Library & Knowledge Services
Your libraries are here to help you with research, courses, current awareness and finding evidence-based information for patient care.
Find out how the libraries could help you:
For our opening hours and contact information please click here
If you have any difficulties with our online forms, please email us your membership, book, article or literature search request.
Sign up to the library
Joining comes with the benefits of 24 hour access to both libraries, articles, books, point of care tools and an expert enquiry service with librarians who have the knowledge and patience to help you find the answers you need.
Access to articles and electronic resources (Athens)
Books and full text articles
- Your gateway to millions of resources especially for healthcare professionals.
- Having trouble? Contact the library and we'll help.
- Drug information and interactions, also available as an app on Android and Apple devices.
- If you would like to stay up to date with this journal you can email us and ask to be put on a mailing list.
- Over 1000 ebooks, journals, drug monographs and more available to GHNHSFT staff. How to Guide
- Systematic reviews, clinical trials and more. How to Guide
- Point of care tool delivering current, evidence-based information to find answers to your clinical questions. Available to GHNHSFT staff. How to use Guide.
- Also available as an app on Android and Apple devices - How to download the app
- One box search for approved healthcare evidence, clinical knowledge summaries and the fastest way to NICE guidelines. How to Guide
- Access to the British Nursing Index, CINAHL, Embase, MEDLINE and more. How to Guide
- A-Z of the journals available in full text with Gloucestershire NHS. Not found the article you need? Request it.
- Patient focused information including search function for local GPs and dentists, health A-Z and an opportunity to go behind the headlines with Health News to discover if the newspapers have gotten their facts right.
Books, e-books & inter-library loans
Find books using our online catalogue.
You can borrow 8 books for up to 4 weeks and return to either Cheltenham or Gloucester libraries.
- Renew your books online, by email or call the library. Fines of 20p per day are charged for late returns.
Staying up to date
We can help keep you up to date with current evidence in a number of ways:
- Current Awareness Alerts - sign up to KnowledgeShare for a fortnightly alert on your chosen topic(s).
- Research Alerts - if you've had a literature search from the library this can be set up as a monthly alert.
- Outreach Visits - ask the library team to come to your department for a short update on our services and how we can help your staff.
- Do you need high quality research for patient care?
- Do you need evidence to support your case for an improvement project?
- Do you feel you don't have the time or confidence to search for yourself?
Need assistance finding, understanding and referencing evidence? The library offer several training sessions:
- Finding Evidence - tailored to your requirements we will help you create search strategies and find the information you need.
- Understanding Evidence - an introduction to critical appraisal, how to assess the quality of evidence based resources.
- Referencing - learn the importance of referencing correctly
- NMC Revalidation - an introduction to evidence gathering which gives you an hour toward participatory learning.
Information for patients
Worried about the type of information available online and if you should trust it? Read our handy guide to help you.
Research by our Trust
The library collates research that has been done by members of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Search the database
- The GHNHSFT Electronic Research Database aims to capture the range of publications and research undertaken by staff at all levels.
- If you would like to contribute please download this form and send it to us with as much information about your publication as you can.
- If you have a pre or post print of your publication please include it. We will respect the publishers policies on releasing full text as expressed in Sherpa/Romeo or any conditions you communicate to the Library.
Organisational Knowledge Advisory Service
Retaining knowledge within the Trust is vital, even though a member of staff may leave or a team moves on their knowledge should remain.
If you would like to know more about how to keep hold of the knowledge assets in your department, please contact the library who will be able to help.
Journal Clubs are a great way to keep your team up to date with the latest evidence and refresh appraisal skills.
Want to set up a Journal Club? See our guide to help get you started.
Resources for students
Students can use our libraries, connect to our e-resources and get help from our librarians for their courses. Find out more here.
We work with your Universities to help you as much as possible, here are the links to the resources specifically created by your libraries:
- Oxford Brookes - Reading Lists and Subject Help
- University of Bristol - Referencing and Subject Support
- UWE - Study Skills and Referencing
- University of Gloucestershire - UoG Library
- University of Worcester - Subject Guides and Referencing
Critical Appraisal & Writing for Publication Toolkits
Need some help getting started with Critical Appraisal or getting your work published?
If you need help regarding statistics, please contact Chris Foy in Research & Development.
Some useful podcasts for healthcare professionals:
https://intensivecarenetwork.com/media/podcasts/ - Intensive care
http://journals.bmj.com/sites/default/files/podcasts/index.html - Talk Medicine - the podcasts from the BMJ journals
http://www.jonathandownham.com/ - Critical care podcast
http://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/dyfpe-3afc0/SAGE+Nutrition++Dietetics – Nutrition and dietetics
Library Strategy & Annual Report
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