Library services & resources for SCAS

Libraries    Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books    Current awareness  

This site is maintained and hosted by the lead library for SCAS,
Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.
To contact Discovery Library click here .


New ebook content added 03/02/19
Neal, M. (2020) Medical pharmacology at a glance. 9th ed. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

21/01/2020 New edition-Issue 78 of the SCAS version of the national Prehospital Emergency Services Current Awareness Update


New ebook content added 21/01/2020
Deutschman, C. and Neligan, P. (2020) Evidence-based practice of critical care. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier.
McGahan, J., Schick, M. and Mills, L. Fundamentals of emergency ultrasound. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier.
Nasr, A. (2020) The trauma golden hour: a practical guide. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
Pope, C. and Mays, N. (2020) Qualitative research in health care. 4th ed. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


New ebook content added 04/12/19
Pilberry, R. and Lethbridge, K. (2019) Ambulance care essentials. 2nd ed. Bridgwater: Class Professional.
Pilbery, R. and Lethbridge, K. (2019) Ambulance care practice. 2nd ed.  Bridgwater: Class Professional.
Eaton, G. (2019) Law and ethics for paramedics: an essential guide. Bridgwater: Class Professional.
Hearns, S. (2019) Peak performance under pressure: lessons from a helicopter rescue doctor. Bridgwater: Class Professional.
Gubbins, K. and Hardwick, S. (2019) Practice education in paramedic science: theories and application. Bridgwater: Class Professional.
Peate, I. and Stephens, M. (2020) Wound care at a glance. 2nd ed. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)








Libraries providing resources & services to SCAS staff & students
Electronic resources are available to all SCAS staff and students irrespective of location and are listed further down the page.
For library support to assist with access and searching available resources:

  • Discovery Library, Plymouth will provide:
    – access to electronic resources- incl. problems with Athens accounts,
    – information skills training and search help,
    – resource access queries and requests for new resources,
    – urgent literature search services.
    For any queries about Discovery Library services, contact the team via online form, email or ring 01752 439111 (staffed hours 08.30 – 17.30 Monday – Friday).
  • Your local NHS library may also be able to offer you some services – see the directory for details.






Databases (handout)

Search the NHS healthcare databases:

Databases include:

  • AMED- covers topics for allied health professions including paramedics.
  • British Nursing Index (BNI)- primarily of use for nurses but also includes allied health,
  • CINAHL- international nursing & allied health incl. paramedics
  • EMBASE- primarily European biomedicine- particularly good for pharmacology
  • EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
  • HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
  • MEDLINE- most health topics including pre-hospital care 
  • PsycINFO- psychology & psychiatry including psychological aspects of trauma/injury

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Databases contain bibliographic records i.e. references. Whilst you won’t have fulltext access to all the articles, for some journals there will be a link to online access.

If an article you need is not available- please consider making an article request.

You can request literature searching and general enquiry services via the national library service.
If you need an urgent search or training on the use of resources please contact Discovery Library.









Evidence Based Practice and CPD

A range of evidence-based resources are available to help inform patient care including:

  • BMJ Best Practice (don’t use Internet Explorer, choose alternative browser)
    Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention across.****Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here). On 1st access you’ll be asked to create personal account to download free App***
  • ClinicalKey– clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and other fulltext resources
    Note you will need an NHS Athens account (register here).
  • Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS)– provided by NICE. Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations, regular updates to all topics and up to 10 new topics each year
  • Cochrane Library– collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • NICE Evidence– access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal. provided by NICE.
  • TRIP Database– clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.





Full A-Z list of all journals– you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

Selected Prehospital and Emergency Medicine journals below

If we don’t hold your required article may make an article request via the national library service

Journal Coverage Notes
Academic Emergency Medicine 1997-
Air Medical Journal 2007-
American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2007-
Annals of Emergency Medicine 2007-
BMJ 1840-
British Journal of Healthcare Assistants 2016-
Clinical Teacher 2004-
Disaster & Military Medicine 2015-
Emergency Medicine Australasia 2005-
Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 2007-
Emergency Medicine Journal (EMJ) 1984-
Health Services Research 2002-
Injury 2007-
International Paramedic Practice 2016-
Journal of Emergency Medicine 2007-
Journal of Paramedic Practice 2009-
Prehospital Emergency Care 1997-
Resuscitation 2007-
Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine 2015-







Electronic books available to SCAS (OpenAthens password required) are catalogued on SWIMS.






Current awareness

You may find the following useful for keeping up-to-date.


  • KnowledgeShare – sign up for targeted current awareness service that uses information about your professional interests to generate personalised current awareness bulletins straight to your email.




If you have problems accessing any of the content listed on this page please contact marking FAO Laura.