Showing posts from April, 2008

How to register for an NHS Athens password

1. From an NHSnet computer

If you have access to an NHSnet computer, including all computers on the GOSH network, you should self-register.

· Go to
· Follow the screen instruction and click on Start registration process
· As region select London SHA
· Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust is within the NHS North Central London

The NHS Athens username and password will be emailed to you immediately to an email address of your choice; this does not have to be your GOSH email address.

2. From any other computer

If you do not have access to an NHSnet computer, you can still self-register at the website mentioned in 1, but it will take around 15 days for you to receive your KA24 Athens username and password.

It is quicker to complete an application form, available from the library or to download from, and return it to the library. You will receive your NHS Athens account …

Annual Evidence Update on childhood obesity from 28th April 2008.

An update of the evidence on this topic produced by the National Library for Public Health
The National Library for Public Health is holding its first National Knowledge Week (NKW) and Annual Evidence Update on childhood obesity from 28th April 2008. The week coincides with the launch of the new public health library.
The NKW has been undertaken with the new National Obesity Observatory. Focusing on childhood obesity surveillance and preventative public health interventions, the knowledge week includes an evidence update to the NICE guidance of 2006 and key policy documents. There are also number of guest editorials written by experts, which provide a snapshot summary of preventative interventions for childhood obesity and international surveillance activities.
Find out more at

Launch of new National Library for Public Health

The National Library for Public Health (NLPH) is an online specialist library of the National Library for Health. It replaces the Public Health electronic Library (PHeL). The NLPH was made available in mid-November 2007 with an initial focus on three key areas: Obesity, Alcohol, and Tobacco. The library was relaunched in April 2008.

The project is being directed by the North East Public Health Observatory on behalf of the Association of Public Health Observatories, as part of the Information and Intelligence Strategy published by the Department of Health.

The library can be accessed at:

What is it?
The purpose of the NLPH is to be the central point of reference for research evidence and guidance on best practice relating to the health of the population. It covers all aspects of population health including:
health inequalities
health improvement
quality and safety
health protection

Who is it for?
The NLPH aims to provide resources relevant to:
public health special…

Save your searches on Dialog now!

After 31st May 2008, it will not be possible to search NHS electronic databases via Dialog. Any literature searches you have saved on the Dialog version of the databases, including alerts, WILL NOT transfer to NLH Search 2.0 when access via Dialog ceases. Please save your searches to your own computer before 31st May. Please see below for instructions on how to that:

Viewing, printing out and emailing your full saved searches

Viewing saved searches
1. To view your saved searches, first login to your NHS Athens account and navigate to the Dialog databases. You can access the Dialog databases by clicking Search Databases on the page.
2. Select Advanced Search next to the databases where you have saved your search.
3. Next select Saved Searches from the top menu.
4. Now click on the blue triangle next to your search title to view all the search steps. Repeat this for all saved searches.

IMPORTANT NOTE: to capture all the search steps in your search, you must select the re…

Medical Masterclass - Learning Materials for the MRCP(UK) Examinations

Medical Masterclass is now available to borrow from the library:

Medical Masterclass is a distance learning resource developed by the Education Department of the Royal College of Physicians of London The website aims to help candidates prepare for the MRCP(UK) Examination. It is also a tool for continuing professional development.

Library members will be able to "borrow a password" for three months in order to be able to access the web site which offers an on-line practice facility for both MRCP(UK) Part 1 and Part 2 Written examinations.

Take mock MRCP(UK) Part 1 and Part 2 Written examinations on-line.
See how you score compared to other users and how you progress in each of the different specialties that comprise the MRCP(UK) examinations.
Over 2,200 questions (equivalent to 20 examinations).
Also library members will be able to borrow the 12 textbooks. The textbooks are divided into 12 modules covering all areas of medical practice. For mo…

Microsoft E-learning Site for NHS Staff

Microsoft NHS Resource Centre has enhanced its existing e-learning platform to include richer functionality and brand new courses, which all members can use for free. The site has added new course collections in Microsoft Office 2007 including training in the Groove collaboration tool and OneNote, a way of keeping organised notes and images on your PC. Training is also available in Windows Vista and SharePoint Services 3.0. The training platform has a new look and feel and the new courses offer even more interactivity, Microsoft says. For more information, visit

NHS Core Learning Unit (CLU) site.

The NHS Core Learning Unit (CLU) site offers the following programmes:

Infection Control Training
Fire Safety
Manual Handling
Health and Safety
Child Protection Awareness in Health (CPAH) programme
Equality and Diversity
Disability Awareness

Go to and register or enter your username and passworsd if you have already registered.

National Knowledge Weeks for 2008 and 2009

The National Library for Health (NLH) Specialist Libraries have been developed to identify and meet the information needs of particular communities of practice. They are web-based collections containing clinical and non-clinical information on the major health priority areas. Each NLH Specialist Library identifies and provides access to quality assessed information of relevance to the community that it serves. An aspect of this involves the production of Annual Evidence Updates and National Knowledge Weeks (NKWs). National Knowledge Weeks aim to highlight the best current evidence for selected healthcare topics - they consist of the good quality evidence from an Annual Evidence Update (a search of research evidence on a particular topic over a 12 month period), plus user-friendly summaries written by relevant experts, and links to guidelines, secondary research and primary research, if applicable. All information included in National Knowledge Weeks has been subject to rigorous select…

"Show me what my friends can see"

Written by Patricia Sonksen and Blanche Stiff. Illustrations by Blanche Stiff. IBSN 0 951752618 1 8

The book can be bought from Eileen Carter: 0207 405 9200 x1140. Please leave a message, she will get back to you.

EndNote Web

Thomson Scientific has recently upgraded EndNote Web. More information on the latest version of the product is available at
EndNote Web is a bibliographic management tool available as part of the Thomson Scientific cross-search gateway Web of Knowledge.
EndNote Web is offered to all UCL users and is a cut-down version of EndNote, a software package only available to UCL staff.
To access EndNote Web, log into Web of Knowledge and click on the My EndNote Web link at the top of the page.

Embase Classic

ICH staff and students have now have access to Embase Classic (1947-1979).
EMBASE Classic, a major biomedical and pharmaceutical database, is drawn from 43 Excerpta Medica biomedical and pharmacology print journals published prior to 1974. It includes over 1.8 million records.

The access is via Enter your Athens password and select Embase Classsic.

At present, UCL staff and students cannot search Embase and Embase Classic jointly. Therefore, if you are looking for more recent content, see Embase.

NHS healthcare databases : Search 2.0 launched 1st April 2008

The NLH Search 2.0 service is now live at: - login with your NHS Athens account for full access.

The healthcare databases via Dialog will continue to be provided at until the end of May 2008. Any literature searches you have saved on the Dialog version of the databases, including alerts, WILL NOT transfer to NLH Search 2.0 when access via Dialog ceases. Please save your searches to your own computer before 31st May.

The new search tool, NLH Search 2.0 allows you to search the following healthcare databases:

PubMed/Medline, CINAHL, Embase, Alternative and Complementary Medicine Database (AMED), British Nursing Index (BNI), PsycINFO, Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC: includes Kings Fund and DH-DATA databases).