What the reviewers have said about my books

The Art of Presenting

‘This book leads the reader through all the pitfalls of Powerpoint presentation, and guides us back to the simplest and most effective techniques in the art of presenting. It offers a brilliantly descriptive - even humorous – exploration of how to plan, prepare, and present a talk. This book is easily-readable and left me hurrying to finish, in order that I could trash my next planned presentation and restart using the Gillies Principle. My ‘take home’ message – read this before you start on your next presentation.’ NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NURSES FOR CONTRACEPTION AND SEXUAL HEALTH

'This easy to read and rather humorous book contains chapters on how to plan your talk, how to deliver it and how to present your graphics all in a very user friendly format. Essential for all educators or formal speakers.' JOURNAL OF PERIOPERATIVE PRACTICE

The Clinician's Guide to Surviving IT

'A concise and practical guide for anyone involved in IT within healthcare. The examples are simple but relevant and there is a wealth of reference material for those who may wish to explore further. This book provides an enlightening and reassuring read that dispels ignorance and suspicion of information technology. The user-friendly style is helpful. A must for every doctor, nurse and midwife in the NHS. It could also be suitable to use as a student textbook.' JOURNAL OF PERIOPERATIVE PRACTICE

'This light, bright book addresses the information technology needs of nurses, midwives and doctors. Short, sharp items enable clinicians to get the most out of IT in their specialty. The presentation ensures that everyone, whatever their experience, can gain some insight. Easy to read.' NURSING STANDARD

‘This book cleverly helps clinicians feel more at ease with information technology. It is easy to read with many amusing pictures and graphics. An enlightening read which helps clinicians overcome the fear of information technology and explains what their responsibilities are in making it work. The book offers key points that can be generalized to the U.S. healthcare system and its informatics revolution.’ DOODY ENTERPRISES

Using Research in Nursing
'This publication provides a step-by-step guide to carrying out quantitative and qualitative research in primary health care settings. Although it is aimed primarily at health workers and managers, its lessons, which are presented in a very accessible format, equally valid for social care staff' CARE AND HEALTH MAGAZINE

'This workbook provides a concise, comprehensive and user-friendly source of information and practical learning activities with the established aim of making the research process easer, enjoyable and subsequently likely to be used in clinical areas. The book is innovatively and integrally allied to accessing Internet on-line study sites, which are detailed ans easy to navigate. I found this book fascinating and its clear lucid style and restrained use of tables, graphics and activities make it not only an easy but also an enjoyable read. This book will provide a suitable resource for all nurses, and is a welcome addition to the myriad materials currently available.' CANCER CARE NEWS

'Who would have believed that a book about research could be fun? That is just what this author accomplished. The author covers 20 topics in an easy to understand way. There are practical activities alongside questions for the reader to think about. The book itself gives a detailed account of how to use the virtual library, therefore, the reader is not left to flounder if this sort of medium is unfamiliar.' JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY NURSING

There are many nursing research books on the market, but Gillies' book provides a true insight into an interactive method of learning. As an introduction to the subject this book and website are valuable, and the method of learning enjoyable' ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY NURSING

'Research in healthcare should be at the forefront of every nurse's agenda. This book attempts to bridge some of the gaps that occur between practice and research. The contents of the book are introduced within four parts, each one then highlighting areas within the research process from explaining what research is, through quantitative and qualitative methodology, and finally discussing writing research proposals and reports. This book is easy to read and understand. It follows a logical and practical format, and attempts to cover all areas of the research process. Overall, the book is easy to use and importantly gives the reader the impression that they are working alongside and being guided by the author' PROGRESS IN PALLIATIVE CARE

What makes a good health care system?
'I have read books on Healthcare systems before, so it was with some reservation that I approached this new book by Alan Gillies, as my previous experiences had been somewhat soured, even painful at times. How pleased I was therefore to find this to be thorough and highly readable work. I would go so far to say I truly enjoyed the many and varied discoveries I made along the way. I believe this to be a very valuble book for yourself, and add it to your own collection. I am certain that you will not be disappointed' BEDS AND HERTS FACULTY NEWSLETTER

'Reading the twelve chapters of this book prove to be a valuable experience in a number of ways. It is interesting, eloquent and easy to read. It provides a thorough presentation and analysis of how the systems work, the reasons they work in that way and what each system is trying to achieve' INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTEGRATED CARE

'A superiorly informed, chattily written primer for undergraduates and clinicians.' HEALTHMATTERS