What types of sessions are available?

Currently, there are four types of sessions:

  • Finding Quality Health Information (formerly: Going beyond Dr. Google)
  • NHS OpenAthens overview
  • Finding the evidence
  • Critical Appraisal club


You can book the courses on STEPS. Type the course title on STEPS search box to access the course, click on 'Enrol', request for your Manager's approval). All training and support is currently provided via Zoom or WebEx or Jabber. We are not able to offer face to face training sessions at the moment.

Contact us for further information or to sign up for 1-2-1 training session, email NELFT Library & Knowledge Service or phone 0300 555 1200 ext. 64504. 

Quick Library Training Sessions

Aubrey Keep Library is introducing three quick, 30 minutes training sessions that are tailored to your information needs. These bite size training sessions are also available via WebEx online conference. The sessions on offer are:

CPD without tears

This session will introduce you to the electronic resources that help you to do your continuing professional development.

  • Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 15.00-15.30
  • Wednesday, 02 December 2020, 15.00-15.30

A date and time chosen by you.

NELFT Discovery

This session will walk you through the system that retrieves answers for you from books, e-books and journals.

  • Friday, 20 November 2020, 15.00-15.30
  • Wednesday, 09 December 2020, 15.00-15.30

 A date and time chosen by you.

Healthcare Mobile Apps

This session will improve your confidence to identify, install and use healthcare mobile apps that is available via Aubrey Keep Library and NHS App Library (

  • Friday, 25 November 2020, 11.00-11.30
  • Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 10.30-11.00

A date and time chosen by you.

Upcoming group session schedule

If the scheduled group session times do not suit you, contact us / email to arrange a 1-2-1 at a mutually convenient time. 

NHS OpenAthens Overview

  • Thursday, 03 December 2020, 14.00-16.00

A date and time chosen by you.

In this session, we will look at the e-books and e-journals that you can access with your NHS Athens account, as well as the clinical resources such as Clinical Key, Dynamed Plus, Medicines Complete, and Healthcare Databases. To make the most of this session, you need to have an NHS OpenAthens account.

Finding Quality Health Information (formerly: Going beyond Dr. Google)

  • Thursday, 26 November 2020, 14.00-16.00
  • Thursday, 17 December 2020, 14.00-16.00

 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. In this session, we will explore some basic rules for good and appropriate patient/consumer health information and how to find it.

Finding the Evidence

  • Thursday, 19 November 2020, 14.00-16.00
  • Thursday, 10 December 2020, 14.00-16.00

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 health care databases such as MEDLINE and PsycINFO. To make the most of this session, you should have a research question you would like assistance with and an NHS OpenAthens account.

Critical Appraisal Club

  • Tuesday,01 December 2020, 14.00-16.00

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.

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.