Essex Libraries Local Training Courses

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Basildon Hospital, Healthcare Library

Contact: Liz Hunwick
Phone: 01268524900 ext 8272

Basildon Healthcare Library offers free training to NHS and Social Care staff in the South East Essex area.

Training mainly takes place in one of the Basildon Hospital Education Centre Training rooms but we are quite happy to come out to teams or departments if asked

Finding the Evidence - A half day workshop aimed at helping you to develop evidence searching skills that will last a lifetime including  getting the most out of Google and developing search strategies for  searching the healthcare databases available from the NHS.

Keeping up to date, RSS, Blogs, Wikis  and more! Using social media effectively  to keep up to date with new information.

The Cochrane Library & Critical Appraisal - looking at the importance of evidence based medicine, the role of the Cochrane Library and systematic reviews and how to critically appraise a research paper.

All three courses are accredited for 3 CPD points by the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

We can also provide one to one training with a librarian and tailored workshops for specific groups of  staff on request.

For current course dates please click here to access the library's website

Broomfield Hospital, Warner Library

Contact: Ian Wilkes


Telephone: 01245 514708

The Warner Library offers free training to NHS staff in MEHT and neighbouring Community and Mental Health Trusts. Training mainly takes place in the training room on the top floor of the Library, but it can also be held in departments or workplaces if requested.

Individual training sessions can be arranged by contacting Deborah Lepley. Training for teams and departments can also be arranged.

EE01: Healthcare Information on the Internet – there’s more to searching the Internet than Google! This course will show you good quality healthcare internet sites, plus how to access electronic journals and books with your NHS Athens.

EE02: How to find Healthcare Literature – a step-by-step course on how to search for journal articles using databases such as Medline and Cinahl. Also includes how to plan your search.

EE03: Cochrane Library – learn how to effectively search for systematic reviews and other evidence in the Cochrane Library

EE05: Keeping up to date: RSS, Blogs, Wikis & More! – using social media effectively to keep up to date with new information

EE06: Finding the Evidence - a half day course incorporating EE01, EE02 and EE03

EE07: Introduction to Critical Appraisal – learn how to critically appraise a piece of quantitative research using the CASP checklist.

For a list of course dates click here. If the dates are not convenient, or you wish to arrange an individual or team training session please contact the Warner Library

Colchester Hospital, North Essex Library and Information Service

Contact: Agi Hajnal


Telephone: 01206 742146

Training is available for staff from all sites of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, staff from North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust and local staff members of Anglian Community Enterprise Community Interest Company (North East Essex PCT).

Training can take place:

  • in the Resouce Centre Training room, Post Grad Medical Centre, Colchester General Hospital - seats 10
  • On site within the hospital
  • Off site within the Colchester environs - one week minimum notice needed and subject to staff availability. Please try to offer a range of dates to avoid disappointment,

Training offered:

  • How to search Medical and Clinical Bibliographic Databases available to NHS staff through the NHS interface – primarily Medline Embase, CINAHL and PsycInfo including
    •  Which databases to use for what subject and specialism
    •  Basic search strategy through subject headings and thesauri
    •  Saving searches
    •  Creating Alerts
    •  Direct Journal searching
Princess Alexandra Hospital Harlow, Library

Contact: Ayo Ogundipe


Tel: 01279 827021

The Library offers free training, help and support to Staff of the NHS in the East of England, and students on placement in NEPFT, and Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.

Training – for groups or one-to-one – mainly takes place at the Library, but can also be held in departments if requested. Most training sessions last between one to two hours.

There are also occasional half-day sessions, sometimes aimed at specific professional groups. These cover all three modules in one afternoon, with short breaks in between.


EE01: How to find healthcare information on the Internet - Beyond Google; Electronic Journals and Books, NHS Evidence and other good quality healthcare sites on the Internet.  
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EE02: How to find Healthcare Literature - An introduction to the principles and practice of searching healthcare databases. How to search for journal articles using databases such as Medline, Cinahl, and PsycInfo.
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EE03: The Cochrane Library - Understand the nature and content of these databases, and how to search for systematic reviews and other evidence.
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EE05: Keeping up-to-date  - Using Web 2.0 technologies to manage your information needs and keep up to date.
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EE06: Finding the Evidence - A half-day training course combining EE01, EE02, EE03.
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EE07: Introduction to Critical Appraisal  - Learn how to critically appraise a piece of quantitative research using the CASP checklist.
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Southend University Hospital, Library

Contact: Librarian


Telephone: 01702 385343

Training is available for all staff from Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and South East Essex PCT and normally takes place in the Library.

It is usually offered on a one-to-one basis, although small group sessions can also be arranged.

Training includes using:

  • NHS Evidence
  • Healthcare databases
  • E-journals.  

Please contact the Librarian to book a date and time to suit you.

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