2020 Spring Forum: Lynda Ayiku and Paul Levay

The 2020 UHMLG Spring Forum is focusing on getting involved with systematic reviews. With six presentations, it promises to be an interesting and informative day. With the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the HE and NHS sectors, it’s a great value event for all health and medical librarians.

UPDATE: Unfortunately Lynda and Paul are unable to deliver their presentation in the online version of our conference. We regret that this presentation has therefore been withdrawn from the Spring Forum.

Improving information support processes for systematic reviews at NICE

The purpose of this session is to share examples of project work conducted at NICE to improve information support for systematic reviews. The session will discuss the challenges of adopting new processes and consider how we might prepare for future developments. We will cover the following:

  • Search filter development to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of systematic literature searches
  • Screening the results of literature searches to support the evidence selection process
  • Incorporating text mining technologies into search development and screening
  • Practical tips for conducting research projects to improve information support for systematic reviews


Lynda Ayiku

Lynda is an information specialist at NICE. She conducts expert searches for a range of NICE guidance products including; guidelines, medical technologies guidance, diagnostics guidance, evidence summaries and technology appraisals. Lynda has a research interest in search filter development to improve searching practice. She was the project lead for the NICE UK geographic search  filters (MEDLINE and Embase, OVID). Lynda is currently leading another project to create a new filter for the retrieval of evidence on digital health apps.

Paul Levay

Paul is an information specialist at NICE. Paul’s role focuses on supporting technology appraisals and providing expert searches for guidelines on public health topics. His research interests include making searches more efficient and assessing the contribution of different databases to systematic reviews on a range of topics. Paul has previously worked in libraries providing criminal justice and environmental information to government bodies. Paul is the joint editor, with Jenny Craven, of “Systematic Searching: Practical Ideas for Improving Results”, published by Facet in 2019.