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Keeping in contact with friends and family is important to patients. It is recognised that a balance is needed between maintaining that contact and allowing for rest and recuperation. In response to feedback from patients, families and carers wards and departments have local guidelines about visiting times so please do check before visiting.

At Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, we are proud to provide expert, compassionate care.

We are here for our local population of about 675,000 residents across Portsmouth and south east Hampshire and care for many people beyond, including providing some tertiary services to a catchment area of more than 2m people.

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

Library & eLearning

Last updated: 16 January 2020

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Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust provides a library service for use by NHS employees, trainees, medical students and undergraduate healthcare students who are working in the local health community. Additional services, access to e-resources and out of hours provision may also be available, dependent on your employer.


Find us in The QuAD Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 3LY

8:30am to 5:00pm Monday - Friday

(24/7 access is available with a PHT Security ID badge. Please ask a member of the team for more information.)

For General enquiries e-mail:  Library.qah@porthosp.nhs.uk
Telephone: 023 9228 6039

Staff Details

Library and eLearning Manager
Fari Mashumba: fari.mashumba@porthosp.nhs.uk
023 9228 6880

Clinical Librarians
Rebecca Howes: rebecca.howes@porthosp.nhs.uk
023 9228 6042

Aaron Razack: aaron.razack@porthosp.nhs.uk
023 9228 6042

QuAD Librarian
Kerry Flett: kerry.flett@porthosp.nhs.uk
023 9228 6043

eLearning Technologist
Jon Mackintosh: jon.mackintosh@porthosp.nhs.uk
023 9228 3857

eLearning Support
Georgia Fifield: georgia.fifield@porthosp.nhs.uk
023 9228 1241

Apprentice
Whitney Musson: whitney.musson@porthosp.nhs.uk
023 9228 1241

eLearning Support/ESR login 
E-mail: elearning@porthosp.nhs.uk or esr.passwordreset@porthosp.nhs.uk
Tel: 023 9228 1241 or 023 9228 6104

Senior Library Assistants
Christine Cadet: library.qah@porthosp.nhs.uk
023 9228 6039

Anna Cameron:  library.qah@porthosp.nhs.uk
023 9228 6039

Christine Gasser:  library.qah@porthosp.nhs.uk
023 9228 6039

Library Assistant
Mark Williams:  library.qah@porthosp.nhs.uk
023 9228 6039

If you are an employee or student at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust you are free to join the library service. Once you fill out the library registration form linked below, you will receive an email telling you your SWIMS card is ready for collection from the library front desk in the QuAD Centre.

Library Registration Form

Your SWIMS (South West Information Management System) card is your NHS library card. With PHT you will be able to:

  • Borrow up to 8 items
  • Loan items up to 28 days
  • Renew items 2 times
  • Renew items online or via telephone
  • Make requests for articles & books

All members must abide by our Library Regulations


Why do we collect your information?

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (2018) our purpose for collecting and using your data is as follows:

We need the data you provide when you register (such as your name, email, occupation and address) so that we can administer your user account;

This is essential to allow us to provide the services we offer to our members: book loans, book and article requests, evidence searches, training, current awareness updates etcetera.

This is also essential for us to administer the data you provide to NHS OpenAthens when you sign up for an account. We use the information on your Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust account to provide OpenAthens administration services such as resetting your password.

We only ask for the minimum information we need to complete our work.

How do we make sure your information is kept safe?

We make sure that it is filed safely, in a locked cabinet in a locked office, or is password-protected.

Registration forms are kept for a period of two months, after which they are destroyed.

Please use the below forms or email links to request an article, request a book, make suggestions for new books, ask for searches or training, or to provide feedback about the Library service.

N.B. Currently the request forms for articles, book and registration are not working properly. To make a request, please email the library: Library.QAH@porthosp.nhs.uk

Request an Article

This can be sent to your NHS email address, posted internally or collected from the library.

Request a Book

Complete this form to request a book or a section of a book.

Suggest a Book

If you think that we are missing a few books that you would like to see in the library, then feel free to make some suggestions!

Request Training

The Clinical Librarians can provide training at your workplace or in the Library for finding good quality evidence, appraising and referencing, just drop them an email Clinical.Librarian@porthosp.nhs.uk

Request a Search

The Clinical Librarians will carry out an expert literature search to support your clinical practice. Please e-mail the Clinical Librarians with your search topic, date limits, alternative keywords and the purpose of your search.

Library Feedback Form

Submit your comments about Portsmouth NHS Library Service and suggestions for any other service improvement such as new books, journals or other resources that you would like the Library to consider.

Portsmouth NHS Library Service offers a wide range of e-Resources that can be accessed from work or home and anywhere you have Internet access.

From this webpage you can access journals, databases, eBooks and smartphone resources.

NHS OpenAthens is required to access many of our resources, click here to register or contact the library to find out more.

BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence-based information, whenever and wherever you need it.

You can also download the app via apple or android app stores

Getting started guide

HEE Communication


BNF & BNFC

British National Formularies are freely available to access via NICE


The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is the premier resource for information on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions. It is freely available to everyone in the UK.


DynaMed Plus

A point of care tool designed to provide an overview and recommendations on a wide selection of different medical conditions.

To access this resource at work click DynaMed Plus

To use it from home login to OpenAthens

You can also download the app via apple or android app stores


eBooks

There are a range of eBooks available via SWIMS - NHS OpenAthens may be required to access.


Journals

With your NHS OpenAthens account check local access to journals here

If the library does not subscribe to the journal you need, please use our Article Request form to gain access to the information you need.


NHS Evidence

NHS Evidence is managed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and is available to both the public and Health care professionals.

Use this resource to search for authoritative clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice.

NHSOpenAthens is required to access some resources.


OTseeker

OTseeker is a searchable database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy. Some trials have been critically appraised to help assess the reliability and validity of the studys.


PEDro

Physiotherapy database which will search systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and practice guidelines.


Public Health

Data and knowledge gateway - A single point of access to data and analysis tools from across Public Health England.


Royal Marsden Manual

The Royal Marsden Manual is now in it's 9th edition and continues to provide access to evidence based skills and procedures related to essential aspects of a patient's care.


Social Care Online

Research briefings, reports, government documents, journal articles and websites on all aspects of social care and social work.


 

Library Catalogue

The Library Catalogue lists books and other resources available in the library at Queen Alexandra Hospital (location code H27) in Portsmouth, as well as items held by other NHS libraries across South West England.

SWIMS (Library) catalogue

New Books

Want to know what's new on the library shelves? Check out the New Books List (updated on a monthly basis).


Want to check access to a journal?

Go to NICE Journals and use the search box to find the journal you want.

More journals are available from MA Complete.

To access either collection from home, login to your Open Athens account.

Library Services provides the various clinical departments of PHT with (bi)monthly evidence updates. These updates include the latest high level evidence in the particular field and are high impact documents.

Emergency Care Neonatal
Endoscopy  Older Person's Medicine
Human Resources Oncology
Maternity, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Paediatrics
Mental Health Quality Improvement

If we currently do not create an evidence update for your department, if you are not receiving your departments evidence update, or you would like to receive the evidence updates directly, please do not hesitate to contact the Clinical Librarians


KnowledgeShare

KnowledgeShare updates are targeted towards an individuals pre-selected interests. Updates focus on the evidence that can change practice, and the latest publications on quality, safety, education and patient experience.

To sign-up download the KnowledgeShare form and email to Library.qah@porthosp.nhs.uk

 

Portsmouth Knowledge Database

These documents list some of the published and unpublished papers written by or in association with PHT members of staff. This database is a living document and it is updated on a monthly basis to include new and recent publications. n.b. The database is being reformatted into the newer version.

Database: August 2018-September 2019

Database: 2004-2017


Research Support Services

There are a variety of different support services available to all members of staff undertaking clinical and academic research. There are links below to the different services offered by both the Library and the Research and Development department. 

  • Do you have an idea for a research project?  For information on how to carry out clinical research at Portsmouth and for support getting your project up and running please visit the Research Department website
  • Evidence-based (literature) search services and information skills training are provided by the Clinical Librarians to save you time and can be useful as the initial step for your own research. Email Clinical.librarian@porthosp.nhs.uk for more information or to request a search.

PHT supports the next generation of NHS employees and returning students from numerous Universities in the region.

If you would like assistance on how to find the best evidence to support your study, please contact Clinical.Librarian@porthosp.nhs.uk

Below you will find links to your institution and their library support.

Bournemouth University

List of Health Databases

Overall Guidance for Health Resources

Study Skills Calendar and Recordings

Systematic Reviews

Guidance for students based in Portsmouth and Yeovil


University of Portsmouth

Biomedical Sciences 

Nursing

Operating Department Practice

Paramedic Sciences 

Psychology

Radiography


University of Southampton

Health Sciences Library Guide

Guides

Critical Appraisal

Discover how to assess a clinical paper for reliability and relevance.

NHS Evidence and HDAS - Healthcare Databases Advanced Search

How to use both the NHS evidence one-box search engine and the more advanced database techniques.

Renewing Library Books Online

Learn how to renew your library books online.

If you need further help, please contact the Clinical Librarian team Clinical.Librarian@porthosp.nhs.uk

Telephone: 023 9228 6042 

Patient Information

Worried about finding reliable and trustworthy health information online?

Download our useful guide: Finding Good Quality Health Information on the Internet

Useful websites for patients
  • The NHS website: includes an A-Z of health conditions, symptoms and treatments, an A-Z of medicines, advice on diet and health, as well as a health service finder.
  • Patient.Info: a health information directory, with healthy living articles, a symptom checker and information leaflets.
  • Healthtalk: provides free, reliable information about health issues, by sharing people's real-life experiences. You can watch people sharing their stories about cancer, autism, motor-neurone disease, pregnancy, drugs, depression and much more.

The Library strategy provides the library service with a direction to work towards.

This 'plan of action' provides details of how the staff are to work according to the overall business plan/strategy of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS trust and other trusts depending on relevant SLAs.

View the: Library Strategy

View the: Library and eLearning Services support to Trust Vision and Strategy Objectives


Copyright

This page summarises what is permitted under the current NHS CLA Licence

NHS staff may copy (photocopy) and scan (digital) from printed journals and books under the terms of the licence.

Please note there are excluded categories and excluded works

For further advice on issues relating to copyright, please contact the library staff.


Printed Books and Journals

Copies must be for NHS staff and for NHS purposes.

Limits on copying:

You may copy up to two articles from a journal issue (more if it is a thematic issue).
~ This should be no more than 5% of the journal issue.

One chapter from a book

~ This should be no more than 5% of the total number of pages in the book.

Within these extent limits, multiple copies can be made (e.g. for teaching purposes, meetings, journal clubs, etc).

Single paper copies relating to a patient’s condition or treatment may be made for patients and carers.

Scanned copies may be sent via NHS e-mail but not placed on web sites. Scanned copies can be used in PowerPoint presentations.

You should always acknowledge the source of your copies.

No copies may be made from newspapers


Electronic works

You should:

Only download and print material for the purposes of private study and non commercial research.

Always check copyright notices on websites.

Ask permission if you want to make more than one copy.

Not copy images or any other electronic media without permission.

e-journals are covered by publisher licences, and generally you may only print out an article once.


Copyright poster

A copyright poster must be displayed next to any photocopier and scanner within the NHS.

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