Information Skills and Searching Training

The Library and Knowledge Service offers the following one-to-one training using MS Teams: 

 

Accessing electronic health information using your Open Athens account

This course aims to show you how to use your Athens account to access free of charge the best quality health information on the NICE Evidence website. This training will cover: 

  • Creating an open Athens account. 

  • Resources available on the NICE Evidence website. 

  • Accessing electronic books 

  • Accessing electronic journals 

  • Using the Cochrane database 

 

Developing and updating Literature searching skills using Open Athens

This course will help you to use the 8 literature search databases on NICE Evidence. The training will cover: 

  • Creating an open Athens account 

  • Accessing Health Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) 

  • Planning your search and defining your keywords 

  • Searching using thesaurus terms 

  • How to use Boolean operators (AND/OR) in your search 

  • Limiting your search to get more precise results 

  • Multi database searching 

  • Selecting and saving your results 

 

To book a one-to-one session, please email Library@gmmh.nhs.uk and provide a few preferred dates and times for the training to take place. We will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm the booking and send an MS Teams invitation.  

Training can be delivered within the hours of 09:00 – 16:00, Monday to Friday.  

Please note, if you are booking open Athens training, you will need to register for a free OpenAthens account before attending the training. You can register for an OpenAthens account here: https://openathens.nice.org.uk/  

The Better Information Programme

The Better Information Programme is our free online training programme designed for staff from a wide range of health, social care and community organisations. Two sessions are available – Health Literacy Awareness and Introduction to Misinformation.

 

Health Literacy Awareness

This course will help you learn about health literacy and how it impacts you, your clients and your organisation. The training will cover:

·       What is health literacy?

·       Why is it a problem?

·       What is the cost of health literacy?

·       How does it impact you, your clients and your organisation?

 

Introduction to Misinformation

This course will help you learn about different sources of health information and how we can decide if they're any good. The training will cover:

·       Where can we get health information from?

·       What is the impact of low and high quality health information?

·       How do we tell if it’s any good?

·       What are go-to sources of reliable health information?

 

Book a session

Visit our Eventbrite page to book onto our open sessions: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/buzz-health-and-wellbeing-service-26546573273

To book a one-to-one session or a group session for your team, please email Library@gmmh.nhs.uk and provide a few preferred dates and times for the training to take place. We will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm the booking and send an MS Teams invitation.  

Training can be delivered within the hours of 09:00 – 16:00, Monday to Friday.  

 

After the training

After receiving the training, you will become a designated Knowledge Champion and will be expected to share your learning with colleagues and communities. You will have exclusive access to the Knowledge Champions section of the buzz website, with further support materials and learning.

Critical appraisal

When assessing the evidence base for your chosen topic, it will be important to consider critically appraising the information. The Library service will support you to do this.

"Critical appraisal is the process of carefully and systematically examining research to judge its trustworthiness, and its value and relevance in a particular context" (CASP)

The following are some useful resources to provide more information, training and toolkits for critical appraisal training.

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme

Critical Appraisal: Notes and checklists from SIGN