Training sessions

All training is now delivered online mainly using MS Teams. 

The library offers a number of virtual one-to-one or small group training sessions. 

To book your place on a course contact the Library Team via email or ring 020 8296 3184. 

Please fill in the online evaluation form after the training session:

Training is discussed and arranged on request. The courses that are currently offered are as follows:

Bite size training sessions

Join the live webinars between 12-2pm.  Use the Eventbrite links below to book for a particular session. 

Lunch and Learn

The topics and booking links for the next few months are shown below.  Certificates of attendance will be available post event.

June's topic is Indextra

Indextra App picture Indextra is the most comprehensive digital subscription library of medical titles​.  The Indextra App currently has access to over 900 medical textbooks such as "Healthcare Simulation at a Glance" ,  "Acute Medicine" and "Oxford Handbook of Critical Care".  ​Find out more about the app from Magnus Gustafsson on Tuesday 16 June  by booking for the 12.30pm session here or the 1.30pm session here.

July's Topic is MAH Complete and CPD Launchpad


MAH Complete and CPD Launchpad logo The MAH Complete collection brings together all MA Healthcare titles in nursing, midwifery and allied health including the British Journal of Nursing and British Journal of Midwifery. 

CPD Launchpad offers all users a free online portfolio, so you can easily save evidence of your progress towards the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements, ready to download whenever you need it. Find out more on Tuesday 7 July at 12.30pm with Jas Atwal.  Book here.

There will be no Lunch and Learn during August

September's topic is BMJ Best Practice 

Logo for BMJ Best Practice BMJ Best Practice is a trusted clinical decision support tool which provides healthcare professionals with access to the latest relevant clinical information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions.  Find out more with Ali Boukabache (BMJ Training  Manager) on Tuesday 15 September. Book here for the 12.00pm session, here for the 12.30pm session, here for the 1.00pm session or here for the 1.30pm session.

NHS IT Skills Pathway 

IT Skills Pathway logo

We now provide digital literacy training via the NHS Digital Digital Learning Solutions platform.  All staff at Epsom and St Helier can register for an account and use the training modules available.  These include Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint available in multiple levels.  In addition there is KnowledgeBank which has bite size learning videos and modules covering a range of topics including "Digital Literacy - Your Digital Footprint" .  Alternatively we offer virtual mediated training via the platform on a weekly basis for all levels of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.   Contact Javier Puertas Caballero (Assistant Librarian) at if you are interested in this training.  The training is currently being offered online via MS Teams or Zoom.

Reflective reading sessions

Reflective reading sessions are being offered, in liaison with the Practice Educators, to nurses and midwives to support their revalidation and to encourage an evidence-based culture.  Details of the next sessions will be published soon. 

Twitter Thursdays

Learn how to set up a Twitter account and keep up to date with developments in your Trust by following us @esthLISEducat, the Trust @epsom_sthelier and our Chief Executive @danielelkeles.  Booking information will be available soon.

Healthcare information and literature searching (HILS)

  • Learn to search for journal article abstracts or citations using quality healthcare databases, including Medline, BNI (British Nursing Index), CINAHL, PsycINFO, or HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium)

  • Learn how to access over 2,000 full-text journals

  • Good for evidence-based practice, research, audit, or guideline writing

  • Databases for all disciplines including medical, nursing, psychology and the therapies

  • Requires some internet experience

  • Duration: 60 minutes.

Download the  HILS training guide [pdf] 1MB

Evidence search

  • Overview of the NHS Evidence website, the NHS gateway to healthcare information

  • Learn what health information resources are available to you and how to find guidelines, information on uncertainties on treatments, patients' information, NICE pathways and more

  • Duration: 30 minutes.

Download the Evidence search training guide [pdf] 939KB

Electronic healthcare resources ‘grand tour’

  • Take a 'grand tour' of the diverse online resources provided nationally and locally by your health library;

  • Gain an overview of which resource specialises in which type of question and subject area;

  • Good for confident internet users who want to know what is out there for them;

  • Duration: 60 minutes.

Download the Electronic healthcare resources grand tour training guide [pdf] 782KB

Open Access Journals

  • Learn about green and gold open access publishing

  • Learn basic searching techniques e.g. Boolean logic

  • Learn how to search four open access journal repositories 
  • Discuss your views about open access journals
  • Duration: 45 - 60 minutes.

Searching the Cochrane Library

  • Learn how use the Cochrane Library, a collection of evidence-based databases

  • Search for systematic reviews and current clinical trials

  • Good for clinical effectiveness research

  • Not ideal for information searching novices;

  • Duration: 60 minutes.

Download the Searching the Cochrane library training guide[pdf] 565KB

Six Ws

  • An introduction to healthcare resources available to NHS Staff electronically via the internet, including how and when to access resources

  • Have an understanding of what resources to use to access different types of information

  • Know who each resource is aimed at, e.g. patient information

  • Duration: 40 minutes.

Download the Six Ws training guide [pdf] 429KB

Think you can Google?

  • Learn to find quality healthcare information on the internet effectively

  • Overview of the search engine Google: tips on how to search Google effectively using the advanced search option, Google Scholar and Google Books search

  • Good for literature and information searching novices

  • Duration: 40 minutes.

Download the Think you can Google training guide [pdf] 660KB


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