Get easier access to journal articles with LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension available for Edge, Chrome and Firefox that makes accessing the full-text of journal articles much easier. Once installed it indicates if an article is available in full-text through your library. Simply install the extension and select the organisation you work for. It works for all NHS organisations, so is available to staff of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust and GPs Practice Staff and CCG Staff in Shropshire.

As well as checking library subscriptions, LibKey Nomad also checks to see if the article is available via open access.

LibKey Nomad works on many publisher websites, along with PubMed and Wikipedia, and adds links to access the full-text or PDF (where available) making it easier to login and access the full-text quickly.

Visit our website for more browser extensions and mobile apps to make finding the evidence easier.

Health and Care Wellbeing Festival Guest Speakers – Books in Stock

Following on from this week’s Health and Care Wellbeing Festival, two of the speakers featured have books available for loan in Telford and Shrewsbury Health Libraries.


They touch on Self Confidence and Mindfulness and are part of a number of books available in our Mental Health and Leadership section.


Ruby Wax

How To Be Human

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

Sane New World: Taming the Mind

Paul McGee

How to Speak so People Really Listen

Shut Up Move On (SUMO)

Self Confidence


Mobilising Knowledge with Peer Assists

A peer assist is a knowledge management tool where peers (perhaps four or five people) from another team are invited to share insights, experience and knowledge at a facilitated meeting.

This might be to support a team that are looking to embark on a project or service change, or that have a specific problem or challenge, and want to know what worked (or what didn’t) from another team that has similar experience. A peer assist can bring knowledge and experience to the point of need.

Peer assists allow people to learn from other people’s experiences and knowledge, establish an open culture of learning, support networking, and stimulate new perspectives. They are part of the process of ‘learning before doing’ and are about gathering knowledge before embarking on an activity or project, or when facing a difficulty in the course of related events.

The home team asking for the peer assist needs to have clear objectives of what they want to gain from the meeting. Peers can come from within the organisation, or outside it, but are people with experience of the issue.

How do they work?

  • A facilitator is appointed, and lots of notice given. Background information is circulated to the home team and the visiting peers
  • Allow some time for socialising before the meeting, to build some rapport between the home team and the visitors
  • At the meeting, the home team presents the context and any plans, issues and opportunities, and say what they’d like to get out of the meeting
  • The visiting peers ask questions, and provide feedback on what worked (or what didn’t) for them, and provide recommendations, options or guidance
  • The home team reflects on what’s been said, and examines options
  • The visitors provide feedback, answer questions, and suggests some actions for the home team

Meeting can be face-to-face or virtual, and the time can be anything from 1.5 hours to half a day (or even longer if necessary!). Flipcharts are ideal for face-to-face meetings, but someone on the home team should take detailed notes as well.

It’s important to remember that as well learning from experience, the evidence base needs to be taken into consideration as well when making decisions. Library staff are able to conduct evidence searches to support decision-making, or find case studies or what worked elsewhere.

Peer assists are not peer reviews – the visiting team are not coming to critique the home team, but to transfer knowledge.

Further reading



Access over 16,000 eBooks via SaTH Health Libraries


SaTH Health libraries provide more than 16,000 e-Books which you can access remotely.   The main platforms we use for e-Books are ProQuest Ebook Central, Kortext, Wiley and Oxford Medicine Online though you may also find open access books.    Access a wealth of information instantly using your Open Athens account.

Keyword search using the BOOKS tab on our Omnisearch page, and narrow down to eBooks which are held at Shropshire Health Libraries and any date requirements.  Read online instantly or download to read on the go.  Need more information?  Click here.




If you need an Open Athens account, contact Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries.

Telford Health Library                              ext 4440

Shrewsbury Health Library                   ext 2512


Read research for free (legally) with Unpaywall

Unpaywall is a service that helps people locate the growing number of open access or free legal versions of journal articles. You may already have seen links to the full-text of journal articles via Unpaywall in the library discovery system, or through the NICE databases for evidence searching.

There is also a really useful Unpaywall browser extension available for Chrome and Firefox (sadly not for Edge) that makes it easy to see if an article is available for free when searching most publisher websites, PubMed, The Cochrane Library, or some other sites. More information about the browser extension is available on the Unpaywall site.

With the browser extension installed, when you’re visiting a compatible site, a green unlocked padlock indicates a free version is available, and the padlock can be clicked to take you to the article. A grey padlock indicates no open access, and no padlock means you’re on a site or page that does not work with the Unpaywall extension.

There will stil be articles that aren’t available via open access, but you may still find you can access the full-text with an NHS OpenAthens account instead if we subscribe to the journal, and failing that, we can order a copy for you so you can avoid paying publisher prices.

Unpaywall looks for any journal articles that are available by one of three different routes:

Gold open access

Articles that are fully open access, perhaps in open access journals, or in hybrid journals. Often, the article’s author or their institution has paid an article processing charge to make the article available as open access.

Green open access

Articles available in institutional repositories with the agreement of the publisher, usually as an author manuscript (or postprint). This means it has been peer-reviewed, but may not have been copy-edited or formatted for publication. There may be an embargo on how soon an author manuscript can be made available under green open access,

Bronze open access

Articles where the publisher has allowed free access, but retains the copyright and can withdraw access. A lot of articles on COVID-19 have been made available for free under bronze open access.

If you’re curious, it is possible to change the settings in the Unpaywall extension to enable ‘Nerd mode’ and display different colours for different access routes – gold, green or bronze.

Tell us what you think of us

From now until the end of July, Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries are doing a survey about what you think of us, and we’d love to know your views.

We’ll be using the responses to help us plan and improve our services into the future, so whether you think our libraries are wonderful, or perhaps not so good, tell us what you think! It should only take a few minutes to complete.

We’d also like to know how library services have benefited patient care, research, education and training, or your continuing professional development, so we can demonstrate the impact we have in these areas.

The responses can be anonymous, but you can add your name and email if you’d like feedback on your comments.

Health Information Week 5 – 11 July 2021

Discover what your Health Library can do for you.

Displays at Telford and Shrewsbury Health Libraries – and look out for us during the week in the Apley Restaurant corridor at PRH too

Knowledge at your fingertips …………

Digital resources available in an instant …….. 

Giving you the gift of time ……..

Saving you time to care for your patients ……..

We’re here to help you

Support your well-being with a range of Uplifting Resources for the NHS from the NHS

SaTH Health Libraries are staffed 8.30 – 17.00 Monday to Friday.  Ask if you need 24 hour access.

Become a leadership master with our masterclass reading lists!

The SaTH Leadership Academy is running a series of Leadership Masterclasses (more details available on the Leadership Development page on the SaTH Intranet).

We’re putting together a range of resource lists to support these, and the lists so far are:

Each list contains a selection of relevant books and e-books available to borrow or view online.

These lists will develop over time as we add new titles to our leadership collections in both libraries, and we’ll also be adding new topics. All the lists can be found on the Course Reserves page on the library catalogue.

We have a wide range of leadership books available in our libraries in the dedicated Leadership Zones, and we also have many more e-books you can access with an NHS OpenAthens account, as well as thousands of articles. In addition, we can carry out evidence searches to support service development, policy development, knowledge management and other management and leadership needs.





A blooming success at Telford Health Library

A big thank you to everyone who took part in Telford Health Library’s plant sale last week.  Your kind donations reached a magnificent  £140 which will go to the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.  We plan to sponsor  a pine marten, dormouse, bilberry bumble bee, hedgehog, barn owl and a Stiperstone holly tree!

Thank you everyone!



Plant “Swap and buy” at Telford health Library

Gardening … boosts mood … relieves stress … builds strength … creates calm

Telford health Library will be holding a Plant “Swap and buy” starting Tuesday 15 June  – until stock runs out.

Choose seedlings, cuttings and plants to fill your garden with colour this summer – and a few veg too!  No set prices.  All donations will go to Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

Opening hours 8.30 – 17.00 Monday to Friday



Prize competition

Win a garden voucher by solving the clues and identifying the garden plants.   Download the competition here.  Good luck!