*(P), do Bisphosphonates (I) improve cancer related bone pain (O) compared with usual treatment* (C)? 2. In patients needing Specialist Palliative Care* (P), does Denosumab (I) improve cancer related bone pain (O) compared with usual treatment* (C)? Population: patients with advanced cancer, requiring support from specialist palliative care. Usual treatment: Non-pharmacological and pharmacological pain management e.g. opiates, NSAIDS
  • National standards for colorectal surgery outcomes - 30 & 90 day mortality, readmission and return to theatre
  • the use/effectiveness of MEWS score in critically ill patient
  • Capillary Refill Time as an assessment of circulatory status in the critically ill
  • Working with people with dementia and their carers
  • Health care professional’s attitudes towards cancer patients who smoke
  • Patient satisfaction of a nurse led telephone follow up service for prostate patients
  • Awareness of CASP tools for critical appraisal skills programme tools among foundation doctors
  • The role of MRI in assessing response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer. As compared with the actual pathological response (ie if MRI shows a good response of the tumour to chemotherapy, does this correlate with the actual response seen when the tumour is resected and analysed by the pathologists?)
  • current and new practices/developments regarding radiotherapy induced skin reactions
  • Does follow up of isolated undisplaced or minimally displaced radial head or neck fracture affect long term outcomes in skeletally mature patients presenting to the emergency department

 

Please contact us to find out more.

Resources to support quality activities
Resources to support writing for publication

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for staff, students, managers and researchers engaged in writing for publication. If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

Resources to support writing for publication.

Information for Patients
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