Journal Clubs

If you are part of a Journal Club or would like to set one up, the Library and Knowledge Service Team can help.

What is a Journal Club?
Journal Club is open to all health professionals including students and is a fun, informal way of learning to criticise papers and gather evidence to change practice.

A Journal Club meeting usually consists of one member of the group delivering a presentation to colleagues in which they will critically appraise a research paper. A group discussion will then examine the potential application of the findings into clinical or non-clinical practice. However other formats are often used, see our guide on setting up a Journal Club.

What are the benefits of a Journal Club?
A Journal Club can:

  • Allow individuals to practice and develop critical appraisal techniques in a supportive environment
  • Further develop the analytical, evaluative, reflective and presentation skills of the participants
  • Assist staff in keeping up to date with current literature / evidence
  • Provide a good starting point for anyone interested in research or writing for publication
  • Support the application of the best available evidence to clinical and non-clinical practice


How can the Library support my journal club?

  • We have produced a guide on about how to set up a journal club
  • We have developed a feedback and evaluation form that you can use
  • Our PowerPoint template will save you time and make your presentation look professional
  • We can find relevant journal articles for your club by carrying out a literature search service
  • Request an article (you will need to be a member of the library to request articles!)
  • Update your knowledge and book onto our popular Critical Appraisal group training sessions or try e-learning
  • Photocopying facilities are available
  • We can attend your journal club to update you on Library Services, just contact us to arrange a convenient date!
  • We can provide advice on creating an OpenAthens account to access electronic journals, databases and books


Useful Appraisal tools

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme - CASP

Aims to enable individuals to develop the skills to find and make sense of research evidence, helping them to put knowledge into practice. There are a number of Critical Appraisal Tools to help you assess research. Each of the tools presents a number of questions that deal very broadly with some of the principles behind critical appraisal. They are not a definitive guide and further reading is recommended.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
Aims is to promote evidence-based health care and provide support and resources to anyone who wants to make use of them. Worksheets have been developed which take you through the most important questions for each type of research;

Cochrane Journal Club
Aimed at trainees, researchers and clinicians alike, the Cochrane Journal Club article is specially selected from the hundreds of new and updated reviews published in each issue of The Cochrane Library representing diverse clinical topics. Each one focuses on a review of special interest, such as practice-changing reviews, new methodology and evidence-based practice..

Evidence Based Medicine Toolkit

A collection of tools for identifying, assessing and applying relevant evidence for better health care decision-making.

Interested? Contact us at Tel 01922 656920