Monday, 29 February 2016

The impact of clinical librarian services on patients and health care organisations.

An interesting article about   The impact of clinical librarian services on patients and health care organisations
  1. Alison Brettle1,*
  2. Michelle Maden2 and
  3. Clare Payne3
Article first published online: 17 FEB 2016
DOI: 10.1111/hir.12136
“Conclusion: This study is unique in taking a wide view of potential and specific impacts to which CLs
contribute across health care organisations. It is the largest UK evaluation of CL services to date and
demonstrates CLs affect direct patient care, improve quality and save money. Future researchers are urged to use the tools presented to collect data on the same outcomes to build a significant and comprehensive
international evidence base about the effectiveness and impact of clinical librarian services. “

Nice Evidence Search online guides

Please see the following link for Nice Evidence search online training guides 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Cochrane Library online tutorials

Explore more of the Cochrane Library with these effective online self-paced tutorials.

These online tutorials are designed for users as a quick and informative overview and demonstration of the Cochrane Library. The tutorials provide an introduction to the Cochrane Library and how to search it.

HEFCE’s policy for open access begins on 1 April 2016.

To be eligible for submission to the post-2014 REF, authors’ outputs must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository. Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection. This requirement will apply to journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016.

Therefore from this date, all journal articles and conference papers must be deposited in UCL discovery. It is best practice to deposit on acceptance. Outputs not deposited within 3 months of publication cannot be submitted to the next REF. Exceptions are very limited.

It is vital that all researchers deposit their work. The policy is here to stay, and low compliance will have a serious impact on departments’ REF results. Extra credit will be available for depositing books, book chapters and other publications; UCL policy is that all outputs should be deposited.

UCL’s open access webpages contain full details of the policy, and staff in the library can provide further training and support. Over the coming months, changes will be made to RPS that will further support researchers with depositing. Up to date guidance on depositing is available in RPS, and on the open access webpages.

Premium version of TRIP available for NHS staff

For a pilot period of one year, Health Education England has negotiated access to the Premium version of the TRIP database.  Access is being made available by IP address for NHS Trust members. You need to be on a Trust computer in order to be able to access the premium version 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Nurse Revalidation - some useful links

Updated literature search protocols

The new edition of literature search protocols for NHS researchers is now available from

They comprise
·         Search planning form using PICO
·         List of alternatives to PICO
·         Suggested list of core and recommended sources of information
·         Checklist of key search techniques
·         Checklist of what to include documenting a search 

The appendices include
·         Full details of core and recommended resources including coverage and how to access
·         Further list of subject specific databases 
·         List of search discovery tools such as Pubmed Re-miner