Professional Development

The Mid North Coast Local Health District value and encourage the professional development of staff by funding learning and development activities as well as providing a number of excellent learning supports such as established libraries and an e-learning environment that is leading the way in New South Wales.

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Appreciative Inquiry

Mid North Coast Local Health District has partnered with Professor Belinda Dewar from the University of the West of Scotland to focus on relationship-centred care, the video below is a resource you may wish to use, it is a combination of staff reflections and their experiences using Appreciative Inquiry.

MNCLHD Library Services – supporting evidence based practice

The two libraries in MNCLHD work cooperatively to provide staff, VMOs and students on placement with relevant evidence-based resources for patient care and education.

Sally and Kath at CHHC Health Services Library and Adele, Helen and Kerry at PMBH Clinical Library are available to help staff find information for patient care, education and training, updating policies and procedures, and generally keeping up to date with your specialty.   They take pride in the quality and speed of our service!

Evidence-based resources -Journals and articles:

A Library eJournals site is available to staff to find a list of almost 8000 individual journals available. The list includes our locally subscribed journals as well as CIAP and open access titles – all in full text.

Books and DVDs:

The Library Catalogue on the Intranet desktop is available to discover what’s available to staff.  Both libraries hold excellent contemporary collections, relevant to practising clinicians as well as students.  Staff can request, reserve or renew books online, or simply send us an email.  We also arrange interlibrary loans, so if what staff want isn’t in our catalogue, ask us anyway!

UpToDate

This evidence-based clinical decision support database is available to all staff via an Intranet desktop link.

CIAP

The Clinical Information Access Portal is provided for all NSW Ministry of Health staff and is supported by the library services.  It includes access to various clinical databases and medicines information, including Medline, Embase, Informit Health, MIMS, Australian Medicines Handbook, Toxnet, AMED and many others.

Library services

Document delivery:  If staff need an article in full text and can’t seem to locate it?  We can help.  Just email us the citation and we’ll have it to your desktop in no time.

Literature searches: If staff need a clinical question or topic researched for patient care, a policy update or a presentation, the Librarians are happy to run a literature search for you and send you citations of relevant articles or links to helpful websites. We aim to send your results within 48 hours.

For students:  If students need assistance with assignments, we can help them with a guided literature search and some good tips on researching.

Training: Librarians will provide training to work teams or to individuals in the use of online databases, literature searching, critical appraisal, CIAP and other information topics.

Current Awareness: A great way to keep up to date with the current literature in your specialty, we will regularly email staff the tables of contents of relevant journals as they are published.  We will follow this up by sending staff articles they decided are of particular interest.

Library Blog:HealthInfo Blog is updated several times a week by MNCLHD Librarians.  It provides links to the latest reports, research, websites, podcasts and other authoritative sources of current health information we think you’d find interesting.   You can subscribe to email updates or RSS feeds from the site.

HealtheTube: Access to professional development 24/7

Innovation in professional development delivery.

HealtheTube

HealtheTube is an award winning online multimedia platform developed in the Mid North Coast that provides a centralised interprofessional library of clinical education training resources for clinicians working in the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD).  HealtheTube demonstrates the use of innovative online technology to increase educational opportunities for health professionals working in all health environments throughout the District, making sure that clinicians working shift work and in rurally isolated facilities have access to clinical education at their fingertips.

The video library of training resources includes step by step training on clinical procedures, lectures delivered by expert clinicians, health promotion videos and links to relevant websites providing evidence based clinical information.

Health professionals working for the MNCLHD are supported through the use of HealtheTube to meet their Continuing Professional Development  (CPD) requirements for registration and can provide CPD certification for your professional portfolio.

The site is available to clinicians 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and can be accessed at work, at home or on mobile devices such as smart phones or tablets.