Tuesday, 29 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 https://register.athensams.net/nhs/
· 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 http://www.ich.ucl.ac.uk/services_and_facilities/internal/library/stock/databases/ka24.html, and return it to the library. You will receive your NHS Athens account details by email and in the internal post.

Changing your password

You can change your password to something more memorable at www.athensams.net/myathens/. Log on and follow the on screen instructions for changing passwords.

Further information

For further information on the NHS service, including guides on how to search the databases, please see the library web site at http://www.ich.ucl.ac.uk/services_and_facilities/internal/library/stock/databases/ka24.html or pick up our factsheets in the library.

For support or training in the use of the NHS Athens, please contact:

Grazia Manzotti (Deputy Librarian) 020 7242 9789 x2424
Email: g.manzotti@ich.ucl.ac.uk

Ruth Muscat (Clinical Information Support Librarian) 020 7405 9200 x5175
Email: muscar@gosh.nhs.uk

Saturday, 26 April 2008

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 http://www.library.nhs.uk/publichealth/

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: www.library.nhs.uk/publichealth

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 specialists
professionals whose role includes certain public health goals but who are not themselves specialists
members of the public with an interest in public health matters

We also hope that it will be of value to those working in non-health organisations whose role includes responsibility for services that have a direct or indirect impact on health including Police, Transport and Education.

What will I find in the library?
Resources identified for inclusion in the library are:
national strategies
systematic reviews and other research papers
statistical information
patient information
current news and events

The National Library for Public Health is also holding its first National Knowledge Week (NKW) and Annual Evidence Update on childhood obesity from 28th April 2008.

Find out more at http://www.library.nhs.uk/publichealth/

Thursday, 24 April 2008

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 http://nhs.dialog.com/ 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 relevant Start and End steps of your search when initially saving the search.

Printing your saved searches
After following the instructions above, you can then print this page from your browser and store your print out in a safe place. NB you must repeat this process again if you update or create any new searches before the 30th May 2008. THE FINAL DATE TO VIEW, PRINT OFF OR EMAIL COPIES OF YOUR SAVED SEARCHES AND ALERTS IS THE 30TH MAY 2008

Emailing your saved searches
Alternatively you can email a copy of all your saved searches to yourself.
To do this, select one of your searches by clicking the radio button to the left of the search (shown by the green circle in the diagram below). You can only do this process one search at a time so you need to repeat this for every search that you have.
At the bottom of your saved searches table you should see 2 buttons, Run Search and Cancel.

Select Run Search.
You will then be taken back to the Database Advanced Search page and your full search with results will be displayed.
Click on the Email button from the lower bank of buttons
Add your email address and select the format for your search, plus the preferred delivery format.
Do not forget to select Show All if you want to see all search steps.
Click the Deliver button. Your search steps will be forwarded to your designated email address.

Database alerts can be treat in much the same way as the saved searches however it is advisable to PRINT off details of any saved alerts as they will only email you when new content is active.
Alerts can be accessed from the top Dialog Datastar menu, and the alerts page can be printed from your browser.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

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

Medical Masterclass is now available to borrow from the library: http://www.medical-masterclass.com/

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 more information on the books, please see the following web site: http://www.medical-masterclass.com/modules.aspx

To borrow a password in order to access the website or/and a textbook please come to the library.

For more information please contact Grazia Manzotti g.manzotti@ich.ucl.ac.uk , x2424, or John Clarke j.clarke@ich.ucl.ac.uk, x2424

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 http://www.microsoft.com/uk/nhs/pages/e_learning.aspx

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 http://nhsclu.intuition.com/ 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 selection criteria.

The calendar of currently confirmed National Knowledge Weeks for 2008 and 2009 is now available at http://www.library.nhs.uk/nlhdocs/NKWCalendar_08_09.pdf. Further National Knowledge Weeks will be added as soon as they are confirmed.

The National Library for Health is now part of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, based at the University of Warwick. The NHS Institute supports the NHS to transform healthcare for patients and the public by rapidly developing and spreading new ways of working, new technology and world class leadership.

Friday, 18 April 2008

"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.

Friday, 11 April 2008

EndNote Web

Thomson Scientific has recently upgraded EndNote Web. More information on the latest version of the product is available at http://wok.mimas.ac.uk/support/documentation/.
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 http://ovidsp.uk.ovid.com/spb/ovidweb.cgi. 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.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

NHS healthcare databases : Search 2.0 launched 1st April 2008

The NLH Search 2.0 service is now live at: www.library.nhs.uk/booksandjournals/ - login with your NHS Athens account for full access.

The healthcare databases via Dialog will continue to be provided at nhs.dialog.com 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).