The Library and Knowledge Service offers a series of training and induction sessions.

Facilitated by the Evidence Support Librarians, these training sessions will enable you to develop a range of lifelong knowledge handling skills. Our sessions will teach you to structure a search, find, retrieve and appraise information gathered from an ever-expanding range of health related resources (both print and electronic formats). Used effectively this information can help to change clinical practice, support continuing education and improve patient care.

Please see below for the details of the courses the Library offers.  We can also tailor a training course to your needs, just get in touch to discuss.

A short training session (45 mins) on the new NHS Library and Knowledge Hub, an OpenAthens-authenticated platform allowing you to search for evidence across multiple sources. Session to include: 

  • Introduction to the NHS Library and Knowledge Hub 
  • Basic searching 
  • Using advanced search 
  • Limiting your search results 
  • Saving your search and results 
  • Brief introduction to additonal resources you can access through the Hub

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This course (1 hour) builds on the introductory session on the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub and covers and explores in more detail the variety of Evidence Based resources accessed through the Hub and wider on the Internet which have been designed for health professionals to provide quick access to the latest evidence to inform their decision making. For more information or to book a place click on

(1.5 hours) To start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use online databases. These are collections of resources that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time.  The practical workshop is designed for all health care staff to enable them to find journal articles on specific subjects and guidance on how to develop a search strategy using Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE, etc.. It will introduce techniques such as planning your search, combining search terms using Boolean logic and getting better results by using thesaurus subject headings (MeSH in Medline) and filters. For more information or to book a place click on

This course is in two parts. Part One covers the theory behind Critical Appraisal, including commonly used statistics. Part Two is a practical workshop, using a CASP Checklist to critically appraise a quantitative research article.
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This health literacy awareness session aims to give an understanding of health literacy levels and the effect that this can have on a patient's health outcomes and the financial impact on the NHS. As well as giving an overall awareness of the issues, techniques such as 'chunk and check' and 'Teach back' are covered, which ensures that the patient has understood what has been communicated to them. 

Once booked on, you will receive a Teams invite the week before the session.