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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Scientific and Technical staff

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for scientific and technical staff. 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.
UpToDate user guide

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.

Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

If you need any further help please contact the library

NICE guidelines 

You can search for books and journals on scientific and technical topics on our library catalogue

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

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. 

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.