Skills workshops for NHS staff

Our librarians run skills 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 a place on workshops please register with the skills and information hub KnowledgeShare - www.knowledgeshare.nhs.uk.  Once you are registered, on the KnowledgeShare home page select the Skills tab, and then click on Forthcoming Skills Sessions.

Skills workshops

Accessing and reviewing evidence-based medicine material

Evidence-Based Practice 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 clinical decision support 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
  • Understand 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

GMC Professional Capabilities Framework – Domain 3, 8 ,9; NMC Code – Sections 6.1, 6.2, 9.4;
GPhC Professional Standards – Standard 4; HCPC Conduct, performance, ethics 3.3, 3.4, 3.5;
IHM Code of Practice - Prof, Open, Respon; SfH Code of Conduct - 3.6, 4.3, 6.3, 6.4

Workshop dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Monday 27 January 12.00 - 13.30 Room 203
Charing Cross Campus Library Friday 31 January 17.30 - 19.00 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Tuesday 28 January 12.00 - 13.20 Training Room 3
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Thursday 30 January 15.30 - 17.00 Training Room 3
Hammersmith Campus Library Wednesday 29 January 12.00 - 13.30 Zeneca Room
Hammersmith Campus Library Thursday 30 January 15.00 - 16.30 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Tuesday 28 January 15.00 - 16.30 Training Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Friday 31 January 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
  • Know how to access what they need 

HCPC Standards 2.5, 2.6, 3.3, 3.4, 10.1; GMC Framework Domain 3, 6, 9;
NMC Code 6.1, 6.2, 8.6, 9.4, 22.3; GPhC Standards 1, 4, 5; IHM Code Respo, Pro;
SfH Code of Conduct 3.6, 6.4, 6.6

Workshop dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Monday 3 February 17.30 - 19.00 Room 203
Charing Cross Campus Library Thursday 6 February 15.15 - 16.45 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library  Tuesday 4 February 10.00 - 11.30  Training Room 2
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Friday 7 February 12.00 - 13.30  Training Room 2
Hammersmith Campus Library Tuesday 4 February 12.00 - 13.30 Zeneca Room
Hammersmith Campus Library Thursday 6 February 15.00 - 16.30 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Tuesday 4 February 15.00 - 16.30 Training Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Friday 7 February 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

 

HCPC Standards 2.5, 3.3; GMC Framework Domain 2, 3, 6, 9; NMC Code 6.1, 6.2, 9.4, 19.2, 22.3;
GPhC Standards 4, 5, 8, 9; IHM Code Ope, Pro; SfH Code 2.4, 3.6, 6.4, 6.6

Workshop dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Monday 10 February 17.45 - 19.45 Room 203
Charing Cross Campus Library Tuesday 11 February 15.15 - 17.15 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Tuesday 11 February 17.00 - 19.00  Training Room 3
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library

Friday 14 February 12.00 - 14.00 

Training Room 3
Hammersmith Campus Library Wednesday 12 February 12.00 - 14.00 Zeneca Room
Hammersmith Campus Library Thursday 13 February 15.00 - 17.00 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Tuesday 11 February 15.00 - 17.00 Training Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Friday 14 February 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

 

HCPC Standards 2.5, 3.3; GMC Framework Domain 2, 3, 6, 9; NMC Code 6.1, 6.2, 9.4, 19.2, 22.3;
GPhC Standards 4, 5, 8, 9; IHM Code Ope, Pro; SfH Code 2.4, 3.6, 6.4, 6.6

Workshop dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Friday 21 February 12.00 - 14.00 Room 203
Charing Cross Campus Library Friday 21 February 17.30 - 19.30 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Tuesday 18 February 17.00 - 19.00 Training Room 3
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Friday 21 February 12.00 - 14.00 Training Room 3
Hammersmith Campus Library Tuesday 18 February 15.00 - 17.00 Zeneca Room
Hammersmith Campus Library Thursday 20 February 12.00 - 14.00 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Tuesday 18 February 15.00 - 17.00 Training Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Thursday 20 February 12.00 - 14.00 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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Clinical decision support tools – bite-sized session

Session dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Monday 24 February 13.15 - 13.45 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Tuesday 25 February 13.15 - 13.45 Training Room 3
Hammersmith Campus Library Tuesday 25 February 13.15 - 13.45   Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Monday 24 February 13.15 - 13.45 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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Creating great poster presentations – bite-sized session

Session dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Tuesday 25 February 13.15 - 13.45 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Friday 28 February 13.15 - 13.45 Training Room 3
Hammersmith Campus Library Thursday 27 February 13.15 - 13.45  Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Wednesday 26 February 13.15 - 13.45 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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Managing your references accurately

Accurate management of your references can save time during your assignment, as well as allowing you to organise your reading, and with a reference management tool this becomes an easier and more intuitive task. In this session we cover the reasons you may wish to use reference management applications, provide examples of these, and showcase the freely available Mendeley tool that you can use here.

  • Introducing the ideas of reference management
  • Be aware of plagiarism issues
  • An introduction to a recommended reference management tool

HCPC Standards 3.3, 3.4 9.1, 9.2; GMC Framework Domains 2, 3, 5, 9;
NMC Code 10.3, 20.2, 20.8, 21.4; GPhC Standards 6, 8, 9; IHM Code Respon, Hones, Prof, Integ;
SfH Code 1.2, 6.2, 6.6

Session dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Monday 2 March 15.15 - 16.45 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Tuesday 3 March 10.00 - 11.30 Training Room 2
Hammersmith Campus Library Tuesday 3 March 15.00 - 16.30 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Tuesday 3 March 15.00 - 16.30 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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Introduction to preparing for publication

This session will introduce you to the basics of preparing your piece of work 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.

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand what 'writing for publication' means
  • Have explored the places that writing can be published
  • Think about what they could write, and why it could be published

HCPC Standards 2.5, 3.3, 5.1, 5.2; GMC Framework Domains 2, 3, 5, 6, 9;
NMC Code 4.2, 5.2, 9.2, 10.4, 10.6, 21.4; GPhC Standards 7, 9; IHM Code Integ;
SfH Code 3.6, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 6.4

 

Session dates
LibraryDate and timeLocation
Charing Cross Campus Library Tuesday 10 March 15.15 - 16.45 Room 203
Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library Friday 13 March 15.30 - 17.00   Training Room 2
Hammersmith Campus Library Thursday 12 March 15.00 - 16.30 Zeneca Room
St Mary's Fleming Library Tuesday 10 March 15.00 - 16.30 Training Room
Contact your NHS librarian for details
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Please contact your library if you have any questions or require further information about our workshops.