Friday, 17 May 2019

Things in the library 17th May...

Things about your library ticket...
As from this week we will no longer need to issue a separate library ticket to all SCH staff when they join the library...so one less piece of plastic to carry around! Instead your SCH Staff ID card will be used as your means of identification in the library and your library reader number will be the 7 digit number printed on the back of the card. Next time you are in the library bring us your old library ticket and present your staff card and we will switch you over. If you use the library MyCirqa App you will need to enter your new reader number the next time you use it. If you currently use a university card in our library there will be no change. If you have never joined the library please click on this link so you can take full advantage of all our services.

Things about trends of care...
The Nuffield Trust has published a QualityWatch indicator Update on Children and young people.  This update looks at trends in the quality of care for children and young people.  It highlights the increase in childhood obesity, the stalling in rates of infant mortality, and an increase in hospital admissions as a result of self-harm. However, there have been some promising improvements including a reduction in smoking among young people and a decrease in teenage pregnancy.

Things about evidence...

Our subscription to DynamedPlus has now ceased and we won't be able to renew it at the moment, however BMJ Best Practice is now available to you via your NHSAthens account. (It will soon be available as a quick link on the trust intranet.) BMJ Best Practice is an  online decision-support tool for use at the point of care. Structured around the patient consultation, it presents the required information just as it’s needed. The tool is regularly updated, and draws on the latest evidence-based research to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. It fits information around real, diverse and evolving medical information needs.

Things about divorce & children...
There was an interesting, if upsetting, programme on BBC Radio 4 last weekend about Parental Alienation. Sometimes when parents split, the children are caught in the middle, pawns in a never-ending battle. Divorce rates in this country are falling, but increasing numbers of parents are going to court to fight over their children, despite the lack of legal aid. Around 80,000 children are affected by battles in the family courts every year. In this moving programme, Philippa Perry examines Parental Alienation, talking to lawyers, researchers, therapists, and parents. It is available to listen to on the BBC website

Things about coffee...

We are running three Randomised Coffee Trials at the moment: one for the majority of SCH staff which is half-way through - already receiving nice comments about this thanks.  One just for CAMHS staff which was launched last week (CAMHS staff sign up here) and one for Oncology & Metabolism staff at University of Sheffield - this is the department where the Academic Unit of Child Health belongs.  Think we should be buying shares in Costa!

Whether you are taking part in an RCT or not don't forget you can buy hot drinks and chocolate biscuits in the library to keep you going whilst you work.

Things not here...

Me actually...as you are reading this I should be in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam celebrating my ruby wedding anniversary and enjoying the Hockney-Van Gogh exhibition which looks at their approach to nature. For a new exhibition much closer to home you might like to visit 'Nordic by Nature: modern design and prints' this explores how Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian artists and designers have created distinctive designs that are rooted in their nation’s nature, culture, traditions and industries. From ice-like glassware to intricate woodcuts and atmospheric watercolours, discover over 40 examples of innovative and iconic paintings, print, craft and design from the collection of the British Museum. this is at Weston Park Musum just across the road from the Children's Hospital Acute site...so not far to travel.

Things to eat...

A lovely vegan suggested by Sarah this week, she made it recently and was very impressed by the result. Chickpeas with dates, turmeric, cinnamon and almonds is cooked using a slow cooker for a full flavour, but you could adapt the recipe easily for normal cooking if you prefer.

Friday, 10 May 2019

Things in the library 10th May...

Things new and old...
A new batch of books have arrived and are on the shelves. If you are registered with the library and want to be notified when new books are bought on your subject interests please contact us and let us know. This means we have added more old books to our 'For Sale' trolley so come up and browse or check this list (please note some items have already been sold.)

Things just for CAMHS...
We have just launched a Randomised Coffee Trial for CAMHS @SCH as part of their Transforming CAMHS 'It starts with me' programme. Any member of  staff at CAMHS - whatever your role or workplace - is eligible to take part. Please sign up via this form before 30th May (don't try to open in Internet Explorer)  and you will be randomly matched with another CAMHS person and encouraged to meet for a 30/40 minute chat about anything you like during June. Have fun!

Pint of ScienceThings about science...
Pint of Science returns to Sheffield from Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 May at six pubs across the city. At the festival 55 of University of Sheffield researchers will be swapping the lab for the pub to talk about their work and answer your questions. Covering topics as diverse as 3D printing, the Large Hadron Collider, Game of Thrones fans, air pollution, the physical benefits of playing an instrument, and the future of biological engineering...The talks will be accompanied by hands-on activities, demonstrations and a chance to win prizes - play Periodic Bingo, craft some body-parts, sample some antarctic snacks, build your own air quality monitor, and walk around a virtual reality model of our sun! See the full Sheffield programme and buy tickets - some already sold out.

Things about Prof Illingworth...
Our namesake...and some shots of the library...are featured in this short video. Throughout the last year, the University Library has been gathering nominations from staff, students and alumni for books by their academic community that have inspired, motivated or informed. The Sheffield Authors Showcase honours the achievements of the academic community, by celebrating their contribution to academic endeavour and by recognising the effect that their scholarly works have had on their readers. The latest featured author in the Sheffield Authors Showcase is Professor Ronald Illingworth, a pioneer in both the teaching, and practice, of paediatrics. We have many of his books in the library.

Things to improve your spoken English...

If you are (or know) someone who would like to improve their spoken English The English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) at University of Sheffield is looking for volunteers to join classes so that trainee teachers can practise their teaching.
The Free English classes are not part of a course and you don't have to work or study at the University to attend. If you wish to join these classes, you will do so as a volunteer not a student. The classes are a great way of learning English in a relaxed environment and volunteers in the past have really enjoyed and benefited from them.
To join our free English classes you must:
- Be over 18 years old.
- Have an English level between pre-intermediate (IELTS 3.0 - 5.0) and upper-intermediate (IELTS 5.0 - 6.5).
- Live in the UK and be able to attend face-to-face classes at the ELTC.
- Be able to attend at least 80% of the classes.
If you are interested in attending, please look on their website for times and days, and complete a simple application form.

Things about the developing child...
Harvard University's Centre on the Developing Child has published a new infographic explaining what executive function is and how it relates to child development. The infographic stresses the importance of relationships with responsive caregivers. The phrase “executive function” refers to a set of skills. These skills underlie the capacity to plan ahead and meet goals, display self-control, follow multiple-step directions even when interrupted, and stay focused despite distractions, among others

Things to eat...
Next week is Coeliac awareness week so I thought I would signpost some gluten free recipes  from the Coeliac Society (UK) and BBC Good Food.. This Harrisa chicken traybake happens to be a favourite recipe of mine whether you follow a gluten-free diet or not.








Friday, 3 May 2019

Things in the library 3 May...

Things to spring clean...
(c)Mahua Sarkar from Pixabay

If you use the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS)  you need to be aware that HDAS has built up a large amount of saved data, which has a potential impact on performance. Please review your saved search strategies and saved results and delete any that you don’t need any more, or export those that you do.  You can export saved results in a variety of formats to save outside HDAS eg Word, Excel, RIS.

From 1st August, HDAS will automatically delete any saved results that are more than 2 years old but your saved search strategies will still be available.
If you want to know how to use HDAS for literature searching we offer a one hour individual or small group training sessions - book here!

Things about young carers...
New research from Barnardo's says BAME young carers in England are missing out on their childhoods because of the additional responsibilities and stresses they have to deal with. Barnardo’s research, based on interviews with BAME young carers and practitioners found:

  • Many young south Asian carers were far too often being relied upon as interpreters, relaying technical and deeply personal medical information between patients and doctors, which can lead to misdiagnosis and increased anxiety within families.
  • The concept of a young carer is unfamiliar to many BAME communities as helping your family and extended family is often expected.
  • Often BAME families do not want agencies involved as there is a deep mistrust of social services, or authorities and they are fearful of their families being split up.
  • There is stigma within many BAME communities in acknowledging mental health and disability issues and in seeking support.

Barnardo’s key recommendations in the Caring Alone report include:

  • All patients who don’t speak English should have access to a translator. Children and young people should never be expected to translate for a relative.
  • The NHS should work with communities to tackle stigma around within BAME communities to reduce the stigma of mental illness, special needs and disability and improve access to services.
  • NHS services should employ community outreach workers to improve understanding and relationships in BAME communities

Things about exercise and sleep...
The World Health Organisation has published guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age. The full report is available here




Things digital...

Child health information will be available to health professionals and parents at the point of care, thanks to a new live national service which has been launched by the NHS. Parents and health professionals can securely receive information digitally and use it to inform decisions on care and treatment, using the National Events Management Service, which securely publishes information on key health interventions for children.
The service shows which preventative interventions a child has received; improving the speed of diagnosis and treatment by giving health visitors and parents access to the same information sources at the same time.
The service has initially launched in North East London in partnership with North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) and their health visiting and child health services. The IT system suppliers supporting the trust – System C2 (CarePlus), Servelec3 (Rio) and Sitekit4 (eRedbook) – have all collaborated with NHS Digital to connect their systems to the new service.
It implements a near real-time message exchange sending birth notifications, change of address and change of GP practice details. Data is also forwarded to a digital red book offered to mothers as an alternative to the current paper red book.
Commenting on the first week's live running, David Pike, Programme Manager at NELFT, said “The results so far have been very encouraging. Within the first couple of days we achieved a 20% increase in the timeliness of new birth notifications from out of area maternity units, enabling our health visitors to see new families sooner."
“We also received 2000 address changes on the first day, which means we're picking up children new to NELFT services much quicker; ensuring those children moving out of area are rapidly notified to their new service provider. Based on these early improvements, we expect to be targeting health resources much more accurately in the coming year.”

Things about sexual abuse...
The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse has published a report and video about medical examinations for child sexual abuse. Findings from the report, which is based on a review of available literature, includes: most children are not referred for medical examination, some professionals have concerns about harm through examination and most children reflect on the medical examination as a positive experience. A video, which has been produced alongside the research, aims to help professionals and practitioners involved in advising, referring and supporting children and families to make decisions and explain the processes involved in medical examinations.

Things to read ...
Our next reading group book is Mythos by Stephen Fry ..so an ideal choice if you want to brush up your knowledge of Greek myths and legends. The discussion meeting (with drinks and nibbles) will be in the Illingworth Library on Wednesday June 5th at 17:15 - you will be made very welcome.






Things to eat...
I'm just back from Avignon and rediscovered the delights of nougat whist there. This dessert of Iced nougat & raspberry terrine looks lovely for a special occasion...in small quantities!






Reminder we will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday


Friday, 12 April 2019

Things in the library 12th April...

Things to help you organise...
If you have followed this blog for some time you will know I am a great fan of Evernote. It's an organising and productivity tool - you can keep everything you need to remember in one place including handwritten notes, photos of receipts and documents....and much more. They have just released Evernote for Gmail or Outlook which lets you take what matters out of your inbox and into a distraction-free workspace where you can curate your content, add context, and stay focused. Whilst I am not suggesting you do this for NHS business you might find it very useful for organising the rest of your life.

Things about rare diseases...

The measurement of quality of life in the context of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is challenging. This is because the disease is experienced by children and is rare, which makes data collection difficult. There are also practical and methodological challenges associated with capturing quality of life in paediatric populations. For children, it may be necessary to use proxy reporting (with a parent, for example). It can also be difficult to disentangle changes in quality of
life that arise as a result of age-related or  developmental changes, rather than because of a disease or its treatment.This briefing from the Office of Health Economics reports on a symposium that outlined some lessons that can be learnt from the SMA context that might be more widely applicable to other rare diseases.

Things about measles...
Sheffield City Council are promoting MMR vaccinations. In 2018, there were over 900 laboratory-confirmed measles cases in England. They want to make sure that all pre-school children are protected from Measles, Mumps and Rubella and are fully vaccinated before they start school this September. They are urging parents and guardians of all pre-school children to check with their GP that they are fully up to date with the 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.

Things about inhalers...

A new patient decision aid highlights that some inhalers have a much higher carbon footprint than others. The aid will help people with asthma, alongside health professionals, to identify which inhalers could meet their needs and control their symptoms. Where several inhalers could be viable options, patients can opt for the more environmentally friendly option, which may help to cut the health service’s carbon footprint. The new aid, partially funded by the Sustainable Development Unit, also says that all used inhalers should be returned to local pharmacies for environmentally safe disposal or recycling. The aid includes links to a new series of short videos created by Asthma UK, which give simple demonstrations of correct inhaler technique, potentially improving their effectiveness and preventing future exacerbations and attacks.

Things about opening hours...
There are some changes over Easter to our library opening hours. We will be closing at 5pm on Thursday 18th April and closed completely on the Bank Holidays (Good Friday and Easter Monday). We will also be closed at 5pm for the rest of Easter Week (23-26 April)

Last chance things...
Last chance to sign up for the next SCH Randomised Coffee Trial - matching will be happening next week with meetings in May...join the buzz!




Things to make...
Slow roast leg of lamb with herb rubFor Easter Sunday it has to be roast lamb in our household - this Slow roast leg of lamb with herb rub sounds lovely.


Happy Easter!





Friday, 5 April 2019

Things in the library 5th April...

Things to attend...or present...

The RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2019 is being held in Sheffield 3rd to 5th September. The over-arching theme of this year's conference is: Impact. There is still just time to answer the call for abstracts (11th April) so if you have some research ready to go this is your chance.

Things to read...
Our last Reading Group book 'This is going to hurt' by Adam Kay was both very funny and also sad, mostly liked by the group and we had an interesting discussion with views from consultants and those thinking about careers in medicine (work experience visitors), alongside  a variety of non-medics. Our next book is a thriller 'Hold my Hand' by M J Ford and our meeting will be on 1st May at 17:15. We are always happy to welcome new people - so come and try us out - we are very friendly.

Things about child measurement...
Public Health England have published 'National Child Measurement Programme: a conversation framework for talking to parents'. This document provides guidance and resources for school nurses, their teams and other professionals running the National Child Measurement Programme.

Things about integrated care systems...
NHS England has produced the following case studies showing how integrated care systems are supporting a number of health care areas:

Things about nurses...
Globally there are mounting concerns about nurses' job satisfaction because of its pivotal role in nurse turnover and the quality of care of patients. This literature review aims to identify a more comprehensive and extensive knowledge of the job satisfaction of qualified general nurses working in acute care hospitals and its associated factors drawing upon empirical literature published in the last five years.

Things about Autism...and libraries
The House of Commons library has published a briefing which provides an overview of policies and services for people with autism, primarily in England.

It is estimated that more than half a million people in England have autism, which is equivalent to more than 1% of the population. There is however no national register or exact count kept of the number of people with the condition.

The full report can be downloaded here.  

Did you know The House of Commons Library is an independent research and information unit. It provides impartial information for Members of Parliament of all parties and their staff. This service supports MPs in their work scrutinising Government, proposing legislation, and supporting constituents. They have Brexit explainer (!) videos, podcasts and all sorts of interesting information on their website. I also believe they have to stay open whilst ever the House is sitting.

Things about Sheffield...

NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have announced they will be investing an additional £615,500 in children and young people’s mental health support. This funding has been committed in partnership with Sheffield City Council, as part of Sheffield’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy for Children and Young People. The funding, which was agreed at the CCG’s governing body earlier this year, will come in to place in April 2019. Some of the funding will be used to sustain and expand Door 43, which is based at Star House in Sheffield City Centre and provided by Sheffield Futures and Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust.

Things to make...
I do like a nice tray bake and this vegetarian one sounds lovely.  Moroccan freekeh tray bake ...I didn't know what Freekeh is so looked it up. It is a green grain made from young durum wheat which is roasted or smoked then polished to remove the shells.  The grain is then cracked to varying degrees of coarseness. Freekeh is mentioned in the Bible and was reportedly discovered by accident when soldiers in the Eastern Mediterranean tried to ruin the crop by setting fire to wheat fields.  In trying to salvage what they could, the locals discovered that if the burnt shells were removed, delicious green grains were revealed. The grains are pale green/brown and similar in texture to bulgar wheat.  

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Things in the library 28 March...

No..it's not Friday - sorry not quite the weekend yet...

Things in the library....not us...sorry...
A reminder that the library will be closed all day tomorrow Friday 29th due to an unfortunate combination of annual leave and a bereavement, returned books can be left in the book drop box and emails will be responded to on Monday.

Things about air quality...

Public Health England (PHE) was commissioned by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) to review the evidence for practical interventions to reduce harm from outdoor air pollution, stratified by their health and economic impact. The focus of the review was on those actions available to local authorities and, where appropriate, the national actions needed to support them. They have various recommendations along the themes of prevent, mitigate and avoid. Local and national government should provide guidance for members of the public explaining how to reduce their exposures to air pollution, training for health professionals, school governors and staff, and social care professionals to help empower people to make informed decisions on how to reduce their exposure and, if required, to better manage their health conditions. Any information needs to be proportionate and consider the risks and benefits.For example, the advice supporting the daily air quality index notes that nobody need fear going outdoors and children need not be kept from school or taking part in games. In healthy individuals, the benefits of physical exercise are likely to outweigh any exposure-reduction benefits from staying indoors.

Things to sign up for...
Our next Randomised Coffee Trial will be taking place soon and already we have 50 SCH staff signed up to take part...if you want to join in the fun sign up here...and if you work in CAMHS and are feeling left-out as you are a long way physically from the Acute site and Ryegate then watch this space!

Things about Children's rights...
In the 30th year since the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was first adopted by the United Nations, the annual State of Children’s Rights in England report takes a look back at the past year to assess how well the government is respecting children’s rights.
Evidence from their 100 members (made up of the leading children’s charities and academics) and new data shows the government has made little progress on important issues such as child homelessness, rising school exclusions and how children are treated by the police; ignoring stark warnings from the UN. The wellbeing of the nation’s children should be one of the government’s top priorities, yet they have found clear evidence that children’s best interests are being overlooked and their rights violated because of a focus on Brexit and systematic failures to protect them.

While there are positive examples of government action to improve children’s rights highlighted in the report, for example, steps taken to better safeguard children in care and those with mental health issues, we still have a long way to go to achieve the positive vision of childhood set out in the UNCRC back in 1989.

Things about Child Health Profiles...
Public health England have detailed reports of child health profiles and  health behaviours in young people. You can select region, area and which indicator you would like to view. The information can be viewed in a variety of different ways and charts etc downloaded as images or as CSV files.. Comparisons with other areas and benchmarks are possible and trends are shown. A really useful resource.





Things to come to...
Reading Group meets in the library next week at 17:15 on Wed 3rd April when we are discussing 'This is going to hurt' by Adam Kay along with drinks and nibbles. 

The next book is Hold My Hand by M.J.Ford which we will be discussing on Wed 1st May - do come and join us!




Things to make...
A lovely spring meal to try  Sesame salmon, purple sprouting broccoli & sweet potato mash  and it is  healthy, low-calorie and rich in omega-3.


Friday, 22 March 2019

Things in the library 22 March...

Image result for closedThings about opening hours...
We are very sorry to say that next Friday (29th March) the Illingworth Library will be closed all day due to an unfortunate combination of annual leave and attendance at a funeral. We are really sorry if this causes you inconvenience and we did explore all possible solutions before making this decision. As always there will be a book-drop box outside the library for returning items whilst we are closed.

Things to attend...
The next Journal Club will be on 28th March from 8:00 to 9:00am on F floor Stephenson Wing...chance to chat and learn in a friendly environment ...along with muffins of course. The paper next week is 'Prevention of rickets and osteomalacia in the UK: political action overdue' please contact us if you would like a copy of the paper. The following Journal Club will be on the 16th April.

The next Critical Appraisal course is on the 10th April - please sign up for this training via the Intranet. No prior knowledge required.


Things to get excited about...

You can now sign up to take part in the next SCH Randomised Coffee Trial - pair matching will be done before Easter with the intention that you meet your randomly selected buddy during May (too many Bank Holidays at this time of year!). If you sign up and then later find you cannot take part do please notify us as soon as possible as last time a few people were disappointed that their allocated person didn't reply to their emails trying to arrange to meet. The feedback has again been very positive so please encourage your co-workers to take part. If you want more information ask us or sign-up here.

Things to have your say...
A consultation has been opened on how the government can reduce children's exposure to advertising for products that are high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) on TV and online. For more information and to take part visit this website. The consultation closes on 10th June.

Things about social media...
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing has published its report #NewFilters. This is the first national Inquiry specifically examining the impact of social media on the mental health and wellbeing of young people, which ran from April 2018 to January 2019. The report explores the positive and negative health impacts of social media, as well as putting forward recommendations to protect young social media users from potential health harms.


Things to eat...
Yesterday Kate & I were lucky to be able to go to an Indian Family Style Lunch hosted by Cyrus Todiwala OBE & Pervin Todiwala  at the University of Sheffield as part of its launch of the University's race equality strategy and action plan week. Not only was the food fabulous but he was a very entertaining and interesting speaker. You can find out more about him and see a selection of his recipes here. This cauliflower dish sounds similar to one that we had so I will be trying this soon!