Our training helps you find the information you need to support your work and CPD. We offer individual and group sessions.  We offer most of our training remotely using MS Teams, but we can also offer face to face training in Trust workbases in Shropshire and Staffordshire. You can request online training 8am-8pm Monday to Friday. You can request face to face training between 9am and 5pm. Please contact us to discuss your training needs.

To book a session, either:

  • Use a Trust device (or your own MPFT login) for the short Microsoft form (for timetabled sessions),
  • Or use the form below (for any session),
  • Or email: library@mpft.nhs.uk (for any session).

You can also build your knowledge by completing the e-learning modules below.

Bitesize video tutorials

We've made some easy to follow video tutorials on using library e-resources.

Topics include finding books and using eBooks. 

View the videos on our YouTube playlist 


Literature Searching

Literature searching is often a key part of Evidence searching.

NHS England have developed the following modules to help you search for literature effectively. You do not need a login. Each module takes a maximum of 20 minutes. You are awarded a certificate when you complete each module.

Building the Foundations

Module 1: Introduction to searching

  • Recognise when you need to conduct a search 
  • Identify search skills you need to develop

Module 2: Where do I start searching?

  • Find appropriate information on your topic
  • Find the full-text of a journal article

Module 3: How do I start to develop a search strategy?

  • Focus your search question
  • Identify additional search terms
  • Use AND/OR to combine search terms

Developing the Skills

Module 4 Too many results? How to narrow your search

  • Apply limits to your search
  • See how different methods of searching affect the results
  • Amend your search strategy to reduce the number of results

Module 5 Too few results? How to broaden your search

  • See how removing keywords from your search affects the results
  • Amend your search strategy to increase the number of results

Module 6 Searching with subject headings

  • Using subject headings or thesaurus terms
  • Broaden or narrow the search using subject headings

Applying the Skills

Module 7 Searching the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub and bibliographic databases

  • Know when to use the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub and when to use the bibliographic databases
  • Use the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub to conduct a basic search and to find articles
  • Know where to conduct advanced searches on the bibliographic databases
  • Access a range of materials to help you use the resources available


Critical Appraisal

Critically Appraising the Evidence Base programme explains about the critical appraisal e-learning sessions. This is to “build confidence in the critical appraisal process when applying and evaluating research.”

Fill in the form below to book a training session. Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements we can help with.

Introduction to online content and library services

Get a quick overview of the online and print books, journals, databases, evidence summaries, search tools and other resources available to you.  Find out how library services can help you get the information you need for your work and CPD.  These sessions can cover how to use the library and/or give you an overview of the range of health and social care evidence sources available to you.  We can tailor these sessions to your own interests.

Searching for evidence

Learn how to find evidence and information to support your work, study and professional or service development.  We offer training at any level and cover straightforward searches using the NHS Knowledge Hub or more in-depth sessions using research databases such as CINAHL, Medline, PsycInfo, or Social Policy.  We also provide refresher and advanced search training.

  • Searching research da​​tabases - group training shows you how to plan a search strategy, choose and search a research database, and tailor your search. Book this to learn search techniques using a general search topic.

  • 1-1 guided search helps you plan and carry out a search on a topic of your choice. It’s ideal for academic study, or for anyone who wants to search more effectively.


Information or misinformation?

How to evaluate a website or other information source quickly, using CRAAP or a similar tool.  This shows you how to evaluate an information source quickly, but doesn't cover critical appraisal.


Google and Beyond: search for information more effectively

Learn how to search for high quality health information using key sources, use search engines effectively and assess website quality and reliability.

How to use eBooks or find specific articles

Trust staff have free access to thousands of e-books and millions of research articles.  This session covers how to track down a particular article you've identified you want to read; and how to find and use e-books.  We can tailor this session to either e-books or articles.

Searching specific information sources, e.g. Cochrane Library

How to search more specialist databases such as the Cochrane Library or Social Policy and Practice.  It can cover basic searching and/or more advanced search techniques. For Cochrane Library, it also covers when and why to use it.

Keeping up to date

We'll help you keep up to date with the latest information, evidence and guidelines in your field.

Study Skills, Referencing and Evidence-based Writing

Learn how to search the library catalogue and journals list to find items on your reading list. Get help with accessing and downloading e-books and finding articles to read. Get help with referencing your sources and including them in your writing. 

Introductory critical appraisal training - group or individual sessions

Learn how to critically appraise a qualitative or quantitative research article using a critical appraisal checklist and learn how to assess its relevance to your work.

Next group session: (subject to change)

  • Introduction to Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Research – Wednesday 19th June, 10am-12pm

E-mail: library@mpft.nhs.uk to receive an MS Teams invitation to one of the sessions above.

If you can't make these sessions, get in touch and we may be able to arrange another group session, or we can go through some of the principles of critical appraisal as a tutorial via MS Teams.

We are also offering sessions as part of the 'STARS' programme with MPFT Research. 


Health Literacy Awareness

43% of adults in England find word-based health information too complex. Add in numbers, and this rises to 61%.  Improved health literacy can help people make more informed choices and manage their health more effectively. Find out more with a library training session. 

Introduction to Health Literacy – 15 minutes
Looks at what health literacy is, why it matters, and what we can do to help. It’s ideal for introducing the subject or starting conversations in team meetings, huddles or staff inductions. 

Health Literacy Awareness – One hour

  • what health literacy is and why it matters
  • impact on service users, carers, and services
  • how better health literacy can improve the service we offer
  • session is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health UK (RSPH) 

Health Literacy Awareness and Clear Communication – Two hours 
The first half of this session is Health Literacy Awareness (details above). In the second hour, we’ll share tips for clear, accessible writing, and techniques to help services users and carers understand spoken health information. 

Next group session: (subject to change)

  • Thursday 17th October 2pm-4pm

Email: library@mpft.nhs.uk to receive an MS Teams invitation to this session.

Organising your references using Mendeley

Learn how to use Mendeley, a free reference management tool, to organise your references for assignments, research or any evidence-based documents. 

Finding and evaluating patient information

A quick overview of some sources of reliable patient information and an introduction to evaluating other patient information websites.

Creating an academic poster

Suggestions and support if you want to create a poster about research findings or service development or quality improvement work, for publication or to display at a conference.

Research training opportunities

View the MPFT Research and Innovation department page for information and support with writing research proposals, analysing data and applying for ethics approval. 

Book a Training Session

Please fill in this form to book a training session. Once we have received your request, a member of the library staff will contact you to discuss your training requirements. Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements we can help with.

What training would you like to receive? Required

(please note that the Library opening hours are 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday)

Where would you like to receive the training? Required

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