Clinical Librarian and Outreach Service

We want to help you use the best evidence available – whether it’s for day to day work, changing policies or procedures, or for an assignment.

To help you find it, we have a range of skills and services that can help you find and use the best information that’s out there…

Evidence Search Service

Need an update on the latest evidence on a particular topic?
Looking to improve patient treatment and want to find out what works best?
Whatever you need, we can help with an evidence search.
For more information, click here


We provide training sessions to suit your needs. We offer both 1:1 and group sessions covering a range of resources and skills. Our most popular sessions are:

  • Evidence Searching: Learn the basic skills to effectively and efficiently search databases such as Medline, CINAHL, Cochrane and NICE Evidence. Normally takes 1-2 hours.
  • Getting the most out of e-Resources: Find out how to most effectively use resources like NHS Athens, Dynamed Plus, Anatomy TV, NICE Evidence, TRiPdatabase, BMJ Best Practice, eBNF & a range of other high quality resources. This session can be anything from a quick hand to get you started to a comprehensive 2 hour tour of all of the main evidence sources and how to use them effectively.
  • Critical Appraisal Skills: Learn to assess the quality of the evidence you find to help you judge whether it’s worth taking notice of or has flaws you should know about. These are 3 hour group sessions and can either be arranged specifically for a department or team, or look out for the advertised general critical appraisal training sessions. Alternatively, if you just have a quick question you want an answer to – feel free to get in touch with Dave or Sarah.

To arrange a training session, please contact our Clinical/Outreach Librarian, Sarah – see Contact Us, below.

Journal Clubs

Why have a journal club?
1. To highlight new research
2. To teach how to search for interesting articles representing the best evidence to inform practice
3. To encourage critical appraisal of evidence
4. To improve debating skills, demonstrate leadership skills, and aid peer mentorship.

Whether you have an existing journal club, or want to establish a new one, we can help with:

  • Literature searches for paper selection
  • Refresher training on critical appraisal of research
  • Checklists for critically appraising different types of research papers
  • Supporting presenters with templates and advice

For further information about Journal Club Support please contact:
Sarah Gardner, Clinical/Outreach Librarian
Tel: 01909 572950 or BAS ext.572950

Keep up-to-date with Evidence Updates, Bulletins and Electronic Table of Contents Alerts (E-TOCS)

Knowledge Share evidence updates, bespoke  bulletins and TOCs alerts for individual departments and specialities can be set up as required. Contact the Sarah Gardner or Katherine France in the first instance to discuss your requirements.

Visit our  keeping up-to-date page for details of our regular topic bulletins and how to sign up.

Publications Register

The Knowledge & Library Service maintains a searchable Publications Register of published articles, books and chapters written by Trust staff.

You can access the DBTH and RDASH Registers by clicking here and you can search by author or by Care Group/Corporate Directorate.

The entries are being updated monthly – if you have published something we may have missed please e-mail the details to so that it can be followed up. Alternatively, complete the form below relevant to your Trust and e-mail it :

DBTH Publications Register Submission Form
RDaSH Publications Register Submission Form


Contact Us

The main library email address is and they’ll forward your request on to whichever one of us is available at the time.

Or alternatively, you can contact Sarah or Katherine directly –

Sarah Gardner
Clinical Evidence Specialist
(based at Bassetlaw but can travel)
Tel: 01909 572950 or BAS ext.572950

Katherine France
Knowledge & Library Service
Tel: 01302 642895 or DRI ext.642895

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