Coronavirus pandemic information: During the coronavirus pandemic, all training is being undertaken virtually, via Microsoft Teams. Please see our Training Calendar, Training Dates page, log in to KnowledgeShare, or contact the Library for more information.

Are you struggling to locate journals or evidence-based information?

Do you know how to assess whether an article is reliable?

Thinking of undertaking research within the Trust?

You need one of our sessions!


The Library and Knowledge Service offers a range of information skills training sessions. A regular programme of training sessions is run by the Library. We also deliver small group sessions or departmental training at a time and place to suit you.

Training sessions offered, include:

  • Critical Appraisal: An Introduction (Randomised Controlled Trial paper and a Qualitative Study) - Learn how to appraise healthcare research quickly and effectively. Choose a session which focuses on the most relevant study type for you from the 3 study types.

  • EndNote Reference Management System: getting started (one-to-one or small group) - Struggling to organise your papers? Need to manage your references in a more logical manner? Speak to our trainer who will be happy to show you how to get started.

  • Establishing a Journal Club (arrange directly with the trainer or one of the clinical librarians) - Looking to set up a journal club? Discover tips and tricks, how to set up eTOC alerts, how to find suitable papers and how to begin appraising them.

  • Finding the Evidence (Accessing e-Resources and Literature Searching) - Discover a world of resources to help support your professional practice, your research or your coursework, and help you keep up-to-date. Learn how to find authoritative healthcare research effectively and efficiently. 

  • Health Literacy Awareness - This workshop will increase participants' knowledge of what health literacy is and why it is important. Learn useful tools and techniques that can support people with low health literacy and help promote health literacy in practice.

  • Reflective Writing - Learn what reflection, and reflective writing, is, be introduced to Gibbs' Model, and learn how to write a reflective piece. Includes practical group exercises.

  • Writing for Publication - Considering publishing an article but unsure where to begin? This session is aimed at both those new to publishing and those with some experience. The session will address the benefits of getting published, as well as the barriers you may face. You will learn how to structure a paper and how to avoid common pitfalls. 


Coming Soon

  • Referencing - Struggling to understand what referencing is and how to do it? This session will introduce you to the Harvard and Vancouver styles of referencing and will involve a practical referencing puzzle.

DCHS have also produced some information on writing for publication, which can be found here:

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KnowledgeShare is a system that records your training with us, and allows us to send you certificates of attendance and short feedback surveys. You can also view, and book onto, forthcoming training sessions. KnowledgeShare is also our current awareness system, helping you to keep up-to-date easily. Register for KnowledgeShare here: (you will need an NHS Athens account registered at UHDB). More information on KnowledgeShare can be found here.

How are the sessions useful?

  • Essential to role - enables you to practice evidence-based healthcare

  • Supports staff development - gain a certificate of attendance for your cpd folder

  • Supports RCN code*

  • Supports SCONUL 7 pillars of information literacy*

* (For more information, click the button below)

Feedback from Previous Participants 

"Suzanne Toft was my trainer. Her teaching style is inclusive, relaxed and friendly and she has a fabulous way of explaining in a simplified manner. I thoroughly enjoyed this session and look forward to having more of these to enhance my Trainee Nursing Associate journey. A very highly valued session."

"Lovely staff, very kind and welcoming!"

“Suzanne was fantastic and really helped me a great deal, she went at my pace, I did not feel rushed and it was all explained so well. I will definitely be recommending her to my colleagues and friends.”

“Brilliant service and great teacher with a lot of patience made it easy to understand”

“Suzanne is very approachable - I felt comfortable and able to ask her questions which were very basic"

“Excellent training session. Very knowledgeable trainer, helpful and friendly, gave lots of helpful tips and hints.”