Training sessions

Database searching 

We have a range of training sessions which focus on searching various evidence based reasources.  To book a small group or one to one session contact Marisa or Potenza at:

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.

The new training guides are available below;

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 here.

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

MS Teams, Zoom and MS Forms Training

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MS Teams, Zoom and MS Forms Training is available on-demand. Please contact Marisa or Potenza at




NHS IT Skills Pathway (Digital Learning Solutions platform)

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We now provide digital literacy training via the NHS 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 (all 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 and face to face mediated training via the platform on a weekly basis for all levels of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Contact Marisa or Potenza at if you are interested in this training.  

Critical Appraisal training

Pick up some tips and develop your critical appraisal skills at our critical appraisal sessions. These can be delivered one-to-one or as a group, such as supporting a session at your journal club. We can either help you appraise a particular paper or highlight some useful resources, such as the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme. Email Kerry Seelhoff (Assistant Librarian) at: to find out more.

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

Training dates for the new Knowledge and Library hub will be available soon.                     

Other database searching

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.

A new training guide will be available soon.

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 Cochrane Training Guide 

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.

A new training guide will be available soon.

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 Guide 


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