Library services & resources for SWASFT

Libraries    Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books    Current awareness  

This site is maintained and hosted by the lead library for SWASFT- Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. To contact Discovery Library about this page click here but please remember that you can register with any library in the SWASFT area as detailed below.



COVID-19 RESOURCES COVID-19 Guidance for Ambulance Trusts


NHS England COVID-19 Specialty guides
Ambulance Services
Guidance for the role and use of non-invasive respiratory support in adult patients with coronavirus (confirmed or suspected)


Resuscitation Council UK
Statements on COVID-19, CPR and Resuscitation


College of Paramedics
COVID-19 information


COVID-19 daily alert research bulletin
Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services produce a daily alert containing links to research and news on the latest coronavirus outbreak.
If you would like to receive this email alert, which contains latest research articles and news from government departments, please contact

They also have created the Finding the evidence: Coronavirus page.


Elearning for Health (ELfH) COVID-19 programme 
part of Health Education England’s elearning suite in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies including COVID-19 elearning resources for Paramedics





12/01/2021 New ebook content added
Assessing Mental Capacity : A Handbook to Guide Professionals from Basic to Advanced Practice
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)



02/02/2021 New edition Issue 87 & COVID-19 Supplement  of the SWASFT version of the national Prehospital Emergency Services Current Awareness Update


12/01/2021 New ebook content added
Oxford Handbook of Pre-Hospital Care
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


05/01/2021 New ebook content added
Communication in nursing and healthcare : a guide for compassionate practice
An Introduction to Qualitative Research
The SAGE Handbook of Coaching
Tortora’s principles of anatomy and physiology
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)



14/12/2020 New ebook content added
Gray’s Anatomy
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


02/12/2020 New ebook content added
Non-Medical Prescribing : A Course Companion
Understanding Clinical Papers
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)






Access to physical library resources and services
Electronic resources are available to all SWASFT staff and students irrespective of location, and details of how to access are listed in the other sections on this page

COVID-19 update – library access
SWASFT staff are usually able to visit and join any NHS library in the SWASFT area to receive face-to-face training. At present a number of libraries across the area have moved to remote-only services or significantly reduced staffing. Should you require access to resource training during this challenging time please email the Lead Library for SWASFT (please include contact phone number) and an online session can be arranged.








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.

Contact your local NHS library for details of their face-to-face information skills training programme or contact Discovery Library if you require help with a literature search or remote training assistance.






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.

     you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted to Find your Organisation, type NHS in England.
    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 you can consider making an article request via the library.


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 (online)
Journal of Paramedic Practice (print) 2009- If you need a pre-2014 article from JPP please make an article request and we will scan and send copy (within Copyright limits).
Prehospital Emergency Care 1997-
Resuscitation  2007-
Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine 2015-




Books (guide)

The electronic book stock available to SWASFT can be found by doing a search in the SWIMS catalogue.

and limiting your search to SWASFT holdings.

Please email if you have a query about accessing print book stock.









Current awareness

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





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