The library services offer regular training sessions on a range of topics, and we offer group and one-to-one session. We can organise custom training programs for departments, from one hour to all day training, depending on need.

All sessions are free of charge for all staff in Bedfordshire, and Certificates are given where attendance is for portfolios and revalidation. Staff outside of the region can be accommodated at a cost, although free local staff are prioritised

The calendar of upcoming training can be found on our KnowledgeShare system. You will need an Athens account to book onto a session. If you would like to book directly or arrange a one-to-one or web based tutorial, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Our training programmes:


Evidence-Based Literature Searching

Our most popular sessions, these can range from Basic Literature Searching using evidence-based resources such as NHS Evidence, to more in-depth training where we discuss searching through databases such as MEDLINE and CINAHL, and using thesaurus terms to produce a high-quality search strategy suitable for research or study. We rarely cover all topics in individual sessions but advertise a range of differing needs-based training based on different user groups. 


Topics Covered:

Non-google resources and evidence-based practice

Bias in electronic resources and websites

PICO and formulating a clinical question

Levels of Evidence and Systematic Reviews

Searching MEDLINE and CINAHL to produce a search strategy


This training is led by Kathryn Aylward, William Henderson or Carol Smith


Critical Appraisal

Learning to critically appraise a published research is an important skill for all medical professional.  We offer regular critical appraisal training sessions, and always critically appraise a new piece of recent literature in every session.


Topics Covered:

Types of Bias in published research

Critical Appraisal of Randomized Controlled Trials

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews

Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Research

Interpreting Results, P-Values and Forest Plots


The reference and abstract for the papers used in the session can be found on Read by QXMD 


Study Skills and Referencing

If you are a returner to study, or would just like to brush up on your study skills the library offers group and one-to-one training.


Topics Covered:

Mendeley and Referencing made easy

Synthesising Evidence for Guideline Production and Systematic Reviews


This training is led by Kathryn Aylward or William Henderson


Additional Training (available at Bedford Only)


English language, Mindfulness and Meditation for Wellness, Cultural Awareness and Nurse Revalidation Workshops


Available at the Bevan Library. This training is led by Carol Smith



A range of eLearning modules are available on e-LFHm which can be accessed at If you wish to have your completed modules registered to your account for CPD purposes, log in via Athens.


Accessibility Information

The COMET Centre has limited access for wheelchairs, please inform us if you require provision and we will ensure that a member of staff will be able to direct you to the lift situated in the hospital. The library has hearing loops installed. Any other provisions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Bevan Hospital is situated on the ground floor, with access. Contact Bedford Library if you have any requirements.


Training Staff 

A list of staff responsible for training can be found here if you wish to contact them directly before sessions or afterward.