Information Skills Training

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Library staff offer a variety of training sessions, to suit specific professions and individual requirements.

  • Searching the healthcare databases
  • Accessing electronic journals and e-books
  • The Cochrane Library
  • Critical Appraisal introduction or intermediate level CA Training dates 2021
  • Training can take place in the following locations:

The Library's training room at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

At your place of work, whether hospital or community based.

1:1 Drop-in Sessions:

We are also offering one hour drop-in sessions on accessing Library resources.  You will be shown how to access and use the resources that the Library currently provides to support patient care, education, research, policy review, audit and innovation.

If you would like to know more or would like to book a session, please contact us by phone on 01253 953831 or use our Contact Form.

*New Learning Hub from Health Education England







The Learning Hub is a new digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of resources that are pertinent to education and training in health and care.  New features will be frequently released to provide a comprehensive learning experience for users.

The resources shared on the platform play a pivotal role in its success, in its vision for collaboration and supporting learners.  Many stakeholders from across the health and care workforce, including clinical commissioning groups, social care, professional bodies, charities and the simulation community, have already contributed a range of quality learning resources.  Many of the resources are in response to the COVID-19 efforts to support the health and care workforce.  These resources include videos, webinars, slide presentations, Q&A packs, simulation scripts, lesson plans and web links to support system readiness, recovery and beyond.

You are invited to access the Learning Hub ( either using eligible e-Learning for Healthcare log in details or by creating a Learning Hub account. 

The Learning Hub support site ( offers a range of frequently asked questions (FAQs), as well as further guidance, including a 'Getting Started' quick reference guide, and support articles to help introduce you to using the Learning Hub.


Online Training - Cochrane Library

Navigating the Cochrane Library Homepage (Video)

Searching the Cochrane Library (Video)

How to Search in the Cochrane Library (FlipBook)

How the Cochrane Library Can Help Healthcare Professionals (Video)

Cochrane Library Working With Searches (Video)

How to Use Mesh in the Cochrane Library (Video)

Online Modules - How To Search the Literature Effectively

A step-by-step guide to finding information and developing the skills for successful searching.

​These modules are designed to help the healthcare workforce (clinical and non-clinical) build confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence relevant to their work, study and research. The modules are short (each taking no more than 20 minutes to complete) and may be ‘dipped into’ for reference, or completed to obtain a certificate. There are seven modules suitable for novice searchers and those wishing to refresh their knowledge.

Building the foundations

Developing the skills

Applying the skills

  • Module 7. How to search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS) (coming soon

To access the modules click here