One of the key skills you might need to develop is that of searching the healthcare databases.

What do I need to know?

NHS – core content is provided by Health Education England. These databases are available to all staff and students working with the NHS and are accessible via an NHS OpenAthens account.

Higher Education – if you have NHS students, you should have access to the core content, but local content will vary.

Health related organisations (Royal Colleges, King’s Fund, charities etc) – you will have access to core content, but local content will vary. CHILL will be a useful network if you are in London.

Where can I learn more?

There are many training resources that will help you learn more, not forgetting the people you work with. For example:

  • Database providers – they regularly advertise training on searching their products using the native interface.
  • NICE Evidence – produces resources explaining how NHS authenticated resources can be searched.
NICE Evidence Search – Introductory Videos

NICE Evidence Search – teaching slides (click to access)
  • Other contacts:
  • London searchers and trainers network – London Searching and Training Forum is a group formed of library staff with interests in information skills training for healthcare staff, meeting to share knowledge and best practice. It meets on a quarterly basis. For further information contact the group’s chair, Adam Tocock London-based library staff in the following types of role are welcome to attend LSTF meetings as-and-when they are able, and to subscribe to the mailing list:
    • Librarians or information professionals with either training responsibility, or clinical/outreach roles
    • Librarians in HE/NHS and professional organisations
    • Anyone involved with searching or training at their sites
    • Those who market library services
  • Your local contacts will point you in the direction of other local networks

Who can I contact?

Ask your local colleagues for guidance. There may also be local trainers who can help you. Again, check with your local contacts.

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