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Medical & HSC Library Impact Survey

The Medical & HSC Library ran an impact survey from 1st – 24th June 2016 to help to identify the value of the library service to HSC staff. We were pleased to receive over a hundred detailed responses providing us with valuable evidence of the positive impact of our service.

The case studies provided strongly highlighted the importance of evidence-based practice and our role in providing the information that underpins this. The responses broadly fell into the categories shown in the chart below.

Case study examples

All responses are available on HONNI. Some examples  are given below. 

You asked We did Impact
Can you trace a recommended article on deafblindness? Librarian sourced article from library network Key knowledge obtained which influenced professional practice meeting RQIA requirement
Is there evidence on sibling separation and risk assessment models for perpetrators of domestic abuse and child sex abuse? Librarian promptly sourced key current information. The Court Children’s Service for NHSCT use the knowledgeable, professional expertise available in Antrim Library to keep abreast of legislative and research developments Evidence- based recommendations assisted the court in making orders with confidence that this was in the best interests of the subject children involved. The results reduced the need for costly, protracted and delayed court proceedings particularly appeals. Well informed evidence based recommendations are more likely to be accepted by contesting parties and less likely to be appealed.
Is a genetic variant found in a patient causing their symptoms? Librarian was able to find the relevant article through Queen’s Library The research confirmed that the pathogenic variant found was most likely the cause of the symptoms and other family members could be tested for the variant and treated early if necessary.
How can evidence be sourced to assist a safety, quality and experience project? Librarian provided step by step assistance in accessing journal articles The evidence facilitated greater awareness of FASD and standardisation of practice, contributing to improved quality of care and significant cost savings.
What quality information is available on oedemas and wound care? Librarian provided guidance on high quality books and refereed journals. The information provided was used to develop support materials for patients with learning difficulties, reducing the need for unscheduled care and reducing related costs.
Can you assist with a literature search on the effectiveness of entonox during colonoscopy? Librarian obtained journal articles and demonstrated saved searches, search alerts and translation of non-English articles. The research will contribute to increased patient flow and lower costs in day procedure units and a reduction in the amount of IV sedation required for colonoscopy, reducing risk to patients.
How can core reading material be acquired for an ultrasound scanning course? Librarian provided professional support and suggested books and articles which would help with course work. Resources provided facilitated professional development through study and the enhancement of practice by increasing practitioners’ core skills.


The results of the survey will be invaluable to us in reporting to the Department of Health and to support future requests for enhanced funding. We constantly seek to improve our services to HSC staff but there is a significant cost attached to this both in terms of staffing and resources. In the current financial climate it is extremely important to be able to prove the value of our services and your input is crucial to this. Thank you to all who took the time to respond to the survey and although the survey has now closed we are always grateful for case studies highlighting the impact of our service. If you have any such examples please contact med.info@qub.ac.uk.

Add comment July 26th, 2016

HONNI Update Summer 2016

Click the image below to access the latest issue of HONNI Update in PDF format.

HONNI update Summer 2016

4 comments June 27th, 2016

Summer Opening Hours

Medical and HSC Library

From 6th June 2016 – 30th July 2016
Monday – Friday                  8.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday                              9.30am – 1.00pm
Sunday                                 closed


From 1st August 2016 – 24th September 2016
Monday – Friday                  8.30am – 6.00pm
Saturday                              9.30am – 1.00pm
Sunday                                 closed


Biomedical Library

From 6th June 2016 – 24th September 2016
Monday – Friday                  9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday                              9.30am – 1.00pm
Sunday                                 closed


Both libraries are closed on 12th and 13th July. 

Normal term-time opening hours resume on Monday 26th September 2016.

Please contact all other HSC libraries directly for details of their opening hours over the summer period.

Add comment June 3rd, 2016

Belfast Trust “Welcome to HONNI” training

New to HONNI? Work within the Belfast Trust?

The Medical & HSC Library is running a series of training sessions for new BHSCT HONNI members. These training sessions will introduce you to the Library, and give you an overview of how to access our services, in particular finding on-line resources such as ebooks and ejournals.

The dates of the training sessions are below – to book a place at a session, click on the appropriate link, then click Register.

WED, 22 JUN AT 12:30    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/welcome-to-honni-an-introduction-for-belfast-trust-staff-tickets-25017141945

WED, 17 AUG AT 12:00    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/welcome-to-honni-an-introduction-for-belfast-trust-staff-tickets-25642727087

TUE, 6 SEP AT 12:30         https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/welcome-to-honni-an-introduction-for-belfast-trust-staff-tickets-25642738120

If you have any questions, please email Richard Fallis.


Add comment May 23rd, 2016

BCH to RVH Shuttle Bus – New Timetable 18/04/2016

There is a new, extended timetable for the Belfast Trust shuttle bus that QUB students and HSC staff can use to travel between Belfast City Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital.

For details of the new timetable, click on the image below.

BCH to RVH bus timetable

Add comment April 20th, 2016

2015 Satisfaction Survey Results

Thank you to all who responded to the 2015 Satisfaction Survey.  We had an acceptable response rate of 7% and we were delighted with the positive comments from HSC library members.  You commented, in particular, on the helpfulness of library staff, the swift response to requests for journal articles and the ease of use of HONNI.

Some examples of your comments:

  • Just lately I received an article that I was unable to print off directly from HONNI site. I contacted the library to see if they could locate my request. Gratefully I received the article with no problems or issues. I would like to congratulate the staff for this as I do not live local to main libraries.
  • I have found the HONNI computer training to be very useful. Even when I have struggled to find things I have always found the Library staff extremely supportive and you can attend the training again if you are not feeling competent in using the services. I have really appreciated this.
  • Librarians are extremely helpful and source hard to find references. They will find ways of delivering the items to you if you cannot collect them yourself.
  • Access to material is simple and straight forward.  Staff are very helpful especially when trying to access books located in other libraries throughout the province.

We shall endeavour to continue to deliver a high standard of service to you and respond to suggestions made so do please contact us if we can help in any way.

Add comment February 2nd, 2016

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