Inspiring better health – Health Information Week 2020

The 6th – 12th July marks Health Information Week, promoting good quality health information for patients and the public.

The two main strands this year are ‘finding information you can trust’ and ‘physical and mental wellbeing’.

We’ve put together a newsletter with lots of useful articles, and for a bit of fun why not try out our wordsearch.

Follow us on Twitter @sathlibraries as we post material through the week to inspire you to better health!

We’re working to make discovering library resources easier

We’re busy working on an exciting project to replace our existing library catalogue with a new ‘discovery system’ that will not only manage our print resources but will enable easier searching of our increasing range of online resources.

WorldCat Discovery is used by many universities, and will enable us to bring together many resources that are currently on different systems, so for example when you do a search for a print book, you’ll also see any e-book versions you have access to. As we look to the future and increase the range of e-books we make available from different providers, this will become increasingly important. Our new discovery system will also work on mobile devices.

If you’re looking for print books, you’ll find pictures of the book’s cover, information about the contents, and you’ll have the ability to ‘browse’ the shelves virtually. We’ll still be able to offer automatic renewals, up to 16 loans at any one time, and no fines (except for recalled books). You’ll also still be able to reserve books for collection or to be sent to your workplace.

It will also be possible to do searches for articles, filter to any that have full-text available, and where it isn’t available in full-text it will be easy to request it from us. It will also be really simple to get a fully-formatted citation of any resource, for export to any reference manager package you use.

We’re working hard to meet the ‘go live’ date of 28th October, and prior to that we’ll keep you informed of any changes to our services. We do anticipate that we may have a couple of days where the catalogue and self-issue machines will be unavailable, and we may need to suspend the ability to reserve books for a week or two, but we’ll do our best to minimise any disruption.

Keep an eye on the @sathlibraries Twitter feed for updates.

 

 

Catch up with all the latest COVID-19 guidance

We’ve just published the 11th of our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletins, with lots of new and updated guidance and evidence resources to support the response to coronavirus.

Previous editions of the Evidence Bulletins, as well as other useful resources can be found on the COVID-19 Resources page, and we also have separate pages on e-learning and e-books.

The bulletins aren’t exhaustive, and lots of new evidence is being published all the time in journals and elsewhere that isn’t included. Library staff can carry out detailed searches to locate the latest literature, either in relation to COVID-19 treatment or rehabilitation, remote working, or any other topic.

If you’d like an easy way to receive the Evidence Bulletins by email, simply sign-up for our KnowledgeShare Evidence Updates. As well as being alerted to our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletins, you can be alerted to new evidence on any clinical or professional topics of interest to you through fortnightly personalised alerts.

Still time to sign up for our ‘Virtual Randomised Coffee Trial’

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 in other teams, and what their challenges are. It’s an easy way to meet new people, build relationships, share learning and build community.

In these times, they can also be a good way to promote your own mental wellbeing, talk about how you’re feeling, and feel more connected.

We ran a successful Randomised Coffee Trial across Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust last November, and the feedback was really positive with people learning new things and making new connections.

This year will be a little different and instead of meeting face to face, we’re encouraging ‘virtual’ meetings. This could be as simple as a phone call, or you may want to try a video call if that suits you both. So, grab a hot drink and get talking! It’s also open to any NHS staff or students across Shropshire.

Simply send your details to Jason Curtis (jason.curtis1@nhs.net) and you’ll be randomly* matched with someone. You’ll then arrange to meet virtually with them for half an hour over a coffee (or any other hot drink) during May or June. What you talk about is up to you, and it doesn’t need to be work-related.

May not be entirely random, as we’ll try to make sure your RCT partner is from a different team

See the latest guidance and evidence on COVID-19

We’ve just published the sixth of our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletins, with lots of new and updated guidance and evidence resources to support the response to coronavirus.

Previous editions of the Evidence Bulletins, as well as other useful resources can be found on the COVID-19 Resources page, and we also have separate pages on e-learning and e-books.

The bulletins aren’t exhaustive, and lots of new evidence is being published all the time in journals and elsewhere that isn’t included. Library staff can carry out detailed searches to locate the latest literature, either in relation to COVID-19 treatment or rehabilitation, remote working, or any other topic.

If you’d like an easy way to receive the Evidence Bulletins by email, simply sign-up for our KnowledgeShare Evidence Updates. As well as being alerted to our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletins, you can be alerted to new evidence on any clinical or professional topics of interest to you through fortnightly personalised alerts.

Make connections and sign up now for our virtual ‘randomised coffee trial’

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 in other teams, and what their challenges are. It’s an easy way to meet new people, build relationships, share learning and build community.

In these times, they can also be a good way to promote your own mental wellbeing, talk about how you’re feeling, and feel more connected.

We ran a successful Randomised Coffee Trial across Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust last November, and the feedback was really positive with people learning new things and making new connections.

This year will be a little different and instead of meeting face to face, we’re encouraging ‘virtual’ meetings. This could be as simple as a phone call, or you may want to try a video call if that suits you both. So, grab a hot drink and get talking! It’s also open to any NHS staff or students across Shropshire.

Simply send your details to Jason Curtis (jason.curtis1@nhs.net) and you’ll be randomly* matched with someone. You’ll then arrange to meet virtually with them for half an hour over a coffee (or any other hot drink) during May. What you talk about is up to you, and it doesn’t need to be work-related.

May not be entirely random, as we’ll try to make sure your RCT partner is from a different team

COVID-19 Evidence Bulletin 5 just published

We’ve just published the fifth of our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletins, with lots of new and updated guidance and evidence resources to support the response to coronavirus.

Previous editions of the Evidence Bulletins, as well as other useful resources can be found on the COVID-19 Resources page, and we also have separate pages on e-learning and e-books.

The bulletins aren’t exhaustive, and lots of new evidence is being published all the time in journals and elsewhere that isn’t included. Library staff can carry out detailed searches to locate the latest literature, either in relation to COVID-19 treatment or rehabilitation, remote working, or any other topic.

If you’d like an easy way to receive the Evidence Bulletins by email, simply sign-up for our KnowledgeShare Evidence Updates. As well as being alerted to our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletins, you can be alerted to new evidence on any clinical or professional topics of interest to you through fortnightly personalised alerts.

World Book Night 2020

Thursday 23 April 2020 is World Book Night.  Get stuck into a good book and escape from the everyday.

 

Whether you enjoy a good murder, a bit of romance or a historical epic – we have lots of titles you can borrow from Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries. All the library staff have been curling up with a good book…. plus a couple of other readers have been photographed too!  Take a look.

 

 

 

 

Have a go at our fun quiz too.  There are no prizes.  It is just to give you a bit of a challenge on World Book Night

Latest Evidence Update on COVID-19 just published

We’ve just published the fourth of our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletins, with lots of new and updated guidance and evidence resources to support the response to coronavirus.

Previous editions of the Evidence Bulletins, as well as other useful resources can be found on the COVID-19 Resources page, and we also have separate pages on e-learning and e-books.

Don’t forget, we can also do evidence searches on specific topics, either in relation to COVID-19, to remote working, or on any other topic.

If you’d like an easy way to receive the Evidence Bulletins by email, simply sign-up for our KnowledgeShare Evidence Updates. As well as being alerted to our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletins, you can be alerted to new evidence on any clinical or professional topics of interest to you through fortnightly personalised alerts.

Make diagnosis easy with VisualDX

VisualDX is a diagnostic tool designed to help make more accurate diagnoses and improve patient safety. With it, you can build differential diagnosis that are tailored to a specific patient.

It can also be used to support remote consultations, for example by allowing you to show images to aid diagnosis. It also links to the relevant UpToDate topic for more in-depth information about the management of a condition, as well as information for patients.

VisualDX is being made available to all NHS staff and students until the end of June 2020, and access is available via an NHS OpenAthens account.

  • Access the VisualDX diagnostic tool now

We’ve prepared a brief guide to using VisualDX to help get you started.