Month: November 2017

BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice (the point of care decision support tool available to all L&D Staff with a OpenAthens account) has a new look:

The new website includes:

  • A modern, fresh user interface and navigation
  • Improved differential diagnosis tables and treatment algorithms
  • Videos of the most common clinical procedures
  • Enhanced page designs with quick links to increase speed to answer
  • More than 250 integrated medical calculators
  • Patient discussions and nearly 400 patient leaflets
  • The latest evidence from Cochrane Clinical Answers
  • Plus an award-winning app that can be used offline.
  • Patient Information leaflets which have been awarded The Information Standard.

For more information or to apply for an OpenAthens account, visit the library or email library (we are also on ext 7201)


New Dermatology Titles Available

The library has received a number of new popular titles in the Dermatology Section.

Dermatology: An illustrated colour text

Dermatology: An Illustrated Colour Text is an ideal resource for today’s medical student, hospital resident, specialty registrar in dermatology or internal medicine, specialist nurse or family doctor. It presents the subject as a series of two page ‘learning units’, each covering important aspects of clinical dermatology.


Differential Diagnosis in Dermatology

Fully updated and revised, Differential Diagnosis in Dermatology, Fourth Edition has been greatly expanded and now includes entirely new chapters on specific areas such as mouth, tongue, lip and ear problems, acute erythematous rashes of the trunk and limbs, chronic erythematous rashes and lesions, and non-erythematous lesions. It also now includes an invaluable classification of topical steroids by potency.


Fitzpatrick’s Clinical Dermatology

One of the bestselling dermatology books in the world, this quick-reference clinical guide has virtually defined the field for thousands of physicians, dermatology residents, and medical students for more than three decades. Spanning the entire spectrum of skin problems, Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology, Eighth Edition combines laser-precise color images of skin lesions along with an overview of epidemiology and pathophysiology, and detailed information on diagnosis and treatment.


Clinical Dermatology: A colour guide to diagnosis and therapy

Widely recognized as the worlds leading dermatology manual, the new edition of Habifs Clinical Dermatology has been exhaustively updated to reflect todays best practices. A wealth of new features makes it easier, than any other resource, to identify, treat, and manage the full range of skin diseases


Take these books out 24 hours of the day with a library card, and search for all books available locally and throughout the East of England libraries at

Winter Library Training Sessions


It may be getting cold outside, but it is always warm in the COMET seminar rooms. Book on one of our upcoming training sessions to improve your Literature Searching and Critical Appraisal skills.

Evidence Based Literature Searching Sessions

 Thursday November 22nd 10am – 12pm and Tuesday December 12th 11am – 1pm

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.

Searching the Evidence for Midwives and Nurses

 Wednesday November 15th 3.30pm – 4.30pm

A short 1 hour session aimed at busy Nurses and Midwives on how to find high quality evidence. Find guidelines, systematic reviews and more that you can use in your clinical practice without worrying about quality and bias.

Critical Appraisal Sessions

Thursday November 16th 2-5pm and Tuesday January 16th 1.30 – 4.30pm

Learn to critically appraise a Randomised Control Trial. Learn about subjects such as allocation and ascertainment bias, study types, confounders and validity. We always choose a different paper to review in each session, so staff are encouraged to attend if they wish to practice skills learnt in a previous session.

Finding the Evidence – Evidence Quality, Clinical Questions and Literature Searching Afternoon

 Tuesday January 30th 12pm – 4.30pm

An afternoon training session suitable for any staff who would like to commit to an longer training session. The session will cover topics in greater depth such as evidence quality, formulating a clinical question and performing an in-depth literature search suitable for inclusion in an academic paper or review. We will include a short section on referencing, and we encourage you to bring your own personal laptops, if you have them for the installation of referencing software.

All sessions can be booked by emailing