Staff Library and Knowledge Service

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We offer a library and knowledge service to all Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust staff across all sites and within the community, students on placement, and volunteers . We also have a service level agreement to provide a service to Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership.

About our service

The physical library and knowledge service is in Trust Headquarters on the Pinderfields site. Information about the service and our resources is accessible online. Physical resources can be delivered across all our hospital sites and community hubs. Online resources can be accessed anywhere with internet access.

The Staff Library and Knowledge Service is committed to ‘putting evidence into practice’ by:

  • Providing a 24/7 library space for work and learning with supportive, skilful and knowledgeable staff.
  • Offering access to a wide range of high quality resources both online and in print.
  • Providing an efficient document delivery and inter-library lending service, free to the end-user.
  • Affording access to over 600 peer reviewed journal titles online
  • Offering a comprehensive and expert literature searching service and delivering advanced information skills training.
  • Keeping all our stakeholders up-to-date with current awareness bulletins. 

What our staff say

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Thank you very much for getting the references promptly. I am very impressed with the service you provide and I can't ask for any better. Associate Specialist in Ophthalmology (The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust)

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I find the 'What's New?' an extremely useful publication...I work in palliative care and can therefore see patients with a wide range of conditions, so it's very useful to keep up to date with new evidence in a really easy to digest way. Consultant in Palliative Medicine (The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust)

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Accessing the information within the Non-Medical Prescribers’ bulletin has allowed us to better understand current medicines safety concerns and themes of better/improved governance and led us to review our medication clerking documentation and provision of medicines safety information within our Service. Consultant Physiotherapist (The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust)

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The articles that you have chosen are completely relevant and of interest to me... it is very difficult to find time to stay on top of current research so this is very much appreciated! Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust)

Register for library membership

Who can register for library membership?

All clinical and non-clinical staff in Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust; students on placement during their time in the Trust; organisations with a valid contract or service level agreement (Wakefield District Health and Care Partnership).

Register for library membership

Privacy Notice and Membership Declaration

Your personal information

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals’ NHS Staff Library is committed to safeguarding your information in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] 2018 and Records Management Code of Practice for Health and Social Care 2016.  The information you provide as a member of the library service will be used for the purpose of contacting you about library services and resources.

Access to your personal information

Library management system and document supply systems:  You can request to see your personal information held on our library management and document supply systems by emailing the library  We will share your information with the organisations that supply our library management system and our document supply system.

Deleting your personal information

The library will delete your personal information after 2 years of inactivity [just in case you return to the Trust and use the library service within this time]

Further Information

For more information on how your personal information is used, how we keep it secure and your rights of access to it: Please read our library and information service regulations, customer charter and standards and privacy policy on our website.

NHS Athens [access management system] After registering for an NHS Athens account you can log-on to see your personal data You can request changes by emailing  If you move to another organisation where you would be eligible for an NHS Athens account we will share [transfer] your information to the Athens administrator at your new organisation [you will receive an email notification when this transfer takes place].

Terms and Conditions

Individual members are responsible for all items which are borrowed: lost or damaged items are chargeable at the replacement cost of the item

Register for NHS OpenAthens (to access online resources)

OpenAthens is an authentication system that allows you to access a range of quality information online.

You will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access our online resources. 

Register here

Lost/forgotten log-in details

If you have lost or forgotten your OpenAthens account details please click:

Reset your password

Other problems
Should you experience any difficulties obtaining an NHS OpenAthens account, or accessing online resources. Please contact the library team.

Contact us

Register for KnowledgeShare (for personalised current awareness)

What is KnowledgeShare?

KnowledgeShare is a personalised email current awareness service.

How does it work?

You tell us which aspects of healthcare and/or professional practice you are most interested in. These interests can be broad (e.g. respiratory tract diseases) or more specific (e.g. asthma). You can amend your interests at any time.

We will then create your KnowledgeShare profile, detailing your interests.

Once your profile is set up, you will receive regular alerts containing new evidence and publications. Alerts are sent fortnightly by default. However you can choose to receive them more or less often.

How do I sign up?

Complete a KnowledgeShare registration form

To sign up please fill out a KnowledgeShare registration form and return it to the library. The form can be completed and signed digitally.

Library resources

Library catalogue

View our library catalogue

Click here to view a list of new resources added to stock during December 2022.

Online resources

BMJ Best Practice with Comorbidities

BMJ Best Practice uses the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

The BMJ Best Practice comorbidities tool is now embedded within BMJ Best Practice. This tool supports the management of the whole patient by including guidance on the treatment of a patient's acute condition alongside their pre-existing comorbidities.

Access BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Case Reports

BMJ Case Reports is an award winning journal that delivers a peer-reviewed, valuable collection of cases across all disciplines enabling healthcare professionals and students to find clinically important information on common and rare conditions easily.

Access the case reports archive

All Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust staff and placement students can submit a case report for publication using our Institutional fellowship code (available from the library team).


BrowZine is an online platform which allows you to browse, read and keep up to date with the e-journals that the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Library and Knowledge Service has subscribed to.

Access BrowZine

Access BrowZine online, or via the BrowZine app (available for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices). For further information see our BrowZine user guide.


Our eBook collection is accessible via the library catalogue.


Access to eBooks requires an NHS OpenAthens account,register here.

Healthcare databases

We’ve put together guides to help you start searching for evidence on each of the healthcare databases available on the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub.  For more in-depth help please contact us to arrange a database training session.

Finding evidence on AMED

Finding evidence on BNI

Finding evidence on CINAHL

Finding evidence on EMBASE

Finding evidence on EMCARE

Finding evidence on HMIC

Finding evidence on MEDLINE

Finding evidence on PsycInfo

NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

Access the hub

The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub connects NHS staff and learners to high quality knowledge and evidence resources in one place. 

Funded by NHS Health Education England, it provides direct access to:

  • Clinical decision support tools (BMJ Best Practice)
  • Healthcare databases
  • Journals
  • NICE guidance and pathways

For further information about the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub, download our help guide or contact the library team for support. 

Request information

Requesting books or journal articles

You can request scanned copies, photocopies and loans of materials either from our stock, or from other libraries if we do not hold items locally.

Email your request(s)

Request a literature search

The Staff Library and Knowledge Service undertake literature searching for all staff to support evidence-based decision making about patient treatment, health policy, service development initiatives and research projects.

To request a search please complete the request form below, or contact us to discuss your information needs.

Form to submit a literature search

We will aim to complete literature searches within 5 working days.

NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

Access the hub

The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub connects NHS staff and learners to high quality knowledge and evidence resources in one place. 

Funded by NHS Health Education England, it provides direct access to:

  • Clinical decision support tools (BMJ Best Practice)
  • Healthcare databases
  • Journals
  • NICE guidance and pathways

For further information about the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub, download our introductory user guidehelp guide, or contact the library team.

Current Awareness Bulletins

COVID-19 bulletin: Emerging Evidence and Official Guidance

Our weekly bulletin ceased publication in 2023. However, this information is still available via KnowledgeShare for those who wish to receive it. If you would like to continue to receive regular COVID-19 alerts, please complete and return a KnowledgeShare Registration Form.


Mid Yorkshire Medical Education ‘Teaching, Training Update’ 

Mid Yorkshire Medical Education 'Teaching, Training' Update - August 2022

Mid Yorkshire Medical Education 'Teaching, Training' Update - May 2022


Non-Medical Prescribers’ bulletin

The Non-Medical Prescribers’ bulletin is a quarterly current awareness bulletin. It aims to keep colleagues to date with the latest research, guidelines, reports & other information relevant to non-medical prescribers’.

Access the latest issues:

To request older editions from the archives, please contact the library team.


What's New?

'What's New?' is a monthly current awareness bulletin, published as two separate editions:

Clinical which covers publications from government, NHS and professional bodies on policy, guidance and evidence for patient care and medical procedures.

Health Services Management which covers any publications on staffing, training, statistics, pay & conditions, infrastructure, quality improvement and associated areas.

Access the latest issues:

To request older editions from the archives, please contact the library team.

Training and support

Critical appraisal 

Critically Appraising the Evidence Base elearning programme

This elearning programme has been designed to enable the healthcare workforce to build confidence in the critical appraisal process when applying and evaluating research.


How to Read a Research Paper

A half day course on Critical Appraisal (also known as Research Literacy).

  • Learn how to evaluate the methodology of Systematic Reviews and Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Learn the basics of common statistical method
  • Practice your learning on a chosen paper (given in advance)

Delivered by Mid Yorkshire NHS Staff Library & Knowledge Service with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Library, this will be an interactive group session for any staff interested in developing their understanding of evidence-based practice.

Upcoming training dates:

20th February 2023     09:30 - 12:30    Education Centre, Fieldhead Hospital

28th February 2023     09:30 - 12:30    Trust HQ, Pinderfields

Please contact Craig Abbs or the Staff Library (ex 53899) to book a place.


A list of critical appraisal videos and resources is also available to download. 

Database training

The library offers one-to-one and small group training on searching the healthcare databases and offers guidance in conducting an effective search strategy.

This training can be delivered in person, or virtually via Microsoft Teams. To arrange a training session please contact the library team.


Health literacy: An introduction

"Health literacy is about a person's ability to understand and use information to make decisions about their health" (NHS UK, 2021). 

Our next introduction to health literacy session will take place on:

Tuesday 18th April 2023  10:30am-11:30am via Microsoft Teams

The session aims to raise awareness of health literacy and highlight its importance. During the session attendees will be introduced to several communication techniques which can be used to help support patients understanding. Discussion is a key part of the session, allowing attendees to learn from one another and share best practice.

Please contact Natasha Craigs or the Staff Library (ex 53899) to book a place.


Systematic reviews

The Science Basement Podcast - Systematic reviews

This hour long podcast episode discusses the what, why and how of a systematic review.

Finding good health information online

This information has been written to help you find health information you can trust.

What to watch out for…

A reliable website should:

  • Have a clear logo that tells you who they are.
  • Have an ‘about us’ tab that tells you what they do.

Is the website…?

  • Trying to sell you something?
  • Trying to persuade you to think differently?
  • Making claims which are too good to be true? (Using words like ‘incredible’, ‘amazing’, ‘life changing’)
  • If the answer is yes then the website may be biased.

Is the information reliable?
Good health information comes from reliable research which is published in medical journals and by trusted organisations. The website should make it clear where the facts and figures and medical advice come from so that it can be checked.

Is the information up to date?
Good websites will make it clear when a web page was last checked and updated. This is usually at the bottom of the page.

The Quality Standard mark
Look for the Patient Information Forum tick. This tells you that the information on the website has been checked and is reliable. Find out more here.

How do I avoid wrong or misleading health information?
When you use a search engine like google the first page of results do not mean that the
information is better quality. Use this guide to help you decide whether to trust a website.
Misinformation and fake news. When you read something on social media you may just be
reading someone’s opinion and they may not be an expert.
You can use the UK Government’s SHARE checklist to help you spot false information.

Some websites to get you started

National Organisations Local Organisations
NHS A-Z of Health Conditions MY Cancer Services
NHS Medicines A to Z South West Yorkshire NHS Trust (Mental
Health Support)
Learn My Way West Yorks & Harrogate Healthy Hearts
Health & Care video library Wakefield CCG (list of local services)
NHS.UK information in other languages Yorkshire Smokefree Service
Health Unlocked Healthwatch Wakefield
NHS Find a Pharmacy Live Well Wakefield
  Turning Point Talking Therapies

Disclaimer: While we make every possible effort to ensure that the information in this publication is accurate and up to date at the time of publishing, we do not accept any responsibility for errors or omissions. Nor do we accept any responsibility for loss or damage resulting from making use of this information. Hyperlinks to third party websites are provided for the convenience of users and we in no way endorse the contents, views or
information held on such sites.


The Library & Knowledge Service YouTube channel contains a series of short video guides which have been created to help you get the most from your library membership and the resources we subscribe to.

Links to other services

Key stat

Our Library Quality Assurance Framework score is 96% (certified 2018)