Changes to downloading e-books

We offer a collection of over 16,000 e-books on the ProQuest Ebook Central platform and these can either be viewed online, or downloaded to a mobile device for access anywhere.

If you want to download an e-book, you’ll now need to install the Adobe Digital Editions app for Android or  iOS. This is a free app, but does require you to register for a free Adobe ID. You’ll also need your NHS OpenAthens account to download e-books to your device.

Our guide to downloading e-books gives more details and also explains how to access chapters of e-books on dedicated e-book readers.

Once you’ve got the app set up, you’ll be able to download our e-books to your mobile device for up to 14 days for offline reading. If you need them for longer, simply download them again.

If you already have the Bluefire Reader app installed, this will still work for now.


Benefiting from the ‘research effect’: The case for trusts supporting clinicians to become more research active and innovative

In November 2019, the Royal College of Physicians published a document entitled ‘Benefiting from the ‘research effect’: The case for trusts supporting clinicians to become more research active and innovative‘, suggesting a number of ways that NHS Trusts can support staff to become more research active, and how this will benefit both patients and staff.

It showed that involvement by staff in research can improve their morale, and can help the recruitment and retention of staff. One finding is that staff lack protected time to do research, and this reports suggests that this should be a key priority. Two-thirds of RCP members surveyed said they want to do more research.

Patient outcomes in Trusts that are more research-active are better, and CQC inspections include research activity in their remit. In addition, patients feel more valued by being involved in research, learn more about their treatment, and gain a sense of pride in helping others.

Research tends to be concentrated in certain areas such as the South East of England, or large urban areas. Smaller and rural hospitals must also be encouraged to become more research active and benefit from the research effect.

The report makes clear that research is more than clinical trials, and can include anything that provides new evidence, including robust service evaluation.

How do Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries support research?

The report suggests that it is it is ‘increasingly important to ensure that the clinical workforce is equipped to appraise and generate evidence’ (p. 11). We support the appraisal of evidence with the provision of critical appraisal training, which can be provided to groups of staff. We also signpost to resources such as the CASP critical appraisal checklists, or to PRISMA guidelines for systematic reviews. Our Knowledge Navigator tool provides advice on how to search for different types of research such as randomised controlled trials, observational studies and qualitative research.

Our librarians can also assist in creating systematic reviews, by designing and carrying out search strategies, providing advice on databases, or advising on where to publish. Recently, a systematic review was published that involved one our librarians, who was listed as a co-author. We can also carry out literature searches for other research.

We also attend the SaTH Research & Innovation committee, to advocate for library services and also gain a better understanding of the local issues. As part of our work with Research & Innovation, we manage a staff publications database, to track and promote local research publications, and these include conference abstracts, poster presentations and innovations such as those published on Fab NHS Stuff. Staff of SaTH can submit details of their own publications to the collection.

For 2020, we’re planning to introduce a course for nurses and midwives called ‘Research Ready’ that will include training on how to find and appraise the research literature, and the opportunity to discuss and reflect on a journal article as a way of gaining hours for revalidation. We’re also looking to run some timetabled training on critical appraisal that will include a look at how to interpret the statistics in a research paper. Keep an eye out for further details in the New Year!

Finding full-text in Google Scholar

Whilst we don’t advocate relying on Google Scholar for finding articles (much better resources are available, such as HDAS) we know that it can be useful for quick searches, citation searching, or sometimes just to see if it throws up things that might be further down the search results in other databases.

If you do choose to use Google Scholar, it’s possible to select a library’s journal holdings so that when you search it, you’ll see links to any available full-text articles.

To enable this feature, click on the menu button at the top left (the ‘hamburger’ icon) and select ‘Settings’. Click ‘Library Links’ and then enter a search term (e.g. ‘keele’). Library links are available for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, GP, practice staff and CCG staff in Shopshire, Keele University and Staffordshire University. Up to five libraries can be selected.

If you’re using a SaTH PC, library links for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are already automatically added, but you can select other ones.

To ensure your preferences are saved for next time, you’ll need to be logged in with your Google account. Don’t forget, you’ll also need an NHS OpenAthens account, or your university login to access the full-text once you’ve found it!

The LibKey Nomad browser extension makes locating full-text easier

LibKey Nomad is a Chrome browser extension that links to our BrowZine account and makes it easier to see which articles you have full-text access to when using sites like PubMed, Wikipedia and some scholarly publisher websites. The extension is available for staff and students of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

To install the extension, visit the Chrome Web Store and follow the instructions to add it to your Chrome browser. The extension is only currently available for Chrome.

Once installed, select ‘Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust’ as your institution.

If you then visit PubMed, Wikipedia or any of the other sites that are supported (see the list of publishers supported for more information) links to the PDF or full-text copy will shortly appear where we have a subscription to that journal.

This is a very new service, and does seem to have a few drawbacks. For one thing, it can be very slow for full-text links to appear. It also doesn’t seem to work on all the scholarly publishing sites it’s supposed to. Once you’ve accessed the site that holds the full-text, you may still need to go through a few step to login with an NHS OpenAthens account.

Hopefully these issues will be ironed out, and it will prove to be an increasingly useful tool for locating full-text articles.

Note that LibKey Nomad doesn’t provide links in Google Scholar, but we have set up the ability for you to add links by using the Library Links feature.





Trial of new journal package

From now until the end of December, we’re trialling a package of journals published by Mark Allen Group. These include:

Together, these contain over 65,000 journal articles! All of these journals can be accessed with an NHS OpenAthens account, and are available to staff and students of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, along with general practice staff in Shropshire.

Please do make use of these titles and help us decide whether to subscribe after the trial ends.

The British Journal of Healthcare Assistants which is also published by Mark Allen Group is a separate subscription and we will continue to make this available to staff and students of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

Read by QxMD helps you keep up to date with new articles

Read by QxMD is an app and website that allows you to discover and read relevant new healthcare journal articles. It does this by enabling you to specify journals, collections, keywords or topics to follow, and suggests relevant new articles that match your criteria. This way, you can build your own personalised alerting service.

It’s free to create an account, and you can link your account to the journal holdings of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, Staffordshire University or Keele University to make downloading PDF copies of articles easier.

On the mobile version, you can store your OpenAthens account so that when you view a paper, the app will attempt to download the PDF version if we subscribe to the journal or if it is available, an open access copy. If you find an interesting paper and it’s not available as a PDF, we can still order a copy for you – you just need to complete an article request form available on our website.

You can add papers to your own virtual collections, recommend papers, and discuss articles.

Read by QxMD covers a wide range of healthcare journals, so you’ll see more than just the ones we subscribe to. This is different to BrowZine, that just covers the journals we have full access to.

We also suggest that you also sign up to KnowledgeShare If you want to keep up to date with new guidance, reports, UpToDate Practice Changing Updates, and other high-level evidence as these materials are not all covered by Read by QxMD.

Take part in a ‘Randomised Coffee Trial’ in November

Randomised Coffee Trials (RCTs) are a well-used way to meet people across an organisation and find out more about them. They can help to give you a better idea of what goes on other teams, and what their challenges are. It’s an easy way to meet new people, build relationships, share learning and build community.

A Randomised Coffee Trial (a play on the term ‘randomised controlled trial’ in medical research) is taking place across SaTH during November and anyone can sign up to take part.

Simply send your details to Jason Curtis ( and you’ll be randomly* matched with someone else in a different team. You’ll then arrange to meet with them for half an hour over a coffee (or other hot drink) at a venue of your choice during November. What you talk about is up to you, it doesn’t even need to be work-related!

You don’t need to meet in the library, but if you do you can both claim a free hot drink and biscuit.

* May not be entirely random, as we’ll match you with someone at the same site as you, and we’ll make sure your RCT partner is from a different team.


Royal Marsden Manual: the go-to resource for nursing care

The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Procedures is an essential guide for nurses, nurse associates and healthcare assistants, and contains over 350 evidence-based clinical procedures related to every aspect of nursing care, from handwashing to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

As well as supporting clinical practice, it can aid in writing local guidelines, in audits, and it can be used for educating staff.

How to access

The Royal Marsden Manual is available to SaTH staff and students via the SaTH Intranet Apps menu without a password. Simply click the icon to get full access.

Off-site access is also available to staff and students of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, and also to Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust via an NHS OpenAthens account. NHS OpenAthens accounts allow access to a range of library and knowledge resources.

There is currently no mobile app, but the website is optimised for use on tablets and mobiles.

The Manual can be searched to find a procedure, or you can browse by chapter, procedure or illustration.

Local guidelines and notes

Local guidelines can be added to the Royal Marsden Manual in the form of links to the specific guideline on the SaTH Intranet, and local guidelines will then appear in search results.

It is also possible to add local notes to a Royal Marsden Manual guideline, and any local content is distinguished by a pink background.

If staff from Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust would like to discuss adding local information, please contact either Jason Curtis, Site Librarian at Shrewsbury on 01743 492511 or, or Louise Stevens, Site Librarian at Telford on 01952 641222 ext. 4694 or

Not sure where to publish your article? Ask Jane!

Are you looking to write an article for a scholarly journal, or already have but don’t know where to submit it to? Try asking Jane.

Jane (the ‘Journal / Author Name Estimator’) is a tool for finding relevant journals in your subject area. Simply enter your title (and abstract if you have one), click ‘Find Journals’ and see what Jane suggests.

Jane compares your article title and abstract to millions of articles in PubMed and find journals with the best matches. Jane also shows each journal’s  Article Influence (AI) score and indicates which journals are indexed in Medline, and which ones offer open access without charging.

Checking Jane can also help you to avoid predatory publishers.

If you’re looking to write or publish, don’t forget that library staff can help you with literature searches, supply copies of books or articles you’re referencing, and we also maintain a database of staff publications to help you publicise your work.

OmniSearch does it all!

That may be a slight exaggeration, but OmniSearch can do a lot! From a single search box you can search many of the resources available to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, Shropshire CCG, Keele University and Staffordshire University.

Simply select the type of resource you want to search, use the dropdown to select your library service if necessary, and type your keyword(s). Once you’ve searched one type of resource, simply switch to another and click search again – no need to re-type your search!

Did you also know that under the Evidence tab you have access to  NICE Evidence, the TRIP Database and the Cochrane Library?

The Article tab searches two key databases at once – Medline and CINAHL – covering most areas of medicine, nursing, midwifery and allied health topics.

OmniSearch makes searching quick and easy, but more advanced searching is possible using different search tools, such as HDAS for articles. If you need more help, contact us and we’ll be able to provide assistance or training on how to search effectively. We also have the Knowledge Navigator to help you identify the best search tools for different types of material, from clinical practice guidelines to observational studies.