Update Your Knowledge

Update Your Knowledge training is free to all Trust staff and students. Training sessions focus on developing the skills you need to search for and use evidence in your role.

  • How to search databases to find evidence to inform your practice.
  • How to understand and appraise clinical papers with confidence.

Training is delivered online and via Microsoft Teams.

Critical Appraisal training delivers an engaging and practical overview of what is required to understand and appraise clinical papers with confidence.

When a literature search is carried out, finding relevant results is only half the story. Not all published research is of equal value or rigor. In order to practice effective evidence based healthcare, it is necessary to critically appraise any piece of research that you intend to use. These training sessions will include videos and quizzes and time for group discussion looking critically at a piece of research. For the second session, the article will be circulated in advance via email, (to be read before the session).

Learning Content

Session 1

  • Consider the role of critical appraisal in healthcare
  • Look at some stats such as p-value and statistical/clinical significance
  • Consider impact factor and different research methodologies e.g. systematic reviews and cohort studies
  • Reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of a cohort study

Session 2

  • Look at systematic reviews – their strengths and potential weaknesses
  • Consideration of different types of bias
  • Closely read a paper and discuss its strengths and weaknesses

Targeted Audience: These sessions are interactive and use a variety of techniques to engage the learner; with both sessions complimenting each other and covering different ground (one or both sessions can be attended).

Do you need evidence for guidelines; getting published; teaching; research or service improvement projects?

Learn how to search for journal articles and published literature using clinical databases (Health Database Advanced Search), for example MEDLINE, CINAHL and British Nursing Index.

You will be shown an example search by an information specialist who will explain how to:

  • identify a clear research question and plan your search
  • access clinical databases and which to use for searching different topics
  • create a search strategy by combining search terms and subject headings
  • use search features and limits to effectively focus your results
  • output your references from the database and save your results and search strategy

Targeted Audience: This course is aimed at Trust staff and students who want to update and improve their searching skills.

This session combines online learning with group discussions on participants’ experiences of health literacy.  There is also the opportunity to look at and discuss written patient information.

 Duration:  1 hour 

Targeted Audience: Suitable for all those interested in making themselves better understood when talking with patients.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand what is meant by health literacy
  • Consider the impact that poor health literacy plays in relationships with patients
  • What healthcare professionals can do to help overcome the obstacles of poor health literacy

Further support: Please email library.service@walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk.

The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures has been the definitive guide to clinical nursing skills for over three decades.  It sets the gold standard for nursing care, providing the procedures, rationale, and guidance required by qualified nurses to deliver clinically effective, patient-focused care with expertise and confidence. Join this short course to learn how to use the online edition, how to search for procedures and many other exciting features, all of which can help you in your day to day nursing role to deliver effective patient safety and care. 

Duration: 30 minutes 

Targeted Audience: Anyone within a nursing role from the student nurse to the fully qualified nurse.

Learning Outcomes:

Nursing staff will come away feeling confident in using the manual. They will quickly be able to search for a procedure which can help with delivering patient care. They will also learn how the manual can also help with revalidation and other developments within their role.

Further support:

Please email library.service@walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk.

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare works in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies to support patient care by providing e-learning to educate and train the health and social care workforce.

All content is nationally quality-assured and available free of charge to all relevant users in health and social care 24/7.

There is a range of e-learning modules relating to information skills including:

  • An introduction to evidence-based medicine
  • Appraising a diagnostic test
  • Appraising information
  • Cochrane reviews
  • Critical appraisal evaluating a treatment
  • Finding helpful information
  • Health Literacy
  • Knowledge Mobilisation Framework
  • Literature Searching
  • NICE Guidance
  • Research and audit core knowledge
  • Searching the journal literature and locating papers
  • Systematic review

Use you NHS OpenAthens account to access the modules.

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