Suffolk Libraries Training Courses

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Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Library and Learning Resources

Contact: Janet Bayliss


Telephone: 01473 702544

Training is available for employees of Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and employees of NHS Suffolk.

Training offered:

  • Searching the Literature
    • Introduction to Athens
    • Accessing full text journals
    • Constructing simple database searches

Formal courses and one-to-one sessions are available, plus flexible one-to-one training to suit needs can be arranged at short notice.

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Library and Information Centre

The Library offers a comprehensive range of training courses, both through Skills Plus (look out for announcements in the Green Sheet) and by booking with the Library direct. These courses are available to all West Sufolk staff employed at West Suffolk Hospital and within the community.

If you wish to book a course via Skills Plus, please contact

For details of current Skills Plus courses, please click here

If you wish to book a course direct with the Library (subject to room availability) please email or call 01284 713112.  We are able to bring these courses to your workplace, if you prefer, just let us know when you book.

Our current courses are:

Finding the Evidence (1.5 – 2 hours 1-2-1 or groups)

  • Formulating an effective search strategy;
  • Searching healthcare databases and finding relevant journal articles/research;
  • Using your OpenAthens password effectively;
  • Exporting information from the databases;
  • Referencing your articles/books/websites.

For 1-2-1 sessions, you will be required to bring a search with you and we will work through it together. It is essential that you have already registered for an OpenAthens password. To register, click here

Critical Appraisal (2 hours, group session)

Training in critical appraisal of quantitative and qualitative research is available via Skills Plus, but we can also arrange a session on demand, provided we are able to book a room in the Education Centre. We can also deliver this session in your workplace.

The sessions are for groups and the minimum number of trainees per session is two, therefore we reserve the right to cancel a session if there are insufficient numbers. In the event that we do so, we will book you onto the next available session.

Before booking your place, it is advisable for you either to have completed Finding the Evidence search training (see above), or be familiar with searching healthcare databases or have some experience of reading journal articles and research.

It is necessary to book in advance for these sessions to enable us to send you the link to the documents we will be using. It is helpful if you read the papers before the training session.

Introduction to Medical Terminology (2 hours group session)

The course aims to make the learner become confident in understanding how to interpret medical terms.

Delegates will discover the origins of medical language; recognise the component parts of medical terms; and become familiar with the terms for different anatomical structures, functions and systems.

This course is designed for non-clinical staff who need to use medical terminology in their role, and would like to extend their knowledge.  It is not suitable for those who are experienced with medical terminology and looking for advanced courses.

Writing for Publication (2 hours group session)

This course aims to provide practical advice for anyone writing for publication.  This includes understanding instructions for authors, how to select an appropriate journal and how to avoid the common pitfalls associated with publication.  There is also some discussion around copyright as well as practical tips on how to format your work - structure, length, content, etc.

The course is divided in to two parts.  The first hour will be an overview of the publication process and chance for you to discuss your experiences with your peers.

The second hour will offer some practical tools to help you get started or to focus your efforts, as well as some examples of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ practice.

You will be expected to contribute to the discussion, regardless of whether you have published or are just considering submitting something for publication.

This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in writing for publication. The types of publication are not limited to journal articles or research, but would also include conference posters, comment and opinion, dissertations and general features articles.

Copyright Workshop (2 hours group session)

The Copyright Workshop offers a hands-on, interactive workshop that will provide a brief overview of UK copyright law and practical tools to help you find text, images, music and videos which are free to use. It will also cover what is permissible under the current NHS Copyright Licence. This is useful for power point presentations, journal clubs, reports, training materials and activities for patients.

You will also discover how to protect your copyright and to whom copyright belongs when you produce work as part of your employment, as well as flexible ways to share your work with colleagues through the use of Creative Commons licensing.

If you feel any of these courses would be of benefit to you, please book using the dedicated page.  Please be aware that the courses are two hours long, and typically run between 09.00 until 11.00. A full list of available dates is available here

If these courses are fully booked, please contact to register your interest in the course



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