Searching and Review Clinics
These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond to systematic review related queries from within the geographical area covered by PenCLAHRC. Whether you are an academic or an NHS professional who needs to know where to start on the systematic review process or how to go about designing a search strategy, you can book an appointment with one of our reviewers or information specialists.
The clinics will be held every two to three weeks where possible, and will typically consist of around 6 or 7 half-hour appointment slots (N.B. appointment times may vary according to the availability of staff and/or a suitable meeting room).
How to book:
Registration for 2016 appointments can be accessed by clicking on one of the specific dates listed on the web page.
When you book an appointment you will need to give us some details including your name, the name of your project, your research question, what you have done so far on the review and what you need help with. You will also need to let us know who your supervisors are (if applicable) and whether you would like an appointment with a reviewer or an information specialist. Please note: in order to maximise the availability of the team to respond to requests in the allocated time, you may book a maximum of 2 appointments per clinic, of which 1 must be with a reviewer and 1 with an information specialist. Any additional bookings made for the same clinic by or on behalf of the same person will be declined.
***This session will take place in Exeter, South Cloisters, room 2.35***
Who can help with my query?
When booking an appointment you will need to state who you want to see. In order to help you make that decision, here are some general areas that we can help with:
Information specialist – informing search strategies, using Endnote as your reference library, managing your references, searching databases effectively, using local resources.
Reviewer – developing your protocol, describing the systematic review process, guidance on screening, data extraction and quality assessment (critical appraisal) and synthesis.
Can I book more than one appointment at a time?
You may book a maximum of 2 appointments per clinic date: one with an Information Specialist and one with a Systematic Reviewer. This decision has been taken to allow the team to handle ad hoc queries in as timely a manner as possible. Additional appointments booked by, or on behalf of, the same person on any one day will be declined. You may, however, book follow-up appointments at future clinics: please check with the member of staff you see at your initial clinic appointment whether they would advise this.
The clinic dates displayed on the website are not convenient for me. Can I book an appointment outside these times?
The clinics were established in order to help to manage the large number of ad hoc queries the Evidence Synthesis Team receives. Regrettably, therefore, it is not possible to book an appointment to see someone other than at the designated times set aside for this.
What are my transport/parking options?
Clinics will be held either in South Cloisters at the University of Exeter's St Luke's Campus, or in the ITTC Building at Plymouth Science Park, unless otherwise advertised.
South Cloisters: Please click here for directions and travel information: South Cloisters is marked no. 11 on the St Luke's Campus map. Please note that visitor parking at St Luke's is extremely limited: we suggest that visitors staying for less than 4 hours use the Triangle pay-and-display car park, or the short-term on-street parking available in the following nearby roads: College Road; Spicer Road; Denmark Road; Athelstan Road; Barnfield Hill. Please observe the distinction between resident-only spaces and public spaces if parking in one of these areas.
Plymouth Science Park: Please click here for directions and travel information. A map of the Science Park can be found here. As parking is limited, it is recommended that visitors use the Park and Ride service to Derriford Hospital if at all possible.
Who can I contact with any questions about the booking process?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.