Month: June 2017

Summer Training Calendar from the COMET Library


Over the summer the library will be offering a number of training sessions, open to all hospital staff, Medical Students, GPs and Public Health staff in Luton and Bedfordshire.

Searching The Evidence

Learn about ‘Levels of Evidence’, high quality evidence such as systematic reviews and the concept of ‘Best Evidence’. Practice searching through online resources to quickly identify high quality resources , including guidelines and evidence summaries usable both in personal research and clinical work.

7th September 10.00 – 12.00
Searching the Evidence for Midwives, Nurses and Students

In this short 1 hour session for the busy professional we discuss the best resources to support both study, decision making and revalidation. We will introduce the concepts of CPD tracking in Best Practice, Evidence-Based Searching and ‘Best Evidence’

1st August 11.30 – 12.30
Introduction to the Critical Appraisal of RCTs

This introduction to Critical Appraisal is aimed at the busy clinician or nurse who is new to this very important subject. Condensing this complex subject into a 3 hour session we will look at why we need to critically appraise published research, common types of bias and error frequently found in papers, and how to critically appraise a Randomised Control Trial.

9th August 9.00 – 12.00

Evidence-Based Literature Searching

Our most popular session, ran over two hours where we discuss creating a clinical question using PICO, and search using keywords through major databases such as CINAHL and MEDLINE while producing a search strategy for inclusion in guidelines, publications and assignments/dissertations.

1st August 15.00 – 17.00
14th September 11.00 – 13.00

Contact the COMET Library at or call 01582497201

One-to-one sessions are always available, staff time permitting. Coffee and light refreshments are provided during sessions. Please note that non-attendance will result in losing the ability to book on future courses. Certificates are issued for portfolios/CPD.