Accessing full-text is even easier in KnowledgeShare evidence updates

There has been a change in the way full-text links in KnowledgeShare Evidence Updates are provided that should make it easier for you to access the full-text of articles you are alerted to.

Where a resource (usually a journal article) has a link that says ‘Check for full-text availability’ you'll be taken to the LibKey system. The first time you use it, you'll need to specify which organisation you work for. Once you've done that, you'll be provided with links to the full-text (if we have access) or a link to our request form (if we don’t) which will automatically populate with the resource details to make it really easy to order a copy.

You'll need an NHS OpenAthens account to view full-text articles or to order items from us.

You may also see a link to 'View article in context' and this will allow you browse the contents of the journal issue where the article is.

If you haven't already signed up, our KnowledgeShare Evidence Update service is a personalised current awareness service allowing you to receive new evidence on topics  tailored to your requirements. It covers policy documents, guidance, reports, and a range of summarised evidence, so you won’t be inundated with primary research articles, and emails are sent each fortnight.


Making better use of evidence and knowledge with 'The Knowledge' newsletter

Want to know how to make better use of evidence and organisational knowledge in your work? Have a look at our new newsletter called The Knowledge that looks at knowledge mobilisation.

The first issue covers:

  • Mobilising knowledge with team assists
  • Knowledge-focused exit interviews
  • Using LibKey Nomad to access full-text articles
  • Evidence at your fingertips with the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub
  • The NHS Knowledge Mobilisation self-assessment toolkit

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Evidence at your fingertips with the new NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub is a new way to search for journal articles. Covering a wide range of databases, including Medline and CINAHL, the Hub allows you to perform simple or more complex searches, and access the full-text with a single-click (where available). Where we don't have access to the full-text, it is easy to request a copy, and the details of the item are automatically added to the request form.

The Hub offers a range of features to make searching for knowledge and evidence easier:

  • Search across a wide range of databases simultaneously to locate journal articles and grey literature such as reports and conference proceedings
  • Filter your search by date, publication type or by database
  • Access the PDF full-text with a single-click where available, or request a copy
  • Repeat your search with a single-click in a range of evidence resources such as UpToDate (SaTH only), BMJ Best Practice, Trip database, the Cochrane Library, or in our book and e-book collections
  • Access individual databases such as Medline, CINAHL and EMBASE for advanced searching including thesaurus terms
  • Email, print or save references with formatted citations in formats such as Harvard

The Hub requires an NHS OpenAthens account for access, and it is available to all NHS staff and learners.

Download our Guide to Searching the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub for more information on making the best use of the Hub and all its features.

New collection of e-books available on Kortext

We've just got access to new batch of e-books as part of a collaboration across the Midlands and East region. All of these are on the Kortext platform, and can be accessed with an NHS OpenAthens account. These are just a small selection of the thousands of e-books we have access to, and the complete collection can be searched via OmniSearch.

For more information about our e-books collections, visit our e-books page. You can also download our Kortext e-book guide, or see the video below the list.

The newly added books are:

Get easier access to journal articles with LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension available for Edge, Chrome and Firefox that makes accessing the full-text of journal articles much easier. Once installed it indicates if an article is available in full-text through your library. Simply install the extension and select the organisation you work for. It works for all NHS organisations, so is available to staff of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust and GPs Practice Staff and CCG Staff in Shropshire.

As well as checking library subscriptions, LibKey Nomad also checks to see if the article is available via open access.

LibKey Nomad works on many publisher websites, along with PubMed and Wikipedia, and adds links to access the full-text or PDF (where available) making it easier to login and access the full-text quickly.

Visit our website for more browser extensions and mobile apps to make finding the evidence easier.

Mobilising Knowledge with Peer Assists

A peer assist is a knowledge management tool where peers (perhaps four or five people) from another team are invited to share insights, experience and knowledge at a facilitated meeting.

This might be to support a team that are looking to embark on a project or service change, or that have a specific problem or challenge, and want to know what worked (or what didn't) from another team that has similar experience. A peer assist can bring knowledge and experience to the point of need.

Peer assists allow people to learn from other people's experiences and knowledge, establish an open culture of learning, support networking, and stimulate new perspectives. They are part of the process of 'learning before doing' and are about gathering knowledge before embarking on an activity or project, or when facing a difficulty in the course of related events.

The home team asking for the peer assist needs to have clear objectives of what they want to gain from the meeting. Peers can come from within the organisation, or outside it, but are people with experience of the issue.

How do they work?

  • A facilitator is appointed, and lots of notice given. Background information is circulated to the home team and the visiting peers
  • Allow some time for socialising before the meeting, to build some rapport between the home team and the visitors
  • At the meeting, the home team presents the context and any plans, issues and opportunities, and say what they'd like to get out of the meeting
  • The visiting peers ask questions, and provide feedback on what worked (or what didn't) for them, and provide recommendations, options or guidance
  • The home team reflects on what's been said, and examines options
  • The visitors provide feedback, answer questions, and suggests some actions for the home team

Meeting can be face-to-face or virtual, and the time can be anything from 1.5 hours to half a day (or even longer if necessary!). Flipcharts are ideal for face-to-face meetings, but someone on the home team should take detailed notes as well.

It's important to remember that as well learning from experience, the evidence base needs to be taken into consideration as well when making decisions. Library staff are able to conduct evidence searches to support decision-making, or find case studies or what worked elsewhere.

Peer assists are not peer reviews - the visiting team are not coming to critique the home team, but to transfer knowledge.

Further reading



Read research for free (legally) with Unpaywall

Unpaywall is a service that helps people locate the growing number of open access or free legal versions of journal articles. You may already have seen links to the full-text of journal articles via Unpaywall in the library discovery system, or through the NICE databases for evidence searching.

There is also a really useful Unpaywall browser extension available for Chrome and Firefox (sadly not for Edge) that makes it easy to see if an article is available for free when searching most publisher websites, PubMed, The Cochrane Library, or some other sites. More information about the browser extension is available on the Unpaywall site.

With the browser extension installed, when you're visiting a compatible site, a green unlocked padlock indicates a free version is available, and the padlock can be clicked to take you to the article. A grey padlock indicates no open access, and no padlock means you're on a site or page that does not work with the Unpaywall extension.

There will stil be articles that aren't available via open access, but you may still find you can access the full-text with an NHS OpenAthens account instead if we subscribe to the journal, and failing that, we can order a copy for you so you can avoid paying publisher prices.

Unpaywall looks for any journal articles that are available by one of three different routes:

Gold open access

Articles that are fully open access, perhaps in open access journals, or in hybrid journals. Often, the article's author or their institution has paid an article processing charge to make the article available as open access.

Green open access

Articles available in institutional repositories with the agreement of the publisher, usually as an author manuscript (or postprint). This means it has been peer-reviewed, but may not have been copy-edited or formatted for publication. There may be an embargo on how soon an author manuscript can be made available under green open access,

Bronze open access

Articles where the publisher has allowed free access, but retains the copyright and can withdraw access. A lot of articles on COVID-19 have been made available for free under bronze open access.

If you're curious, it is possible to change the settings in the Unpaywall extension to enable 'Nerd mode' and display different colours for different access routes - gold, green or bronze.

Tell us what you think of us

From now until the end of July, Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries are doing a survey about what you think of us, and we'd love to know your views.

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 you can add your name and email if you'd like feedback on your comments.

Become a leadership master with our masterclass reading lists!

The SaTH Leadership Academy is running a series of Leadership Masterclasses (more details available on the Leadership Development page on the SaTH Intranet).

We're putting together a range of resource lists to support these, and the lists so far are:

Each list contains a selection of relevant books and e-books available to borrow or view online.

These lists will develop over time as we add new titles to our leadership collections in both libraries, and we'll also be adding new topics. All the lists can be found on the Course Reserves page on the library catalogue.

We have a wide range of leadership books available in our libraries in the dedicated Leadership Zones, and we also have many more e-books you can access with an NHS OpenAthens account, as well as thousands of articles. In addition, we can carry out evidence searches to support service development, policy development, knowledge management and other management and leadership needs.





Find the evidence around Long Covid

COVID-19 can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome,  chronic COVID syndrome, or 'Long Covid'. The Office for National Statistics estimates that over the four-week period ending 6 March 2021, an estimated 1.1 million people in private households in the UK reported experiencing Long Covid.

Save time when looking for evidence and guidance around Long Covid. As well as including lots of new Long Covid resources in our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletin, we also have a Long Covid evidence resources page where we've collated some of the best guidance and resources on topics such as prevalance, rehabilitation, health services and resources for people living with the condition.