Our training helps you find the information you need to support your work and CPD. We offer individual and group sessions.  At the moment we are delivering sessions remotely using MS Teams. Contact us to discuss your training needs or book a session below.

Staff based in North Staffordshire can also attend training at The Royal Stoke University Hospital Health Library. View their scheduled training sessions.

Bitesize video tutorials

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

Topics include DynaMed Plus, Easy Evidence Search and using eBooks. 

View the videos on our YouTube playlist 

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.

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.

Literature and database searching

Learn how to search clinical databases (e.g. CINAHL, PsycINFO) to find evidence and information to support your work, study and professional or service development. Training can incorporate your own research interests.  We also provide refresher training.

Guided Literature Searches

Struggling to find information for an assignment? Bring along the topic you're researching and we will work through the search with you to help you find the information you need.

Searching the Cochrane Library

Learn about levels of evidence, systematic reviews, and how to search this key evidence based resource effectively.

Keeping up to date

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

Return to Study/Study Skills

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 using your Open Athens account to find and read articles. 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 Sessions:



  • RCT    Thursday, 9th December 2021    10.00-12.30
  • Qualitative    Friday, 7th January 2022    10.00-12.30


  • RCT    Monday, 7th February 2022    1.30-4.00
  • Qualitative    Tuesday, 8th March 2022    10.00-12.30

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' program with MPFT Research. More details coming soon.

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. 

Health Education England have developed the following modules to help you search for literature effectively. You do not require a login and each module takes a maximum of 20 minutes. Certificates are awarded upon completion.

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 approprate 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 How to Search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS)

  • Choosing a database for your search
  • Conducting your search on HDAS
  • Saving results and downloading full text articles


There are lots of training funding sources available.  However, most are very limited in terms of who’s eligible and the amount of funding available, so don’t raise your hopes too high!  It seems to be particularly hard to get funding if you already hold professional qualifications and want to do a further taught qualification.

The list below includes some possibilities.  If you find any more that might be of use to colleagues, please e-mail us to let us know.

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Library and Knowledge Services Contact Details

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Telephone: 01785 221584 (ext 7128908)
E-mail: library@mpft.nhs.uk

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E-mail: library@mpft.nhs.uk

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