Improve your searching and evaluating skills

Refresh what you already know….or learn brand new skills. 

Your library service is here to support you to be an evidence-based practitioner. Whether you’re researching patient care, appraising evidence, reflecting on your practice or returning to study, we provide a range of sessions to refresh your skills. 

Library induction  

Are you new to using library services or has it been a while since you last used a library? We will introduce you to the full range of services that we have to offer and show you the search tools that will help you identify the information that you need.

Find quality health information

We show you how to search for information effectively and efficiently. Our teaching follows a step-by-step approach, from navigating key online sources to searching for high quality evidence to inform patient care, service improvement, research and continuing professional development. 

Understand the evidence

No service change should happen except on the basis of sound clinical evidence. But what evidence counts as “sound”?

We show you how to critically appraise both quantitative and qualitative research and interpret medical statistics to make decisions about patient care or service development. 

Manage your research and findings

If you’re writing for publication or assignments or simply keeping track of your research, our session on using tools such as EndNote bibliography software is for you. We can also discuss the principles of referencing in different styles and how to avoid plagiarism.

Reflect and improve on your practice

Developing skills in reflective writing will enhance your appraisals, revalidation, portfolios and assignments. Our sessions show how to apply it to your CPD.

Facilitate journal clubs

Whether you’re new to this and in need of guidance or you’d just like a refresher, we’ll take you through the principles and share our solutions to common issues. 

Sessions tailored to your profession

Our sessions can be made specific to particular professional groups, for example managers, nurses, doctors, health professionals or administrative staff. Contact your specialist librarian for details or email spnt.library-services@nhs.net

Visit your local library webpage for further details and to book your teaching:

Brighton & Hove and Haywards Heath 

Chichester, Worthing and Hampshire

Crawley 

Eastbourne and Hastings