Our training aims to help you find the information you need to support your work more effectively. 

We offer both individual and group sessions, in the library or in your workplace. Some individual training sessions can also be done remotely.

Our training can help you meet your CPD requirements and it is all mapped to the appropriate KSF dimensions.

Contact us to discuss your specific training needs or to book a session at a time and place to suit you.


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Using the internet more effectively:

Learn how to search for high quality health information using key sources, how to use search engines effectively and how to assess website quality and reliability.


Literature and database searching:

Learn how to search clinical databases to find evidence and information to support patient care and professional or service development. Training can be conducted using your own research interests and refresher training is also available.


Searching the Cochrane Library:

Learn about levels of evidence, systematic reviews, and how to search this key evidence based resource effectively.


Keeping up to date:

Keep up to date with evidence and guidelines with our current awareness service, or set up an alert on a topic of your choice.


Return to study: 

Learn how to search the library catalogue and manage your online library account. Get help with accessing and downloading E-books and using your Open Athens account to find and access articles. Get help with referencing your sources and finding items on your reading list. 


Introductory critical appraisal training - group sessions:

Learn how to critically appraise a qualitative or quantitative research article using a critical appraisal checklist and learn how to assess its relevance to your work.


Research training opportunities:

View the latest training sessions and workshops on understanding, conducting and writing research from the SSSFT Research and Innovation department. Sessions aim to help you to write research proposals, analyse data and apply for ethics approval. 


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How to search for literature effectively 

The modules are produced by Health Education England to help staff search for articles and evidence to suppor their practice, research and study. Modules take a maximum of 20 minutes and certificates are awarded on completion.

Module 1: Introduction to searching

Module 2: Where do I start searching?

Module 3: How do I start to develop a search strategy?



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