Information Skills Training Sessions July – September 2018

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Dates for our July – September 2018 Information Skill Training Sessions are below. Please see our information skills training page for full details. Contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book a session.

Library Inductions for NHS Staff

Recommended for: NHS staff

Wednesday 4th July 10:00 – 11:00

Wednesday 1st Aug 10:00 – 11:00

Wednesday 5th Sept 10:00 – 11:00

Finding the evidence

Recommended for: NHS staff

Friday 13th July 13:00 – 15:00

Weds 22nd August 11:00 – 13:00

Thurs 13th September 11:00 – 13:00

Systematic reviews – Finding and managing the evidence

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers

Thursday 26th July 13:00 – 16:00

Tuesday 21st August 13:00 -16:00

Introduction to critical appraisal

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers

Tuesday 17th July 14:00-15:30

Citation metrics – an overview

Recommended for: Researchers or SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

Monday 16th July 12:00 – 13:00

The following courses are available on request, please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk for details

Getting Started with Twitter

Recommended: For anyone wanting to get familiar with Twitter

RefWorks

Recommended for: SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

Keeping up-to-date

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers#

Searching databases using EbscoHost

Recommended for: SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

Searching databases using OvidSP

Recommended for: SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

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

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The NHS in England at 70

To celebrate 70 years of the NHS, St George’s Library takes a look over its history

As the NHS marks its 70th year, a look over its history can help to draw into focus the achievements of its time so far, along with the changes that have taken place both within the service itself and in the society which it serves. Created on the basis that good quality healthcare should be available to all, the NHS rested upon three core principles: that it meet the needs of everyone; that it be free at the point of delivery; and that it be based on clinical need, not the ability to pay. These principles retain their importance 70 years on.

At its inauguration in 1948 the NHS was a three part system, with hospitals, general practice and local health authorities being run separately, though by the 1960s this model was increasingly seen to be ineffective. Numerous reports during the 1960s set out recommendations for the future development and structure of the service, but it was 1974 before the NHS was reorganised into regional authorities covering all three parts of the system. In the intervening period, authority for NHS services has continued to change, from 1991 when the first NHS Trusts were established, to 2002 with the introduction of Primary Care Trusts, and the current situation which gives authority and responsibility to Clinical Commisioning Groups (CCGs) and NHS Foundation Trusts, amongst others.

Amidst the 70 year history of the NHS, sit a number of innovations in treatment. The first kidney transplant was carried out in 1960, the first IVF baby was born in 1978, and the first successful gene therapy took place in 2002. In addition, changes to the approach to treatment have taken place, such as the Mental Health Act 1983, which introduced the issue of consent to treatment; under the prior Act of 1959, there was no requirement for patient consent.

Underpinning developments in healthcare services and practice all the while, has been the accessibility and use of relevant information and knowledge. As outlined by a blog post on The King’s Fund website, that organisation (when named King Edward’s Hospital Fund for London) provided an information service for hospitals and other organisations interested in hospital work even before the advent of the NHS. In November 1948 the service was formalised as the Division of Hospital Facilities, which included an Information Bureau and a Reference Library.

Today, Health Education England continues that commitment to enable NHS staff to access the information that can help shape good quality healthcare, and the library at St George’s is one of 215 NHS library services that supports NHS staff access and use of information resources for study, research and clinical practice. St George’s Library existed before the advent of the NHS as it supported St George’s Hospital and Medical School going back to the 1700s. Fortunately, developments in the provision of library services have also taken place over the years, meaning that current members no longer have to observe the following regulation:

11. A Member wishing to read a Book in the Reading Room must write the title of the Book, and his name on a piece of paper, and hand it to the Librarian, who alone is to take books from the shelves and replace them.

(Historic Regulations for the Library and Reading Room of St George’s Medical School)

The NHS70 website provides more on the history and the future of the National Health Service, as well as up to date news on celebrations of this milestone. The NHS England website also provides a decade by decade timeline of the service outlining more of the significant medical developments and innovations to have taken place in the NHS, alongside the key pieces of legislation and structural changes affecting the delivery of services by NHS staff throughout the past 70 years.

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Information Skills Training Sessions April – June 2018

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Dates for our April – June 2018 Information Skill Training Sessions are below. Please see our information skills training page for full details and range of sessions available. Contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book a session.

Library Inductions for NHS Staff

Recommended for: NHS staff

Wednesday 4th April 10:00 – 11:00

Wednesday 2nd May 10:00 – 11:00

Wednesday 6th June 10:00 – 11:00

Finding the evidence

Recommended for: NHS staff

Friday 20th April 10:00 – 12:00

Wednesday 23rd May 10:00 – 12:00

Thursday 14th June 13:00 – 15:00

Searching databases using EbscoHost

Recommended for: SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

Tuesday 24th April 11:00-12:30

Thursday 24th May 11:00-12:30

Wednesday 20th June 13:00-14:30

Searching databases using OvidSP

Recommended for: SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

Monday 9th April 11:00 – 12:30

Tuesday 8th May 14:00 – 15:30

Monday 11th June 11:00 – 12:30

Systematic reviews – Finding and managing the evidence

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers

Thursday 12th April 10:00 – 13:00

Tuesday 22nd May 13.00 – 16.00

Thursday 21st June 10.00 – 13.00

 

Keeping up-to-date

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers

Monday 16th April 14:00 – 15:30

Citation metrics – an overview

Recommended for: Researchers or SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

Tuesday 12th June 12:00 -13:00

Getting Started with Twitter

Recommended: For anyone wanting to get familiar with Twitter

Monday 16th April 11:00 – 12:30

Tuesday 19th June 10:00 – 11:30

 

The following courses are available on request, please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk for details

Introduction to critical appraisal

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers

RefWorks

Recommended for: SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

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

#AMillionDecisions NHS Pop-up Library: Wednesday 29th November 12-2pm, Ingredients Restaurant

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Every day more than a million decisions are made across the NHS and healthcare sector. Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, there is a responsibility for health services to ensure use of evidence obtained from research to inform these decisions.

#AMillionDecisions is a campaign from CILIP and Health Education England, calling for decisions in the health care sector to be fully evidence based.

In support of the St George’s Trust’s Quality Improvement Week, 27th November – 1st December, we’re highlighting how St George’s Library can help staff make those million decisions evidence-based at our pop up library stall on Wednesday 29th, 12-2pm.

The Library provides a wide range of  free information services with the aim of  providing timely and efficient access to information to underpin quality healthcare provision.

These services range from providing access to high-caliber relevant e-resources and training on how to search for and critically appraise information, to CARES, our Clinical and Research Enquiry Service.

To find out more, visit our pop-up library stall on Wednesday 29th November, 12-2pm, Ingredients Restaurant, Level 1, Lanesborough Wing or join the campaign by sharing your thoughts and experiences on Twitter using the hashtag #AMillionDecisions.

A Million Decisions

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Every day more than a million decisions are made across the NHS and healthcare sector. Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, there is a responsibility for health services to ensure use of evidence obtained from research  to inform these decisions.

#AMillionDecisions is a campaign from CILIP and Health Education England, calling for decisions in the health care sectore to be fully evidence based.

During #Librariesweek, we’re highlighting how we can help make those #amilliondecisions evidence-based for our NHS colleagues.  At St George’s Library, we provide a wide range of  free services to support St George’s NHS staff, from access to relevant e-resources and training on how to search for and critically appraise information, to CARES, our Clinical and Research Enquiry Service.

Join the campaign by sharing your thoughts and experiences on Twitter using the hashtag #AMillionDecisions

 

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Information Skills Training Sessions July – Sept 2017

Dates for our July – Sept 2017 Information Skill Training Sessions are below. Please see our information skills training page for full details and range of sessions available. Contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book a session

*New*  Finding the evidence

Finding top quality evidence is a priority for health care practitioners. This new session will introduce the high quality resources available to you as well as provide training in how to use them effectively to support evidence-based clinical practice or decision-making.
Recommended for: NHS staff

Thurs 20th July 15.00 – 17.00
Thurs 24th August 15.00 – 17.00
Tues 12th September 10.00 – 12.00

*New*  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.

Tues 15th August 12.00 -13.30

Introduction to critical appraisal
Thurs 27th July 15.00-16.30

Systematic Reviews – Finding and managing the evidence
Weds 19th July 13.00 -16.00
Weds 23rd August 10.00-13.00
Tues 19th September 13.00- 16.00

Getting Started with Twitter
Mon 31st July 12.00 – 13.30

Library Inductions for NHS Staff

Thurs 20th July 10.00 – 11.00
Thurs 17th August 10.00 – 11.00
Thurs 21st September 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

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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