Library and knowledge services underpin all aspects of the NHS. They supply evidence and make sure information is available and accessible when and where NHS staff need to use it.
Library and knowledge services takes the lead in developing services to enable staff more easily find and make use of the right evidence at the right time to improve the quality of care. Staff are trained to more effectively find the best evidence required for continuing professional development and teams offered guidance on how to improve their ability to translate research into practice.
The Library’s goal is to put evidence at the heart of all decision-making and enable staff to feel supported to do their jobs whilst continuing to develop their skills.
Services we offer
- A full enquiry and literature searching service, from answering basic questions to addressing complex clinical information needs, across the breadth of services within the Trust. This service is predominantly available for those with a clinical need or work-related research, however we also provide a service to students in how to search databases.
- Document supply and inter-library loans for requesting articles and books not held by the GHNT Library, sourced from other Libraries.
- One-to-one or group training in literature searching, health literacy, critical appraisal and managing references and citations. A blended learning model, taking the best from face to-face and online teaching is used to improve learning outcomes for students and staff of all disciplines and grades, while sessions can be booked through one of our training courses.
- Online information resources, including journals, databases and other resources, including BMJ Best Practice and UpToDate and other point of care tools, which provide step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, prevention and treatment.
- Print books and patient education searchable via the library’s catalogue to enable staff and students to learn and to support patients.
- Access to computers and quiet study spaces in a comfortable physical environment with equipment that meets staff needs and supports wellbeing.
- Printing and copying facilities.
- Current awareness services to stay up to date with the latest evidence to develop ongoing knowledge.
- Help with copyright, NHS OpenAthens access and knowledge management.
- A staffed service from 8.30-4.30 during office hours, however once registered the Library can be accessed 24 hours a day, every day while many of the services can be accessed remotely.