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NHS: Library Workshops and 1-1s

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

Build your skills

Photo of students being trained

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 more details and to see the latest options). 

GSTT and KCH staff can:

  • Sign up as an individual using the calendar below (or see this handy list of all upcoming dates). There are normally sessions running several times a month with dates added regularly so you can plan ahead. All courses are currently run as webinars using MS Teams. When face-to-face sessions resume these will be at the Weston Education Centre Library at Denmark Hill and the New Hunt's House Library at Guy's Campus. You can attend courses at which ever venue is most convenient. 
  • Request a session for a group. This can be tailored to your needs and using examples relevant to your profession or team. Talks can be delivered as part of your education meetings or to support local project work.  Workshops are currently delivered as webinars.
  • Access elearning on the King's Health Partners Learning Hub and e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH).

eLearning

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 

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.

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 library@kcl.ac.uk

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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.

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

All 1-1s with a librarian are currently held online via MS Teams. 

How do I book? You can book by clicking the button below. Once you've made your booking, you will be sent an electronic invitation you can use to access the appointment. We recommend joining with video enabled, but if you can only using audio please let your librarian know in advance.

How do I use Microsoft Teams?  MS Teams works can be used online or downloaded for free. More guidance is available here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/teachlearntech/assets/student-view-of-microsoft-teams.pdf. Teams has been made generally available to the NHS – further information can be found here  https://support.nhs.net/.

What are the 1-1s for? These sessions are designed to help with using the library's online resources, databases and literature searching. Please note, we cannot assist with proofreading enquiries. Similarly, 1-1 appointments are not intended for supporting systematic reviews, but we can help with the basics like searching databases effectively, if that's where you're stuck. For more help with sys reviews, King's students and staff can consult with a senior librarian on our 'Advanced Searching for Systematic Reviews' forum on KEATs.

What other help is available? Before seeking a 1-1 appointment, we encourage you to try out our other online support channels, designed with commonly asked questions in mind. Information on these channels can be found elsewhere on this page, and you can contact us via email or Live Chat on our Contact Us webpages for further questions.

I can't find an appointment that fits my work schedule In response to pressures on their time, we are currently offeringing a 'Request a 1-1 Appointment' service for NHS users. 

Identify some times when you are available between our core hours of Monday-Friday, 9:30-17:30 and then click the button below to fill in the form. One of our librarians will get back to you to arrange a 1-1 appointment.

Research Guidance

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.