We know that busy clinicians do not always have time to come to the library or to search for the information they need. We can bring the library, its resources and our professional knowledge, expertise and search skills to you, in your place of work.
Clinical Librarians can attend ward rounds, team or departmental meetings, MDTs, educational meetings and other relevant forums on a regular or adhoc basis to ensure that evidence is at the heart of patient care and planning. Armed with key sources of information and evidence, we can search for the information you need, when you need it, even at the patient's bedside. We currently work with the Critical Care Unit, Colne Ward in the Cardio Thoracic Centre and Paediatrics at Basildon. At the invitation of Dr Kaliappan (CCU) librarians went to the 2014 Congress of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine to talk about how we developed the service and the impact it has had. (Click to view Abstract; no. 0941 on page 251). If you are interested in having a Clinical Librarian working with you in your team/department based at Basildon, Harlow or Colchester please contact Liz.Hunwick@btuh.nhs.uk.
Clinical Librarians also offer an evidence searching service, so if at any point, you need information to inform your work, for example, if you’re updating polices or guidelines, doing an audit or research project or anything else where you need to be informed by the most up to date relevant evidence and information then contact us. We will do the search within an agreed time frame and email the relevant results to you.
Clinical Librarians can also provide assisted evidence searches. During an assisted evidence search you will work on a one-to-one basis with the Clinical Librarian as you undertake a Literature Search based on a topic of your choice.
We also offer a comprehensive programme of information skills training, including how to search NHS healthcare databases, critical appraisal of quantitative research. View our training timetable and contact the library to book a place.