Library resources & services for Nursing, Midwifery & Care Professionals

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books  

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital
and gives details of selected content for 
Nursing, Midwifery and Care Professionals
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.
Also see our specialty pages

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please
phone 39111 or email

Royal College of Nursing
COVID-19 information and guidance

Royal College of Midwives
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.


New ebook content added 02/09/21
Level 1 Introduction to Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Settings
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 19/08/21
Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses
A Handbook for Support Workers in Health and Social Care
Nursing and Health Interventions : Design, Evaluation, and Implementation
Nursing Skills in Cardiorespiratory Assessment and Monitoring
Nursing Skills in Control and Coordination
Nursing Skills in Supporting Mobility
Oxford Handbook of Primary Care and Community Nursing
Writing for Publication in Nursing and Healthcare

Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- topics for allied health professionals
British Nursing Index (BNI)- incl topics for nurses and care staff
international nursing & allied health incl nurses and care staff
EMBASE- European biomedicine– good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most medical/surgical topics 
useful for health psychology/recovery

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 or details of library print holding. If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

See our main library website for details of our information skills training programme and literature searching support services.

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.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App
  • ClinicalKey  – clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and multimedia resources
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • Marsden Manual–  access to Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures Online
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • NICE Evidence access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence/best practice and guidelines.
  • Nursing & Midwifery CPD Launchpad from publisher of British Journal of Nursing & British Journal of Midwifery- incl articles enhanced to provide reflection on practice, plus online portfolio to store revalidation requirements.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • TRIP Database clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
  • UpToDate  ‘evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by physicians to help healthcare practitioners make the best decisions at the point of care’. Note you will need a University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Athens account (register here).


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

Selected Nursing journals below

If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

American Journal of Nursing (AJN)1996- If asked to ‘Find your institution’
enter NHS in England
BMC Nursing2002- 
British Journal of Cardiac Nursing2006- 
British Journal of Child Health2006- 
British Journal of Community Nursing1996- 
British Journal of Healthcare Assistants : for HCAs and Assistant Practitioners2007- 
British Journal of Mental Health Nursing2010- 
British Journal of Midwifery1996- 
British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing2005- 
British Journal of Nursing1992- 
Cancer Nursing : an International Journal for Cancer Care1996-If asked to ‘Find your institution’
enter NHS in England
Dental Nursing2006- 
European journal of cancer care1997- 
European Journal of Oncology Nursing2007- 
Evidence Based Midwifery2011- 
Evidence-Based Nursing2000- 
Gastrointestinal Nursing2006- 
Independent Nurse2005- 
International journal of mental health nursing2002- 
International Journal of Nursing Knowledge2012- 
International Journal of Nursing Practice1997- 
International Journal of Older People Nursing2006- 
International Journal of Palliative Nursing1998- 
International Journal of Urological Nursing2007- 
International Nursing Review1998- 
Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing1997- 
Journal of Advanced Nursing1997- 
Journal of Aesthetic Nursing2012- 
Journal of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing1997- 
Journal of Clinical Nursing1997- 
Journal of Community Nursing2004- 
Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing1970- 
Journal of Gerontological Nursing1975- 
Journal of Health Visiting2013- 
Journal of Kidney Care2009- 
Journal of midwifery and women’s health2000- 
Journal of Nursing Management1997- 
Journal of Nursing Scholarship2000- 
Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing1997- 
Journal of Renal Care2006- 
Journal of Wound Care1992- 
Medsurg Nursing1998- 
MIDIRS Midwifery Digest2006-  
Midwifery Today1987- 
Nephrology Nursing Journal1997- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Nursing and Health Sciences1999- 
Nursing and Residential Care1999- 
Nursing Forum1997- 
Nursing in Critical Care2003- 
Nursing Inquiry1997- 
Nursing Philosophy2000- 
Nursing Times2005- 
Pediatric Nursing1997- 
Practice Nursing1996- 
Public Health Nursing1997- 
Research in Nursing and Health1996- 
Urologic Nursing1998- 
Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing1999- 

Books (guide)

Search our  print and electronic book holdings.
Note- you will need an NHS Athens login to to access ebooks.

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select ‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’ to limit your search to books held here.


You can also log in and renew your books here (if you have not already made a pin number for your library account follow the instructions on screen).

If we don’t have the book you require you can consider making a book request. (Service for registered borrowers, undertaking NHS work. Registration forms are available here).