Junior Doctor e-book collection

We’ve put together a virtual shelf of 34 key texts for junior doctors from Wiley and Open University Press publishers, to make it easier to access them.

These are just a handful of the 20,000 e-book titles we have made available to our users via NHS OpenAthens, all of which can either be read online, or downloaded for up to 14 days at a time to mobile devices.

Searching for e-books is very 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.

NHS Care Certificate Reading List

Are you undertaking the NHS Care Certificate, or know someone who is? We’ve put together a reading list of useful material such as books, journal articles, educational board games, and websites to help you meet the requirements of each of the 15 areas.

This can be accessed on our website, or you can download a PDF copy.

Online access to the British Journal of Healthcare Assistants is only available to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust staff via an NHS OpenAthens account. Library members in other organisations can request a copy of articles required from this journal.

We’re grateful to Exeter Health Library for the inspiration to put this together.

Using KnowledgeShare to keep to date with professional interests

KnowledgeShare Evidence Updates is our personalised service to keep you up to date with new knowledge and evidence in healthcare.

As well as covering the whole range of physical and mental health conditions and risk factors, KnowledgeShare also covers a huge range of professional interests such as research, management and leadership, patient experience, quality and safety, finance and procurement, service design and using evidence.

Download the complete list of professional topics to see what you could be missing out on, and then use the evidence update form to either join KnowledgeShare, or if you’re already signed up we’ll update your categories for you.



Searching for systematic reviews using Epistemonikos

If you’re searching for systematic reviews of evidence, you may find Epistemonikos a useful resource. Unlike the Cochrane Library, this contains systematic reviews from many sources (it does also contain some primary research articles that have been included in the reviews, but the main focus is systematic reviews).

Systematic reviews are an excellent source of high-quality evidence, and should use a clearly formulated question and systematic and explicit methods to identify, select, and critically appraise relevant research, and collect and analyse data from the studies that are included in the review.

While most of the systematic reviews included will be included in other sources such as Medline and EMBASE, they are not always easy to locate (though we have added some search filters to the Knowledge Navigator page to make this easier).

We’ve added Epistemonikos to the Systematic Review section of our Knowledge Navigator, where you’ll find useful guidance and sources for locating many different types of evidence. Alternatively, why not simply ask us to conduct an evidence search for you?.

Changes to NHS.UK

Work is being undertaken to improve nhs.uk in order to help people better manage their health and care online.

The ‘NHS Choices’ logo has been removed from the site, and content is being made easier for people to read and find, as well as more accessible on mobile phones.

It will simply reflect the trusted NHS brand, but the web address will remain the same: www.nhs.uk.

NHS organisations are being asked to replace existing references they have to ‘NHS Choices’ with ‘the NHS website’, and to replace or update their materials when reasonably possible and cost-effective. For example, if you have printed materials such as patient leaflets or booklets that mention NHS Choices, you should continue to use this stock until it has been depleted.

New E-learning Module on how to Search the Healthcare Databases

Health librarians, in collaboration with Health Education England have produced a set of e-learning modules on how to search the literature effectively and have recently added a new module on how to search the healthcare databases using the NICE interface.

This builds on the earlier modules that look at the principles behind searching.

All of the modules are short (each taking no more than 20 minutes to complete) and may be ‘dipped into’ for reference, or completed to obtain a certificate. There are now seven modules suitable for novice searchers and those wishing to refresh their knowledge:

Building the foundations

Developing the skills

You’ll need an OpenAthens account to access the modules (and all the many other e-learning packages available on the e-LfH platform) and the first time you access e-LfH you’ll need to enter some personal details.

Library staff can also provide training and assistance with searching techniques and searching specific resources, and we can also perform searches on your behalf.

New topics in KnowledgeShare Evidence Updates

Keeping track of new evidence and publications can be difficult, but the library’s KnowledgeShare service can make it much easier.

KnowledgeShare has recently added additional categories that you can add to your profile to be alerted on:

  • Frailty
  • Skin Abnormalities
  • Endocrine Cancer
  • Mouth and Jaw Abnormalities
  • Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
  • Rickets
  • Medication Errors
  • Brexit
  • Intravenous Therapy
  • Animal Assisted Therapy

You can sign up for our KnowledgeShare service at and receive personalised updates of new information on these topics, or any others that you’re interested in. Because the service is tailored to your interests, you’re more likely to receive updates on only the things you really want to know about, so let us know everything you’re interested in.

If you’re already a subscriber, simply reply to your next alert email and let us know if you’d like to amend your preferences to add any of these new topics (or change anything else about your alert preferences).

Many of the resources used are freely available, so you’ll be able to access them with one-click, and most of the remainder are available with an NHS OpenAthens account.

Updates are sent out fortnightly, so you won’t be inundated with emails.

Leadership book lists

We’ve been putting together some reading lists of books and e-books to support different aspects of leadership. Topics so far include:

We’ve also put together a more extensive list of books and e-books to support the ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring course.

All the books listed are available in one or both of our libraries – if the book is at the other site to where you’re based, you can reserve it through our catalogue using your library barcode number and specify where you’d like to collect (or even have it sent to your workplace!). E-books are available to holders of NHS OpenAthens accounts.

Both libraries have Leadership Zones, with collections of books to serve leaders and potential leaders at all levels, and if we’re missing any books, you can request them free of charge.


Serious fun with educational board games

Did you know our libraries stock board games? These are educational board games (sorry, no Monopoly or Cluedo!) that can be used by teams to teach important concepts.

We have two already available – The Infection Control Game, and The Sepsis Game.

In addition, coming soon are…

  • The Drug Round Game
  • Game of Stools
  • The Nutrition Game
  • The Communication Game
  • The Hydration Game

These have been developed for use by healthcare staff, and have been used successfully at other Trusts. They can be borrowed to play in your departments, or we can help arrange a session in the Learning Centre or Education Centre (subject to room availability). Perhaps you could challenge another team to a game?

BMJ Case Reports: publishing, sharing and learning through experience

BMJ Case Reports is a collection of over 15,000 case reports across all fields of medicine, and 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, 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.

Since the start of the year, 5 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.