Training

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There are opportunities for professional development everywhere. Learning is not just about attending courses, it is about how we improve what we do, based on all that we experience.

Learning can be accessed in many ways, below are some of our training courses and recommendations to develop your skills.

Evidence-based medicine

Course content: this course is designed to give you the skills to critically evaluate research papers and interpret their findings.

Duration: 3.5 hrs

Who should attend: any staff involved in evidence-based medicine.

Prerequisites: no prior knowledge or experience of critical appraisal is required.

Learning outcomes: by the end of the session you should:

  • understand the principles of critical appraisal and why you should undertake it
  • be able to appraise published research and judge its reliability
  • be able to assess the relevance of published research to your own work

Bookings: training courses can be booked via the Trust intranet. To request a one-to-one session, or to arrange training for your department, please contact the library (0114 271 7347).

To search for library resources for evidence-based medicine search the library catalogue.

Literature searching and obtaining full-text

Course content: this course will enable you to plan your search, construct a search strategy using keywords and subject terms, combine searches, apply limits, view and download results, save searches and create alerts.

Duration: 1 ½ hrs

Who should attend: members of staff from any discipline who would like support in searching the evidence.

Learning outcomes: at the end of the session you should be able to:

  • differentiate between the databases available to you via the NHS (Medline, Embase, Cinahl, BNI, AMED, PsycInfo, DH-Data, King’s Fund database)
  • run an effective literature search independently
  • understand what MeSH and subject headings are
  • download full-text articles
  • save your search or create an alert
  • print, save and email your results
  • repeat your search in another database

Bookings: training courses can be booked via the Trust intranet. To request a one-to-one session, or to arrange training for your department, please contact the library (0114 271 7347).

For useful guides on literature searching please visit the documents and forms page. You can also watch a video tutorial on how to access full-text articles on our YouTube page.

EpromptXtra (current awareness)

Course content: this course is an introduction to keeping up to date with recent evidence in healthcare.

Duration: 1 hr

Who should attend: delegates interested in managing the wealth of information available and in developing ways to keep up to date with the latest developments/evidence in their field without being swamped by it.

Learning outcomes: by the end of the session you should:

  • know where to look for relevant information
  • know how to set up searches to find relevant information
  • know how to follow services e.g. blogs, bulletins
  • be able to set up alerts, tables of contents, RSS feeds to receive relevant information

Bookings: training courses can be booked via the Trust intranet. To request a one-to-one session, or to arrange training for your department, please contact the library (0114 271 7347).

Managing references

Course content: this course is an introduction to the use of Reference Management Software.

Duration: 1 hr

Who should attend: all staff interested in creating an online library of references to be used in writing papers, guidelines, care pathways.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the session you should:

  • understand what reference management software is and what it can do
  • have an account to collect references into your library
  • know how to upload references to your library
  • know how to organise your library
  • know how to use references as citations in documents

Bookings: training courses can be booked via the Trust intranet. To request a one-to-one session, or to arrange training for your department, please contact the library (0114 271 7347).

For useful guides on managing references please visit the documents and forms page, or watch Mendeley video tutorials on our YouTube page.

Further resources can be found on the Mendeley website.

Accessing electronic resources

Course content: this course focuses on the types of healthcare information available on the internet, the criteria used to evaluate websites and the use of search engines and gateways to access health information.

Duration: 1 hr

Who should attend: all staff who want to use the internet effectively to support their practice or professional development.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the session you should:

  • be able to search for health information using reliable sources
  • be aware of key sources that will provide specific types of information
  • be able to assess the quality and reliability of websites

Bookings: training courses can be booked via the Trust intranet. To request a one-to-one session, or to arrange training for your department, please contact the library (0114 271 7347).

Book a Librarian

Our ‘Book a Librarian’ service gives you the opportunity to arrange a free one-to-one or group session with a library professional to give you tailored support on a wide range of topics including:

  • finding evidence for patient care
  • sourcing journal articles
  • managing references
  • critical appraisal

… and many more.

We offer appointments Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm and can host a session in the library or come to you. Request a session online or pick up a paper form in the library. We will respond to your request within two working days.

Journal Club

 Journal Club is a great CPD opportunity where you can discuss a range of current topics with colleagues.

Open to all health professionals it’s a fun, informal way of learning to criticise papers and gather evidence to change practice.

For more information visit the Journal Club page where you will find the Journal Club handbook and details of previous presentations. Dates and times of forthcoming Journal Club sessions are shown in the calendar below.

Visit the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) for information about their training and tools for critical appraisal.

 

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