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 is at the bottom of this page, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book onto a session, arrange a one-to-one or web based tutorial.


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 John Barbrook, 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


This training is led by John Barbrook

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 John Barbrook



Mindfulness and Meditation for Wellness

This training is led by Carol Smith


Cultural Awareness

This training is led by Carol Smith


English language classes 

This training is led by Carol Smith


Nurse Revalidation Workshops

This training is led by Carol Smith



Maps and Parking Information

Training is held at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital at the COMET Library

Training is held at Bedford Hospital at the Bevan Library


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.