Librarians give health professionals the ‘gift of time’

We know that all healthcare professionals are short of time – time to be confident you have the most relevant, evidence-based information you need.

A recent report to an All-Party Parliamentary Group commissioned by HEE, Library and Knowledge Services Value Proposition: The Gift of Time, clearly outlines the true value of NHS Library and Knowledge Services having both a direct and indirect effect on the care patients receive. They make a positive impact on services as a whole, providing an economic value of millions of pounds to the NHS.

Health librarians and knowledge specialists make the gathering of information as easy as possible for you, relieving the burden of sourcing and synthesising evidence while enabling NHS organisations to meet their statutory obligations to get evidence into practice across the service.

Findings in a recently published international literature review suggest a return of £2.40 for every £1 spend on NHS library and knowledge services.

Patrick Mitchell, Director of Innovation and Transformation, Health Education England, said:

“This report gives us some truly great insight into the value that embedded NHS Library and Knowledge Services bring to staff at all levels of  the healthcare system when planning and delivering care for local people.”

Discover more in the libraries

We’ve just launched a new library discovery system to replace our old catalogue. Our new system, WorldCat Discovery, offers a much better search experience, and now covers our e-books and articles as well as our print collections.

You won’t need to re-register, and all your loans have been transferred over to the new system. You’ll keep your existing library card number, but you’ll need to set a new password to login to the catalogue to renew your loans – when you go to sign in to the catalogue, you’ll be able to click the ‘Set/Reset’ password link to send yourself a password reset email. Passwords need to be nine characters or more, with a mixture of letters and numbers.

You can also access the discovery system via our OmniSearch facility on the website.

The new discovery system will offer lots of advantages over the old catalogue, and you’ll be able to:

  • Search for e-books and articles, along with print books
  • Create your own shareable lists of resources
  • See book covers (to help you find the book on the shelf) along with more details about books such as contents lists
  • Do a virtual ‘shelf browse’ and see what other books are on the same shelf
  • Get formatted citations for any items you find, in a variety of citation styles including Harvard, and you can export them to reference manager packages such as RefWorks or Mendeley
  • See print and e-books together so you can see instantly if we hold a e-book copy of a print book (and vice versa)
  • Results can be quickly filtered by year, format, library, author and more
  • Use Medline, ERIC, PsycARTICLES and the Cochrane Library databases to conduct a wide-ranging article search
  • See (and eventually be able to request) books held by other libraries outside Shropshire

To access the e-books and articles that are available to your organisation, you’ll still need an NHS OpenAthens account.

We hope you like the look of the new discovery system, and find it much easier to find and access information!

What is medRxiv?

medRxiv (pronounced med-archive) is one of a growing number of preprint servers where articles can be freely shared prior to peer-review and acceptance by a journal. It is jointly owned by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), Yale University and BMJ, and was launched in 2019.

medRxiv covers medical, clinical, and related health sciences and accepts research articles (including systematic reviews and meta-analyses). It doesn’t accept material such as narrative reviews or opinion pieces. 

Because the material submitted to medRxiv is unpublished, it’s not indexed in databases such as PubMed until the article is later peer-reviewed and published in a journal. Preprints in medRxiv can however be found in Google and Google Scholar very quickly after submission.

When it comes to fast-moving topics such as COVID-19, preprint servers can make new research available very quickly, and reduce research waste from duplicated efforts and non-reporting. However, they can also add to the spread of poor-quality or misleading research due to the lack of peer-review, and should be used with care.

As medRxiv makes clear on each article’s detail page:

‘This article is a preprint and has not been peer-reviewed. It reports new medical research that has yet to be evaluated and so should not be used to guide clinical practice.’

medRxiv does do some screening checks on submitted articles, such as checking they are research-based, and checking for plagiarism and defamation. A researcher in a relevant field will check the basic content and organisation of the article, but medRxiv does not review a manuscript’s methods, assumptions, conclusions, or scientific quality.

If you intend to publish a research article, note that some journal publishers may not accept articles that have already been made available on a preprint server, so it’s worth checking the policies of any journals you intend to submit the article to.

Further reading

Confused by Medical Terminology?

Are you regularly working with medical terminology but not medically trained?  Are you sometimes confounded and bamboozled by medical terms and doctors’ jargon?

Your Health Library can help!  We have a selection of books on medical terminology, explaining how conditions and treatments get their names, as well as the Latin and Greek components that are used to create them. Splitting the word into its parts very often makes it so much easier to understand – and to type too!


PHEO-                   means dusky

-CHROMO-           means colour

-CYT-                      refers to a cell

-OMA                      a suffix meaning tumour

Visit SaTH Health Libraries today.  We are staffed 8.30 – 17.00 Monday to Friday.

OR join the library online

Make the most of Twitter by using Tweetdeck

Tweetdeck is a free desktop tool provided by Twitter that can make using Twitter easier and more effective. Tweetdeck allows you to see multiple columns on one screen (so no more switching views) and also allows you to manage multiple accounts which can really help if you manage a departmental account as well as your own.

There is no need to create a separate login, and you simply use your Twitter login details.

Columns in Tweetdeck can consist of your timeline, saved searches, Tweets from list of people on a topic, notifications, your ‘liked’ Tweets and more.


Search for journal articles ‘on the go’ with the EBSCO Mobile app

The new EBSCO Mobile app allows you to search for journal articles in a range of library databases, and access full-text where available. The databases available to NHS users include Medline, CINAHL, and the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, so there’s a good coverage of healthcare topics. Many of the articles will have full-text available with a single touch.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, click ‘Get Started’, select your institution, and then login with your NHS OpenAthens account. The app will keep you logged in for 30 days.

You can also create a free personal account to save liked items (use the heart icon to save them) and synchronise these with the EBSCOhost desktop version for reading later. If you’re logged into a personal account, the app will keep you logged in and retain your saved articles.

Searches can be filtered by date (using the dropdown menu, you can select the past 1,5 or 10 years) and when you click for more details, the app will check whether full-text is available. Unfortunately, there is no means to sort results by date.

Whilst the search functions are quite basic, it makes doing a quick search easy, and because it can synchronise with a desktop account it could be a handy way to find some good articles to like and read later on a bigger screen.








Stay ahead of the latest journal articles with Read by QxMD

If you’re looking for an easy way to see the latest articles in your favourite journals or on keywords of interest, Read by QxMD can help.

It’s an app and website that tracks articles in healthcare journals and alerts you to new ones matching your interests. More than that, it can make finding the full-text easy as it links to our journal holdings, or locates open access copies. The app version can store your NHS OpenAthens account details – no more logging into OpenAthens each time you want to access an article!

It’s free to create a Read by QxMD 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.

You can also add papers to your own virtual collections, recommend papers, and discuss articles.

Bust that medical jargon!

Doctor Jargon – A new game available to borrow from Telford Health Library.

Practice communicating without using jargon!

It is all too easy to assume that patients will understand medical descriptions and technical terms but they are often just left bamboozled and confused, and are too embarrassed to ask for clarification. This game gets you to practice busting that jargon and explaining conditions and  treatment  in normal everyday language without slipping into those medical terms you use with colleagues.  Work as individuals or in teams to describe medical terminology without using key jargon and specialist language.



Why not try it in a group of colleagues or at an update meeting – a fun way to practice good patient communication skills.

Access e-books anywhere, anytime, on any device

You can easily access a collection of over 16,000 e-books on the ProQuest Ebook Central platform and these can either be viewed online, or downloaded to a mobile device for access anywhere.

To view an e-book online, you’ll just need a free NHS OpenAthens account to login and then you can read the whole book.

If you want to download an e-book for offline reading, you’ll need to install the Adobe Digital Editions app for Android or  iOS. This is a free app, but does require you to register for a free Adobe ID. You’ll also need your NHS OpenAthens account to download e-books to your device.

Our guide to downloading e-books gives more details and also explains how to access chapters of e-books on dedicated e-book readers. Once you’ve got the app set up, you’ll be able to download our e-books to your mobile device for up to 14 days for offline reading. If you need them for longer, simply download them again.

Here are some of the latest books added to the collection:

Support your mental health and wellbeing with these free apps

NHS staff have been given free access to a number of helpful apps until the end of December, to help you support your own mental health and wellbeing through this challenging time.  For more information on how to access these, visit the NHS Employers website.


Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing. Using scientifically-backed assessments, tools and training you can measure and manage your personal mental health needs, including digital programmes designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfillment and nutrition.


Headspace is a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep.


Sleepio is a clinically-evidenced sleep improvement programme that is fully automated and highly personalised, using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep.


Daylight is a smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice and animation.