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 jason.curtis1@nhs.net, or Louise Stevens, Site Librarian at Telford on 01952 641222 ext. 4694 or l.stevens@nhs.net.

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.

 

 

Educational board games can make learning fun!

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. Most of them just require a table and chairs to play. If the game you need is not held at your site, you can either ask library staff to have it sent over, or you can reserve it on the library catalogue with your library card number.

The complete list is below, with links to the game’s website for more information.

  • Care Certificate Game
    Competency assessment tool for Care Certificate training. Game will work in 1-to-1 sessions or can be used by 2 to 12 players in two teams. It is designed to be flexible and practical and assessors can choose the number of players, length of time the game will be played for and which questions should be answered. The central area of the board is a simple competency assessment chart that allows everyone to see where their strengths and weaknesses are offering a guide to where attention needs to be focused
  • Communication Game
    Understand communication support needs and improve communication skills. 4 to 12 players in two teams. Facilitator requires no expertise in topic.
  • Drug Round Game
    Understand, recognise and minimise medication errors. 4 to 12 players in two teams, 45 to 60 minutes playing time. Facilitator requires no expertise in topic.
  • Game of Stools
    Improve prevention and management of clostridium difficile. 2 to 8 players in two teams, up to 30 minutes playing time, no facilitator required.
  • Harm Free Game: Improving Patient Outcomes
    Practice risk assessment to reduce avoidable patient harm, covering areas such as pressure ulcers, falls, catheter acquired urinary tract infections, VTE, medication errors, nutrition and hydration. 2 to 14 players in two teams, 45 to 60 minutes playing time. Facilitator requires no expertise in topic.
  • Hydration Game
    Recognise and minimise dehydration for patients, residents and staff. 4 to 12 players in two teams, 45 to 60 minutes playing time. Facilitator requires no expertise in topic.
  • Infection Control Game
    Recognise and manage an infection outbreak in a hospital ward. DVD playback facilities required. 5 to 15 players, around 60 minutes playing time. A facilitator with some knowledge of infection control is useful.
  • MaP Game (Focus on Mental and Physical Health) – Workplace edition
    Helps open up the conversation of mental health at work to help organisations support employee’s mental health. 2 to 12 players,  45 to 60 minutes playing time. No facilitator required.
  • Nutrition Game
    Understand malnutrition and improve how you support people to eat and drink. 4 to 12 players in two teams, 30 to 60 minutes playing time. Facilitator requires no expertise in topic.
  • Sepsis Game
    Raise awareness of sepsis and improve recognition and management of sepsis. 4 to 12 players in two teams, 45 to 60 minutes playing time. Facilitator requires no expertise in topic.
  • Stop the Pressure: Helping to Prevent Pressure Ulcers
    Recognise and reduce avoidable pressure ulcers. 4 to 12 players in two teams, 45 to 60 minutes playing time. Facilitator requires no expertise in topic.
  • Working Stress
    Help clinicians manage stress and avoid burnout. 4 to 12 players in two teams, around 30 to 60 minutes playing time.  No facilitator required.

Library apps for knowledge on the move

We have a growing range of apps available for our resources, to make accessing information on the go even easier, in some cases even when offline.

The library itself doesn’t have a mobile app, but our website is responsively designed to work on any size screen.

UpToDate

Android | iOS

UpToDate is an evidence-based knowledge system that helps clinicians make the right decisions at the point of care. It contains over 10,000 articles, providing evidence-graded treatment recommendations as well as diagnostic and other information for common as well as rare conditions. It also offers thousands of images, clinical calculators and a drug interactions checker.

The mobile app is available to SaTH staff and requires the use of a personal registration created whilst using UpToDate on-site.

BNF (British National Formulary) and BNF for Children

Android | iOS

The BNF/BNFC app is aimed at prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals who need sound, up-to-date information about the use of medicines. It combines the content from the BNF and BNFC, ensuring easy access to BNF information wherever you are.

No authentication required. Works offline.

BMJ Best Practice

Android | iOS

BMJ Best Practice provides access to the latest evidence-based information for healthcare professionals, structured around the patient consultation with advice on symptom evaluation, test ordering, treatment approach and follow up. It also offers clinical calculators, patient information leaflets and some procedural videos.

The mobile app is available to all NHS staff and authentication requires a personal account, which can be created whilst on-site on a SaTH PC, or whilst logged in with an NHS OpenAthens account. Works offline.

BrowZine

Android | iOS

BrowZine allows SaTH staff 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.

The BrowZine app is available to SaTH staff and requires an NHS OpenAthens account to authenticate.

Bluefire Reader

Android | iOS

Required to download our e-books to your device for offline reading. Free registration for an Adobe ID required, and an NHS OpenAthens account is required to access and download e-books to your device.

SaTH Staff Publication Report for 2018

In conjunction with the Research and Innovation Department, we produce an annual report of publications by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust staff, to demonstrate just how much new knowledge and research is being produced within SaTH. This can include books, book chapters, journal articles, dissertations, systematic reviews, case reports, conference abstracts, poster presentations, or oral presentations at conferences.

We’ve just put together the report for 2018.

Download the 2018 Staff Publication Report

We’re continually adding new publications, and you can search entire collection back to 2014 by visiting the Library Research Hub. If you produce any new publications, you can submit the details using the submission form on our website.

Here are just a few items recently added to the collection:

E-books on the go

Did you know that books from Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries’ collection of over 16,000 e-books can be downloaded to your mobile device for offline reading?

If you have an Apple, Android or Kindle Fire device, download the Bluefire Reader app and create a free Adobe ID to log into it. Then access our e-book collection, login with NHS OpenAthens, find your book, and select ‘Download Book’.

You’ll be able to select the length of time you’d like to download the book for, up to 14 days, but if you need it for longer, you can simply ‘borrow’ it again after 14 days. Alternatively, if you just want a chapter, you can simply download a PDF of a single chapter which won’t expire.

Finding e-books is easy – simply select the e-book tab on OmniSearch.

BMJ Best Practice clinical decision tool

BMJ Best Practice is now available to all NHS organisation in England.

It provides access to the latest evidence-based information for healthcare professionals, structured around the patient consultation, with advice on symptom evaluation, test ordering, treatment approach and follow up. It also offers clinical calculators, patient information leaflets and some procedural videos.

 

Onsite at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals (SaTH) simply visit the BMJ Best Practice website for password-free access. You’ll have the option to create a personal account to record usage for CME/CPD points.

For off-site access, you can use an NHS OpenAthens account. Visit the BMJ Best Practice website and login with your NHS OpenAthens account. You can also use a personal account created whilst on-site at SaTH.

Mobile apps are available for Android and iOS devices. These require a personal account to authenticate which can either be created whilst on-site on a SaTH PC, or off-site by logging in with NHS OpenAthens and then registering for a personal account.

You’ll also find BMJ Best Practice as an option in OmniSearch where it can be searched along with many other resources.

For more details or advice, pop into one of our libraries.

BrowZine now available for SaTH staff and students

We have a new subscription to the BrowZine journal tool for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust staff. Feedback and usage were both positive in our trial, so we felt we should go ahead and purchase it.

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 Android and iOS devices (to use the app, you’ll need an NHS OpenAthens account to authenticate it). The app makes access even easier – as it is NHS OpenAthens authenticated, you won’t have to log in again to get access to articles in most cases, making access literally one-click.

Both the desktop and mobile app versions allow you to add journals to virtual bookshelves, which you can name, and you can also create collections of articles. Both bookshelves and collections are synchronised across desktop and mobile app.

For more information, download our brief guide to BrowZine.

For anyone that is not affiliated to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, you can still check which journals you have access to by using the ‘Journals’ tab on OmniSearch and selecting your organisation from the dropdown menu.

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.