Here at the QE Library, there are a multitude of training courses which all UHB staff members and students on placement can attend in order to help enhance and facilitate their Evidence-Based Practice and continuing professional development. All courses are free to attend.

The courses currently available include:

Searching Healthcare Databases 

This session will give you hands-on experience with performing your own literature searches showing how you can refine your search strategy in order to retrieve the most accurate results. The course will also explain the different levels of evidence and techniques you can apply when searching healthcare databases.

Cannot attend our monthly session? Please contact the library to arrange a one-to-one session at a time of your convenience.

Introduction to Critical Appraisal

New to Critical Appraisal? We can help you with your critical appraisal queries through one-to-one sessions or we can do group training with your department or journal club. Speak to staff for more details.

Evidence-Based Practice and Critical Appraisal Workshop

This workshop consists of group exercises and activities to consolidate knowledge. Within this session, the trainer will explain research bias, the use of common clinical statistics, and how to interpret forest plots and statistics in randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews. There will also be opportunities for Q&As.

Writing for Publication Workshop

One-to-one sessions with our in-house experts where you can discuss writing tips and preparing for publication.

Resources Workshops

We offer training on all our resources on a one-to-one basis or in groups/departments. Contact your site library to arrange.

We also arrange for our resource suppliers to visit our libraries to give demonstrations.

Statistics for Research (SPSS) – Introductory and Advanced

This course is for researchers using data analysis software for the first time or who need to refresh their skills. This course is divided into two parts: firstly, a brief introductory session to prepare your dataset for analysis followed by an introduction to to IBM SPSS Statistics software and the opportunity to apply relevant statistical procedures.

Our experienced statistician will host the session and help you to:

  • organise a dataset prior to analysis and check for errors using Microsoft Excel
  • trasnfer data into SPSS Statistics for further analysis
  • assess whether it is valid to assume a variable has a Normal distribution
  • use core features in SPSS to perform relevant statistical analyses.


Please visit the Library Training page on the Intranet for the specific dates and times for the above courses.