HLPI Resources

Resources for Partnerships and Networking

A set of resources has been developed to support library staff who would like to develop local partnerships, from making the initial connection to forming a multi-sector network of health information professionals.

Workshop materials

These resources are for you to use to support training or raise awareness of the PPI agenda locally.

You are welcome to adapt them to suit your needs and we would like to hear any feedback from your meetings – please send feedback to:  PPIenquiries@libraryservices.nhs.uk

Workshop feedback: 2 attendees at the South West PPI Workshop (Jan 2017) wrote an article about the day

Training Resources

A practical guide for searching the NHS website [formerly known as NHS Choices]

Resource developed by the Knowledge for Healthcare Patient and Public Information Group.

It guides users through the resources and services available through the NHS website and how to access them.

It is a general search guide that may be particularly useful in sessions with healthcare staff providing health information to patients, or during training sessions with public library staff

Going beyond Dr Google

Training course developed by Aubrey Keep Library, North East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Going beyond Dr Google is a hands-on training session aimed at anyone who would like to be able to give good information to patients, clients, or service users.

Please feel free to adapt the slides, tasks and trainer’s notes with acknowledgements. Tasks and Course notes and Presentation slides

Understanding Health Research 

A tool developed by Medical Research Council (MRC)/Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.

It is designed to help people understand and review published health research to decide how dependable and relevant a piece of research is.

It  guides users through a series of questions to ask about specific types of health research, and helps users to understand what the answers to those questions say about the quality of the research they are reading.

Get online: take control of your health

The information on this section of NHS Choices aims to help users become more confident internet users and, in particular, access health information.

It covers getting training, finding reliable health information, online health transactions and how to Be safe online including covering your tracks. Link

Improving your health online

Learn My Way, developed by the Good Things Foundation (formerly Tinder Foundation), is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping to develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.

The Improving your health online topic comprises two courses,  GP services online: a how to guide and NHS Choices: a how to guide and provides links to a number of resources.

Health Information Workbook

Developed by Knowledge, Library & Information Service, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust/Doncaster Libraries.

This workbook was initially designed to support a library staff training session on finding patient information.

It introduces a number of high quality websites, highlighting key features and concludes with a selection of “questions to explore” – worked examples of typical patient information enquiries.

It continues to be used as a resource by public library staff to assist them with enquiries from the public. Please feel free to adapt with acknowledgements. Health Information Booklet 2018

Finding good quality health information on the internet

Developed by Musgrove Park Library, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

This leaflet gives patients a simple guide to appraising health information on the net, either by looking for quality standards or using the mnemonics  W W W (who, what, where).

Please feel free to adapt with acknowledgements. PDF version

Health information online – who can you trust?

Developed by Joint Education and Training Library (JET) Library, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

This booklet is a guide to finding trustworthy health information online. It covers using NHS Choices and other established sites, checking web addresses and other relevant criteria.

Please feel free to adapt with acknowledgements. PDF version

MECC (Making Every Contact Count Training)

LKS staff delivering health information training may find it useful to undertake the relevant MECC e-learning. (In some Trusts this is being made essential).

You can access the national MECC e-learning. Alternatively, check with your Trust – they may have their own e-learning course or using one in partnership with local public health teams.

Accessible Information Standard Training Resources

List of useful training resources, videos, presentations and webinars to help staff understand the need for accessible information and how to address users’ needs.

Open Access resources for non-NHS staff, patients, and the public 

 Health Information 

  • NHS Website  – includes health, well-being and social care information and local services and support 
  • Patient.co.uk – includes a professional section for guidelines 
  • Medline Plus  the United States National Health website for patients and their families and friends 
  • Medscape – the latest medical news, expert perspectives, clinical trial coverage, drug updates, journal articles and more  

 Databases and Journals for Health Research 

  •  NHS Evidence – Searches NICE guidelines and many other quality-checked sources of healthcare information  
  • Access to Research – gives free, walk-in access to over 15 million academic articles in participating public libraries across the UK.  

Students and independent researchers can now access many of the world’s best academic papers from leading publishers who have made their journal content available for free.

Start by viewing which articles and journals are available from home, then find a participating library where you can view the full text. 

  • Research gate – shared research articles 
  • PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).There is also Europe PMC 
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.  

Other Sources 

  • Professional bodies’ own libraries – E.g.https://www.rcn.org.uk/library  - student or subscriber membership is usually available 
  • Public Libraries – Public libraries in general often hold books suitable for healthcare students and may be able to request more specialist books and journal articles from other libraries. 

We know there are more great resources being used. Please let us know if you use any materials or provide training relevant to Patients and Public Information that you would recommend or be willing for others to adapt.

Contact PPIenquiries@libraryservices.nhs.uk with your recommendations.