Showing posts from July, 2008

International Health and Development Newsletters in the Library

Did you know that the Library has a range of international health, disability and development newsletters? You can browse through the latest issues, which are on a new display in the Source Collection.A list of online newsletters in these subject areas is also available through the Library’s website.Academic journals covering international health, disability and development are also available in the Library.

BCS launches new NHS IT qualification

A new qualification, NHS ELITE (NHS eLearning IT Essentials), has been launched by the British Computer Society and Department of Health IT agency Connecting for Health.
Officially launched at last week’s Healthcare Computing 2008 conference, the new qualification, accredited by the BCS, helps to consolidate the IT skills of NHS staff by offering valuable hands-on IT training from using a keyboard and mouse, through to email, web and file management skills.
The qualification has been designed to complement the existing NHS eLearning for Health Information Systems (BCS NHS Health) qualification, which provides staff with the training they need to comply with rules on information governance, data protection and patient confidentiality when using health information systems implemented locally through the National Programme for IT.
The BCS says BCS NHS Health is the first computer skills syllabus in the world specifically for users of healthcare systems and covers some of the broad issues, c…

Cochrane Library e-learning Update

A brand new online tutorial on the Cochrane Library has now been added to the Wiley-Blackwell e-learning service. There are now a total of 3 Cochrane Library modules available in English, they are:

1. The Cochrane Library - an introduction
2. Tips on Advanced and MESH searching
3. Setting up Saved Searches and e-mail Alerts

All of these short demonstrations are free to use and available at Each one has been designed to provide quick and informative overviews to end users and library administrators alike.

Helping patients and the public get access to NICE guidance

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on clinical and public health. They produce guidance in three main areas; health technologies, focusing on the use of new and existing drugs, devices and operations; clinical practice, relating to appropriate treatment for specific diseases and conditions; and public health, involving the promotion of good health and prevention of ill health.

They are working to make it easier for the public to find out about their guidance. They can help public libraries to meet library users’ demands for health information by providing access to patient-friendly versions of NICE guidance.

Working with NICE

All their clinical guidance is produced in patient-friendly versions called ‘Understanding NICE guidance’. These explain what they have recommended so that people know what they are entitled to and are better able to make informed health decisions. The guidance …

How to Practise Evidence-Based Child Health

3 day short course, 15-17 October 2008

Centre for Evidence-based Child Health, UCL Institute of Child Health, London This evidence based course is for health care professionals and others who want to improve their clinical or research skills and learn more about using best available evidence in their every day practice. The course will focus on the skills needed for evidence-based practice:
How to frame answerable questions from practice or policy problems
How to find the best available evidence
How to critically appraise research articles for validity and usefulness
How to incorporate the findings into decisions about individual patients
Understanding the steps involved in a systematic review Training throughout the course involves a mix of interactive plenary and facilitated small group sessions, combined with search sessions and support for self-directed searchingVenue: Institute of Child Health, LondonCost: £450 (£320 or GOS/ICH staff)For more details please contact: Melissa Harden emai…

How to find the impact factor for a journal

1. Go to the Web of Knowledge

2. Click on the green button to enter

3. Click on the yellow Select a Database tab

4. Click on the heading Journal Citation Reports

5. Select the relevant edition and year, then select Search for a specific journal

Alternatively, you can opt to view a group of journals from the drop-down ‘Subject Category’ menu

6. Click on

7. Type the name of a journal into the search box

Click on view list of full journal titles to see all journals included in the Journal Citation Reports

8. Click on

The impact factor for the journal is displayed


The library subscription to CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) has been upgraded to CINAHL Plus.
CINAHL Plus is an authoritative source of information for the professional literature of nursing, allied health, biomedicine and healthcare. It provides indexing for 3,279 journals, and spans from 1937 to the present.
CINAHL Plus also offers various special features, including cited author searching.

How to join the Library

You need to complete a registration form in the Library. Please bring your ICH or GOSH ID card, and proof of home address (eg a utility bill or driving licence).

Once you have registered you will be able to borrow books, use the Library’s computers, and gain out-of-hours access to the Library. NHS staff will also be able to register for an NHS Athens password.

How to order a book or article from another library

The Library offers an inter-library loan service, which means that you can order articles, or borrow books, from other libraries.

To request a book or article:

1. Complete a Request Card for each item that you wish to order. NB These should be as complete as possible and the copyright declaration should be signed.

2. There is a charge of £3 for each item requested, which needs to be paid when you place the order. If you would like the payment to be deducted from the appropriate departmental or unit fund, please complete a Request Payment Form.

3. Bring the completed Request Card and Request Payment Form (or £3) to the Library.

You need to be a member of the Friends of the Children of Great Ormond Street Library in order to request a book or article from another library.

Further information about the Library’s inter-library loan service can be found on the Library Website.

How to renew books on-line

You can renew your library books online at any time via the library catalogue in a few easy steps:

1) Go to the library catalogue at
2) Select My Account at the top of the eUCLid catalogue screen

3) You will be prompted to enter your Barcode (this is the number on the back of your library/UCL ID card) and PIN code (this is your four figure/letter code - ask at the library issue desk if you don't know yours)

4) Click Sign In, then select from the options that follow (eg you can change your PIN code)

5) To renew a book, click on the current number of loans at the top of the left hand column

6) Select the item(s) you wnat to renew by ticking the box to the left of each item

7) Select Renew Selected from the horizontal menu above the list of loans

8) Please note you cannot renew books if you:
owe the library more than £20your books have been reserved by someone elseyour account has expired
9) Note the new return date

The library cannot guarantee you can renew you…

Darzi Review of the NHS

The full report can be read here.

A second report, looking at workforce planning, education and training has also been published.

In addition, a consultation paper on a proposed NHS constitution has been launched.