The Library is based at Darent Valley Hospital and offers a wide range of service and resources to support NHS staff and students on placement.

Most resources can be accessed or found by searching on the library catalogue or the  NHS Knowledge and Library Hub.

Take a look at our padlets to find resources for a particular staff group or subject area: 

Clinical Librarian

What is it about?

Clinical librarians provide evidence from research to support best practice, providing a mobile library service in the clinical setting and attending a variety of clinical meetings, ward rounds and clinics.  Clinical Librarians support departmental journal clubs, provide information skills and critical appraisal training on the wards, and work closely with clinicians and their departments to provide a library service tailored to that department and their needs.

The service supports all clinical staff at all levels by:

  • Providing the best evidence to support patient care
  • Providing evidence for research, audit and guideline production
  • Delivering formal and informal information skills training
  • Supporting journal clubs


  • Clinician time saved on searches
  • Professional librarian expertise
  • Promoting evidence-based practice
  • Supporting a learning culture

If you would like to find out more information, or arrange a visit for you or your team, please contact Genny Franklin or Christine Williams in the Library on Ext. 8548 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How to Reference and Managing References

What is it about?

Suitable for anyone who is studying, writing or doing research and needs to have a basic knowledge of how to reference, managing references and avoid plagiarism.

The session looks at some of the different referencing styles used and what information you need to collect for your references.

The session will look at some examples of bibliographic management software available with practical sessions on how to use including creating a bibliography and cite while you write.

Critical Appraisal of Quantitative Studies

What is it about?

Find out about some of the statistical methods you will come across when reading a journal article or report.

These include distribution, types of data, p-values, confidence intervals, measures of effect, probability, statistical tests and forest plots.

Attendees should already have attended Exploring Critical Appraisal course.

Finding and Accessing Journal Articles (Using the Healthcare Databases)

What is it about?

Are you finding it hard to find relevant, recent and high quality information? This course will show you how to use databases such as Medline, CINAHL and EMBASE to search for articles, as well as showing you how to use your OpenAthens ID to access and download articles. You will also find out how to set up alerts to notify you when new content is added which matches your search criteria. Basic IT skills are essential to attend this session.

Finding the Evidence (Searching for Evidence Based Practice)

What is it about?

This hands on session leading on from How to find information will aid you to find the evidence you need to support your research or for patient care. It covers a look at the hierarchy of evidence as well as searching for Cochrane systematic reviews, guidelines, randomised control trials and patient pathways. Basic IT skills are essential to attend this session.

How to Find Information (Starting your research)

What is it about?

This session is ideal for beginners of literature searching as well as those in need of a refresher. It covers everything you need to start putting your search together, from different searching techniques, to a look at a variety of online resources available to you using your NHS OpenAthens password. Basic IT skills are essential to attend this session.

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews

What is it about?

Do you already have some experience of critical appraisal but want to expand your knowledge? A look at what a systematic review is and why you need to appraise them?

During the session you will use a checklist to appraise a systematic review to assess its validity and relevance.

Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Studies

What is it about?

Find out about the methodology and terminology of qualitative studies and why it's important to appraise them.

During the session you will gain hands on experience of appraising a qualitative study to assess it's validity and relevance.

Exploring Critical Appraisal (How to read a paper)

What is it about?

  • How good is the research?
  • How evidence based is a paper?
  • How do you assess the evidence?
  • Is the research valid?
  • Is the research reliable?

If you are a beginner at critical appraisal or just need a refresher this session will give you an introduction to the basics.  During the sessions we will look at some journal articles to assess their validity, results and relevance.


Completely reimagined for today’s clinicians, DynaMed combines the highest quality evidence-based information,                                

expert guidance and a user-friendly, personalized experience to deliver accurate answers fast at the point of care. 

Login using your OpenAthens ID by clicking this link.

Benefits of DynaMed

  • Promote Evidence-Based Practice
  • Advance Inter-professional Care
  • Earn (Continuing Medical Education) CME credits and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points
  • Easy Access to Primary Literature
  • Anytime, Anywhere Access
  • Support Value-Based Care

 DynaMed has been accredited in the United Kingdom by:

  • The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and is considered to be of high quality and relevant for general practitioners' CPD and Revalidation needs. 1 CPD point per hour can be claimed for using DynaMed.
  • DynaMed e-Library is approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 1 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s).

For more information or help with access, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ext. 8548

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