Lunchtime workshops for NHS staff

Our librarians run lunchtime workshops for NHS staff on the wide range of of medical, nursing and evidence-based information available online.

The following sessions take place at our campus libraries. To book your place contact the library where the training is held.

Lunchtime workshops

Getting the best results: improving your database searching

Whether it’s a clinical query or an assessment, finding the strongest evidence requires searching beyond Google and PubMed with thorough search strategies.

This session introduces participants to the Health Database Advanced Search (HDAS) database platform and a variety of search tips from the basic through to the more advanced, allowing for more confident evidence searching.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Develop a search strategy from a clinical query, using PICO as appropriate
  • Understand the difference between text word and subject heading searches
  • Run a search in more than one database using Health Database Advanced Search (HDAS)
  • Manage search results
  • Distinguish between resources provided by Imperial College and those available through NHS OpenAthens – and know how to access what they need
Workshop dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Tuesday 18th September 12.00 - 13.30 Room 203
Charing Cross Campus Library Wednesday 19th September 12.00 - 13.30 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Monday 17th September 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room 2
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Thursday 20th September 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room 2
Hammersmith Campus Library Tuesday 18th September 12.00 - 13.30 Zeneca Room
Hammersmith Campus Library Thursday 20th September 12.00 - 13.30 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Thursday 20th September 12.00 - 13.00 Training Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Friday 21st September 12.00 - 13.00 Group Study Room 1
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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Introduction to critical appraisal: qualitative papers

Qualitative research can be tough to appraise and you may have preconceptions about its value – but with mixed methodologies on the rise, now is the time to diversify your critical appraisal skills. And as always, this is an exercise anyone can pick up.

This session is aimed at those with no prior experience of critical appraisal but would be a good refresher for those out of practice or new to qualitative research.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Define what critical appraisal is and its purpose
  • Identify and appreciate differences between qualitative and quantitative research
  • Locate and engage with tools to critique research
  • Understand qualitative research methodologies
  • Appraise a qualitative research paper

The article we will be appraising in this round of training is:

Graves-H et al. Psychological skills training to support diabetes self-management: Qualitative assessment of nurses’ experiences. Primary Care Diabetes 2016 10 376-382

It is available through the College and NHS Athens. 
To access the CASP checklist, visit the Critical appraisal section of our Medicine support pages.
All those who have signed up will be sent the article and checklist a week before the session.

Workshop dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Tuesday 25th September 12.00 - 14.00 Room 203
Charing Cross Campus Library Thursday 27th September 12.00 - 14.00 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Monday 24th September 12.00 - 14.00 Training Room 3
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Wednesday 26th September 12.00 - 14.00 Training Room 3
Hammersmith Campus Library Monday 24th September 12.00 - 14.00 Zeneca Room
Hammersmith Campus Library Wednesday 26th September 12.00 - 14.00 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Tuesday 25th September 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Thursday 27th September 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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Introduction to critical appraisal: quantitative papers

Critical appraisal and evidence-based medicine can seem daunting, but with practice and confidence anyone can pick up the necessary skills to improve their engagement with, and understanding of, the literature.

This session is aimed at those with no prior experience of critical appraisal but would be a good refresher for anyone who wants more practice. The focus will be on quantitative research.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Understand what critical appraisal is and why it is useful
  • Distinguish between different research methods and their applicability
  • Have an insight into the process of critical appraisal as recommended by CASP for Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Begin interpreting statistics
  • Experience critically appraising a journal article as part of a group discussion

The article we will be appraising in this round of training is:

Ismail-K et al. Nurse-led psychological intervention for type 2 diabetes: a cluster randomised controlled trial (Diabetes-6 study) in primary care. Br J Gen Pract 2018 Aug; 68 (673) e531-e540

It is available through the College and NHS Athens. 
To access the CASP checklist, visit the Critical appraisal section of our Medicine support pages.
All those who have signed up will be sent the article and checklist a week before the session.

Workshop dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Tuesday 2nd October 12.00 - 14.00 Room 203
Charing Cross Campus Library Wednesday 3rd October 12.00 - 14.00 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Monday 1st October 12.00 - 14.00 Training Room 3
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Wednesday 3rd October 12.00 - 14.00 Training Room 3
Hammersmith Campus Library Tuesday 2nd October 12.00 - 14.00 Zeneca Room
Hammersmith Campus Library Thursday 4th October 12.00 - 14.00 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Tuesday 2nd October 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Thursday 4th October 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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Accessing and reviewing evidence-based medicine material

Library staff will introduce you to various resources for accessing evidence-based medicine material, including the Cochrane Library, UpToDate and ACP Journal Club. We will illustrate how to review the different types of EBM material and explain some of the statistics involved. Library staff will also access databases and show appropriate search strategies used to retrieve EBM material.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • understand the hierarchy of evidence
  • know the relevant resources to use
  • appreciate the different searching techniques to use
  • understand some of the statistics involved
Workshop dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Tuesday 9th October 12.00 - 13.00 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Wednesday 10th October 12.00 - 13.00 Training Room 2
Hammersmith Campus Library Thursday 11th October 12.00 - 13.00 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Friday 12th October 12.00 - 13.00 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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Doing a literature review: sourcing and presenting your evidence

This session is aimed at nurses but will be helpful to all staff facing writing a literature review. We will focus on how to construct a search of the literature you need and how to present and explain this process in your review. We will also look at the difference between a Systematic Review and a Literature Review.

Our Database Searching and Critical Appraisal sessions are also recommended to compliment this session and help you develop these other important literature review skills.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • understand the importance of a focused, answerable research question
  • develop a research question into a structured and systematic search strategy to find appropriate literature
  • record and document search strategies
  • effectively write up search methods
  • recognise how the Library can support those undertaking literature reviews for work and study
Workshop dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Thursday 18th October 12.00 - 13.30 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Wednesday 17th October 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room 2
Hammersmith Campus Library Monday 15th October 12.00 - 13.30 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Tuesday 16th October 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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Tweet Tweet: using Twitter in research and clinical practice

Twitter is a resource that we may all know of, but may not be especially familiar with. But, it can be a valuable tool in the sharing of information between professionals. This session will cover the use of Twitter, and how it can be used in your work, as well as some of the ethical issues surrounding its use.

Includes:

  • what Twitter is
  • how you use it
  • how it can be used in research and clinical practice
  • ensuring that you use it professionally
Workshop dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Monday 22nd October 12.00 - 13.30 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Wednesday 24th October 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room 2
Hammersmith Campus Library Tuesday 23rd October 12.00 - 13.30 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Thursday 25th October 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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Reference management: tools to avoid research pitfalls and make life easier

Accurate and timely management of your references can save a lot of time during an assignment or literature review, as well as offering an organised record of your reading – and with reference management tools this is an easy and intuitive task.

This session will cover the reasons why you might want to use reference management tools, offering examples and finally showcasing some features of the free Mendeley tool.

By the end of the session you should:

  • understand how referencing relates your work to a larger body of literature
  • be aware of the types and risks of plagiarism
  • be familiar with a range of reference management tools and plug-ins
  • have the confidence to use Mendeley to import and edit references, and create a bibliography from them
Workshop dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Monday 29th October 12.00 - 13.30 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Tuesday 30th October 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room 2
Hammersmith Campus Library Friday 2nd November 12.00 - 13.30 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Wednesday 31st October 12.00 - 13.30 Training room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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Facts at your fingertips: everyday apps for healthcare professionals

Having trusted healthcare information at your fingertips on your smartphone or tablet can help you keep up to date wherever you are.  Apps can make this possible but there are thousands available – which are the ones most useful?  This brand new session will consider the most recommended apps for healthcare professionals.  We will also look at any apps you might use already, and share tips and experience of using these. Come along whether you use apps in your everyday practice or are yet to explore this sphere for health information. Don’t forget to bring your smartphone or tablet with you!

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Understand the range of everyday information for healthcare professional available for use on smartphones
  • Explore the most recommended apps for healthcare professionals
  • Understand considerations that are important when assessing apps
Workshop dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Monday 5th November 12.00 - 13.00 Room 203 
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Tuesday 6th November 12.00 - 13.00 Training Room 2
Hammersmith Campus Library Thursday 8th November 12.00 - 13.00 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Wednesday 7th November 12.00 - 13.00 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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