St George’s announces new research data repository

The Research Data Management Service has launched a research data repository for use by St George’s researchers, including our doctoral student researchers.

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Powered by figshare, the repository is the first phase of a pilot project to develop a shared research data management infrastructure for UK higher education. The pilot is headed by Jisc, and St George’s is proud to be one of just 13 higher education organisations included in the project. More information about this can be found on the project website.

The SGUL data repository is a digital archive for sharing, storing and preserving research content produced at St George’s. It was acquired to enable our researchers to better engage in Open Science and to respond to funder and publisher requirements for data sharing and preservation.

Researchers can use the repository to share research data, source code, posters, PowerPoint presentations, images, videos, electronic lab notebooks and a range of other digital research outputs. The repository can also be used to catalogue and link to items that are already in the public domain, but are difficult to discover, cite and measure for impact. Each deposit in the repository is provided with a persistent identifier, which allows items to be uniquely identified, cited and measured for impact.

All items deposited with us will be preserved for the lifetime of the repository.

Depositing to the repository is easy. All research staff and doctoral students are automatically registered for the service. Just log in to the repository using your institutional credentials and deposit your items following figshare’s normal deposit procedures. All deposits will be checked by a member of the research data management team before your research is published, giving you added peace of mind.

It is advisable to contact the Research Data Management Service if you intend to deposit your data in the repository to avoid any delay in publishing your research.

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Evidence based healthcare resources

BMJ Case Reports

BMJ Case Reports is an international, peer reviewed collection of over 13,500 clinical cases covering all disciplines for clinicians and researchers.

Search by keyword or browse by specialty to find clinically important information on common and rare conditions, or subscribe to the RSS feed to receive updates on latest articles, most read articles or new blog posts.

Access is available to NHS staff via their NHS OpenAthens account (self-register here), and to SGUL staff and students via their university login details.

If you have an interesting case, you can receive peer reviews and rapid publication by submitting it for inclusion to BMJ Case Reports Journal. See the BMJ website for submission templates and full details on how to submit your case.

For more information about the SGUL subscription, or to obtain the institutional fellowship code, contact journals@sgul.ac.uk.

Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin

Independent of the pharmaceutical industry, Government and regulatory authorities, each article in the DTB has been evaluated by a wide range of specialist and generalist commentators.

By providing rigorous, unbiased assessments and recommendations of drugs and other treatments for diseases, this journal can be relied upon by doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who are looking to make evidence based decisions to ensure their patients receive the best possible care.

Access is granted via Shibboleth for SGUL staff and students, and via OpenAthens for NHS staff.

The NHS Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) has changed!

A new version of the HDAS interface for searching databases like Medline and CINAHL, available via OpenAthens, has been launched.  Many of the search functions will remain unchanged, but there are some new features and processes (including how to edit, limit and save your search).

We are in the process of updating our library webpages with videos and guides on how to use the new interface, but in the meantime you might find it useful to look at the series of help videos created by NICE.

Please note that you can still choose to use the old version for the moment, but this is due to be switched off by the end of the year.  We will let you know when a date has been finalised.

As always, if you require any help with using the databases or want to brush up your literature searching skills, please book on to one of our training sessions or email liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book a 1:1 session with one of your librarians at a time that suits you.

This week is International Open Access Week

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On 8th September 2016 the BBC reported that a British student, Will Broadway, has invented a mobile fridge designed to transport vaccines that will affect the lives of millions of people around the world. Another noteworthy aspect to this story is that the student will not be seeking to patent the invention:

“I wanted to make something for people who have next to nothing. It should be a basic human right, in my opinion, to have a vaccination. “I don’t think that it should be patented to restrict use.”

With this week being International Open Access week, this story is a great demonstration of how choosing to put ‘open’ into action can bring benefits to the medical and healthcare world.

Open Access week is an international event that seeks to highlight the benefits of Open Access, as well as celebrating the achievements in making research openly available. The Open Access movement has been around for some time, and building upon the Budapest Open Access Initiative in 2002, funders like the Wellcome Trust & Medical Research Council introduced Open Access policies in 2006. Over the course of the past 10 years the move to making research freely and openly available has gathered momentum. Many research funders now require any research that they support to be made available as Open Access and actively support the dissemination of research findings to encourage further discoveries. The Wellcome Trust is even going so far as to launch its own platform to allow researchers to easily and quickly publish their findings – on the Wellcome Open Research site.

Here at St George’s we too are playing our part, the Institutional Repository, SORA, has been steadily growing and currently has over 1500 research papers deposited within it that are either immediately open access, or will be openly available after a short embargo period. This includes important papers such as the recent paper by Professor Dalgleish et al, which was highlighted by St George’s recently, which has highlighted significant advances in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, and is an article that is fully open access.

More about SGUL research in SORA:

  • 1,500 full text & rising (immediately open or open after short embargo)
  • All work is peer reviewed
  • Full text in indexed in Google & Hunter
  • Average downloads per month so far in 2016: 1370

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What you can do

  • So, for Open Access week, why not have a look at SORA and discover the benefits of Open Research?
  • Look out for Open Access Week tweets from @sgullibrary
  • Join the movement to put open into action

For more information on open access please visit the Library open access webpages, or contact openaccess@sgul.ac.uk

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Jennifer Smith
Research Publications and Open Access

World Physiotherapy Day

This September 8th is World Physiotherapy Day, a global event that aims to celebrate the role that Physiotherapists play in keeping us well, mobile and independent.

Building on the findings of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) World Report on Ageing and Health, the theme for this year’s event is ‘Add life to years’. As our ageing population continues to grow, (with an expected 2 billion people over the age of 60 by the year 2050) the focus of the campaign is the contribution and cost effectiveness of physiotherapy in healthy ageing.

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To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a collection of resources available from St George’s Library to our support our students and Physiotherapists in practice. We’ve also highlighted some other useful links, including websites, tweet chats and other social media tools that may be useful in supporting Physiotherapists throughout their career.

Click the image below to view the collection:

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You can also explore all of our other curated collections of resources here: https://wakelet.com/@sgullibrary

Resources you can access offsite

If you cannot make it in to St George’s Library over the summer, there are still many resources that you can access from a computer with internet access (logins may be required).

You can:

These resources are available to you all through the year.

Last year we also ran a ‘Summer Sites’ series  featuring interesting Libraries and Institutions that are linked with medicine or healthcare studies and research which you can visit. They may have useful study resources, fascinating museum displays or be housed in historic buildings. Included in the posts were details of nearby sights and attractions and we will suggest places where you can get a good snack, meal or cup of coffee to fuel your day*. We hope these will encourage you to go out and enjoy London this summer too.

*some details may be out of date, please always check details with the library or institution you intend to visit. Where available we have provide contact details and website URLs.

Library ♥ Nursing

Continuing the Library’s new series of monthly promotions – Library Loves – this May we are taking a closer look at our Nursing Resources – in particular those that will support our Nurses and Midwives through revalidation.

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Content:
Key Websites
Books
Journals
Apps
Other Key Resources
Further information

From April 2016, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) now requires that nurses and midwives undertake a process of revalidation every 3 years to maintain their registration with the NMC. This process has been introduced to encourage a sharing and reflective culture, to promote good practice and raise awareness of the professional standards expected of nurses and midwives and to strengthen public confidence in these professions.

We’ve put together this brief guide to essential revalidation information resources, including those available through St George’s Library, to support you through the revalidation process. Many of the resources will also be helpful to students or other healthcare professionals who are looking to develop their reflective writing skills, or those about to qualify who are looking to get a head start.

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Key Websites:

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC): Revalidation
http://revalidation.nmc.org.uk/
The NMC microsite covers all the essential information and guidance to the Revalidation process. You can find out more about the requirements, download the NMC guidance booklet, forms and templates and learn from fellow professionals who have already been through the revalidation process.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN): Revalidation
https://www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/revalidation
The RCN has professional development pages dedicated to the revalidation process, including guidance on the requirements, case studies of a variety of professionals and advice on developing and keeping a portfolio of evidence.

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Books available from St George’s Library

We have a great collection of texts to support you in your professional development and reflective practice. We’ve picked a handful of these below, but don’t forget you can also search Hunter for further inspiration and similar titles.

Click on the images below to view the catalogue record for the book, where you’ll be able to check and see if there is a copy available on the shelves. If the title is available as an eBook, follow the links beneath the image to view them online.

Access Instructions:

If you are using a library computer or laptop, you should click the onsite link to view the book (there’s no login required).

If you are offsite:

  • SGUL students/staff should click the SGUL offsite link and log in with their SGUL username and password.
  • NHS staff should use the NHS offsite link and log in with their OpenAthens login details. If you don’t have an OpenAthens login, you can self-register here: http://openathens.nice.org.uk/

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Click here for onsite access                   Click here for onsite access
Offsite : SGUL users log in here            Offsite : SGUL users log in here
Offsite : NHS users log in here              Offsite : NHS users log in here

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Click here for onsite access                      Click here for onsite access
Offsite : SGUL users log in here               Offsite : SGUL users log in here
Offsite : NHS users log in here                 Offsite : NHS users log in here

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Journals

You might also be interested in keeping up-to-date with more recent discussion on Revalidation.

Take a look at some of the Hunter searches below to see some of the most recent articles for the following topics:

To access full-text articles in these searches offsite, please be aware you’ll need to login with your SGUL login details. NHS staff are only able to view these using a Library computer. If you are an NHS user and would like a login for the Library PCs, please see a member of staff at the Library helpdesk.

NHS users have access to thousands of electronic journals via their OpenAthens login; you can browse the titles by visiting the A-Z list hosted by NICE. Make sure you have logged in before searching to ensure you see the full content you have access to.

Some key titles we recommend keeping up-to-date with include:

Nursing Standard
Nursing Management
British Journal of Nursing
British Journal of Midwifery

These are all available via the University and the NHS OpenAthens routes.

If you don’t have the time to search online and would rather browse a journal/magazine by hand you can always check out our limited print collection of journals. These are held in the silent study section of the Library and a selection are on display next to the Research Enquiries Desk. Our nursing print journals include:

Nursing Standard
Nursing Times
Pediatric Nursing
Nursing Management
Midwives

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Apps

St George’s Library regularly explores and reviews mobile applications and resources that our users may find useful. A few that you may be interested in are:

Shift Calendar Apps –  time management apps to help those with shift based roles keep track of their complex work schedules.

Forest: Stay Focused  –  An app to help you keep focused on your task if you are easily distracted
Dynamed Plus – A Point of Care resource app – full content available to St George’s  NHS staff.
NICE BNF and BNFc – available with an NHS OpenAthens

Baby Buddy – An app for expectant and new mothers, and healthcare workers assisting them.

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Other Key Resources

Nursing and Midwifery Council (2015) The Code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, London: NMC.
View The Code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses – PDF

Royal College of Nursing (2015) NMC revalidation: next steps: an update from the RCN on NMC revalidation, plus frequently asked questions, London: RCN.
View  RCN document on NMC revalidation – website

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Further information:

For help in viewing or downloading eBooks or online journals, 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:
Beth Jackson
eljackso@sgul.ac.uk
020 8725 5433

We’ll be hosting another Pop-Up Library where we’ll be happy to help with your enquiries about any of the Library’s services and resources:

Tuesday 24th May – 12-2pm outside Ingredients restaurant, 1st floor Lanesborough Wing.

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St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be celebrating International Nurses Day on 12 May, between 13:00-17:00 in the Hyde Park room, and handing out awards for nurses who have made an outstanding contribution to patient care.

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