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 NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

 This training will cover: 

  • Creating an open Athens account. 

  • Resources available on the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub 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 NHS Knowledge and Library Hub. The training will cover: 

  • Creating an open Athens account 

  • Accessing individual databases such as Psycinfo, Medline or Cinahl

  • 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 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 – 15:00, 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:  NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

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

Critically Appraising the evidence base - elearning for healthcare (

As a patient

As a service user, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Find resources for carers and service users  Contact the Trust