Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Merry Christmas - and see you in 2013

The Medical Library will close at 5:50pm Friday 21st December 2012. 

We re-open at 8:00am Wednesday 2nd January 2013. 

 Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!

Monday, December 03, 2012

Dr Foster 2012 Hospital Guide

Read all about how Cambridge University Hospitals Trust rates in the 2012 Hospital Guide produced by Dr Foster:

"Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is our trust of the year for providing care that has great outcomes while also being efficient in its use of resources."

"lower than expected mortality rates at Hospital Standa rdised Mortality Ratio (HSMR) and Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI)"

Read the whole report; or just the My Hospital Guide Efficiency & Mortality 2012

And read Addenbrooke's response.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Early New Years Resolution?

There's lots of reasons why researchers and research students should blog about their work, and read other blogs: 
  • to learn about other people working in similar fields 
  • to gain a habit of reflection
  • to get used to writing about your work
  • to gain a public profile
  • to promote and disseminate your work

For more insights read the prize winning post by Suzi Gage on SciLogs: sifting the evidence.

To help you along the way to your first blog, or to maintaining your blogging habits, maybe the following will help:
You might also find these slides useful:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New Evidence Updates

Lung Cancer and Peritoneal Dialysis are the latest topics to have receive an Evidence Update from NICE.
"Evidence Updates highlight new evidence relating to published accredited guidance. They are based on the scope of the particular guidance they relate to and provide a commentary on a selection of new articles published since the guidance was issued. In particular, Evidence Updates highlight key points from the new evidence and provide a commentary describing its strengths and weaknesses. They also indicate whether the new evidence may have a potential impact on current guidance. Evidence Updates aim to reduce the need for individuals, managers and commissioners to search for new evidence. Evidence Updates do not replace current guidance and do not provide formal practice recommendations. "

See the other topics, arranged by speciality, that have been covered by the Evidence Updates recently here.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Confused about Number Needed to Treat?

All you just need is NNT http://www.thennt.com  - the blog that puts "evidence based medicine under the microscope".

With a clear explanation of what Number Needed to Treat actually means (it's a "a measurement of the impact of a medicine or therapy by estimating the number of patients that need to be treated in order to have an impact on one person" BTW), and regular updates of evidence on different therapeutic interventions, NNT is a great site to help you get to grips with this calculation.

Other useful calculators are available at:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

NHS Mandate

The first Mandate between the Government and the NHS Commissioning Board, setting out the ambitions for the health service for the next two years was published on 13th November.

The NHS Mandate is structured around five key areas where the Government expects the NHS Commissioning Board to make improvements:
  • preventing people from dying prematurely
  • enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions
  • helping people to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury
  • ensuring that people have a positive experience of care
  • treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting them from avoidable harm.
Through the Mandate, the NHS will be measured, for the first time, by how well it achieves the things that really matter to people.
The key objectives contained within the Mandate include:
  • improving standards of care and not just treatment, especially for the elderly
  • better diagnosis, treatment and care for people with dementia
  • better care for women during pregnancy, including a named midwife responsible for ensuring personalised, one-to-one care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period
  • every patient will be able to give feedback on the quality of their care through the Friends and Family Test starting from next April – so patients will be able to tell which wards, A&E departments, maternity units and hospitals are providing the best care
  • by 2015 everyone will be able to book their GP appointments online, order a repeat prescription online and talk to their GP online
  • putting mental health on an equal footing with physical health – this means everyone who needs mental health services having timely access to the best available treatment
  • preventing premature deaths from the biggest killers
  • by 2015, everyone should be able to find out how well their local NHS is providing the care they need, with the publication of the results it achieves for all major services.
Watch Jeremy Hunt present the Mandate to Parliament:

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

New online anatomy resource - Instant Anatomy

Struggling to tell where the internal jugular stops and the subclavian begins? Or want a quick podcast of the Myotomes and Dermatomes in the Upper Limb?

Then Instant Anatomy could be the answer.

As well as including clear diagrams, and complementary podcasts, there are MCQs and apps for your smart phone.

Use your RAVEN login to access when you're away from a Cambridge University computer.


New look TRIP

TRIP has always been a tremendously useful tool for skimming the cream of the evidence - getting guidelines, summaries of evidence, systematic reviews quickly and easily, but it just got better.


As well as covering the same high quality evidence as before, the search results also include videos, images, patient information and more.

The website has had a bit of a makeover, and includes new improved Advanced and PICO search options to help you structure your search better.
Remember? PICO? 
  • P - Patient/Problem
  • I - Intervention
  • C - Comparison
  • O - Outcome
It can really help tease your question apart, and help you structure your search. More info....

For a quick introduction to TRIP have a look,

And for more help try: http://www.tripdatabase.com/how-to-use-trip or ask in the Medical Library.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Welcome to our new Clinical Students

We hope you find the next three years rewarding. The library is here to help you get to the information you need - whether it's by providing study space, access to PCs and books, or help to find those journal articles you need.
After all, our future health might depend on it!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Map of Medicine 3.0 - now available

Accessible using your NHS ATHENS login, Map of Medicine is a collection of evidence-based, practice-informed care maps which connect all the knowledge and services around a clinical condition.


It will help you...
  • Understand the entire care journey - essential for commissioners to ensure that new services fit seamlessly within existing structures of care.
  • Know the skills and capabilities of different care settings - which underpins effective referral management.  
  • Understand the care that has been delivered in different settings - which is fundamental to ensuring that individual patients have a positive experience along their entire care journey. 

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Need some ideas for a research project?

The James Lind Alliance can help, with the top 10 research priorities, shared by patients, carers and clinicians. http://www.lindalliance.org/top-tens.asp

James Lind Alliance http://www.lindalliance.org/
The JLA bring patients, carers and clinicians together to identify and prioritise for research the treatment uncertainties which they agree are the most important.

Follow them on Twitter: @LindAlliance

The UK Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments
As part of the process of identifying treatment uncertainties, the JLA works closely with an online resource called the UK Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments (UK DUETs).
UK DUETs has been established to publish uncertainties about the effects of treatment. This means these uncertainties cannot currently be resolved by referring to reliable up-to-date systematic reviews of existing research evidence.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Bank Holiday Monday

The Library will be open 9:00am till 6:00pm Monday 27th August 2010.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Guidance on your smart phone - does that make you 'appy?

NICE have made an app of their guidance which is availble for iPhones and Android

image from NICE
You get offline access to all of NICE's guidance products, organised by clinical or public health topic, and the app allows you to search, browse and explore all of NICE's current guidance.

More details... 

SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) have also made their guidelines (over 120 of them) available   

SIGN have also launched Patient apps - focusing on  Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Asthma and Diabetes. The app focuses on
The app describes:
image from SIGN
  • what the condition is;
  • how it is diagnosed;
  • what can help. 
These Patient apps are also available for iPhone + iPad and Android.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The new age of photocopying and scanning!

Hurrah - we've very pleased to be able to offer a new, improved photocopy and scanning service in the Medical Library.

As well as reducing the prices of photocopying, and offering colour copying, library users are able to scan documents to send as a PDF by email.
The credit purchased for printing is now networked, and so is valid for use photocopying and scanning and printing.

The lovely new Multi-Function Device (MFD) is installed in the Wolfson Computer Room.

Just login with the same username and password you use on the PCs.


Printing and Photocopying  (A4)
Mono (black + white) duplex (double sided)      8p per sheet of paper
Mono                                                                5p per sheet of paper
Colour  duplex                                                 26p per sheet of paper
Colour                                                               14p per sheet of paper

Photocopying (A3 paper):
Mono duplex                                                     16p per sheet of paper
Mono                                                                 10p per sheet of paper
Colour  duplex                                                   52p per sheet of paper
Colour                                                                28p per sheet of paper

Scanning to create a PDF which is sent by email:
                                                                                       3p per page scanned

 Photocopy Cards

If you have a stash of photocopy cards, the card operated photocopier will still be available for use for a few weeks.
If you would like to transfer the credit from these cards to your library card account, photcopy card units will be refunded at 5p per 2 units on the card, and this balance will be added to your networked account. Please ask staff at the Library Issue Desk. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

National Health Profiles and other public health intelligence tools

Public Health Observatories in England have compiled useful resources.

National Health Profiles give a snapshot overview of health for each local authority in England. They are produced annually by the Public Health Observatories in England working in partnership and are commissioned by the Department of Health.
Available here

Directory of Public Health Intelligence Tools: are available

These tools include......

Friday, June 29, 2012

2011 Journal Citation Reports now available

The ISI Web of Knowledge have released the 2011 edition of the Journal Citation Reports. These contain data on the impact factors of more than 1600 journals.

 To access the JCR, you'll need a RAVEN login off campus, or an NHS ATHENS login.

Go to http://wok.mimas.ac.uk, login, and click to access Journal Citation Reports.

Contact the medical library if you need any help getting the impact factors that are important to you.

Friday, June 15, 2012


Now the BNF can be at your finger tips all the time, with the new app launched by NICE, but you'll need your NHS ATHENS login to get access even once you've downloaded it.

Download the app for Android
Download app the for iPhone

Users will need to enter their NHS Athens user name and password to activate the app and download the content. Eligible professionals who do not yet have an NHS Athens password can register for free online or directly from their smartphone by following the instructions displayed in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, or the app itself.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New look for NHS databases for literature searching

All change! 

The databases available using your NHS ATHENS logins via NHS Evidence have had a face-lift!

As from Wednesday 30th May 2012, there'll be a new look to the databases. You still access the databases via NHS Evidence, but there's a new colour scheme and some improved functionality.

To help with the transition, we've provided a guide to searching with the new look databases -and the opportunity to come for a refresher session on searching these databases - places are limited, so please book by contacting Isla by email or phone (01223) 336750
  • Wednesday 30th May: 12noon- 1pm
  • Wednesday 30th May: 1pm - 2pm
  • Monday 4th June: 12noon - 1pm
  • Monday 11th June: 12noon -1pm
  • Monday 11th June: 2pm -3pm
 Alternatively, book an individual Information Clinic with Isla.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Holiday Monday and Tuesday

The Library will be open 9.00am till 6.00pm on Bank Holiday Monday and Jubilee Tuesday
- 4th and 5th June.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Evidence updates - outcome in head & neck cancer / familial breast cancer

New style Evidence Updates from NHS Evidence help health and social care professionals keep up-to-date with new research, and support them in making evidence-based decisions in a focused and time-efficient manner.  
While Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance they do highlight new evidence that might generate a future change in practice.

See the list of latest Evidence Updates

Two new Evidence Updates have been published this month.
  • ‘Improving outcomes in head and neck cancers: Evidence Update May 2012’ focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE cancer services guidance Improving outcomes in head and neck cancers’ (2004).
  • ‘Familial breast cancer: Evidence Update May 2012’ focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 41 ‘The classification and care of women at risk of familial breast cancer in primary, secondary and tertiary care’ (2006).

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Engaging patients in research - live discussion

"What are patients' perceptions of research, and
how can we improve their involvement?"

Join the live debate on Guardian Healthcare Network Zone:
Noon till 2pm Thursday 24th May 2012

The panel includes Joann Leeding: "communications manager in the research and development team at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Her role involves informing the public about biomedical research taking place on the campus, organising patient and public awareness events and recruiting members of the public to ethics panels." 

Monday, May 21, 2012

NHS Information Strategy

The Department of Health today launched an new NHS Information Strategy  - The power of information – which sets a ten-year framework for transforming information for the NHS, public health and social care.

The full strategy is available here.

Comment and Responses come from:

Friday, May 04, 2012

Goodbye Anne, and happy retirement

We're very sorry today to see Anne Collins retire from the Medical Library after 16 years as Deputy Medical Librarian. She's a fantastic colleague, and we'll miss her very much.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Sunday Opening

As is traditional at this time of year, the Medical Library has a temporary period of Sunday opening:
So from Sunday May 6th till Sunday June 10th (inclusive), we'll be open 2pm till 6pm.

Best of luck to all students with exams coming up.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Evidence-Based Medicine Podcasts

Oxford Itunes U Podcasts on Evidence-Based Medicine

The podcasts include talks from Prof Paul Glasziou and Sir Muir Gray, and cover topics such as "Interpreting Results - Stats in Small Doses", "Appraisal of Clinical Trials" and "Introduction to Evidence Based Medicine"

Access all the podcasts here

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New Regius Professor of Physic

 A new Regius Professor of Physic at the University of Cambridge has been approved by Her Majesty The Queen to succeed Professor Sir Patrick Sissons who will retire on 30 September 2012.

Professor Patrick Maxwell is currently Professor of Medicine and Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at University College London.
He is a distinguished physician scientist, who I know is committed to maintaining the Clinical School’s international reputation for the highest quality translational clinical research"

—Sir Patrick Sissons
read more..... 

read Prof Maxwell's current profile at UCL

Bank Holidays

The Medical Library will be open, with reduced hours, on all three forthcoming holidays:
  • Bank Holiday Monday: 7th May
  • Bank Holiday Monday: 4th June
  • Diamond Jubliee Holiday: Tuesday 5th June
The library will be open 9.00am till 6.00pm.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

BNF now available to NHS staff via "Medicines Complete"

The BNF is a fundamental tool for healthcare staff.
You can access it using your NHS ATHENS login
  • login to MyATHENS, click "resources", and "local resources", and scroll down to "Medicines Complete"
  • or www.medicinescomplete.com and sign in with NHS ATHENS login

Friday, March 09, 2012

Easter Holiday

The Medical Library will be shut Friday 6th April - Monday 9th April inclusive.

Library services will resume at 8.00am, Tuesday 10th April 2012.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Iain Chalmers - Radio4's Life Scientifc

"Jim Al-Khalili talks to the pioneering health services researcher, Iain Chalmers, who was one of the founders of the Cochrane Collaboration.
Once described by one writer as 'The Maverick Master of Medical Evidence'. Iain Chalmers trained as a doctor, eventually specialising in obstetrics. But early in his career, he started to question the basis of everything he was trained to do and this set him on a very different path: to champion treatments based on the best available evidence, first in his own field and then across healthcare. It's a journey that has at times challenged the foundations of medical practice.
In 1992, he was appointed Director of the Cochrane Centre, which led to the foundation of the Cochrane Collaboration, dedicated to ensuring that patients, doctors and researchers have access to unbiased information about the effectiveness of healthcare interventions, across the world."

Listen again - to Radio 4's Life Scientific


Monday, February 20, 2012

Online Payment of Fines

Books returned or renewed late have a fine levied at 25p per book per day.

No one likes having to pay a library fine for returning books late, but at least we can make it easy for you.

Now we accept payment by debit or credit card,
as well as cash.

Please note:
  • Registration with the Online Store is necessary
  • Enter the exact amount when prompted, as refunds are not possible
  • Minimum online payment is £5
  • Fines will be cleared from your library record by the next working day - you will be notified by email
  • Secure online payment system is managed by University of Cambridge Online Store 

Visa Credit Card
Photo from taxbrackets.org
flickr: Images_of_Money 

Thursday, February 02, 2012

What's it like to be a patient in a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are the gold standard method of testing the effectiveness of an intervention. When done well (ie randomised, crossed over, blinded, with sufficient power, and appropriate outcome measures) they can provide a very solid basis for evidence based practice.

But what's it like to be a patient in a trial?
- not knowing whether you're taking the drug or the sugar pill?
- what questions should a patient ask a trial co-ordinator before they consent?
- what if you're consenting for your child to take part?
HealthTalkOnline.org (www.healthtalkonline.org/) provides an insight. It "lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. This information is based on qualitative research into patient experiences led by experts at the University of Oxford"

Read about or listen to patients experience of biobanking and participating in clinical trials.
What about the patient perspective of share decision making?
Learn about the patient perspective and experience on a range of other conditions.

Follow them on twitter, or learn more about HealthTalkOnline:

Monday, January 30, 2012

4 New E-journal Titles are accessible

The library has subscribed to :-
  • Circulation:arrhythmia and electrophysiology - link
  • Circulation:Cardiovascular quality and outcomes - link
Both are available from university computers or remotely by using RAVEN, (for university readers).
Both are available from university computers or remotely using either RAVEN (for university readers,) or NHS Athens, (for NHS readers). See ejournals@cambridge for more information and access.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Podcasts from PodMedics

With a glowing review from iMedicalApps, ("Podmedics brings superb medical education podcasts to junior doctors and med students") it might be worth exploring PodMedics: http://podmedics.com/

Created by UK foundation doctor Ed Wallitt (@PodmedicsEd)
these podcasts cover an excellent range of specialties available ranging from Cardiology to Rheumatology, with extra sections dedicated to Surgery, Clinical Specialties and Clinical Sciences.

There's space for you to make your own notes, and as well as audio there's visuals to keep you interested too.

The downside: £30 per year for full access (7 day free trial)

Podmedics 4 Teaser from Edward Wallitt on Vimeo.

Podcasts from Cochrane Library

Want to keep up to date with new Cochrane Systematic reviews, but no time?
Then try podcasts:
The latest issue (January 2012) has podcasts on such diverse topics as

  • Disposable surgical face masks for preventing surgical wound infection in clean surgery
  • Exercise interventions for smoking cessation
  • Self-monitoring of blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who are not using insulin
Previous  editions of Cochrane are also available as podcasts so why not listen yourself happy?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New new e-books: includes Kumar & Clark, Robbins & Cotran

books@cambridge are pleased to announce that trial access is now available to eight important medical e-textbooks on the Elsevier E-Textbooks platform.

Titles include those such as Rang & Dale’s Pharmacology (7th edition), Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine, and Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease. Medical students, particularly those on placement, may find these e-textbooks of considerable interest.

Access to the trial is available both on- and off-campus from the following link: http://tinyurl.com/ebookstrial and from the link on the ebooks@cambridge collections web page. From off-campus users will need to use their Raven password.
The Bookshelf feature displays those titles available to read and search in full-text, and users can print from those texts. Users can also register individually on the platform to create a saved space in which notes, bookmarks and highlights can be added.
Trial access is available from 
Monday 23rd January 2012 
to 15 March 2012.

We would welcome your comments, please send your feedback to the ebooks@cambridge team at the UL, either by reply or to ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Further details are available from the e-books blogpost .


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

NHS Right Care

The NHS Right Care programme (http://www.rightcare.nhs.uk) is focussed on increasing value – value for patients and value for commissioners. The programme is targeted at clinicians, commissioners and patients and has five workstreams:
  •    Population Planning and Programme Budgeting
  •     Clinical Networks and Systems of Care
  •     Better Value Clinical Practice
  •     Shared Decision Making
  •     Population Medicine

The right care team is led by Sir Muir Gray, Chief Knowledge Officer of the NHS, DH; Philip DaSilva, National QIPP Lead, Primary & Community Services and Dr Steve Laitner, Lead for Shared Decision Making.

As well as hosting the NHS Atlas of Variation series (the 2011 edition is now available), there is stacks of information around shared decision making, including slidesets, videos and reading lists

Internet-Informed Patient Symposium - Dr Steven Laitner from School of Clinical Medicine on Vimeo