What types of sessions are available?

Currently, there are four types of sessions:

  • Going beyond Dr. Google
  • NHS OpenAthens overview
  • Finding the evidence
  • Critical Appraisal club

What are the next dates for group training sessions?

The training schedule for February, March and April is as follows:  

 NHS OpenAthens Overview

Thursday, 07 February 2019, 1400-1600

Tuesday, 05 March 2019, 1400-1600

Thursday, 04 April 2019, 1400-1600

A date and time chosen by you


In this session we will look at the books, e-books and e-journals that you can access with your NHS OpenAthens account, as well as clinical resources such as Clinical Key, Dynamed Plus, Medicines Complete and healthcare apps such as BNF, Clinical Key, DynamedPlus and Visible Body.

Going Beyond Dr. Google

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 1400-1600

Thursday, 14 March 2019, 1400-1600

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 1400-1600

A date and time chosen by you

This session is aimed at anyone who would like to be able to give good information to their patients, clients, or service users. There’s nothing wrong with looking up medical information on the internet – as long as you know how to do it and where to look. In this session, we will explore some basic rules for good and appropriate patient/consumer health information and how to find it. We will also discuss common issues around consumer health information such as the challenges of giving accurate and appropriate information to patients, and the role consumer health information can play in treatment and recovery.

Finding the Evidence

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 1400-1600

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 1400-1600

Tuesday, 18 April 2019, 1400-1600

A date and time chosen by you

This session will cover how to find appropriate evidence and develop effective search strategies using NHS Evidence and key healthcare databases such as MEDLINE.

To make the most of this session you should have a research question in mind, and complete a short pre-session exercise.

Critical Appraisal Club

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 1400-1600

Thursday, 28 March 2019, 1400-1600

Wednesday, 24 April 2019, 1400-1600

A date and time chosen by you

This session will introduce you to some of the skills needed to critically appraise a research paper, such as understanding evidence-based medicine, basic stats, and types of research.

In response to feedback, we've decided to run the critical appraisal course more like a journal club and make it easier for people to participate. We'll announce the paper for the month's session on this website and in our newsletter. We'll also write up the discussion from the session so that non-attendees can still benefit from it to some extent.

Who can access these sessions?

The information skills training is open to NELFT staff and members of subscribing organisations. If you work in Essex, you are also able to access similar training at Basildon Healthcare Library. Please see for further details.

What are the prerequisite skills for this training?

All our training sessions require you to have at least basic computer skills. You should also have an NHS OpenAthens account. To get an NHS OpenAthens account, please fill in the online registration form.

The Finding the Evidence and Critical Appraisal sessions will also require you to do some preparation before the session.

Can I access training outside the scheduled group sessions?

If you are a member of NELFT staff, or your organisation subscribes to customised training, you can book a one-to-one session or a customised session for your team at your workplace. Contact the library for more information.

Can I get CPD/CME credit for this training?

Each training session contributes 1 CPD point to doctors’ CPD requirements.

How do I book onto a group session or arrange for a customised session?

To book your place on a group session or to arrange a customised 1-2-1 or team session, please contact the library on 0300 555 1200 ext. 64504 or email

If booking by email, please include the following information in your booking email:

the date and type of the session you would like to book for 
your full name, job title, full work address and telephone number
whether you have an NHS OpenAthens account.

If booking for a customised session, please include some details of what you’d like it to cover.