Recent Submissions

  • Developing a Cross-Speciality Curriculum for Trainees Involved in the Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme

    Snell, Lindsay
    The Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit programme (FFFAP) board have commissioned a programme to respond to concerns about trainee participation in audit and quality improvement (QI). This curriculum review aims to create a cross-speciality QI curriculum to structure learning within this programme
  • NHS librarians collaborate to develop a search bank peer reviewing and sharing COVID-19 searches: an evaluation

    Snell, Lindsay
    Background Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Education England (HEE) mobilised a group of expert searchers from NHS libraries in England to develop a platform for librarians to share peer reviewed search strategies and results on the Knowledge for Healthcare website. Objectives (1) To document the origins of the COVID-19 search bank, (2) evaluate attitudes of NHS librarians in England towards the search bank and (3) identify lessons learned and consider whether the initiative might be developed further. Methods Structured interviews with the peer reviewers (n = 10) were conducted, and a questionnaire survey of the NHS library community using the search bank was undertaken. Results The interviews confirmed the value of collaboration. Expert searchers worked in pairs to peer review submitted search strategies. The survey (85 responses) indicated that a majority had used the search bank, and approved of the project, with some differences of opinion on functionality and future developments. Discussion Collaborative working for the search bank probably saved time for individual NHS librarians. The quality of the searches submitted was variable as were librarians' approaches to presentation and development of search strategies. Peer review benefits from a buddy approach among expert searchers and agreement about feedback provided to contributors. Conclusion Search strategies are the most useful element of a search bank. Peer review can be challenging and would benefit from a formal structure, but it is professionally rewarding.
  • Talking Heads: Queen Victoria and the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary

    Rawson, Beth; Jo, Morley; Stoppard, Kate (University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, 2023-04)
    In 1891, Queen Victoria visited Derby for the purpose of laying down the foundation stone of the new Derbyshire Royal Infirmary on London Road. The previous infirmary, designed by William Strutt that stood in the same location had been deemed unfit for purpose and its design was blamed for an outbreak of typhoid in 1890. This video outlines the occasion and discusses the Queen Victoria objects we have in the UHDB Medical Museum. ​
  • Talking Heads: Florence Nightingale and the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary

    Rawson, Beth; Jo, Morley; Dolby, Amy (University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation trust, 2023-04)
    Florence Nightingale, was from a wealthy, reformist Derbyshire family who kept homes in both Derbyshire and Hampshire. The family's Derbyshire home was at Lea Hurst, near Matlock. She became an English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War, in which she organised care for wounded soldiers. She gave nursing a favourable reputation and became an icon of Victorian culture, especially in the persona of "The Lady with the Lamp" making rounds of wounded soldiers at night Between 1864 and 1891 Florence corresponded with William Ogle (1824-1905) Derby’s first Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a longstanding Physician around the redesign of the Infirmary. This video outlines the links the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary has with Florence Nightingale and details the Florence Nightingale collection we have in the UHDB Medical Museum.
  • Talking Heads: William Strutt and the Derbyshire General Infirmary

    Rawson, Beth; Jo, Morley; Woffinden, Joseph (University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, 2023-04)
    The Derbyshire General Infirmary, 1810-1891 was the very first hospital in Derby. The Infirmary was designed and built by William Strutt, inventor, architect and cotton manufacturer. The Derbyshire General Infirmary was one of the first British hospitals to employ iron and glass in it's structure. This video outlines William Strutt's role in our hospital history and details the objects we have in our medical museum.
  • The Patient Journey

    Rawson, Beth; Jo, Morley (2014)
  • The Role of Chronic Inflammation in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome-A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

    James, Cathryn
    Although the current literature associates polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with chronic inflammation, the evidence for this link remains inconclusive and its causal nature remains unclear. The purpose of this systematic review was to assess the inflammatory status in PCOS women and to determine whether it is related to PCOS or to its associated adiposity. We searched electronic databases including PUBMED, EMBASE and MEDLINE, SCOPUS, DynaMed plus, TRIP, ScienceDirect and Cochrane Library, for studies investigating C-reactive protein (CRP) and other inflammatory makers in PCOS women versus healthy controls. Quality and risk of bias for selected studies were assessed using the modified Newcastle-Ottawa scale. CRP data were extracted and pooled using RevMan for calculation of the standardized mean difference (SMD) and 95% confidence interval (CI). Eighty-five eligible studies were included in the systematic review, of which 63 were included in the meta-analysis. Pooled analysis of the 63 studies revealed significantly higher circulating CRP in PCOS women (n = 4086) versus controls (n = 3120) (SMD 1.26, 95%CI, 0.99, 1.53). Sensitivity meta-analysis of 35 high quality studies including non-obese women showed significantly higher circulating CRP in PCOS women versus controls (SMD 1.80, 95%CI, 1.36, 2.25). In conclusion, circulating CRP is moderately elevated in PCOS women independent of obesity, which is indicative of low-grade chronic inflammation.
  • Measuring the impact of information skills training: A survey of health libraries in England

    Toft, Suzanne (2014-08)
    Background: The lack of robust research measuring the impact of NHS based information skills training prompted the West Midlands Regional Trainers’ Forum to conduct a post-training survey. Methods: This is a multi-centred study which collected data from over 60 separate organisations. Survey questionnaires were completed by learners a few weeks after the training event. Results: Five hundred and thirty-four responses were received. 82% of information skills training recipients indicated that they had implemented learning or changed practice as a result of the training. 70% of recipients indicated there had been an impact on patient care. Discussion: The beneficial results from information skills training manifest in a multitude of ways. The results of this study indicate that the learning from information skills training is being used to reduce problems and address the key issues in modern health care. Conclusion: The results clearly demonstrate the value of information skills training and its beneficial impact on patient care, lifelong learning and other key NHS functions. This study shows information skills training as an important activity which supports the information literacy agenda, and has a positive impact across the four key functions of library and knowledge services within the NHS.