GDPR and DCH Library’s Privacy Policy

The laws governing Data Protection and Privacy are being updated this month (25th May 2018) under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  At DCH Library we take seriously the data you choose to share with us. Please read our Privacy Policy 2018 which has been updated to reflect the changes. We have also amended our forms – there is no need for you to submit a new registration form if you are already a member but it is worth reading our policy if you would like to know what we do with and how we use and protect your data. More information and guidance about the GDPR can be found at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) at

How to search the literature effectively: a step by step guide to success (STEP e-learning modules)

The modules have been created to improve access to training on literature search skills for healthcare staff who cannot easily attend library training due to location or time. The modules are available on the eLearning for Healthcare website

The modules are aimed at anyone doing a literature search on a health related topic. They are primarily targeted towards novice searchers or those who would like a refresher.  Each module has a glossary explaining key terminology in further detail.

For further information or help with literature searching please email the library at






NEW ebooks added to ClinicalKey

clinicalkey new 2015The following books, available with your OpenAthens username and password, were added to ClinicalKey in January:

If you don’t have an OpenAthens account, registration is easy – register here


New Year Resolutions – Three: Book a slot with a librarian

Now that you have registered with OpenAthens and become a member of the library our third suggestion for a New Year Resolution is to book an hour with the librarian. They can help you get the most out of your OpenAthens username and password, show you how to conduct a literature search as well as help with referencing and other study skills. Did you know we also offer workshops in “Finding the evidence” and reflective reading and writing for revalidation and CPD?

For more information or to book an hour with a librarian contact



New Year Resolutions – Two: Join your local healthcare library

Our second suggestion is to register with DCH library. Membership is free and all you have to do is complete this form and email it to Once registered, you receive a SWIMS (South West Information Management Scheme) card which gives you access to all our resources and interlibrary loans and document supply. You may borrow up to 8 loans at a time and you can renew your books online with your SWIMS username. Membership also entitles you to training offered by the library on a range of topics including literature searching, reflective reading and writing and study skills.  Knowledgeshare is our current awareness service which keeps you up to date with the latest evidence in your field. Please complete page 2 of the membership form if you would like this service.


New Year Resolutions – One: Register with OpenAthens

This week at DCH Library we have some suggestions for you for new year resolutions, we’re focusing on getting up to date with the latest evidence. So, if you haven’t already done so, today’s new year resolution is to register with OpenAthens


OpenAthens gives you access to thousands of e-journals and e-books.

Registration is free and easy to join—go to, fill in your details and you’ll be sent an email with your username and instruction on how to authenticate your account. Once set up you can access the electronic resources which the NHS has made available to its staff.

OpenAthens also gives you access to the resources the library has purchased, like ClinicalKey and e-journals. The Healthcare Database Advanced Search (HDAS) can also be used with an OpenAthens username and password.

If you would like more information or training on how you can use your OpenAthens account please contact the library on 01305 255248 or email:


NEW ClinicalKey E-Books added November 2017

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Visit ClinicalKey to see new content. These are accessible via your NHS OpenAthens username and password:

Assisted Ventilation of the Neonate, 6th ed

Atlas of Image-Guided Spinal Procedures, 2nd ed

Botulinum Toxin: Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology Series, 4th ed

Chronic Coronary Artery Disease: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease

Clinical and Translational Science: Principles of Human Research, 2nd ed

Complications of Urologic Surgery, 5th ed

Cottrell and Patel’s Neuroanesthesia, 6th ed

Dacie and Lewis Practical Haematology, 12th ed

Dermatology, 4th ed

Diagnostic Pathology of Infectious Disease, 2nd ed

Flaps and Grafts in Dermatologic Surgery, 2nd ed

Fundamental Neuroscience for Basic and Clinical Applications, 5th ed

Genomic and Precision Medicine: Cardiovascular Disease, 3rd ed

Hagberg and Benumof’s Airway Management, 4th ed

Handbook of Liver Disease, 4th ed

Intraoperative and Interventional Echocardiography: Atlas of Transesophageal Imaging, 2nd ed

Kaplan’s Essentials of Cardiac Anesthesia, 2nd ed

Little and Falace’s Dental Management of the Medically Compromised Patient, 9th ed

MacSween’s Pathology of the Liver, 7th ed

Operative Techniques: Foot and Ankle Surgery, 2nd ed

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, 2nd ed

Practical Pulmonary Pathology: A Diagnostic Approach, 3rd ed

Rosai and Ackerman’s Surgical Pathology, 11th ed

Treatment of Skin Disease: Comprehensive Therapeutic Strategies, 5th ed

Volpe’s Neurology of the Newborn, 6th ed


New titles added to catalogue

Take a look at the SWIMS catalogue to see our latest stock.


New print books include

ABC of clinical communication (2018) by Frain and Cooper,

Clinical Examination Skills for Healthcare Professionals (2017) by Abbott and Ranson

and ABC of COPD (2017) by Currie.


New electronic books from ClinicalKey include:

Complications in Anesthesia (Fleisher, Lee) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9781455704118; Package/Collection: Anesthesiology; New edition

Operative Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery (Myers, Eugene) 3rd ed; ISBN: 9780323401500; Package/Collection: Otolaryngology

Skin Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment (Habif, Thomas) 4th ed; ISBN: 9780323442220; Package/Collection: Dermatology);

User survey 2017 – the results are in!

The Library Service is expected to gather feedback from users as part of the Quality Assurance process. A survey offers users the opportunity to comment on the service and can provide evidence for service development/improvement as well as demonstrating how the service supports clinical and management decision-making.

We collected responses using Surveymonkey from 25 September – 11 October 2017. The survey was sent by email to our registered library users and it was advertised on the Trust’s emails to all staff.  We offered Amazon vouchers as an incentive to complete the survey.  We received 137 responses, with 100 people leaving their names for the prize draw.

The high level of customer service from the Library staff is a consistent theme.

We asked for suggestions on how the service could be improved. The Top 5 suggestions in order of frequency are:

  1. More study space: Seating area for reading only/designated quiet zone; separate area for group study and discussion.
  2. Enforce quiet/ban calls to mobiles – noted to be a problem out of hours
  3. Increase awareness of Library services (esp. OpenAthens/E-Journals and Books): particularly for NHS organisations outside of DCH e.g Dorset Healthcare and CCG.
  4. Install more PCs
  5. Scrap printing charges

The full report can be viewed here:

Library user survey 2017