Friday, 2 December 2016

Things in the library 2 Dec

Things sparkly...
Us...we have put our Christmas decorations up early this year as once we get into preparing for our annual stock-take (library closed Thursday 22 Dec) we forget about them until the last minute and then don't seem to have them up for long. Come and see how we look and take out some festive leisure reading for your Christmas break (if you get one!).
Remember we are closed between Christmas & New Year so if you need any library services before we go let us know as soon as possible please. Books that are 3-week loans are now being stamped for January.



Things about doctors & managers...
The Nuffield Trust have published a narrative literature review on  this week. This  looks at empirical studies on perceptions of doctor–manager relationships at medical director and clinical director level in the UK published since a 2002 survey on this subject by the same authors. This literature review accompanies a research report on the findings from a 2015 survey of doctor– manager relationships at board and middle-management levels of NHS acute trusts, which seeks to understand their views on the current state of the relationship in the UK, the pressures it is coming under, how it has changed, and the outlook for the future.

Things glowing...
I heard an interesting item on 'Inside Science' on BBC Radio 4 yesterday about glowing dressings that detect infection. These have been developed at University of Bath and have now started clinical trials. The trial, at Southmead Hospital Bristol, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Queen Victoria Hospital East Grinstead will see swabs and used dressings taken from hundreds of patients to be used in laboratory tests at the University of Bath. These double-blind tests will establish statistically how sensitive the bandages are to infections, and how specifically they react to infections they are designed to detect. The samples will also undergo tests by scientists at the University of Brighton seeking genomic data from infection-causing bacteria which will help improve the bandages’ performance further.

Things about disability services...
The report 'Disability Matters in Britain 2016: Enablers and challenges to inclusion for disabledchildren, young people and their families' has been published. The report pulls together the views and experiences of disabled children, young people and their parents or carers with the aim of raising awareness of good practice being adopted already, encouraging others to follow their lead and to help ensure that disabled people of all ages are valued as equals in our communities. The report reflects the views of 10 young people, 123 parent carers of disabled children and adults and 128 professionals and volunteers who responded to the Disability Matters ‘call for evidence’ earlier this year. Key findings include:

  • Out of 72 examples from 123 parent carers, 30 parent carers experienced negative or unhelpful attitudes from others including other parents
  • 22 parent carers said they found it difficult to access healthcare services 
  • 20 parent carers reported trouble in finding opportunities for their child or young person so socialise with others
  • 19 parent carers said their child hadn’t accessed any social activities such as cinema, bowling and youth clubs in the past 12 months due to poor attitudes, inexperienced staff or inaccessible buildings and services
  • 40% of 96 respondents in the health sector felt their organisation was average or below average at communicating with disabled children and young people


Things Welsh and Christmassy...
A festive fairytale treat for all the family, A Child’s Christmas in Wales chronicles Dylan Thomas's own childhood memories and remains one of his most popular and loved works. In this wonderful adaptation for strings, step into December days ‘as white as Lapland’, where mischief is easily found, snowballs are hurled, and the curious grownups are shrewdly observed. University of Sheffield 18th December Evening & Matinee performances. Music: Ligeti Quartet Narration: Matthew Bulgo

Things achieved...

We haven't heard much from Sarah..she was last heard of heading for the Galapagos Islands. However here is her certificate of achievement.  At least she has stocktaking to look forward to on her return!

(c) http://laylita.com/
Not sure what she has been eating on her travels but as it's chilly here perhaps we can try one of these Ecuadorian soups...though not sure Tesco stocks cow's feet so might give that one a miss!

Friday, 25 November 2016

Things in the library 25th November

Things about epilepsy...
Public Health England has published Epidemiological assessment on proposed change to England’s children’s epilepsy surgery service specification. This assessment provides independent epidemiological evidence on how the children’s epilepsy surgery service specification (CESS) may be affected if the proposed changes to the current service specification are implemented.
The proposed changes are:

  • to expand the list of operations to be undertaken at designated CESS centres 
  • to change the current service specification so that children of all ages needing epilepsy surgery have their operations at one of the four designated CESS centres.
Things about antibiotics...
Public Health England has published English surveillance programme for antimicrobial utilisation and resistance (ESPAUR) report 2016. The ESPAUR report includes national data on antibiotic prescribing and resistance, and hospital antimicrobial stewardship implementation. It forms a standard against which antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance can be compared in successive years and a resource for commissioning and implementing antimicrobial stewardship policies in England.

Things about ...
Recent cohort studies found that 'Implementing evidence-based practices improves neonatal outcomes' and that 'Morphine exposure in preterm infants correlates with impaired cerebellar growth and poorer neurodevelopmental outcome'.  The library has a number of services that can help you find recent evidence based information - ask us if you need help, or checkout this page on our website.

Things about kidney injury...
A recent study discussed in New England Journal of Medicine involved 4683 patients 3 months to 25 years of age who had been admitted to pediatric intensive care units (ICUs) and were expected to require a stay of 48 hours or longer. The study indicates that acute injury is not only common among critically ill children and young adults, but is associated with adverse outcomes, implying that we should look more carefully for markers of acute kidney injury. Given the link between acute kidney injury and subsequent chronic kidney disease, it is possible that identifying and treating acute kidney injury promptly might reduce the prevalence of chronic kidney disease, now estimated as roughly 1 in 8 adults in the United States

Things about our travelling librarian...
The latest news we have from Sarah is that she is washing her socks...oh ... and she has managed to climb to the top of Cayambe the third highest mountain in Ecuador. Its south slope is the highest point in the world crossed by the Equator and the only point on the Equator with snow cover (according to Wikipedia).



Things crunchy...
I have had builders in this week so have limited access to my cupboards and a nice layer of black plaster dust settling out over everything. This recipe for 'Lemon & black pepper crusted salmon' looks quick, easy and tasty and hopefully the black pepper will disguise an unintentional extra crunch!






Friday, 18 November 2016

Things in the library 18 Nov...

Things that go pop...
Spotted this recent innovation award given to three  University of Sheffield students. Handy Fasteners, have been awarded £25,000 by Arthritis Research UK to further develop their magnetic buttoned shirts for people with arthritis or other musculoskeletal conditions. Handy-Fasteners is a set of magnetic buttons that can be retrofitted to any garment to replace fiddly buttons or fasteners.

Things about brain tumours in children...
The Royal College of GPs has launched the Brain Tumours in Children toolkit. This toolkit, created in partnership with national awareness campaign HeadSmart, brings together a range of reliable and user-friendly resources including detailed decision support tools for clinicians. It is primarily aimed at healthcare professionals but also contains information and sources of support for patients and carers.

Things about sexual exploitation...
The University of York and Basis Yorkshire have worked with young women from Basis Yorkshire and a young man from the BLAST Project to create “Breaking Through – Moving on from child sexual exploitation” , a new set of resources about child sexual exploitation (CSE). These include an animation of young people talking about their experiences of getting involved in CSE and moving on from it, a booklet with short quotes from their stories and all the stories in full.

Things available on e-learning ...
Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) programme and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have developed an e-learning resource focusing on NICE Guidance. The e-learning offers practical advice about how to use evidence based medicine in daily practice. The e-learning resource includes content that has been adapted from NICE guidelines and illustrates application of the guidance using practical examples. Learners will be able to plan and record their learning and return to any unfinished sessions. The sessions may also help learners meet their CPD/CME needs.

There are eight sessions of e-learning that cover:
* Evidence-based medicine
* Principles of decision making in healthcare
* Changing clinical practice
* Audit and feedback.
* The e-learning will help users to:
* Follow the guidance for evidence-based medicine
* Make decisions in an evidence-based and fair way
* Understand, identify and overcome barriers to change
* Conduct an audit and provide feedback

Things volcanic...
We have finally had a communication from our travelling librarian.
"Have just got back from our 4 day acclimatisation hike. Walk went through villages, forest, grass lands and high plains and the scenery was amazing. The place is so vast pictures do not do it justice. Campsites had stunning views. Climbed one volcano yesterday, have another tomorrow, then another on Sunday"


Things (not guinea pigs) to eat... 
This looks like a quick and warming bowl of food for the weekend
Jerk prawn & coconut rice.



Friday, 11 November 2016

Things in the library 11 Nov

Things out of the library...
Sarah will be away for the next 3 weeks (I'm sure she has probably told you all about it as she is very excited!). Please do not send her any unnecessary emails whilst she is away as she might never get through them all on her return (and then need another holiday). Instead please email the library and whoever is on duty (Gill or Kate) will deal with your request or send them on to Sarah on her return if necessary.



Things newly available...
There is currently trial access of 270 SAGE Health Sciences journals  - this will run until January 2017. You can access this via your NHS OpenAthens account.


Things about FGM reporting...
Viv Bennett, Chief Nurse of Public Health England, blogs about the first year of mandatory reporting for female genital mutilation (FGM) and the role of school nurses and health visitors in identifying and safeguarding girls who are at risk. She outlines the criteria for mandatory reporting, explains the requirements for professionals and highlights the importance of professionals having the confidence to ask the necessary questions.




Things about infantile colic...

Recent Cochrane Review aims to assess the effectiveness and safety of pain-relieving agents for reducing colic in infants younger than four months of age. The Authors conclude: "At the present time, evidence of the effectiveness of pain-relieving agents for the treatment of infantile colic is sparse and prone to bias. The few available studies included small sample sizes, and most had serious limitations. Benefits, when reported, were inconsistent. We found no evidence to support the use of simethicone as a pain-relieving agent for infantile colic. Available evidence shows that herbal agents, sugar, dicyclomine and cimetropium bromide cannot be recommended for infants with colic."

Things about Diabetes updated...
The NICE guideline [NG18] 'Diabetes (type 1 and type 2) in children and young people: diagnosis and management' was updated this month. Recommendations 1.2.115 and 1.3.52 were amended to add information on when eye screening should begin and referral for eye screening should happen.


Things to borrow...
Just two of the new books added to library recently are shown here and will be available to borrow shortly. Remember you can log in to your library account with your ticket number and PIN (ask us if you don't have one) and reserve books, renew online, save searches and personalise the page view.




Things to see...
Go and see the restored Western Bank Library Exhibition Gallery! Thanks to a generous grant from the Wolfson Foundation, a major bequest from a former graduate and many smaller donations to the University's Alumni Foundation, this attractive space has been restored to the condition it was in when the Grade II listed building opened in 1959, and upgraded with 21st century systems. the latest exhibition just opened is 'Spectacle and Wonder: The Circus Friends Association Archive' 





Things autumnal...
If you have a glut of apples then you might find some inspiring recipes on the River Cottage website -  these Appley Chelsea buns sound very tempting.








Friday, 4 November 2016

Things in the library 4th November

Things about safeguarding...
Just time to book to attend a conference in Leicester on 16th Nov. The conference's purpose is to increase awareness, understanding and inclusion in regards to disabilities within our communities and challenge misinformation, negative perceptions and myths regarding disability.  Include Me TOO have organised this conference in partnership with Strengthening Faiths Institution of  with the support from several leading organisations in this field, NSPCC, Faith Forum London, Barnardo’s FGM Centre, Respond, SCWA (Stop Child Witch Accusation), Forced Marriages Unit and (NWG) National Working Group tackling child sexual exploitation and Jeena.

Things studying chronic fatigue in children
Funded by the NIHR, the FITNET-NHS study is a randomised controlled trial comparing two treatments for children with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) who do not have access to a local specialist CFS/ME service. The study will investigate whether FITNET-NHS (online CBT) is effective in the NHS, and whether it offers value for money compared to Activity Management.
More information is available here.

NICE things
Atopic eczema in under 12s: diagnosis and management - surveillance report 2016
This Surveillance Report focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline CG57. The appendix includes summaries and references for all new evidence considered.

Things in review
Chronic pain in children: "Interventional Procedures for Chronic Pain in Children and A
dolescents: A Review of the Current Evidence". This review discusses the role of interventional procedures in the treatment of chronic pain in children and adolescents. Due to lack of scientific evidence, significant controversy surrounds the utility of invasive techniques for managing pediatric chronic pain states. Email the library for a copy of the paper

Neurodevelopment in children: "The role of systemic inflammation linking maternal BMI to neurodevelopment in children". Children of obese mothers are at increased risk of developmental adversities. Maternal obesity is linked to an inflammatory in utero environment, which, in turn, is associated with neurodevelopmental impairments in the offspring. This is an integrated mechanism review of animal and human literature related to the hypothesis that maternal obesity causes maternal and fetal inflammation, and that this inflammation adversely affects the neurodevelopment of children. We propose integrative models in which several aspects of inflammation are considered along the causative pathway linking maternal obesity with neurodevelopmental limitations. The full text of the article is available here.

Things to eat for bonfire night
Catherine wheel toad-in-the-hole with honey & mustard onionsPerfect for a cold autumnal bonfire evening, this combination of sausage and Yorkshire pudding in a pretty coiled design is sure to be a family hit



Friday, 28 October 2016

Things in the library 28 Oct ...

Things about cystic fibrosis...
You may have heard in the news this morning about new drugs for Cystic Fibrosis. This relates to 12 abstracts presented yesterday (27 Oct 2016) at the North American CF Conference. You can see the official press release from the sponsoring pharmaceutical company here and the details of the Clinical Advances in Cystic Fibrosis Research sessions here.

Things about autism...
Also in the news this week has been the impact of early intervention in children with severe autism. This programme of treatment aimed to mainly focus on the parents, who were trained to pick up on communication cues from their child, which are usually much more subtle than in other children. The original article can be read freely online here. The Behind the Headlines analysis states
"This study seems to provide some much-needed good news for parents of children with autism, and has been welcomed by experts and campaigners. However, the lack of statistical significance of some of the results mean we can't be sure the findings are reliable....However, most [experts] seem to think that the results are promising, especially for an intervention that does not require the intensive time and commitment of some other autism treatments."

Things about Familial Hypercholesterolemia screening...
Child–parent screening for familial hypercholesterolemia has been proposed to identify persons at high risk for inherited premature cardiovascular disease. The preview of the article can be accessed here and if you sign in with your NHS Open Athens account you can access the full text. A discussion of the issues from Behind the Headlines can be found here.

Things about Professional Qualifications...
The Dept of Health has just published a response to 'Consultation on the transposition of the revised Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications' a European Directive. In their conclusion they state "Concerns have been expressed that the Directive unduly constrains the ability of regulatory bodies to carry out robust checks of both the clinical and language skills of health professionals from the EEA seeking to practice in the UK. The Governments is mindful of these concerns, and the UK’s decision to exit the European Union will provide an opportunity to review the adequacy of checks on the skills and competence of overseas health professionals that are currently carried out."


Things about medical education...
The GMC have published their 'The state of medical education and practice in the UK report: 2016'. This is their sixth annual report about the state of medical education and practice. They consider some of the current challenges facing the profession and the systems in which it works. They also look at how the make-up of the profession continues to change.
They have published an extensive online resource of the GMC’s registration, education and fitness to practise data. By publishing this information, they aim to promote discussion and debate about some of the practical steps they and others could take in better supporting doctors and improving patient care.

How we can help to alleviate stress...



It is National Stress Awareness Day on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 so we thought we would remind you that the library has colouring sheets and crayons available for you to come and use whenever we are open. We also provide comfy chairs and sell drinks and chocolate biscuits if you need to get away from your work environment for a break. Our selection of Leisure reading includes many books from the Mood Boosting selections as well as Quick Reads.

Things about the NHS and a vision for it future...

NHS five year forward view: a progress report Two years on from the publication of the NHS five year forward view, the King's Fund assess how much progress has been made and what still needs to be done to align policies with the plan.




Things cobwebby...
As the end of the month and the end of Bake off are in my mind (along with plenty of cobwebs!) I thought you might like to combine the two events with this creepy cake!



Friday, 21 October 2016

Things in the library 21 Oct...


Things about literature searching...
The Health Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) was relaunched on October 17th with a new look and some differences in functionality. Help documentation is available or ask us for help in the library. All saved searches and alerts set up from 2008 onwards in old HDAS have been migrated to the new system but you will need to import them. When you log in you will see an Import link at the top of the page, next to Saved Results and Alerts:

- click on the Import link and you will see a drop-down list of years
- select a year, and then you will see the list of your saved searches and alerts from that year

- select the ones that you want to import.


Things being reviewed...
NHS England has announced more details of the accelerated national reviews into paediatric critical care and specialised surgery for children. The reviews, which are part of NHS England’s regular round of specialised commissioning service reviews, would normally take up to two years to complete, but have been fast tracked to run in parallel with other work on new nationally agreed standards for congenital heart disease.

Things about coeliac disease...
A new Quality Standard  on coeliac disease has been published by NICE it  covers the recognition, assessment and management of coeliac disease in children, young people and adults.

Things about changes to drugs and other technology appraisals...
NICE and NHS England have launched a 12 week consultation on changes to the arrangements for evaluating and funding drugs and other health technologies appraised through NICE’s Technology Appraisal (TA) and Highly Specialised Technologies (HST) programmes. Consultation closes 13 Jan 2017 if you have views or feedback you would like to express.

Things about tuberculosis...
WHO has published a global TB report every year since 1997. The main aim of the report is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic, and of progress in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease at global, regional and country levels. This is done in the context of recommended global TB strategies and targets endorsed by WHO’s Member States and broader development goals set by the United Nations.

Things about Health Education...
The mandate to Health Education England (HEE) sets out the government's objectives for HEE to provide healthcare education and training. The Health Education England mandate for 2016 to 2017 reflects strategic objectives around:
- workforce planning
- health education
- training and development
The mandate looks at how the healthcare workforce can be developed to improve care for patients through education and training.

Things off the shelf...
A reminder that the Off the Shelf literary festival is now underway in Sheffield with events for all from 'Children's Illustration Workshops' to the 'Science behind the Game of Thrones' - answering questions such as Do dragons actually exist? How does wildfire win wars! Check out what is available here.






Things serendipitous... 
I had never seen or heard of fougasse bread before the current series of 'Bake off' however on our weekend in Barcelona our hotel was above a fabulous bakery - see what I spotted! If you want to try making one the recipe is here.