Our training helps you find the information you need to support your work and CPD. We offer individual and group sessions, in the library or your workplace. Some individual sessions can be held remotely via Skype for Business. 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 them at: http://bit.ly/MPFTLibraryTutorials

Using the internet 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 and refresher training is also provided.

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.

Study Skills

Learn how to search the library catalogue and manage your online library account. 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 finding items on your reading list. 

Introductory critical appraisal training - group 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:

We don't currently have any group sessions scheduled, but please email if you would like to be informed of future dates.

E-mail us to book: library@mpft.nhs.uk

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


Funding Sources

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.

Book a Training Session

Fill in the form below to book a training session. Once we have received your request, a member of library staff will contact you to discuss your training requirements. 


Please note that the library opening hours are from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday


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The LKS will hold the data you provide on this form to provide a training session and invite you to provide feedback afterwards. We won't share your data with anyone outside the library. For more information, see the library Privacy Notice.


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