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Resources for your profession

Below we have compiled valuable resources based on professions. 

Links to these resources can be found in the 'Related Links' section to the left of the page. For ease of location these have been alphabetised.

If you would like to see web pages for each profession, please use the links at the top of this page.

Allied Health Professionals

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs).

All links to these resources can be found in the 'Related Links' section on the left of this page.

If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

 

Healthcare Databases

BMJ Best Practice: Delivers high-quality evidence that informs clinical practice worldwide. It provides evidence in the form of studies and guidelines, clinical expertise and patient values.

NICE Evidence databases: CINAHL, Medline and AMED  (NHS Athens account required) 

UpToDate (available to WUTH staff only) provides evidence based summaries of clinical topics covering more than 20 specialties, as well as nearly 1,500 patient information topics, and more than 27,000 graphics, tables and videos available to download into presentations.  Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.

Please note that Up to Date is an American resource. This is particularly important when using information on licensed indications, doses and treatment pathways. For UK advice please refer to the Medicines Formulary, the BNF or contact Medicines Information. OpenAthens details are required to access the BNF. 

Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account! Our email is: wuth.lks@nhs.net

Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic. UpToDate user guide

The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews 

Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine 

PEDro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database): Provides Physiotherapy focused evidence.  

Pubmed: Allows access to a set of medical databases and journals for a variety of research.

OT Seeker: Database focussed on occupational therapy interventions.

PsycARTICLES: Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

 

Guidelines

NICE Guidelines 
Nice Evidence 

Journals

Browse journals from our catalogue.  
More ejournals are available via NICE Evidence (Athens account required)

 

Books

Browse our catalogue for our full range of physical books. 


Training

Further details about Finding the Evidence and Introduction to Critical Appraisal training. 

 

Services

Literature Searching Service
Document and book supply 
Our Specialist Services


Useful Websites

NICE Evidence: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways 

CASP critical appraisal checklists: checklists to enable you to appraise research studies in a systematic and straightforward way.

Discern: A valid and reliable tool for assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem. 

British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists: Professional resources. Practice and CPD resources to support Occupational Therapists.

European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education: Encourages lifelong learning in OT, includes details of webcasts and conferences.

Anatomy.TV:  (available to WUTH staff) A 3D anatomy resource.  

Medicines Complete: A collection of medicine based research with access to tools such as drug interaction checkers, clinical calculators and drug monitoring checkers. 

Examples of library impact

The library service has been involved in the following projects alongside AHPs.
Literature searches on various topics including recent searches on:
• Shoulder pain and scapula dyskinesis
• Effective discharge planning for occupational therapy services
• Nutritional management of the acutely ill patient
Supporting AHPs undertaking further study to develop a search strategy and locate relevant journal articles on their topic.
Supporting physiotherapists and occupational therapists to search for and critically appraise suitable articles for Journal Club.
Working alongside a team of physiotherapists to set up their own Journal Club.
Please contact us to find out more.

Doctors

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for doctors.

All links to these resources can be found in the 'Related Links' section on the left of this page.

If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

Healthcare databases

NICE Evidence databases: Medline, Embase and PsychINFO (NHS Athens account required)

UpToDate  (available to WUTH staff only) provides evidence based summaries of clinical topics covering more than 20 specialties, as well as nearly 1,500 patient information topics, and more than 27,000 graphics, tables and videos available to download into presentations.  Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.

Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic. For thise unfamiliar with the system the UpToDate user guide can be found in the related links section of this page. 

Please note that UpToDate is an American resource. This is particularly important when using information on licensed indications, doses and treatment pathways. For UK advice please refer to the Medicines Formulary, the BNF or contact Medicines Information. OpenAthens details are required to access the BNF. Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.

The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews

Pubmed: Quick search of the most up to date medical journal articles 

Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine

Health Research Premium Collection: Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES: Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

 

Guidelines

NICE Guidelines- Provides nationally excepted guidelines. 

 

Journals

Search our catalogue for journals

 

Books

Browse our catalogue for books

Oxford Handbooks: A collection of Oxford University Press publications covering medical and healthcare topics. 

 

Training

Further details about Finding the Evidence and Introduction to Critical Appraisal training

 

Services

Appraisal Training

Literature Searching Service
Document and book supply 
Our Specialist Services
Journal Club support service

 

Useful websites

NICE Evidence: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways 

BMJ Best Practice: Resources for BMA members including specialty specific portals, teaching videos and the latest BMJ articles.

BMJ Case Reports: A peer-reviewed, valuable collection of case reports in all disciplines so that healthcare professionals, researchers and others can easily find clinically important information on common and rare conditions. This is the largest single collection of case reports online with more than 11,000 articles from over 70 countries.  Our subscription means that as well as searching BMJ Case Reports, WUTH staff can now submit a case report for free, allowing you to avoid the usual annual fellowship fee of £168.  To access BMJ Case Reports, all you need is a WUTH OpenAthens account.  Log in here with your OpenAthens.  If you’re interested in submitting a case report, take a look at the Instructions for Authors and contact the Library and Knowledge Service for the WUTH Fellowship code (you’ll need this to submit).
BNF and BNF for Children: Authoritative and practical information on the selection and clinical use of medicines in a clear, concise and accessible manner. Athens account required.

NHS Medical Careers: career planning guide designed to assist you in understanding your options for choosing your future career as a doctor in the NHS.

CASP critical appraisal checklists: checklists to enable you to appraise research studies in a systematic and straightforward way.

Discern: A valid and reliable tool for assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem. 

Doctors.net: offers a variety of health information resources and fora for discussion to doctors who have registered with a GMC number.

Anatomy.TV:  (available to WUTH staff) A 3D anatomy resource.  

MedicinesComplete: A collection of medicine based research with access to tools such as drug interaction checkers, clinical calculators and drug monitoring checkers. 

Resources for GPs in training

Search our catalogue for books on general practice.

PRODIGY (formerly CKS): A reliable source of evidence-based information and practical 'know how' about the common conditions managed in primary care.

Health Talk Online: An award-winning charity website (was DIPEx) that shares other people's experiences of health and illness.

GP Notebook: Designed to provide a concise synopsis of the entire field of clinical medicine focussed on the needs of the UK GP.

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP): courses, email updates and revalidation resources 

BMJ Learning modules for GPs: further learning for GPs provided by BMJ Best Practice. 

Mersey Deanery: General Practice: information, resources and careers advice 

Guide to the Revalidation of General Practitioners (version 7): sets out the RCGP’s current proposals for the processes and evidence that will be required in order for GPs to be revalidated.

Pulse Learning: Online learning resource for GPs - earn CPD credits for clinical, GP commissioning and practice business topics, 

Pulse Today: latest news and developments in general practice

GP-UK: An open mailing list for the UK general practice community. 

 

Resources for Surgeons

The Royal College of Surgeons of England: the professional organisation 

BMJ Speciality Collection: resources on general surgery from the online BMJ, also links to relevant books and journals from the BMJ Publishing Group

Resources for SAS doctors

North Western Deanery: Useful links for SAS doctors 

NHS Employers: Specialty and Associate Specialist doctors  

NHS Medical Careers: Career Progression for SAS Doctors 
 

Examples of library impact

The library service has been involved in the following projects alongside doctors:
Literature searches on various topics including recent searches on:
• Case studies of spontaneous haemopneumothorax;
• Treatment of brain tumours - neurosurgery versus chemotherapy;
• Radiotherapy dosage for Hodgkins Lymphoma;
• Association between metabolic syndrome and peripheral vascular disease.
Help with identifying and critically appraising a study for Journal Club.
Delivering critical appraisal workshops.
One-to-one training on how to search for the best evidence.
Please contact us to find out more.

 

Revalidation Support

As part of the revalidation process, all licensed doctors will have to demonstrate every five years that they are up to date and fit to practise.

The GMC GMP Framework for Appraisals & Revalidation

 is divided into four domains

1. Knowledge, skills and performance
2. Safety and quality
3. Communication, partnership and teamwork
4. Maintaining trust

The Trust Library & Knowledge Service can help you to find the evidence of best practice for the first domain, Knowledge, Skills & Performance.

To help you find the evidence, we offer the following services & training:

  • We provide training in literature searching, to support you to develop the skills to find relevant evidence for yourself
  • We can do literature searches with you, or for you, on your chosen subjects
  • We can obtain journal articles & publications for you to read and use to stay abreast of developments in your field
  • We can signpost you to appropriate current awareness services, which will help you to stay up-to-date in your area of clinical practice
  • We have computers in the library and IT Suite which you can use to search for the evidence you need or to prepare your documents.
  • For more information or help, please contact our team on wuth.lks@nhs.net

 

Managers and Administrative Staff

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for Managers. 

All links to these resources can be found in the 'Related Links' section on the left of this page.

If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

 

Healthcare Databases

NICE Evidence databases: HMIC (NHS Athens account required) 

Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine

ProQuest Hospital Collection: Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES: Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

 

Guidelines

NICE guidelines

NICE Evidence Search

 

Journals

Browse journals on our Library Catalogue

More e-journals are available via NICE Evidence (Athens account required)

 

Books

Browse our catalogue from the Library catalogue link in related links.  

You can find books on topics such as Leadership, Human Resources, Coaching, Change management, Project management, Knowledge management, Financial management, Study skills and negotiation by searching our library catalogue.

 

Training

Further details about Finding the Evidence and Introduction to Critical Appraisal training.

 

Services

Literature searching service
Document and book supply 
Our Specialist Services
 

Useful Websites

The King’s Fund: Providing insight into health and care policy through courses, events, publications and blogs.  

Health Management Online, NHS Scotland: A library for health and social care staff in Scotland 

NHS Employers: Support workforce leaders and represent employers and systems to develop a sustainable workforce. 

NHS Confederation: The membership organisation that brings together, supports and speaks for the whole healthcare system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

eWin Workforce Information Network Portal  

Business Balls: A collection of management and leadership courses and tools.  

Advanced Google Search 

NICE 

The Guardian: The most useful sites on NHS quality and performance 
The Guardian: The most useful sites on NHS finance
The Guardian: The most useful sites on NHS staff issues 

Institute of Healthcare Management: A hub providing opportunities for leaders, managers and administrators to meet together and share experience.  

Medicines Complete: A collection of medicine based research with access to tools such as drug interaction checkers, clinical calculators and drug monitoring checkers.

Examples of library impact

The library service has been involved in the following projects alongside health care managers.
Literature searches on various topics including recent searches on:
• previous, current and emerging ideas about quality management in general practice
• implementing a pre-falls algorithm to prevent falls
• implications of re-introducing link nurses for certain specialities i.e. Infection control 
• How are other hospitals running emergency surgical services?
Supporting managers undertaking further study to develop a search strategy and locate relevant journal articles on their topic.
Please contact us to find out more.

Nursing Staff

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for nurses.

All links to these resources can be found in the 'Related Links' section on the left of this page.

If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

 

Healthcare databases

BMJ Best Practice: Delivers high-quality evidence that informs clinical practice worldwide. It provides evidence in the form of studies and guidelines, clinical expertise and patient values.

NICE Evidence databases: CINAHL and British Nursing Index (NHS Athens account required)

UpToDate  (available to WUTH staff only) provides evidence based summaries of clinical topics covering more than 20 specialties, as well as nearly 1,500 patient information topics, and more than 27,000 graphics, tables and videos available to download into presentations.  Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.

Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic. The UpToDate user guide is available for those unfamiliar with the system. 

Please note that UpToDate is an American resource. This is particularly important when using information on licensed indications, doses and treatment pathways. For UK advice please refer to the Medicines Formulary, the BNF or contact Medicines Information. OpenAthens details are required to access the BNF. Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.

The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews 

Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine

ProQuest Hospital Collection: Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES: Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

 

Guidelines

NICE guidelines 

NICE Evidence

 

Journals

Browse nursing journals by searching our Library Database.

More ejournals are available via NICE Evidence (Athens account required)

All staff and students have access to a new collection of nursing and midwifery journals, which includes key titles such as the British Journal of Nursing, British Journal of Community Nursing, Nurse Prescribing, Journal of Wound Care and British Journal of Midwifery.
This new bundle, in addition to, our existing nursing and midwifery resources, will help to keep you up to date with practice, support your continuing professional development, and help you to gather evidence for your Revalidation portfolio. 

To access this journal bundle you need an OpenAthens account, which will allow you to log in to the MAG online website from work or from home. If you do not have an OpenAthens account please follow the link from 'Related Links', or get in touch with us to request one. 

 

Books

Browse our catalogue to search for our selection of Nursing books and journals. 

Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures - 10th edition (online) (available to WUTH staff) OpenAthens details are required to access this resource. Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.

 

Training

Further details about Finding the Evidence and Introduction to Critical Appraisal training.

 

Services

Literature searching service
Document and book supply
Our Specialist Services

 

Useful websites

NICE Evidence: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways 

CASP critical appraisal checklists: checklists to enable you to appraise research studies in a systematic and straightforward way.

Discern: A valid and reliable tool for assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem. 

Nursing Times: the latest news, practice and resources for student nurses

Anatomy.TV:  (available to WUTH staff) A 3D anatomy resource.  

MedicinesComplete: A collection of medicine based research with access to tools such as drug interaction checkers, clinical calculators and drug monitoring checkers.

 

Examples of library impact

The library service has been involved in the following projects alongside nurses.
Literature searches on various topics including recent searches on:
• Community discharge planning for patients 
• Teaching and assessing nursing students in a ward environment 
• Lung cancer patients experience of radiotherapy 
• Therapeutic cooling in cardiac arrest patients
Supporting nurses undertaking further study to develop a search strategy and locate relevant journal articles on their topic.
Working alongside Practice Development Units to provide evidence input and support staff development.


Please contact us to find out more.

 

Revalidation support

Library & Knowledge Service 

Nursing and Midwifery Re-validation

How the Library can help you with re-validation

The components of re-validation are to:

  • Practise a minimum of 450 hours over the three years prior to the renewal of registration
  • Undertake 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Obtain five pieces of practice‐related feedback
  • Record a minimum of five written reflections on the Code, CPD and practice related feedback
  • Provide a health and character declaration
  • Declare appropriate cover under an indemnity arrangement
  • Gain confirmation, from a third party, that re-validation requirements have been met

The Library & Knowledge Service can help you find the necessary evidence of best practice, so you in turn can demonstrate your fitness to practice.

To help you find and demonstrate the evidence, we offer the following services & training:

  • We provide dedicated print and electronic evidence resources to help you keep up-to-date
    • Many of the electronic resources require an NHS Athens password.
  • We provide training in information search skills so you can develop the skills to find the evidence for yourself and reflect on it.
    • Request First Steps in Searching or Finding the Evidence session for you and/or your colleagues
    • Request a Reflective Writing session for you and/or your colleagues
  • We provide training in Critical Appraisal skills so you can develop the skills to assess how robust and reliable original research is using appropriate tools
  • We offer to do information searches with you on your chosen subjects
  • We obtain journal articles & publications for you, which you might need to read to stay abreast of developments in your field of expertise
  • We provide an Evidence Alerts service which alerts you to new innovations, improvements, best practice, news and evidence in your chosen areas of interest 
  • We support Journal Club activity which enables groups to present and critique original research of interest and relevant to their specialty and in itself is great evidence
  • Access to the library and its facilities, study space, computers and printers.

The NMC guide to re-validation can be viewed from the link in 'Related Links'

 

Oncologists

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for Oncologists.

All links to these resources can be found in the 'Related Links' section on the left of this page.

If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

NICE Evidence databases (NHS Athens account required): A collection of databases covering a range of healthcare databases. 

UpToDate  (available to WUTH staff only) provides evidence based summaries of clinical topics covering more than 20 specialties, as well as nearly 1,500 patient information topics, and more than 27,000 graphics, tables and videos available to download into presentations.  Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.

Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.


Please note that UpToDate is an American resource. This is particularly important when using information on licensed indications, doses and treatment pathways. For UK advice please refer to the Medicines Formulary, the BNF or contact Medicines Information. OpenAthens details are required to access the BNF. Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.

ProQuest Hospital Collection: Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES: Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews

Pubmed: Quick search of the most up to date medical journal articles

Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine

NICE guidance on cancer: National acknowledge guidance on related to cancer treatment and management. 

NICE Evidence Cancer Guidelines: Specific guidelines with a focus on Cancer

You can find books and journals on oncology related topics by searching our library catalogue

To subscribe to Evidence Alerts complete the Evidence Alerts subscription form.

For more details about "Finding the Evidence" and "Introduction to Critical Appraisal training" please visit our training pages.

Literature Searching Service
Document and Book Supply Service
Our Specialist Services


NICE Evidence: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways


NHS Choices Cancer: patient information on symptoms, causes, treatment and local health services


Cancer Research UK: information, news, statistics and resources

Macmillan Cancer Support : practical, medical and financial support for cancer patients as well as information and resources for health care professionals.


Marie Curie Cancer Care : support for cancer patients, carers and families, plus resources for health care professionals.

Merseyside & Cheshire Cancer Network: Provide free, fully independent and impartial, expert clinical advice on any proposals for service change that have significant implications for patients and the public.

The library service has been involved in the following projects in oncology:
• Supporting Diagnostic Imaging in setting up a Journal Club
• Training oncology registrars in literature searching
• Participation in a Practice Development and Research Unit steering group to 
provide access to the best evidence
• Presenting an exhibition stand at Learning At Work Day
• Literature searches to identify evidence on various topics including:
Management of acute radiation skin reactions
Nurse led telephone follow-up clinic for radiotherapy patients
Assessment and treatment of oral complications in patients undergoing 
chemotherapy
Brachytherapy for cervical cancer

Please contact us to find out more.

 

Did you know that you can register for Library membership without visiting the Library? If you wish to use this service please email wuth.lks@nhs.net

Did you know that you can receive material loans by post? If you wish to use this service please email wuth.lks@nhs.net

Pharmacists

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for Pharmacists.

All links to these resources can be found in the 'Related Links' section on the left of this page.

If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

 

Medicines information

British National Formulary (BNF) and British National Formulary for Children (BNFC): provide doctors, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals with sound, up-to-date, and timely information about the use of drugs by including key information on the selection, prescribing, dispensing, and administration of drugs.

NICE A/Z of Medicines: All NICE products on medicines management. Includes any guidance, advice, NICE Pathways and quality standards.

 

Healthcare databases

NICE Evidence databases: Embase and Medline (NHS OpenAthens account required) 

UpToDate (available to WUTH staff only) provides evidence based summaries of clinical topics covering more than 20 specialties, as well as nearly 1,500 patient information topics, and more than 27,000 graphics, tables and videos available to download into presentations.  Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.

Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic. If you are unfamiliar with this product an UpToDate user guide can be found in the related links section of this site. 

Please note that UpToDate is an American resource. This is particularly important when using information on licensed indications, doses and treatment pathways. For UK advice please refer to the Medicines Formulary, the BNF or contact Medicines Information. OpenAthens details are required to access the BNF. Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.

ProQuest Hospital Collection: Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES: Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews

 

Guidelines

NICE guidelines: Offers nationally recognised guidelines on a variety of medical based regulations.
NICE Evidence: Offers evidence in the form of academic papers and and reports. 

 

Journals

Ejournals are available via NICE Evidence (Athens account required) 

Books

Browse our library catalogue for our physical selection of Pharmaceutical books.

Training

Further details about Finding the Evidence and Introduction to Critical Appraisal training.

 

Services

Literature searching service
Document and book supply
Our Specialist Services
Journal Club support service

 

Useful websites

NICE Evidence: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways 

CASP critical appraisal checklists: checklists to enable you to appraise research studies in a systematic and straightforward way. 

Discern: A valid and reliable tool for assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem. 

Anatomy.TV:  (available to WUTH staff) is a 3D anatomy resource.

MedicinesComplete: A collection of medicine based research with access to tools such as drug interaction checkers, clinical calculators and drug monitoring checkers. 

OpenPrescribing: Provides a search interface onto raw prescribing data published by NHS BSA. 

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA): The Governments Regulatory body on Healthcare products and Medicines. This site provides updates from the latest medicines and products. 

 

Examples of Library Impact

The library has been involved in training pharmacists and pre-registration pharmacists to find high quality evidence

The library has provided literature searches on pharmacy related topics which have impacted positively on decision making and patient care


Please contact us to find out more.

Researchers

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources to support Research.

All links to these resources can be found in the 'Related Links' section on the left of this page.

If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

 

If you’re involved in research, the Trust Library and Knowledge Service provides the following support:

 

We can help you to develop a robust search strategy and train you to search for journal articles, guidelines and reports effectively.

Critical appraisal: We can train you to recognise different study designs and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of research studies.

We can help you find books and journals in your subject area. We also provide a Document and Book Supply service for documents not available elsewhere.


See what other people in the Trust are publishing: Journal articles published by WUTH staff are posted on the Library BlogSubscribe to the Library Blog.

 

National Institute for Health Research Journals

Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation: The EME Programme funds research to evaluate new treatments, including ones intended to prevent disease, covering: therapeutics (small molecule and biologic); psychological interventions; public health; diagnostics and medical devices

Health Services and Delivery Research: The HS&DR programme funds nationally important research, and aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, access and organisation of health services.

Health Technology Assessment: HTA publishes research information on the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of health technologies for those who use, manage and provide care in the NHS.

Programme Grants for Applied Research: Provides studies with particular emphasis on conditions causing significant disease burden, research includes promotion of health, prevention of ill health and optimal disease management. 

Public Health Research: The research is multi-disciplinary and broad, covering a range of interventions that improve public health.

Analyse your data: The McArdle Library loans digital transcription kits to help you record and transcribe interviews.

 

Useful websites

WUTH Research and Development team: local support and advice for researchers

Research and Development Info: general advice on research, training and funding.

Research Design Services: free advice on research design to researchers in the North West who are developing proposals for national, peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research

NHS R&D Forum: a network for those involved in managing and supporting R&D in health and social care

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): Department of Health organisation that provides details of funding information, research guidance, news, jobs and publications

National Research Ethics Service (NRES): facilitates and promotes ethical research and also protects the rights and safety of research participants 

Medical Research Council: publicly funded organsaition supporting research in medical sciences

Wellcome Trust: global charitable foundation supporting biomedical research and the medical humanities

Cancer Research UK, Cancer Stats: Cancer incidence, mortality and survival statistics for the UK and around the world

North West Cancer Intelligence Service: intelligence data, information and resources relating to cancer services in the region

CASP critical appraisal checklists: checklists to enable you to appraise research studies in a systematic and straightforward way.

Discern: A valid and reliable tool for assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem. 

Understanding Health Research: A tool for making sense of health studies​

 

Scientific and Technical Staff

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for Scientific and Technical Staff.

All links to these resources can be found in the 'Related Links' section on the left of this page.

If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

 

Healthcare databases

NICE Evidence databases: including Medline, Embase and PsycINFO(NHS Athens account required) 

UpToDate  (available to WUTH staff only) provides evidence based summaries of clinical topics covering more than 20 specialties, as well as nearly 1,500 patient information topics, and more than 27,000 graphics, tables and videos available to download into presentations.  Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic. 

Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.


Please note that UpToDate is an American resource. This is particularly important when using information on licensed indications, doses and treatment pathways. For UK advice please refer to the Medicines Formulary, the BNF or contact Medicines Information. OpenAthens details are required to access the BNF. Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.

The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews  

Pubmed: Quick search of the most up to date medical journal articles  
Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine 

ProQuest Hospital Collection: Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES: Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

If you need any further help please contact the library

 

Guidelines

NICE guidelines: Nationally recognised medical guidelines.

 

Book and Journals

Books and Journals are available through our library catalogue. 

 

Training

Further details about Finding the Evidence and Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training

 

Services

Literature searching service 
Document and book supply 
Our Specialist Services
Journal Club support service

 

Useful websites

Academy for Healthcare Science: overarching body for the professional organisations representing healthcare scientists.

Medical Research Council: publicly funded organsaition supporting research in medical sciences

Nuffield Council on Bioethics: an independent body that examines and reports on ethical issues in biology and medicine

Wellcome Trust: global charitable foundation supporting biomedical research and the medical humanities

NICE Evidence: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways 

BNF and BNF for Children: Authoritative and practical information on the selection and clinical use of medicines in a clear, concise and accessible manner. Athens account required.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA): the government agency which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe 

Anatomy.TV: (available to WUTH staff) is a 3D anatomy resource. 

MedicinesComplete: A collection of medicine based research with access to tools such as drug interaction checkers, clinical calculators and drug monitoring checkers. 

 

Examples of library impact

The library service has been involved in the following projects alongside scientific and technical staff:
Literature searches on various topics including recent searches on:
• Evidence for use of levosimendan in cardiogenic shock (severe low output heart failure)
• Attitudes of repsiratory clinicians towards smoking cessation
One-to-one training on how to search for the best evidence.
Please contact us to find out more.

Students

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for Students.

All links to these resources can be found in the 'Related Links' section on the left of this page.

If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

Your Library & Knowledge Service enables evidence based practice, service improvement, personal development, research and innovation by providing easy and convenient access to the right information, in the right place, at the right time.

We offer a wide range of services and support to students including:

We take the view that you are students studying to become a specific type of professional, therefore, there are customised information portals for each professional group. Take a look at the “Resources for your profession” section of our webpages and use these as a good starting point for your Information and Evidence Search.

It is the case that students frequently find these resources useful as a means of gaining an overview and evidence summaries of clinical conditions and treatments and anatomical structures.

Anatomy TV: 3D Anatomy tool (available to WUTH  staff & students)

Contact us when you need help or support.