Free Hearing Screenings at Telford Health Library

Come to Telford Health Library on Wednesday 13 November between 12 noon and 2pm for your free hearing screening.  Open to all staff and volunteers.

On average it takes people 10 years from when their hearing loss begins, to deciding to do something about it.  This is because normally the loss is gradual and people sometimes aren’t even aware that they can’t hear as well as they used to.

Taking a screening early can help you become aware of any hearing problems you may have – so that you can do something about it!

Drop along to the library – no booking needed

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.

Apps and e-resources drop-ins for National Libraries Week

We’re running two half-day drop-ins during National Libraries Week 7-12 October, which this year celebrates ‘Libraries in a Digital World’.

Pop in anytime during the sessions to find out more about the range of apps and e-resources we provide. Bring along your mobile devices for help in installing and using the resources.

The sessions take place in the Learning Centre at RSH on 8th October between 8.30-1.30 and in the Library, Education Centre, PRH on the 9th October between 1-5.

Libraries Week is a celebration of libraries in all sectors, and in 2019 will celebrate and explore how libraries are engaging communities through technology, building digital skills and confidence, encouraging digital participation and inclusion, supporting health, wellbeing and education and supporting local business and enterprise.

Look out for our Tweets from @sathlibraries during Libraries Week promoting the range of digital resources we provide to support healthcare staff and students.

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.


Let’s talk about dementia


SaTH Health Library have lots of resources to help you get a better understanding of dementia.  This includes information, advice and support, books, leaflets, contacts, and much more.  Investigate our reminiscence boxes and evoke old memories from objects and smells.  Borrow then for use with staff or patients.



Of particular interest to:

– Anyone whom works with people diagnosed with dementia

– People who have a friend or family member who has dementia

– People in the early stages of the disease




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.