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We offer a range of training sessions in using the online healthcare databases and other Internet based resources.

Colchester Hospital Library Training

Database Training

An introduction to Athens, accessing full-text journals and constructing database searches. A training session takes a minimum of one hour.

We can train groups or one to one either at the library or at the work place (depending on library staffing).

Contact us at or phone us on 0 1 2 0 6  7 4 2 1 4 6 to organise. 

Ipswich Hospital Library Training

Introduction to healthcare on the internet
An overview of key online resources including the TRIP database and NHS Evidence and an introduction to search techniques. 

Searching the literature
An introduction to Athens, accessing full-text journals and constructing simple database searches.

Finding the evidence/Using The Cochrane Library
An introduction to a range of online resources, including the Cochrane Library and search tools to help you access the most robust evidence.

Other courses available

Our timetabled sessions are generally interdisciplinary but if you would like to organise a session to suit staff from a single discipline, eg. physiotherapists, or focusing on a specific subject, eg. diabetes, please email 

or telephone 0 1 4 7 3  7 0 2 5 4 4 ext. 1544. We also offer training on a one-to-one basis and are happy to visit departments to give brief presentations.

Training courses are free and usually take place in the I.T. skills training room in the Postgraduate Centre.

An Introduction to Critical Appraisal (via Microsoft Teams)

This workshop will guide you step-by-step through the appraisal of a quantitative research paper. It will help you to make sense of the results and assess whether the research is valid and trustworthy. Some pre-reading will be required and this will be sent to you before the session.

To book email: 


Wednesday 22nd September 2– 4pm

Thursday 21st October 10am – 12pm

Wednesday 24th November 3pm – 5pm

Tuesday 14th December 1pm – 3pm

Health Literacy (via Microsoft Teams)

This workshop will help you understand what health literacy is and the impact low health literacy has on patients and visitors. It will also give you practical techniques to use when interacting with patients and visitors. It is suitable for all staff, whatever your role, and may be particularly useful if you write patient information leaflets.

To book email:


Thursday 23rd September 2–3pm

Monday 25th October 9.30 – 10.30am

Friday 12th November 10 – 11am

Wednesday 1st December 3 – 4pm

Click here for our Health Literacy Awareness resource page

Reflective Practice and Reflective Writing (via Microsoft Teams)

This workshop will help you to understand what reflective practice is, and introduce models to help structure your writing and tips to get you started.

To book email:



Wednesday 22nd September 2 – 3.30 pm

Tuesday 23rd November 10 – 11.30 am

Nurses and AHPs

Monday 13th September 10 – 11.30am

Tuesday 12th October 2 – 3.30pm

Wednesday 17th November 10 – 11.30am

Monday 13th December 2 – 3.30 pm

Click here to view the course materials

NEW: Academic Support and Referencing (via Microsoft Teams)

This workshop will cover techniques to improve your academic writing, what to avoid, plagiarism and general referencing guidance.

To book email:


Tuesday 19th October 10am-11am

Tuesday 23rd November 2pm-3pm

Click here to view the course materials

Who are the courses for?

The sessions are open to anyone working or on placement in ESNEFT or ACE and will be helpful if you are involved in research, service development or further studies.

Online Training

Literature Search E-Learning Modules

E-learning modules have been developed by Health Education England which are designed to help you find out more about literature searching and how to plan and carry out a search. To begin the e-learning click here.

Evidence Based Medicine and Critical Appraisal

BMJ Best Practice provides an online evidence based medicine toolkit, which is designed to introduce evidence based medicine and the tools needed to implement this.

Within this toolkit, the BMJ provides a Critical Appraisal checklist and links to further information.

The RCN Critical Appraisal

The RCN provides links to resources to help with critical appraisal.