NHS library user? Have your say about library services and enter a prize draw

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We would be most appreciative if you could spare 10 – 15 minutes to complete the NHS Library Services survey online using the link below

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/St_Georges_Library_Survey

This biennial survey of NHS staff is conducted collaboratively with NHS libraries in South London and gives you an opportunity to feedback on various aspects of Library Services. The results are used to inform the development of services and to help us understand how we are doing.

As a result of the last survey we’ve increased our NHS off-site  journal provision by close to 1000 additional titles and provided access to more e-resources such as DynaMed, so we do take note of your comments and suggestions.

Prizes are available from our suppliers the BMJ, Blackwell’s, Wiley, HSJ and Elsevier. These include:

  • £50 Amazon Voucher (from the BMJ)
  • £30 voucher (from Blackwells)
  • £50 love2shop voucher (from the HSJ)
  • £50 Amazon Voucher (from Elsevier)
  • 2 print copies of Wiley’s Marsden Manual 9th Edition

Be sure to complete the survey  by 7th May and leave us your contact details to be included in the prize draw.

 

Book review: The Elephant and the Bee by Jess de Boer

This is the first book review in a series of six for the KU Big Read @ St George’s Library. Each of the six shortlisted KU Big Read titles will be featured in a weekly review, written by a member of the University and FHSCE community.


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A review of The Elephant and the Bee, written by Natalie Pither, a 2nd year Midwifery student

This is Jess de Boer’s first book. She was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, into a privileged Dutch family. She was inspired from an early age to want to bring about change in the world. Following university, she had a wide variety of jobs from chef to office administrator and even as a representative for Kenya in women’s triathlon.

In The Elephant and the Bee we follow Jess’s story, in her own words, covering her extensive travels as she searches for the dream job that will really make a positive impact in the world.

The style is informal and easy to read. Within the serious message that Jess wants to convey about man’s destruction of the planet, there are moments of utter hilarity. This juxtaposition is enthralling and leads the reader on page by page and chapter by chapter, always wondering how the title of the book will eventually fit into the content.

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An example from the book of an illustration and instruction

Each chapter is prefaced by a cartoon and an amusing instruction to herself about what must be achieved ‘today’. On the cover, at the end of each chapter and at the beginning and end of the book, the reader is enticed by the design of the trail of a bee to follow the story further, adding to the attraction of the book design. This certainly encourages the reader to pick the book up and read on.

During the narrative we meet Jess’s family and friends. They provide her with not only moral support but importantly an endless source of contacts offering job opportunities the world over. It is hard not to admire her gung-ho attitude each time she prepares for the first day in a new job, often with no prior experience.

I found Jess’s narration endearing and informative in equal measure and would highly recommend this book to others. I believe it would make an excellent choice for the Big Read as it is so accessible and manages to cover some really important environmental issues.*


*Since this review was written it has been announced that My Name is Leon is the Big Read winner, although we’re sure that our readers will enjoy all of the shortlisted books.


Join the discussion. Tell us what you thought of The Elephant and the Bee, or what your favourite Big Read shortlisted book is. Come by the library to borrow a copy.

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Library Easter Opening Hours

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Our opening hours for Easter are as follows:

Friday 14 April: Open until 9pm

Saturday 15 April:  9am – 9pm

Sunday 16 April:  9am – 9pm

Monday 17 April: 9am – 9pm

Tuesday 18 April: return to regular opening hours starting from 8am.

Friday 14 April – Monday 17 April the Library will open as self-service only.

The computer rooms will remain open 24/7 throughout this period

See our Library opening hours webpage for more information.

 

New text service for reporting noise

We have introduced a new texting service to enable library users working in the Computer Rooms or Library to anonymously report noise and disturbances by way of a text message to a specified mobile phone number.

You can text: 07856 183309  with the following information: location and description of the problem.

This service will run from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week. Texts will be sent directly to a member of security or library staff who will patrol the area and approach users who are behaving inappropriately.

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The rules and regulations for using the Library are available on our website.

 

Library ♥ Pharmacy

library loves pharmacy bannerThis month our popular Library Loves series returns highlighting Pharmacy and Pharmacology resources available through St George’s Library.

Websites
Journals
Databases
Reference, Summaries & Point of Care resources
Regulatory Agencies
Societies & Professional Associations

Websites

The following websites form a comprehensive selection of online resources providing guidance, information and support on the use of medicines; along with news and analysis on topics relevant to pharmacy and pharmacology.

NICE Medicines and Prescribing
https://www.nice.org.uk/about/nice-communities/medicines-and-prescribing
A comprehensive suite of guidance, advice and support for the delivery of quality, safety and efficiency in the use of medicines.

Chemist + Druggist
http://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/
Featuring the latest UK community pharmacy news Chemist + Druggist is a weekly magazine containing news on clinical and business issues, alongside articles and training courses to assist pharmacists with their CPD.

electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)
https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/
the eMC contains up-to-date, easily accessible information about medicines licenced for use in the UK. With over 10,600 documents, all of which have been checked and approved by either the UK or European government agencies which licence medicines.

RxList
http://www.rxlist.com/script/main/hp.asp
RxList is an online medical resource dedicated to offering detailed and current pharmaceutical information on brand and generic drugs.

Specialist Pharmacy Service
https://www.sps.nhs.uk/
Specialist Pharmacy Services (SPS) aim to be “The first stop for professional medicines advice” SPS brings together expertise from Medicines Use and Safety, Procurement, Quality Assurance, Technical Services and UKMi. Delivered by senior pharmacy professionals and with a focus on hospital care, Specialist Pharmacy Services (SPS), underpin the safe, effective and efficient use of medicines across the country.

Cochrane Library
http://www.cochranelibrary.com/
The Cochrane Library is freely available and consists of several databases supporting evidence-based medicine.

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Journals

These journals comprise a list of ‘key titles’ for pharmacists and pharmacologists which the Library recommends for those wanting to keep up to date in this field.

All titles are available through the library. Staff and students of St Georges, University of London can access the Journals via the St George’s Library Journals A-Z list: accessing titles offsite will require you to enter in your SGUL username and password.

NHS staff can access these titles via the NICE Journals A-Z search using their OpenAthens account details.

Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
The DTB provides rigorous and independent evaluations of, and practical advice on, individual treatments and the overall management of disease for doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Published monthly by the BMJ the journal aims to provide informed and unbiased information on medical conditions, medicines and other treatments to enable readers to make informed choices and ensure patients get the best care.

British Journal of Pharmacology
The BJP gives leading international coverage of all aspects of experimental pharmacology.

Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics is an international journal concerned with the effects of drugs on the human gastrointestinal and hepato-biliary systems, particularly with relevance to clinical practice.

British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Published on behalf of the British Pharmacological Society, the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology contains papers and reports, research and review articles on all aspects of drug action in humans.

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (AAC) features interdisciplinary studies that build an understanding of the underlying mechanisms and therapeutic applications of antimicrobial and antiparasitic agents and chemotherapy.

Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry is an international and multidisciplinary journal which aims to ensure the rapid publication of authoritative reviews and research papers dealing with experimental and clinical aspects of neuro-psychopharmacology and biological psychiatry.

European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
The European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology publishes original papers, short communications, and letters to the editors on all aspects of clinical pharmacology and drug therapy in humans. Coverage includes therapeutic trials; pharmacokinetics; drug metabolism; adverse drug reactions; drug interactions; all aspects of drug development; prescribing policies; pharmacoepidemiology; and matters relating to the safe use of drugs.

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (CPT) is a cross-disciplinary journal in experimental and clinical medicine devoted to publishing advances in the nature, action, efficacy, and evaluation of therapeutics.

Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Pharmacology & Therapeutics presents clear, critical and authoritative reviews of currently important topics in pharmacology.

Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences is a monthly review journal focusing on pharmacology and toxicology.

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy is a journal of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and is among the foremost international journals in antimicrobial research.

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Databases

These databases contain relevant articles and papers for those interested in pharmacological research. The Library provides access to the EMBASE and MEDLINE databases for SGUL staff and students and NHS staff.

SGUL staff and students should follow the relevant links from the database entry on the A-Z database list, offsite access will require an SGUL username and password.

NHS staff will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access these databases using the updated Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) platform.

ChemIDplus is freely available and does not require a login.

EMBASE
The EMBASE database covers biomedicine and pharmacology; particularly strong in the areas of drugs, toxicology and psychiatry; indexing over 3,500 international journals.

MEDLINE
Medline is a general medical database produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The database contains millions of citations, derived from thousands of biomedical and life science journals.

ChemIDplus
ChemIDplus contains over 400,000 chemical records. More than 300,000 of those records include chemical structures. ChemIDplus allows you to search by name/synonym, physical properties or toxicity in order to identify chemical substances.

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References, Summaries and Point of Care resources

British National Formulary (BNF)
The BNF provide prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals with sound up-to-date information about the use of medicines. Covering medicines generally prescribed in the UK, the BNF includes key information on the selection, prescribing, dispensing, and administration of medicines. Updated twice a year the BNF is available in print or online on MedicinesComplete or NHS Evidence.

British National Formulary for Children (BNFc)
Like the BNF the BNF for Children aims to provide prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals with sound up-to-date information on the use of medicines for treating children.

Both the BNF and the BNFc are available as iOS and Android Apps; you will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access the content. More information can be found at the NICE apps for smartphones and tablets page.

Medicines Information Services
Information on any aspect of drug therapy can be obtained from Regional and District Medicines Information Services.
St George’s pharmacy department
Lanesborough Wing, 020 8725 1765

DynaMed Plus
An evidence-based knowledge system that helps healthcare staff make the right decisions at the point of care. It covers over 3,400 clinical topics, providing evidence-graded treatment recommendations as well as diagnostic and other information. Access via NHS Open Athens, the trust intranet, or download the mobile app, for information on the go.

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Regulatory Agencies

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion in the UK. MHRA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health. Recognised globally as an authority in its field, the agency plays a leading role in protecting and improving public health.

European Medicines Agency
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is responsible for the scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in the EU. The EMA supports scientific excellence in the evaluation and supervision of medicines ensuring that all medicines available on the EU market are safe, effective and of high quality.

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Societies & Professional Associations

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
(ABPI) represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies; companies who supply more than 80 per cent of all branded medicines used by the NHS and who are researching and developing the majority of the current medicines pipeline.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society
The RPS is the professional membership body for pharmacists and pharmacy in Great Britain and an internationally renowned publisher of medicines information.

The British Pharmaceutical Society
The British Pharmacological Society is a charity with a mission to promote and advance the whole spectrum of pharmacology. The Society leads the way in the research and application of pharmacology around the world.

International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global body representing pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. Through 139 national organisations, academic institutional members and individual members, FIP represent over three million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
The GPhC is the body responsible for the independent regulation of the pharmacy profession within England, Scotland and Wales. Responsible for the regulation of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises.

British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (BPSA)
The British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association is the official student organisation of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society; founded in 1942 it is the only national body that solely represents pharmacy students and pre-registration trainee pharmacists.

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Further Information

For help in viewing or downloading online journals, or accessing databases pop along to the Research Enquiries Desk in the Quiet Study Area of the Library, Mon-Fri 11am-4pm.

If you are an NHS user and are having problems with your OpenAthens account, please contact your OpenAthens administrator Zena Ali at zali@sgul.ac.uk or 020 8725 5433.

Information on accessing and using some of these resources can be found on the Library website help page.

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Information Skills Training Sessions April – June 2017

Feel like you are out of practice with literature searching? Looking for new ways to keep up-to-date? Or perhaps you want to create a professional social media presence? Why not sign up for one of our free training sessions held in the library. We have a wide range of sessions, which are free for anyone to attend regardless of if you are a St George’s or joint Faculty student, researcher, staff or an NHS trust member.

Dates are below, see our information skills training page for full details. Please contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book.

*New* Using Twitter for Promotions

You will learn how to use Twitter for promotional purposes, find out about useful Twitter functions and tools such as Hootsuite and Storify.
Recommended for: Useful for anyone involved in a team or department Twitter account, or thinking of creating one.
Requirements: Users should be familiar with Twitter, as there will be a hands on element to the session.

Thursday 25th May 12.00 – 13.30

Finding the evidence: databases and search skills

Searching databases using Ebscohost
Friday 21st April 12.00 – 13.00
Tuesday 23rd May 12.00 – 13.00
Thursday 8th June 13.00 – 14.00

Searching databases using Ovid
Monday 24th April 11.00 – 12.30
Tuesday 16th May 15.00 – 16.30
Tuesday 20th June 10.00 – 11.30

Evidence based healthcare resources
Monday 24th April 14.00 – 15.30
Tuesday 23rd May 10.00 – 11.30
Monday 19th June 14.00 – 15.30

Searching NHS databases
Tuesday 4th April 10.00 – 11.30
Tuesday 2nd May 10.00 – 11.30  Now cancelled
Thursday 25th May 10.00 – 11.30
Tuesday 6th June 13.00 – 14.30
Thursday 22nd June 10.00 – 11.30

Managing information and critical appraisal

Introduction to critical appraisal
Tuesday 9th May 11.00 – 12.30
Wedsday 7th June 15.00 – 16:30

Keeping up-to-date
Tuesday 25th April 11.00 – 12.30
Wednesday 7th June 12.00 – 13.30

Citation metrics – an overview
Thursday 11th May  12.00 – 13.00

Systematic Reviews – Finding and managing the evidence
Thursday 27th April 10.00 – 13.00
Wedsday 17th May 13.00 – 16.00
Tuesday 20th June 13.00 – 16.00

RefWorks
Tuesday 16th May 12.00 – 13.00
Friday 16th June 12.00 – 13.00

Getting Started with Twitter
Fri 12th May 12.00 – 13.30

Library Inductions for NHS Staff

Thursday 20th April 10.00 – 11.00
Thursday 18th May 10.00 – 11.00
Thursday 15th June 10.00 – 11.00

Personalised training

If you cannot make any of the times, we are happy to arrange sessions for either individual or larger groups depending on your needs. To organise a bespoke session please email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk