Training

Our experts are able to offer a range of training for all NCA staff and students.

All training is currently delivered via Microsoft Teams - Please use the form at the bottom of the page to book a session.

Our Evidence Searching sessions are tailored to your needs. We can offer training and ongoing support in the following areas:

  • Developing a search strategy
  • Keyword, free text and subject heading searching
  • Recommended sources for your search
  • Database tips and tricks (e.g. truncation, proximity searching)
  • Saving and managing your resoures

We have also collated a range of training resources to support your work or study. Access these through the following webpage: Finding, Appraising and Citing Evidence

A systematic review uses repeatable analytical methods to collect secondary data and analyse it.

It aims to identify, appraise and synthesise all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a specific research question.

Our Information Specialists are trained in searching for systematic reviews and can offer training and advice in the following areas:

  • Registering your review protocol
  • Exploratory searching
  • Developing a clear and focussed research question
  • Building an effective search strategy
  • Searching databases and trials registers
  • Managing results

Please see the following webpage for guidance around conducting systematic reviews: Systematic Review Guidance

If you would like an Information Specialist embedded into your systematic review team, please contact evidence@pat.nhs.uk. Leave your contact details and we will be in touch to discuss your requirements and determine the level of support we are able to offer.

To critically appraise research is to examine its trustworthiness, value and relevance in a particular context.

What we can cover:

  • Importance of critical appraisal
  • Levels of evidence
  • Study types
  • Critical appraisal tools
  • Bias
  • Basic statistics for understanding research

Please see the following webpage for critical appraisal tools and resources: Finding, Appraising and Citing Evidence.

We can offer a quick tour of any or all of our resources, including access, navigation and key features:

If you need help with citing & referencing, avoiding plagiarism and copyright infringement of images, our staff are more than happy to support you.

We have also collated citing/referencing guidelines from local universities. Please see the following webpage: Finding, Appraising and Citing Evidence.

Whether you have new starters in your department, students on placement, or just want to learn more about what the Library can offer your team, we'd love to get to know you and tell you more about our fantastic services and resources.

We tailor our inductions to focus on the needs of your team, and they can be as brief or in-depth as you like.


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All training is currently being delivered via Microsoft Teams - Contact evidence@pat.nhs.uk if you have any questions.

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