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
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.
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
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.
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.
Mendeley and Referencing made easy
Synthesising Evidence for Guideline Production and Systematic Reviews
Special Bedford Hospital Training
English language, Mindfulness and Meditation for Wellness, Cultural Awareness and Nurse Revalidation Workshops
A range of eLearning modules are available on e-LFHm which can be accessed at https://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/. If you wish to have your completed modules registered to your account for CPD purposes, log in via Athens.
Bevan Hospital is situated on the ground floor, with access. Contact Bedford Library if you have any requirements.
A list of staff responsible for training can be found here if you wish to contact them directly before sessions or afterward.