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 20/01/20
Dementia, Law and Ethics : A Practical Guide for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals 
Handbook for Culturally Competent Care

Oxford Handbook of Trauma and Orthopaedic Nursing
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


New ebook content added 18/01/2021
Oxford Handbook of Neuroscience Nursing 
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
Nursing Research: generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice
 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
 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)
    • Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS)– provided by NICE. Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations
    • 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.


Journal Coverage Notes
American Journal of Nursing (AJN) 1996-  If asked to ‘Find your institution’
enter NHS in England
BMC Nursing 2002-
British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 2006-
British Journal of Child Health 2006-
British Journal of Community Nursing 1996-
British Journal of Healthcare Assistants : for HCAs and Assistant Practitioners 2007-
British Journal of Mental Health Nursing 2010-
British Journal of Midwifery 1996-
British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing 2005-
British Journal of Nursing 1992-
Cancer Nursing : an International Journal for Cancer Care 1996- If asked to ‘Find your institution’
enter NHS in England
Dental Nursing 2006-
European journal of cancer care 1997-
European Journal of Oncology Nursing 2007-
Evidence Based Midwifery 2011-
Evidence-Based Nursing 2000-
Gastrointestinal Nursing 2006-
Independent Nurse 2005-
International journal of mental health nursing 2002-
International Journal of Nursing Knowledge 2012-
International Journal of Nursing Practice 1997-
International Journal of Older People Nursing 2006-
International Journal of Palliative Nursing 1998-
International Journal of Urological Nursing 2007-
International Nursing Review 1998-
Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing 1997-
Journal of Advanced Nursing 1997-
Journal of Aesthetic Nursing 2012-
Journal of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing 1997-
Journal of Clinical Nursing 1997-
Journal of Community Nursing 2004-
Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 1970-
Journal of Gerontological Nursing 1975-
Journal of Health Visiting 2013-
Journal of Kidney Care 2009-
Journal of midwifery and women’s health 2000-
Journal of Nursing Management 1997-
Journal of Nursing Scholarship 2000-
Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing 1997-
Journal of Renal Care 2006-
Journal of Wound Care 1992-
Medsurg Nursing 1998-
MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 2006-
Midwifery Today 1987-
Midwives 2011-
Nephrology Nursing Journal 1997-
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) 1990-
Nursing 2002-
Nursing and Health Sciences 1999-
Nursing and Residential Care 1999-
Nursing Forum 1997-
Nursing in Critical Care 2003-
Nursing Inquiry 1997-
Nursing Philosophy 2000-
Nursing Times 2005-
Pediatric Nursing 1997-
Practice Nursing 1996-
Public Health Nursing 1997-
Research in Nursing and Health 1996-
Urologic Nursing 1998-
Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing 1999-







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).