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. To book a course you must join the Illingworth Library.

Clinical Questions, PICO and Study Design

Course
A focus on the principles of evidence based medicine and the process of developing a research question, recognising types of evidence and study designs.

Duration 1 hour

Register your interest via the Trust intranet training courses page or use the Book a librarian form on the website.

Guides
See our documents and forms page for the following useful guides:

Users’ guides to the medical literature: a manual for evidence based clinical practice, Guyatt, G. JAMA 2000 284 (10) 1290-6 (PDF)

Resources
To search for library resources for Evidence based medicine, search the library catalogue or the Resources via OpenAthens Training Guide.

Alternative course format

Preparing your search (Evidence Based Medicine part 1) (PDF) <open in Adobe Reader to view presenter comments

Useful Links
Centre for Evidence Based Medicine
BMJ Best practice EBM tools

Accessing Electronic Resources

Course
Find out more about the range of electronic resources available and how to access full text articles.

Duration 1 hour

Register your interest via the Trust intranet training courses page or use the Book a librarian form on the website.

Guides
See our documents and forms page for the following useful guides:

Registering for OpenAthens guide

Alternative course format  

Registering for OpenAthens: video or PDF <open in Adobe Reader to view presenter comments

Resources via OpenAthens: video or PDF <open in Adobe Reader to view presenter comments

How to get the full text of articles: video or PDF <open in Adobe Reader to view presenter comments

Useful Links
Finding & Requesting Information

Literature Searching

Course
Learn 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 1.5 hours

Register your interest via the Trust intranet training courses page or use the Book a librarian form on the website.

Guides
See our documents and forms page for the following useful guides:

HDAS Full user guide (PDF)

HDAS Quick Guide (PDF)

Literature request form (docx)

Resources
To search for library resources for Evidence based medicine, search the library catalogue

Alternative course format   

Doing a literature search (Evidence Based Medicine part 2): PDF with exercises <open in Adobe Reader to view presenter comments

Useful Links
Literature Searching courses from e-LfH

Critical Appraisal

Course
Designed to give you the skills to critically evaluate research papers and interpret their findings.

Duration 3.5 hours

Book a suitable date via the Trust intranet training courses page

Guides
See our documents and forms page for the following useful guides:

What is critical appraisal? – Bandolier

Resources
To search for library resources for Critical Appraisal search the library catalogue

Useful Links
For extra information on critical appraisal visit any of the links below:
Critical Skills Appraisal Programme
University of Glasgow EBP checklists

Managing references

Course
An introduction to the use of Reference Management Software.
Duration: 1 hr
Register your interest via the Trust intranet training courses page or use the Book a librarian form on the website.

Alternative course format 

Mendeley in a nutshell: video or PDF <open in Adobe Reader to view presenter comments

Useful Links
Further resources can be found at the Mendeley website.
Writing & Referencing

EpromptXtra (Current Awareness)

Course
An introduction to keeping up to date with recent evidence in healthcare.

Duration: 1 hour

Register your interest via the Trust intranet training courses page or use the Book a librarian form on the website.

Alternative course format
Current Awareness: video, PDF <open in Adobe Reader to view presenter comments

Useful Links
Current Awareness Service for Health
Knowledge for Healthcare Current Awareness
Keeping up to date – eprompt and epromptXtra

Book a Librarian

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:

  • Clinical Questions, PICO and Study Design
  • Literature Search
  • Obtaining articles
  • Google searching
  • Using Microsoft Office
  • Using social media
  • Managing Email
  • Managing references
  • Posters/Graphics
  • Critical appraisal (Group session only)
  • e-promptXtra (Current Awareness)

Don’t be afraid to ask us about anything we will help if we can.

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 via the form or pick up a paper form in the library. We will respond to your request within two working days.

Alternative course format
Please open PDFs in Adobe Reader to view presenter comments
Preparing your search (Evidence Based Medicine part 1) (PDF)
Doing a literature search (Evidence Based Medicine part 2): (PDF)
How to get the full text of articles: PDF
Mendeley in a nutshell: video or PDF
Social Media for Professional Development PDF
Current Awareness PDF

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.

Guides
For more information visit the journal club webpage where you will find the Journal club handbook or visit our documents and forms to see all our useful guides.

Resources
Visit the journal club webpage to see previous presentations.

Useful Links
For more information and help on using CASP the critical appraisal skills programme visit the CASP webpage.

To view or subscribe to the Journal Club Google calendar click here

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