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Important Message

Essex Pilot Project- Merged Library and Knowledge Services

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“NHS bodies, their staff, learners, patients and the public use the right knowledge and evidence, at the right time, in the right place, enabling high quality decision-making, learning, research and innovation to achieve excellent healthcare and health improvement.” The vision of Knowledge for Healthcare: a development framework for NHS library and knowledge services in England, 2015 – 2020 from Health Education England.

To support this vision, as from April 1st 2016, Basildon Healthcare Library will be working with the libraries at Princess Alexandra Hospital at Harlow and Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust on a yearlong pilot project, to merge library services across Trusts. The purpose of this is to develop a consistent, high quality library service to all the Trusts, improving standards, streamlining current processes and introducing new services such as a Clinical Librarian Service across all three sites.

As part of the project this website will be the first port of call for virtual access to resources and services for all three libraries. Converting the website is a work in progress so please bear with us while we make the necessary changes which will enable you to benefit more from NHS purchased library resources so we can develop YOUR library services according to YOUR needs.

Basildon, Colchester & Harlow Healthcare Libraries

are multidisciplinary libraries which support all NHS and Social Care staff including Students on placement based in Essex, in their everyday working practice. The Library provides electronic resources, details of which are available on this website. We support a wide range of activities, from evidence-based practice to professional development to research.

Library News

Cochrane Clinical Answers

From the 1st May 2016 the Cochrane Library National Provision funded for you by NICE will include access to Cochrane Clinical Answers. Cochrane Clinical Answers covers 32 Clinical Specialties and provide a readable, digestible, clinically focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane systematic reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform decision making at the point of care. Each Cochrane Clinical Answer contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to  drill down to the evidence from the Cochrane Review. The evidence is displayed in a user friendly format, mixing narrative, numbers and graphics. The target audience for Cochrane Clinical Answers is healthcare practitioners and professionals, and other informed health care decision-makers. Cochrane Clinical Answers have been developed by Cochrane Innovations Ltd. and Wiley Online Library.

Trainees Online (TrOn)

TrOn is an online learning resource developped by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and designed to support trainee psychiatrists through the revision process for the College membership exams (the MRCPsych), in conjunction with the existing MRCPsych courses. Modules cover all of the basic science topics on the College syllabus and have commissioned over 30 modules on the critical review and clinical topics. This resource is currently free and accessible to all members, trainees and affiliates of the College who can gain access with their College username and password. Each TrOn module contains 1-3 items of  key reading  a book chapter, journal article or webpage  identified by the author(s).


TRIP A search engine aimed at health professionals looking for clinical research literature to support patient care is now available to all of the NHS in England until the end of the year.

Self-Issue terminal

A self-issue system has been installed at Basildon allowing library members to take books out, renew or bring items back 24/7, day or night, when it is convenient for you.

The machine also has the facility for you to pay any outstanding library charges by cash or card.

To use this machine, you MUST have your library card with you and also know your PIN. This is normally your YEAR of birth.

Recycle Your Read for Charity

Basildon Healthcare Library provide a ReBook service, in aid of the Polly Parrot Appeal.

Bring your old books in good condition and take another out.

Or just take one and put 20p in the tin. Or just pop up to see if we have anything that you'd like to read.

The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures, 9th edition

closureThe Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures, 9th edition provides evidence-based clinical skills and procedures related to essential aspects of a patient's care with a valid NHS OpenAthens password.

Visible Body

Visible Body is available via this website Resources area for BTUH, CHUFT, PAH, NEPFT & SEPT with a valid OpenAthens login. This resource is a unique fully interactive 3D rendering of the human body which makes learning and teaching anatomy and physiology exciting, visual and engaging.

The software has been installed on all Library PCs. It requires Unity Web Player to be installed to access this resource. Please contact the IT department to get this installed on your work PC.


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