Lunchtime workshops for NHS staff

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

The following sessions take place at our campus libraries. To book, click on the date and time of the workshop you’re interested in.

Lunchtime workshops

Accessing and reviewing evidence-based medicine material

Evidence-Based Medicine is the core of professional healthcare practice.  This workshop will discuss resources for evidence-based practice, and after considering hierarchies of evidence, will focus on filtered resources including the Cochrane Library, everyday apps, and point of care tools including BMJ Best Practice.  You will discover where to find and access evidence and consider how evidence can be used with patients. By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Understand where and how to look for information
  • Understand the hierarchies of evidence and the difference between filtered and unfiltered resources
  • Understand and use point of care tools including BMJ Best Practice
  • Access evidence on different devices
  • Consider how to use evidence with patients
Workshop dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Tuesday 10 September 17.30 - 19.00 Room 203
Charing Cross Campus Library Wednesday 18 September 12.00 - 13.30 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Tuesday 17 September 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room 3
Hammersmith Campus Library Tuesday 17 September 12.00 - 13.30 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Thursday 19 September 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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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 Wednesday 11 September 17.30 - 19.00 Room 203
Charing Cross Campus Library Monday 23 September 12.00 - 13.30 Room 203
Charing Cross Campus Library Tuesday 24 September 12.00 - 13.30 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library  Monday 23 September 12.00 - 13.30  Training Room 2
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Thursday 26 September 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room 2
Hammersmith Campus Library Monday 23 September 12.00 - 13.30 Zeneca Room
Hammersmith Campus Library Wednesday 25 September 12.00 - 13.30 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Tuesday 24 September 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Thursday 26 September 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room 
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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How to Read a Randomised Controlled Trial

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:

Hickson, M et al. Use of probiotic Lactobacillus preparation to prevent diarrhoea associated with antibiotics: randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial. BMJ 2007 July 335: 80

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 17th September 17.30 - 19.30 Room 203
Charing Cross Campus Library Monday 30th September 12.00 - 14.00 Room 203
Charing Cross Campus Library Tuesday 1st October 12.00 - 14.00 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Monday 7th October 12.00 - 14.00 Training Room 3
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Wednesday 9th October 12.00 - 14.00 Training Room 3
Hammersmith Campus Library Tuesday 1st October 12.00 - 14.00 Zeneca Room
Hammersmith Campus Library Thursday 3rd October 12.00 - 14.00 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Tuesday 1st October 12.00 - 14.00 Training Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Thursday 3rd October 12.00 - 14.00 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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How to Read a Qualitative Article

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:

Ideström, M et al. Cervical Cancer Screening – “For Better or Worse”: Women’s Experience of Screening. Cancer Nursing 2006 29 453-460

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 Wednesday 18th September 17.30 - 19.30 Room 203
Charing Cross Campus Library Monday 7th October 12.00 - 14.00 Room 203
Charing Cross Campus Library Tuesday 8th October 12.00 - 14.00 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Wednesday 16th October 12.00 - 14.00 Training Room 3
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Friday 18th October 12.00 - 14.00 Training Room 3
Hammersmith Campus Library Monday 7th October 12.00 - 14.00 Zeneca Room
Hammersmith Campus Library Thursday 10th October 12.00 - 14.00 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Wednesday 9th October 12.00 - 14.00 Training Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Friday 11th October 12.00 - 14.00 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 Monday 14th October 12.00 - 13.30 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Monday 21st October 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room 3
Hammersmith Campus Library Tuesday 15th October 12.00 - 13.30 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Thursday 17th October 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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Writing for publication

This session will introduce you to the basics of writing for publication. It aims to provide a set of tools and principles with which to approach publishing your piece of work, as well as aiming to increase your awareness of the areas of academic writing you need to focus on and improve.

Workshop dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Monday 21st October 12.00 - 13.30 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Friday 25th October 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room 2
Hammersmith Campus Library Tuesday 22nd October 12.00 - 13.30 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Thursday 24th October 12.00 - 13.30 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
Workshop dates

Please contact your library if you have any questions or require further information about our workshops.