2hr virtual course led by NHS library staff giving you the tools and tips to access and effectively search health information resources available to SWASFT, to support your CPD and research skills.

Whilst you should have a chance at the end to ask questions about specific resources, as this is a group session you will not get the chance to do a full literature search on a specific topic. Should you need assistance with a search please instead email library.mailbox@nhs.net and the Discovery Library Team can arrange an individual session for you.

Course details

The course will involve demonstrations of key information resources available on the SWASFT library website http://discoverylibrary.org/SWASFT  including:

  • Point of care summary tools – which give international evidence base on diagnosis and management of conditions
  • Health databases- from which you can search for articles
  • Guidelines search engines- to search for UK and international guidelines
  • Electronic books- including how to download for offline access

Focus will be on Prehospital and Emergency Medicine topics, and you can replicate yourself on your own screen.

This course is works best when taken in conjunction with the Virtual session Study Skills

Programme of event:

  • An introduction to medical statistics.
  •  How to analyse a paper and on-line aids to evaluation.


Learning outcomes:

  • Ability to evaluate the evidence with an understanding of the basic statistical concepts.
All SWASFT staff are able to access content on the SWASFT Discovery Library site http://discoverylibrary.org/SWASFT including:

SWASFT staff now have access via the library website to an additional:

  • 3500+ core clinical journals
  • 1100+ textbooks
  • Point of care evidence tools, guideline finders and research literature databases
  • Pin boards and awareness updates for the latest news

New e- books added all the time, such as these recent additions-

Pilberry, R. and Lethbridge, K. (2019) Ambulance care essentials. 2nd ed. Bridgwater: Class Professional.
Pilbery, R. and Lethbridge, K. (2019) Ambulance care practice2nd ed.  Bridgwater: Class Professional.
Creed, F. (2020) Care of the Critically Ill Adult, 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Rutherford, G. (2020) Human Factors in Paramedic Practice. Bridgwater: Class Professional.
Eaton, G. (2019) Law and ethics for paramedics: an essential guide. Bridgwater: Class Professional.
Hearns, S. (2019) Peak performance under pressure: lessons from a helicopter rescue doctor. Bridgwater: Class Professional.
Gubbins, K. and Hardwick, S. (2019) Practice education in paramedic science: theories and application. Bridgwater: Class Professional.
Peate, I. and Stephens, M. (2020) Wound care at a glance. 2nd ed. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.


You will need an NHS Athens password to access these resources & to attend the session – please make sure you have access before you attend

Register at https://openathens.nice.org.uk/ or visit http://openathens.nice.org.uk/ForgotPassword/Reset if you have forgotten your username or password.


You can contact the Discovery Library at:

Email: library.mailbox@nhs.net

Telephone: 01752 (4)39111

The dates and timings for this course are as follows:

Oct 2020

  • Tue 27th 1030-1230
  • Thu 29th 1030-1230

Nov 2020

  • Mon 2nd 1400-1600
  • Wed 4th 1400-1600
  • Tues 24th 1400-1600
  • Wed 25th 1030-1230

Dec 2020

  • Wed 2nd 1400-1600
  • Fri 4th 1030-1230
You will need to register for an NHS Athens account before attending, using the following form https://openathens.nice.org.uk/
See above section ‘About the Discovery Library & how to get an Athens log on’  for more info

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