Our training supports evidence-based practice, CPD, appraisal, and revalidation. We run a series of scheduled sessions and offer tailored sessions to individuals, groups, or teams on a day and at a time of their choosing upon request. Sessions are conducted via MS Teams or face-to-face.

These free sessions are open to all staff of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as well as students whilst on placement. Our skilled professionals also support assignments in a variety of areas ranging from completing a systematic review protocol to referencing.

You can secure a place on a session by contacting the library.

Scheduled Courses

Writing for Publication

The session aims to support participants with the tools to write and submit for publication. It will cover important factors to consider for journal selection, the benefits of publishing, tips for planning your writing and creating a poster presentation.

  • Wednesday 19th June 2024, 10:30 – 12:00

Introduction to Literature Searching

This session aims to show participants how to carry out a simple search to find evidence in their area of interest using the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub and  how to develop more advanced search strategies using a variety of searching tips and techniques. It also includes time for hands-on practice and experimenting with searching in a supported environment.

  • Friday 12th April 2024, 09:30 – 11:30
  • Friday 6th December 2024, 09:30 – 11:30

Critical Appraisal

This session aims to help participants develop their ability to assess the quality of published evidence. It introduces the importance of critical appraisal, hierarchy of evidence, different types of research, statistical terminology. It goes through the questions in a Systematic Review Checklist and identifies other types of checklists for appraising papers.

For hand-on practice appraising a paper, contact the library for details of the next BCHC Journal club session.

  • Wednesday 20th March 2024, 13:00 – 14:30
  • Friday 22nd November 2024, 10:00 – 11:30

Reflective Writing

This session aims to equip participants with the skills to complete their own pieces of written reflection. It covers how to record what you learn from events and experiences to support your revalidation or improve your practice.

  • Friday 19th July 2024, 13:30 – 15:00

Health Literacy

The session aims to introduce participants to the impact of poor health literacy on patient outcomes and equip them with tools and techniques to use in their practice to communicate health information effectively.

  • Tuesday 13th February 2024, 11:00 – 12:00
  • Monday 14th October 2024, 12:00 – 13:00

Return to Study

The session aims to equip participants with essential skills to support their return to study by discussing concepts such as essay writing, referencing, and time management.

  • Thursday 16th May 2024, 10:00 – 11:00
  • Wednesday 18th September 2024, 09:30 – 10:30


Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) works in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies to support patient care by providing e-learning to educate and train the health and social care workforce. Access all Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare programmes at There are also modules on how to search effectively for literature accessible at Login with your NHS OpenAthens account to ensure your learning activity is recorded.

Book Club

The Library runs a monthly Book Club, BCHCReads, on MS Teams in support of staff health and wellbeing. Everyone from BCHC is welcome to join our journey and rediscover the pleasure of reading. Every session focuses on a different book and you can come along as often as you’d like.

Journal Club

The Library helps with the facilitation of Journal Clubs, supports planning and critical appraisal training to finding papers to review. If your team has an existing Journal Club that would like our support, get in touch.

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