We’re having a big impact!

We recently carried out a survey of all library users (and potential users) to see what you thought about our services and resources, and we also asked staff what impact we are having on patient care, research and continuing professional development.

Some of the highlights are:

  • 211 responses in total
  • 98% of respondents that had used the libraries in the last 12 months rated the overall service as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’
  • 93% of respondents that had used the libraries in the last 12 months rated the study environment as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’

Some of comments relating to impact were:

Evidence Updates provide me with up-to-date information on my field of working which is focused on dementia care. I have accessed guidelines mentioned in one of the articles to improve patients’ quality of care and also developed my own understanding of interventions for dementia that can be effectively used in general hospital settings.

Being able to access UpToDate is in my opinion essential in providing immediate high quality care for patients with less common conditions presenting to hospital. I find it invaluable.

I was able to use library resources for examination preparation. I was able to get a very new book from the library which was very helpful in the examination. In view of passing my exam, I am doing more for the department and I am more confident in decisions made for patient care.

There were also some suggestions for improvement, and we’ll be having a look at these as we look at our priorities.

Thank you to everyone that completed the survey, and congratulations to the three people that won book tokens!

You can download the full survey results, and if you have any more feedback, or more stories about how we’ve had a impact, we’d be happy to hear from you.

Making access to journals easier

Until the end of March, Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries are trialing a service called BrowZine, to make access to our journal collections easier.

BrowZine allows you to browse journals by subject, browse contents pages, bookmark your favourite journals and articles, and in many cases access the full-text with one-click. The mobile App also allows you to download PDF copies of articles for offline reading, and get notifications when new issues of your favourite journals are published.

Visit our BrowZine page to access our journals on your desktop. If you want to bookmark journals or articles, simply create a free BrowZine account. Alternatively, download the BrowZine app for mobile devices (to use the app, you’ll need an NHS OpenAthens account).

For more information, download our brief guide to BrowZine.

If you have any feedback on BrowZine, please do let Jason Curtis, Site Librarian at Shrewsbury (jason.curtis1@nhs.net or 2511) know so we can decide whether to purchase it.

Making borrowing even easier!

We’ve recently introduced automatic renewals on our books, with 5 auto-renewals for 28 day loans, and 10 auto-renewals for 14 day loans.

This means that unless the book is reserved by someone else, or has come from another library, you won’t need to worry about forgetting to renew your loans as we’ll do it for you.

We’ll still send reminders about what you have out on loan, and we’ll let you know if we’re unable to auto-renew your books for any reason.

This is something we’ve been asked about for some time, and thankfully due a library system upgrade we’ve been able to introduce it. If you have other comments on library services, or if there are services or resources you’d like to see, you can fill out our library survey until the end of January and be in with a chance to win a £20 book token. You can also contact us at any time with feedback or suggestions.

Library survey 2019 – tell us what you think, and enter the prize draw!

From now until the end of January, Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries are doing a survey about what you think of us.

We’ll be using the responses to help us plan and improve our services into the future, so whether you think our libraries are wonderful, or perhaps not so good, tell us what you think! It should only take a few minutes to complete.

We’d also like to know how library services have benefited patient care, research, education and training, or your continuing professional development, so we can demonstrate the impact we have in these areas.

The responses can be anonymous, but if you put your name and contact details we’ll add you to our prize draw and you could win one of three £20 book tokens. Even if you haven’t used our services, you can still enter the draw, and tell us what we can do to make our services more useful to you.

Complete the survey online, or pick up a paper copy from either of our libraries.

Serious fun with educational board games

Did you know that we stock a range of educational board games to make learning about important topics engaging and fun?

These can be borrowed for use with your team, and library staff can come and help facilitate a game for your team.

The complete list is below, with links to the publishers website for more information on how they work, numbers of players, time to allow etc.

New e-books for January

We’ve added another 20 titles this month to our growing collection of 20,000 e-books.

These can be read online or downloaded to a mobile device for 24/7 access, and are available to library members via NHS OpenAthens.

Searching our complete e-book collection is easy – simply visit the ‘E-Books’ tab on OmniSearch on our home page, type in some keywords and click search. Once you’ve entered your OpenAthens account details, you’ll see a list of what’s available and you can begin reading right away.

Rapid e-book series for reference or revision

The ‘Rapid’ series of e-books are concise and easy-to-read, and ideal for reference or revision, covering the common scenarios that students or newly qualified staff might encounter.

They can be read online or downloaded to a mobile device for 24/7 access, and are available to library members via NHS OpenAthens.

You can access them on our virtual bookshelf, or you can search the whole collection of 20,000 e-books via OmniSearch.


UpToDate Drop-in Sessions

Want to know more about accessing and using the UpToDate clinical decision-making support tool? Come along to our drop-in session on:

  • 21st December 2-4, IT Training Room 2, Learning Centre, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

We can show you how to access it, how to use the mobile app, how to search it effectively, how to use the drug interactions checker, how to use images, and much more.

Can’t make these sessions? Don’t worry, just contact either library and we can either help you over the phone, or just pop in for help.

Call for posters for William Farr Award

The Research & Innovation Department in Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are supporting the William Farr event on the 30th November in the Shropshire Education and Conference Centre (from 6pm), and are calling for posters relating to research and audit work undertaken locally.

The posters should reflect work undertaken in the last 5 years, and can be from any staff groups in SaTH.

The winner will receive a trophy!

Please contact angela.loughlin@nhs.net to submit your poster or drop it into the R&I department at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, or at Clinical Trials, House 4, Princess Royal Hospital.

Deadline for submissions is the 28th November 2018.

BMJ Case Reports: share and learn from interesting cases

We’ve just renewed our subscription to BMJ Case Reports, a collection of over 15,000 case reports across all fields of medicine. Publishing a case report is a great way to share details of interesting cases on common and rare diseases.

Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries have a fellowship account on behalf of SaTH, and as well as allowing you to access the full-text of all the cases via an NHS OpenAthens account or on any SaTH PC, you can also submit case reports for publication without having to pay publication fees. Case reports submitted for publication are peer-reviewed quickly, usually appearing in the journal within 25 days, and BMJ Case Reports is indexed in the Medline database.

A number of case reports by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust staff have already been published.

If you want to submit a case report, our fellowship number is 915046 and instructions for authors can be found on the BMJ Case Reports website.