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A general guide to Library Services for NHS staff via King's College London

Build your skills

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Free hands-on webinar sessions are available for staff at GSTT and KCH to help you improve your skills in finding and understanding evidence. Please note these are in a webinar format.  Staff from SLAM should contact their Library and Knowledge Services to check the status of equivalent training. King's College Hospital Staff also have access to training sessions via the PRUH team (search Information Skills on Kwiki for details). 

GSTT and KCH staff can:


Finding Evidence (KHP Learning Hub)

Are you trying to develop a search strategy? Struggling to access the full text of a journal article? Looking for reviews, guidelines or summaries of evidence? Searching for information but getting lots of irrelevant results or nothing at all?

This course will help you find the evidence you need to inform patient care or service development, update guidelines or policies, support assignments or professional development and inform research.

To access the course:

1) Login to the Learning Hub with your Trust network login - click the relevant organisation logo

  • KCH staff - use your network login
  • GSTT staff - enter gstt\ before your username

2) Search for Finding Evidence (or browse the Professional Development Section)

The course includes the modules below from the NHS e-LfH Literature Searching Programme.

The Learning Hub also hosts a growing collection of other resources including podcasts and guidance on How to read a paper.

Literature Searching Programme (e-LfH)

Building the foundations

Building the skills

Applying the skills 

  • Module 7 How to search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS)
    Please note that the NHS HDAS platform is being withdrawn at the end of March 2022. Access to journal articles and databases will be via the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub. Please see the databases page on this guide for more information and links to resources and training.

The modules are short (each taking no more than 20 minutes to complete) and may be ‘dipped into’ for reference, or completed to obtain a certificate. 

e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) hosts extensive elearning resources tailored for NHS staff - many require OpenAthens to login.

Research Guidance

Sign-up sessions

Sign-up sessions running in the next few months are highlighted below. For webinar details and to book a place, click on the session you are interested in and follow the onscreen prompts. All workshops are currently online using MS Teams. If you have any problems with your booking please contact

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(NHS) Book a 30 minute online 1-1 with a librarian

If you want to develop your overall research skills we recommend exploring our KLaSS e-learning, our bookable workshops, or our support for Systematic Reviewers. If you need help with a specific task or skill, our 1-1s offer you a space to talk it through with a librarian. Book by clicking the button below.

What if I can't find an appointment? NHS staff employed by King's College Hospital or Guys and St Thomas' Trust can use this form to request one of our Senior Librarians to get in touch and arrange a 1-1 appointment at a convenient time between 9:30-17:30, Monday-Friday. There's also the option to arrange an in-person 1-1 appointment if that is more suitable, just let us know on the form.

Qualitative Critical Appraisal Introductory Video

This pair of narrated slide set supports our Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Methods course. You can use it to refresh your understanding or if you are unable to attend a session.

The first video offers an introduction.  Use the skip button to access the second video that covers Qualitative Methods.

Quantitative Critical Appraisal Introductory Video

Narrated slide sets in support of our Critical Appraisal of Quantitative Methods course. You can use it to refresh your understanding or if you are unable to attend a session.

The first video offers an introduction.  Use the skip button to access the second video that covers Quantitative Methods.

Exam resources for junior doctors

Eligible trainees at King’s College Hospital can now submit applications to use their Study Leave allowance to cover the cost of an online examination aids including BMJ OnExamination and PasTest.

Please identify the course you are interested in and discuss your requirements with your educational supervisor. Once agreed submit your request via Intrepid as Exam preparation course relevant to level of training and in a comment box note that this is for an online exam revision course/test.

Applications must be submitted online prospectively, are restricted to one per examination module and are subject to a cap of £200 per trainee. Please see the Study Leave Kwiki page for further details and ensure you check eligibility before applying.