Staff Library and Knowledge Service

We offer a library and knowledge service to all Mid Yorkshire Teaching 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 on the ground floor in the Trust Headquarters and Education Centre on the Pinderfields site. Information about the service and our resources is available online. Physical resources can be delivered across all our hospital and community sites. 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 (Mid Yorkshire Teaching 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 (Mid Yorkshire Teaching 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 (Mid Yorkshire Teaching 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 (Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust )

Register for library membership

Who can register for library membership?

All clinical and non-clinical staff in Mid Yorkshire Teaching 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

We are part of of YorCat, a consortium of health libraries across Yorkshire and the Humber. 

What does this mean for you?

·  Using your library membership number and password you will be able to search the catalogue to request books from any of the participating libraries to be sent to this library for you to borrow. 

·  If you go to work for another YorCat member organisation you will take the library membership with you (rather than having to re-register)

When you register, you will be asked to confirm that you have read and agree to the YorCat library terms and conditions and privacy notice. 

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 evidence updates)

Do you need help keeping up-to-date with the latest evidence in your area(s) of interest? KnowledgeShare could be the answer!

What is KnowledgeShare?

KnowledgeShare provides you with regular evidence updates, tailored to your areas of professional interest. These updates, covering many aspects of healthcare and healthcare management, are available to both clinical and non-clinical staff.  

You will receive an email with links to the latest research, guidelines, and information about new books. This allows busy staff to quickly scan areas of interest. The alerts can be sent at a frequency of your choosing (fortnightly/monthly).

KnowledgeShare can also be used to book library and knowledge service training.


How do I sign up?

Please complete the online registration form, the library team will do the rest.

Register for KnowledgeShare

Having trouble with the online form? Please complete this form  and email it back to us. 

Please read our Privacy notice and membership declaration.


Library resources

Library catalogue

View our library catalogue

Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust Staff Library & Knowledge Service is now part of YorCat, a consortium of health libraries across Yorkshire and the Humber. 

What does this mean for you?

  •  YorCat will enable more efficient sharing of resources across the region. Using your library membership number and password you will be able to search the catalogue to request books from any of the participating libraries to be sent to this library for you to borrow. 
  •  If you go to work for another member organisation in the region you will take the library membership with you (rather than having to re-register)
  •  Most library loans will automatically renew five times (as long as they are not requested by another reader)


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 Teaching 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 Teaching 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. 

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. 

Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures

Provides detailed procedure guidelines based on the latest research findings and expert clinical advice, helping you to deliver clinically effective patient-focused care.

Access the Royal Marsden Manual online

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. 

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 User guide or contact the Library and Knowledge Service team.

Evidence bulletins

Mid Yorkshire Medical Education ‘Teaching, Training Update’ 

Medical Education 'Teaching, Training' Update — May 2024

Medical Education 'Teaching, Training' Update - August 2023

Mid Yorkshire Medical Education 'Teaching, Training' Update - April 2023


Non-Medical Prescribers’ bulletin

From November 2023, we are signposting to the National non-medical prescribing bulletin instead of producing our own evidence bulletin. Access the latest issue here.  


What's New?

'What's New?' is a monthly evidence 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/surgical 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

Raising awareness of health literacy

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). 

Adults with low health literacy skills may struggle to communicate with healthcare professionals, to voice their own needs and clarify information. They may also have difficulty managing their medication and struggle to access the right services to meet their needs.

The Staff Library and Knowledge Service are working to increase awareness of health literacy across the Trust, by delivering regular “Introduction to health literacy” sessions. These virtual, interactive sessions are designed to help you understand how to communicate better to; improve patients understanding, improve patient outcomes and reduce costs for the NHS.

The next session will take place:

Tuesday 17th September 2024, 10:30 to 11:30 via Microsoft Teams

Please contact the Staff Library & Knowledge Service (ex 53899) to book a place.


Support for evidence-based practice

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.

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


Introduction to Critical Appraisal

It is important that evidence is evaluated, not just read. Critical appraisal helps you to decide whether a piece of research is trustworthy and applicable to our context at Mid Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust. Our Introduction to Critical Appraisal sessions are designed to refresh or introduce the skills needed to properly evaluate research papers.

How to read a paper: an introduction to qualitative research

This is a joint session run alongside the Library & Knowledge Service at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS FT introducing critical appraisal skills for qualitative research.

There is a trend to increasing use of qualitative research in health and social care, but it remains a misunderstood form of research, it’s contribution often minimised compared to quantitative approaches.

The session will cover three key questions:

1.    What are critical appraisal and evidence-based practice, why do they matter?

2.    What is qualitative research and how can it help us?

3.    How do we critically appraise qualitative research?

In answering these we will look at the different approaches to conducting qualitative research, highlighting good practice and the value that qualitative research can bring. We will look at two examples of qualitative research and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses using a CASP checklist.

The next session will take place:


Please contact the Staff Library & Knowledge Service (ex 53899) to book a place.


How to read a paper: Randomised Control Trial (RCT) 

During this half day session, we cover the basics of critical appraisal and how to assess research, critically appraising a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) as an example.

This session will help you to:

·      Understand the importance of critical appraisal for different types of research.

·      Understand the key statistical concepts used in research papers.

·      Critically appraise a RCT.

A previous participant said   “I learnt so much about appraising articles, useful resources and tools. Wish I knew this as a student! I will be more confident in reading and appraising articles using EBP in my daily work. Excellent course leaders. Comfortable learning environment. Fantastic session.” 

The next session will take place:

Friday 14th June 2024, 9:30-12:30, in-person at Trust HQ & Education Centre Pinderfields. 

Please contact the Staff Library & Knowledge Service (ex 53899) to book a place.


Searching for evidence 

Guidance states that healthcare professionals should practise in line with the best available evidence (NMC, 2018; GMC, 2023). The Staff Library & Knowledge Service can show you how to search for evidence to support evidence-based practice or personal study. This training is delivered in-person on a one-to-one basis. To arrange a training session please contact us.


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 Yorkshire Smokefree Service
NHS.UK information in other languages Healthwatch Wakefield
Health Unlocked Live Well Wakefield
NHS Find a Pharmacy 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.

Links to other services

Staff can also contact:

  • MY Occupational Health for information on health and wellbeing programmes and resources for staff and students.
  • MY Organisational Development for eLearning support, mandatory training enquiries and other available organisational training.
  • MY Research & Innovation for contact details, advice and guidance on all aspects of research and innovation.

Key stat

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