The KU Big Read has come to St George’s Library and we are looking for FHSCE staff and student volunteers to help us spread the word!

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The Big Read is a project developed by Kingston University which has run with great success for the last few years. The project has a vision of using shared reading to build relationships and foster community spirit. In previous years, the selected book has been used for public engagement, as a catalyst for starting conversations between colleagues, students and staff, and to explore themes related to Higher Education and specific subject areas.

What: We need volunteers to read and review one of six shortlisted books in 150-500 words and also write a short sentence recommending why others might enjoy the book. We will post this review on the St George’s Library blog.

When: The books have arrived in the library and are ready to be picked up and read. Depending on your commitments, you will have 4 to 8 weeks to review.

Why: This is an opportunity to start a conversation through shared reading and be a part of an exciting project.

How: The deadline to put your name forward is midday Friday 17th March. If there is lots of interest we will pick names out of a hat and let you know by Monday 20th March. Please send your name, what course you are on or you job title, and, if you have a preference, what book you would like to review. You should be an FHSCE student or staff member based at St George’s, University of London.

To register your interest or if you would like to know more about this project, please contact the library at

For more information about the KU Big Read and the shortlisted books check out the KU Big Read website.

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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.


Key Websites
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
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
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:

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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

mentoringlearning     becoming
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{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER     continuing

writingyournursing     lawethicsnursing

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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

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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
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.


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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Women and Leadership: Book selection and Athena Swan events.

Today is International Women’s Day, to celebrate we have put together a list of books on leadership that are available in the Library including new purchases, Clicking on the images will take you through to the Library Catalogue where you can check availability.

St George’s is committed the career advancement of women and we currently hold an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award.  More about Athena SWAN events for staff and students are listed below.

Book list

Rocking your role : the 'how to' guide to success for female breadwinners. Shelfmark: HD6054.3 GAR Lean in : women, work, and the will to lead. Shelfmark: HD6054.3 SAN

HD58 ARN Coaching Skills for Leaders in the Workplace by Jackie Arnold






Women at the top : what women university and college presidents say about effective leadership

Who moved my cheese?: an amazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life. Shelfmark: HD58 JOH The 7 habits of highly effective people : powerful lessons in personal change

Why should anyone be led by you? : what it takes to be an authentic leader. Shelfmark. HD57 GOF





Athena SWAN networking event: Tuesday 22 March  1.15 – 2pm  in H2.6

Dr Sally Worth, Director of the Joint Research and Enterprise Office, who will talk about her career through the commercial world and into higher education. 

There is no need to book, but to help organise refreshments, please register your intention to attend by emailing or to join the Athena SWAN mailing this. This will be used to encourage staff involvement and sharing of information in relation to the Athena SWAN agenda.

Student Organised Athena SWAN events:

The St George’s Athena SWAN student network is a society that aims to empower women in their future careers. The society organises regular events, with events planned for April and June.

See their Facebook page for more information:

Twitter:  @SGwomenscareers






Book selections: Careers and professional development

All of the following books are in the library collection. For more details on each title click on the image to go through to the library catalogue.

Books with generalist advice on interview performance and how to write a CV:

Job interview success:  be your own coach: HF5383 ROGBrilliant CV what employers want to see and how to write itPreparing the perfect CV: how to make a great impression and get the job you want: HF5383 CORBrilliant interview: what employers want to hear and how to say it: HF5383 JAY

Books on the Medical Interview and how to prepare a Medical CV:

Preparing the perfect medical CV  how to succeed in your chosen field: HF5383 DOUHow to succeed at the medical interview: W21 SMIMedical interviews  a comprehensive guide to CT, ST & registrar interview skills  over 120 medical interview questions, techniques and NHS topics explained: W21 PICGet through postgraduate medical interviews: W21 SRI

And some titles providing guidance on medical career pathways:

Royal Society of Medicine career handbook  FY1-ST2: W20 THIHow to get a specialty training post  the insider's guide: W21 LIMAn insider's guide to the medical specialties: W21 RECRoyal Society of Medicine career handbook. ST3 - Senior doctor: W21 SRI

Spring selection of books 2015

A selection of new titles recently added to stock. Just click on the image to access the book details on the Library Catalogue.

Wallach's interpretation of diagnostic tests: QY90 WAL
Wallach’s interpretation of diagnostic tests: QY90 WAL
Professional values in nursing:  WY86 BAI
Professional values in nursing: WY86 BAI
Farquharson's textbook of operative general surgery: WO500 FAR
Farquharson’s textbook of operative general surgery: WO500 FAR
Orthopedic imaging: WE141 GRE
Orthopedic imaging: WE141 GRE
Chest radiology : the essentials: WF141 COL
Chest radiology : the essentials: WF141 COL
Quick reference dictionary for occupational therapy: WB555 JAC
Quick reference dictionary for occupational therapy: WB555 JAC
The internet and CBT : a clinical guide; WM425 AND
The internet and CBT : a clinical guide; WM425 AND
Drugs in pregnancy and lactation : a reference guide to fetal and neonatal risk: WQ200 BRI
Drugs in pregnancy and lactation : a reference guide to fetal and neonatal risk: WQ200 BRI
Nutrition in clinical practice : a comprehensive, evidence-based manual for the practitioner: WB400 KAT
Nutrition in clinical practice : a comprehensive, evidence-based manual for the practitioner: WB400 KAT
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that : selected writing: Q162 GOL
I think you’ll find it’s a bit more complicated than that : selected writing: Q162 GOL
Children and young people's nursing at a glance: WS100 GLA
Children and young people’s nursing at a glance: WS100 GLA
Mental health nursing at a glance: WM35 SMI
Mental health nursing at a glance: WM35 SMI

Useful books for Researchers

We’ve put together a selection of books that would be useful to researchers. Please click on the image to access the book details on the Library Catalogue.

Managing and sharing research data: a guide to practice
Managing and Sharing Research Data: H62 COR
Research design explained
Research Design Explained: H62 MIT
Doing a literature review in health and social care: a practical guide
Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care: LB2395 AVE
Conducting research literature reviews: from the internet to paper
Conducting Research   Literature Reviews:   LB2395 FIN
Getting Research Published: an A-Z of publication strategy
Getting research published: PE1475
How to write a grant application
How to write a grant application: W20.5 HAC
Introduction to research methods and data analysis
Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in the Health Sciences: W25 HAG
Searching skills toolkit: finding the evidence
Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding    the Evidence:  WB25 DEB
Beyond Bibliometrics: harnessing multidimensional indicators of scholarly impact.
Beyond Bibliometrics:       Z669 CRO

Pop Up Library- 21st May 12-2pm- Grosvenor reception- Learning at Work Week


This week (19th-23rd May) is national Learning at Work Week, and to celebrate St. George’s Library has republished its guide to resources for non-clinical staff.

The guide outlines books and resources available from the library to support the learning and development needs of administrative and managerial staff working at St. George’s, and highlights our collection of non-clinical information sources.

Topics covered by the guide include time management, leadership, cv writing and interview skills and marketing tips.

Visit our pop-up library stand to find out more about this, and other library services that can quench your thirst for learning something new.

When: Wednesday 21st May 12.00-14.00

Where: Grosvenor Wing Reception

For more information, contact Karen John-Pierre or Zèna Ali on ext 5433

What else can you do in Hunter?

What else can you do in Hunter?

You can search for all kinds of material in Hunter, including articles from our full text journal collections.   For example, you can search for the topic ‘essay writing skills’ and then select books, articles etc. from the options available on the left hand side of the screen.

For more information see the Hunter FAQs.

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