Cambridgeshire Libraries Local Training Courses

Click on the Library to see details of their local training courses.

Arthur Rank House

Contact: Debbie Hagon
Telephone: 01223 723106

The library offers training to Arthur Rank House staff and volunteers and to all staff working for Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust who provide palliative and end of life care.

Individual training can be booked by contacting Debbie Hagon and will usually take place in the library but can be arranged at your workplace.  Small group training can also be arranged but due to lack of space in the library this would need to be in your department.

Training in the following is available:

  • Literature searching of healthcare databases, including Medline, Cinahl and PsychInfo
  • Finding full-text electronic journals and e-books
  • Finding high quality heatlhcare information on the internet
  • Basic critical appraisal using the CASP checklist
  • Using the ELMS catalogue
East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)

Contact: Sue Langley


Telephone: 01223 815103

Training is offered on a one-to-one basis in the library, covering:

  • Searching healthcare databases
  • E-journals
  • NHS Evidence

Please contact Sue to arrange a session.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Library

Contact: Liza Alderman

Telephone: 01480 416412


Hinchingbrooke Library offers training to staff from Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, NHS Cambridgeshire, CCC Public Health, and other local NHS staff.

Most training takes place in the training room at Hinchingbrooke Library, Education Centre, Hinchingbrooke Hospital.  If you’d like to receive training at your workplace, please request this when you contact us.

One-to-one or small group sessions can be arranged at a time to suit you and can be tailored to your own requirements.  Training offered includes:

  • Introduction to literature searching – the healthcare databases
  • Searching the Cochrane Library
  • Introduction to UpToDate and Clinical Key
  • Introduction to critical appraisal
Papworth Hospital, Library

Contact: Rebecca Phillips


Telephone: 01480 364245

Training courses:


Literature Searching Skills
An introduction to searching Medline, Embase, Cinahl and other databases effectively using the NHS search interface. This workshop will help you to search the health literature - essential for keeping updated in all aspects of health care.

This course is appropriate for people who have experience of searching bibliographic databases such as Medline, Embase and PubMed. EndNote enables you to: Organise references and images in a database Construct your paper with built-in manuscript templates Watch the bibliography and figure list appear as you write!

Citing and Referencing
This course is appropriate for those who need an introduction to, or reminder of,  how to cite and reference correctly. This training can be requested for Harvard, APA or Vancouver styles.


Athens Introduction and Refresher Sessions
An introduction to, or reminder of, the resources available via NHS Athens, including a tour of the library's Knowledge Zone, suitable for those new to them or returning. These sessions can be held at a venue of your choosing, in groups or individually, and last under an hour. Please contact the library to arrange a session and mention if you would like to cover anything in particular.


Introduction to Critical Appraisal 
Introduction to, or reminder of, Critical Appraisal Skills. During the workshop you will learn about critical appraisal skills, why they are crucial to the workplace and gain practical experience by critically appraising a published article. This workshop can be requested for RCT, Qualitative, Systematic Reviews, or Clinical Rule.


Introduction to UpToDate and Clinical Key
UpToDate is a searchable online information resource that synthesises the most recent healthcare information into verifiable, evidence-based recommendations. This workshop will help you to search the database and help support your point of care clinical decisions. UpToDate is also a useful tool for keeping updated in all aspects of health care.


Clinical Key is a search tool designed to provide answers to clinical questions. It includes journals, books, practice guidelines, patient education, drug information and MEDLINE citations and abstracts.


This session can cover one or both of UpToDate and Clinical Key as required. Training in other resources can take place during this session as well upon request.


Introduction to Academic Writing
This workshop will help you to understand the principles of academic writing, be able to write in a formal style, understand how to plan and write an essay, and know how to overcome the difficulties involved with academic writing. This workshop can be tailored to various levels of study and educational backgrounds, so please indicate your course and level when booking if applicable.


Writing for Publication
This workshop will help you to understand the benefits of getting published, how to choose the right journal, the writing and publication process, as well as giving you tips for language and style and on managing your research profile.


Ad hoc training is available if you cannot attend a workshop or if you would like more general training such as getting started with Athens resources.  These can either take place in the library or at your desk, and can be tailored for particular staff groups if required.

For current training dates click here to access the library's website.


Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals, Laxton Library

Contact: Laxton Library Team
Telephone: 01733 678081

Training is offered for staff of Peterborough & Stamford NHS Foundation Trust, local primary care and community-based NHS staff.

We can offer sessions for up to 6 people (possibly 10) in our training room, by advance appointment, or for 1-2 people at much shorter notice in the Laxton Library. 

We can also visit workplaces for group training sessions.

Training offered includes (for groups or as 1 to 1)

  • NHS Evidence
  • Health Databases
  • E-journals
  • Critical appraisal (usually for groups)
  • Tailored sessions as part of educational courses run locally
Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge Medical Library

Contact: Isla Kuhn, Reader Services Librarian
Telephone : 01223 336750

Help and support is available to Staff of the NHS in the East of England, and staff and students of University of Cambridge, and staff of the MRC.

Help and advice is available to groups or one-to-one, in the library or in your workplace depending on what is more convenient or suitable for you.


EE01: How to find healthcare information on the Internet  - Beyond Google, Electronic Journals, NHS Evidence and other good quality healthcare sites on the Internet

EE02: How to find healthcare literature using NHS ATHENS - How to find journal articles using Medline, Cinahl, PsycInfo, etc

EE03: How to find the best evidence from the Cochrane Library

EE05: Keeping Up to Date: RSS, Blogs, Wikis and More

EE07: Searching the evidence in PubMED

Training is available to support the following tasks:

  • referencing (using Endnote, Zotero, Mendeley, RefMan)
  • planning and executing a systematic reviews of the literature

Contact Isla to discuss your needs and to arrange a session.

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