Thursday, 20 July 2017

Things in the library 21st July

Things about changes to the NMC's Nursing Code...
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has been told that a change to the code may be required to ensure clarification on delegation to nursing associates. The NMC also plans to begin working on professional standards for the new nursing associate role over summer. Read about it here.

Things about the health of the nation...
A report about the heath profile of the nation has been published by Public Health England (PHE).This report focuses on the question 'are we living longer, and are the extra years spent in good or bad health?' Four key areas are considered; life expectancy, health life expectancy, morbidity and mortality. The report data also compares the health of the population in England with other developed nations.

Standardizing things for ambulances
Following the largest clinical ambulance trials in the world, NHS England is to implement new ambulance standards across the country. The changes focus on making sure the best, high quality, most appropriate response is provided for each patient first time.
So, in future there will be four categories of call. Details can be found here.

Things about new books in the Library...
We have many new titles available to be borrowed; including this book on integrative paediatrics which provides an "excellent introduction to a relatively young field and will help the reader understand the scope of current evidence for integrative therapies in children and how to introduce integrative concepts into clinical practice".

Things about volunteers...

Volunteers are crucial in both health and social care. Have your say on the future of  volunteering in the NHS by completing the online survey or downloading the questionnaire from this page.

Things about Google Translate... 

As it's summertime and lots of us are visiting places where we don't necessarily know the language - Google Translate is a nifty tool that can help us. If you're not already familiar,  you can use it to overcome the language barrier as it will translate the word, phrase or sentence from English to countless other languages. It works the other way round too! The app is available on Android or Apple.

Summer things..
Jersey Royals, courgette & goat’s cheese tart

Make the most of Jersey Royals while they're in season with this lovely summer tart that has a tang of goat’s cheese. Ideal for a picnic, served with salad

Friday, 14 July 2017

Things in the library 14 July

Hi Fran here, I'm the Illingworth Library's Intern.  I wanted to share with you some of the many things I've  learned about and enjoyed while interning at the Illingworth Library.

Things about dates with a librarian!
 When I started at the Illingworth I was quite intrigued by this poster! I needn't have worried, it  turns out it was a completely ethical way of promoting the many training services the library provides. These include sessions on critical appraisal - which I attended and I must say it challenged the way I thought about and evaluated journal articles. The library also runs sessions on keeping up-to-date and reference management. See here for details.

Things about literature searches 
Did you know the librarians are amazing when it comes to completing literature searches?
They perform several each week. I've really benefitted from learning a few of their secrets, such as how to construct a search and their strategies to find the most appropriate evidence for the Trust's staff.

Things about Cataloguing                                        
As a health library the Illingworth Library uses the National Library of Medicine (NLM) system of classification. It seems obvious writing this now, but I was surprised to learn that as the Illingworth Library is in Sheffield Children's Hospital not all of the classifications in the NLM are as relevant to paediatrics (they are designed for adult medicine).  I've really enjoyed learning about cataloguing and had the chance to practise this on some of the NICE guidelines.

Things about Knowledge Management 
I was very lucky during my placement to be able to attend training on knowledge management.
During the session we were encouraged to define the term "knowledge management", and as the room was full of health librarians, it was good that there were lots of similarities in the definitions. The session's focus was on the fact that the phrase knowledge management was problematic as it didn't mean the same things to health professionals and librarians. So it is being replaced with the phrase Mobilising Evidence and Organisational Knowledge or MEOK for short . It also led me to ponder the question:  where does knowledge come from?

Things about Librarian Stereotypes

Dr Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, spoke at last week's  CILIP (Chartered Institute Librarians and Information Professionals) 2017 conference and said that librarians are the most stereotyped profession! Would you agree?

With that in mind here's a number of portraits of librarians featured in the Guardian to challenge this idea...This is What a Librarian Looks Like

Things about skills
There are so many skills that I've developed
and activities that I've participated in during the course of the internship - some could be an entire blog post by themselves!
Instead here's a word cloud to illustrate some of them.

Things about cakes and a recipe
You might be surprised to hear that the library service pretty much runs on baked goods! Between the various muffins Sarah bakes for journal club, to a fridge that always seems to include some sort of chocolate biscuits.  So it would be rude of me not to include the customary recipe! Here's a delicious sounding strawberry cake recipe.

Thank you 
I feel so fortunate to have interned at the Illingworth Library. During this experience I have learned so much from the very knowledgeable and supportive  Library staff. I now know what it means to be a health librarian in the NHS. A big thank you to all the staff for sharing their expertise with me; it's been fantastic!
I'm off to work on my dissertation but this internship has opened up the world of health librarianship to me and I would be interested in working in this sector in future.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Things in the Library 7th July

Things about reading group...
We held our second meeting this week discussing 'Elizabeth is Missing' and we gave it a score of 76%. Our next book is “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” by Fannie Flagg

“The day Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison opened the Whistle Stop Cafe, the town took a turn for the better. It was the Depression and that cafe was a home from home for many of us. You could get eggs, grits, bacon, ham, coffee and a smile for 25 cents. Ruth was just the sweetest girl you ever met. And Idgie? She was a character, all right. You never saw anyone so headstrong. But how anybody could have thought she murdered that man is beyond me.” Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a mouth-watering tale of love, laughter and mystery. 
We are a friendly bunch and enjoying discussing our reading over a drink and some nibbles. Do come along if you enjoy reading and chatting 1st Wednesday of every month in the library at 17:15 for about 1 hour.

Things about ADHD...
An article in Journal of Attention Disorders 'Examining the Relationship Between Children’s ADHD Symptomatology and Inadequate Parenting: the role of household chaos.' This study examines the interrelations of parenting practices, emotional climate, and household chaos in families with children with and without ADHD. In particular, indirect pathways from children’s ADHD symptomatology to inadequate parenting and negative emotional climate via household chaos were investigated.

Things about research...
The  Royal College of Physicians have produced a document "Research for all: Sharing good practice in research management" this document outlines the conditions needed to support research directors, managers, clinical and non-clinical staff and, ultimately, patients. The added examples of good practice from NHS organisations around the country aim to help build the knowledge base for all involved or wanting to be involved in research. By recognising and addressing barriers to pursuing research, both doctors and R&D departments can underpin research as a core activity and demonstrate how it is everyone’s responsibility.

Things about the genome...
A report from the Chief Medical Officer (Prof Dame Sally C Davies) entitled 'Generation Genome' has been published and she takes a detailed look at genomics, exploring how we currently utilise genomics in our health and care system and how its potential may be developed. She says in her foreword:
"Genomics is not tomorrow. Its here today. I believe genomic services should be available to more patients, whilst being a cost-effective service in the NHS. This is exciting science with the potential for fantastic improvements in prevention, health protection and patient outcomes"

Things about digital literacy...
A report published by RCN and HEE on Improving Digital Literacy states that:
"Sound literacy capabilities are needed by everyone working and learning in health and social care if we are to maximise the potential of technology and digital in health and social care. It’s no longer possible to think about digital literacy as either purely technical proficiency or just something ‘other people’ do. We all need the right digital knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that will enable us to provide the best possible care for all".  They define digital literacy as: "the ability for everyone working in healthcare being able to learn, work and develop effectively in a digital workplace and society."
Here in the Illingworth library we consider ourselves to be digitally literate and we are always trying out new ideas and ways of working. If you or your department need any help do consider asking us or Book a Librarian for a training session.

So with the next Reading Group in mind...
From the book:
1 green tomato per person
White cornmeal
Bacon dripping
Salt & pepper
Slice tomatoes 1/4 thick and season then coat with cornmeal - heat the dripping then fry on both sides until lightly brown.
"You'll think you died and gone to heaven"

Or if you prefer a posher version Nigel Slater's is here Fried Green Tomatoes 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Things in the library 30th June...

Things to organise your time...
If you have been following this blog or our library bulletin (sent out on Mondays to all SCH staff) you will probably know that we like Evernote. They have an interesting blog post on organising your time more productively using a matrix, by allocating tasks to Important, Not important, Urgent and Not Urgent. They have a template of the matrix which you can use in your Evernote - or you could still use this sytem without Evernote.
You can read more about this subject in 'The 7 habits of highly effective people'  by Stephen Covey which is available to borrow in the library shelved at  WM105 (C)

Things about health and the environment...
'...urban greenspace is a necessary component for delivering healthy, sustainable and liveable cities. Interventions to increase or improve urban green space can deliver positive health, social and environmental outcomes for all population groups, particularly among lower socioeconomic status groups. There are very few, if any, other public health interventions that can achieve all of this...' (WHO, 2017).
You can attend a seminar entitled 'Is the evidence of links between natural environments and health informing policy and practice?' by Dr Becca Lovell. on Tues 11 July 2017 16:00 to 17:00 at Humanities Research Institute, Upper Hanover Street, Sheffield, S3 7QY  free but you can book your place:

Things about children with substance abusing parents...
Children of parents with drug and alcohol use disorders often grow up under severe stress and are at greater risk of developing psychological and social problems. However, a substantial proportion of affected children adapt to their distressing life conditions and show positive development in terms of their mental health. These children are described as resilient. One difference between resilient and maladapted children is the presence of protective factors. The aim of this systematic review is to provide an overview of the current state of the research concerning protective mental health factors in children of parents with alcohol or drug use disorders.

Things about boxes...
Scotland’s Baby Box scheme is a Scottish Government initiative to provide a free Baby Box for all babies due in Scotland from 15th August 2017 onwards. Babies can sleep in the box itself, which is made of sturdy cardboard and comes with a mattress with protector, a fitted sheet and a cellular blanket. The box is delivered filled with a range of products for the child’s first weeks and months, including clothes, baby care items, books and a play mat. This report discusses the pilot scheme.

Things about safety...
The NSPCC have published their 'How safe are our children? 2017' a comprehensive overview of child protection in the UK. Their report compiles and analyses the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across the 4 nations in the UK for 2017.
The report sets out 20 different indicators. Each indicator looks at the question of 'how safe are our children?' from a different perspective. They also include historic data, to help track progress over time.

Things about overweight infants and Atopic Dermatitis...
This report in BMC Pediatrics suggests that overweight in infancy may contribute to the development of AD in early life, highlighting the need for child health-care professionals to address potential overweight and atopic disease when advising infants’ caregivers.

Things about nursing education...
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is seeking views on a wholesale review of the standards that UK trained nurses will need to meet before they can work as a registered nurse. The consultation also sets out proposals for a new education framework for nursing and midwifery education. The proposed framework details a range of new outcome focused standards for education institutions and practice placement partners. There is a consultation open until 12 September 2017 - have your say they want to hear from as wide a section of society as possible

Things to enjoy...
A good read
Our reading Group meets on Wednesday 5th July at 17:15 for about 1 hour. we will be discussing 'Elizabeth is Missing'...whether you have read the book or not do come along and join us.

A good pud
Lots of lovely berries around now so why not try a summer fruit crumble?

Friday, 23 June 2017

Things in the library 23 June 2017

Things happening today...
Stronger Together Vigil in Sheffield this Friday 22 June 2017
A vigil is being held in Sheffield for the victims of the Finsbury Park Mosque attack, Grenfell Tower tragedy and the London and Manchester attacks. It takes place at 6:30pm on Friday 23 June at Barker’s Pool in the city centre and has been organised by community leaders, working with the council. Shahida Siddique, Chief Executive of FaithStar, said: “We organised this event to enable people of faith and no faith to come together in solidarity and unity in the face of adversity."  Faith and community leaders will speak at the event, which will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, followed by a minute’s silence. The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy, said: “The people of Sheffield are coming together to show solidarity and to stand together to remember all those affected by the recent incidents and tragedy in Manchester, London Bridge, Grenfell Tower and Finsbury Park. “We will also be paying tribute to our emergency services and I will be asking people to join me in a minute’s silence.”

Things about mental health...
Localis, an independent cross-party think tank, has launched a new report on young people’s mental health. The report aims to identify what the system requires to be able to work better to both offer immediate help to those with serious conditions and a wide and flexible variety of support for all those who feel they need it. This was carried out with data obtained from Freedom of Information requests to CCGs and Foundation Trusts in England; interviews with experts in the field; roundtables of NHS and local government leaders; and focus groups with young people themselves. The Children’s Society and NSPCC also contributed as members of an advisory panel.

Things about digital therapies...
NICE is to start assessing new digital therapies that will help treat more people with anxiety and depression. Guided self-help, which can track people’s mood or advise on breathing exercises for example, is recommended by NICE guidance to help treat mild to moderate anxiety and depression. As part of NHS England’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, NICE has been asked to assess digital applications or computer programmes, which will sit alongside face-to-face, phone and online therapy.

Things about prebiotics...
A consensus statement has been issued this week on pre-biotics. In December 2016, a panel of experts in microbiology, nutrition and clinical research was convened by the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics to review the definition and scope of prebiotics. Consistent with the original embodiment of prebiotics, but aware of the latest scientific and clinical developments, the panel updated the definition of a prebiotic: a substrate that is selectively utilized by host microorganisms conferring a health benefit. This definition expands the concept of prebiotics to possibly include non-carbohydrate substances, applications to body sites other than the gastrointestinal tract, and diverse categories other than food. The requirement for selective microbiota-mediated mechanisms was retained. Beneficial health effects must be documented for a substance to be considered a prebiotic.  Ultimately, the goal of this Consensus Statement is to engender appropriate use of the term 'prebiotic' by relevant stakeholders so that consistency and clarity can be achieved in research reports, product marketing and regulatory oversight of the category.

Things about Gypsy & Traveller communities...

Research in Practice offers advice to improve social work practice with Gypsy and Traveller communities. Key points include: work more collaboratively with agencies across geographical boundaries; recognise and support the distinct cultural identity and needs of Gypsy and Traveller children; when working with people who have fear and suspicion of Children’s services, ask if they would like to have an advocate from a local Gypsy and Traveller group or a trusted friend to join them in meetings and to offer additional support.

Things to eat...
So something healthy today...why not try this 
gloriously green summer soup packed with herbs, vegetables and flageolet beans - served chilled - which will give you two of your daily portions of fruit or veg.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Things in the library 16 June

Things about healthy eating...
A new survey commissioned by Diabetes UK has found that 66 per cent of adults eat three or fewer portions of fruit and/ or vegetables a day- well below the recommended five portions- and 46 per cent won't eat any fruit at least three days a week.

Regulatory things...
Care Quality Commission (CQC) are consulting on a further set of proposals which will help shape the next phase of regulation of health and social care in England. For the next eight weeks anyone with an interest is encouraged to have their say.  

The proposals include:

  • Changes to the regulation of primary medical services including the frequency and intensity of CQC's inspections 
  • Improvements to the structure of registration and CQC's defintion of 'registered providers' 
  • Further information on how CQC will monitor, inspect and rate new models of care and large or complex providers

Child dental health things...

This resource produced by Public Health England outlines how health professionals can help prevent tooth decay in children under 5 as part of ensuring every child has the best start in life. 

New things in the Library... 

Meena Balasubramanian, from Sheffield Children's Hospital Clinical Genetics Department has published the following book ...Clinical and Molecular Heterogeneity of Osteogenesis Imperfecta. It is now available in the Library.

The library regularly replaces the book stock and there are a number of new titles available. A selection is shown below but the complete list can be seen on the library catalogue.

Things to be aware of... Female Genital Mutilation...
NHS Digital has published an experimental statistics report on female genital mutilation (FGM)  in England for the period January- March 2017. Figures show there were 2,102 attendances reported at NHS trusts and GP practices where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken. Barnardo's children's charity is also providing advice to professionals of the signs that a girl may be a risk of undergoing FGM as 'cutting season' approaches.

Things about returning to practice...

The Health and Care Professions Council's guide provides information for professionals returning to practice after a break of more than two years.

It's a wrap! Yorkshire pudding things...
Try this Yorkshire Pudding wrap  from the BBC Good Food website for a change to the traditional Sunday dinner classic! Follow the recipe or watch the video.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Things in the library 9 June...

Things about cystic fibrosis...
An article in European J Pediatrics was published this week on 'Factors associated with changes in health-related quality of life in children with cystic fibrosis during 1-year follow-up' the authors conclude:

"In the group as a whole, HRQoL improved significantly over time. However, changes over time were significantly influenced by age: below 12 years of age, HRQoL improved in most patients whereas a deterioration was observed in most children >12 years. Strategies how to preserve or ideally to improve HRQoL in adolescence should be developed"

Things about antibiotics...

The World Health Organisation has released the latest edition of its essential medicines list which is updated every two years. WHO has grouped antibiotics into three groups—access, watch, and reserve—indicating which can be used for common infections and which should only be used in rare circumstances.

  • WHO recommends that antibiotics in the access group, which includes amoxicillin, be available at all times to treat common conditions.
  • The watch group includes antibiotics that are recommended as first or second choice treatments for a small number of infections. In this group are ciprofloxacin to treat cystitis and upper respiratory tract infections which, WHO says, should be dramatically reduced to avoid further development of resistance.
  • The third group, reserve, includes antibiotics that should be considered last resort options and used only when all other drugs have failed, such as for life threatening infections from multidrug resistant bacteria. The antibiotics colistin and some cephalosporins should only be used when all other treatments have failed in a bid to combat anti-microbial resistance

Things about chronic illness...
Serious chronic illness can have a detrimental effect on school attendance, participation and engagement, leaving affected students at risk of failing to meet their developmental potential. An improved understanding of factors that help to explain or mitigate this risk can help educators and health professionals deliver the most effective support. This meta-review 'Understanding the school experiences of children and adolescents with serious chronic illness: a systematic meta-review.' critiqued the available evidence examining the link between six chronic illnesses (asthma, cancer, chronic kidney diseases, heart diseases, cystic fibrosis and gastrointestinal diseases) and children's and adolescents' school experiences and outcomes, as well as investigating the medical, school, psychosocial and sociodemographic factors that are linked to poorer or better school outcomes.

Things to read...
If you didn't manage to make it to our  Reading Group this week now is the time to start reading the next book 'Elizabeth is Missing' for our meeting on Wed 5th July at 17:15.  Our last book 'Black Diamonds' scored 67% from the group.
'Elizabeth is missing', reads the note in Maud's pocket in her own handwriting. Lately, Maud's been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she's made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war.'

Things to see...
At the Graves Gallery, above the Central Library in Sheffield  (next to the Lyceum), they have an exhibition entitled 'An Earthly Paradise: Gardens in Art' which explores the diverse ways artists have represented these uniquely personal spaces in their work.
The exhibition sees the return of a major work to the city, Stanley Spencer’s Zacharias and Elizabeth (1913-14). The painting, co-owned with Tate, goes on display alongside highlights from Sheffield’s visual art and Ruskin collections, including paintings and works on paper by Paul Cézanne, James Tissot, Evelyn Dunbar and more. The exhibition is on until 12th August and is open Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 4pm  (Wednesdays 1pm – 6pm), entry free.

Things to hear...
At the City Hall on Friday 30th June there is a concert 'The Music of James Bond with The Hallé' , the greatest themes and songs of 007 ...listen to the sounds that gave musical voice to the films in catchy title sequences and haunting songs performed by vocalists Alison Jiear and Matthew Ford with the Hallé orchestra.

Things to taste...
With the elderflowers coming into bloom I think we are going to attempt an elderflower gin this weekend at home! If I have enough flowers left I might try these fritters too.