Library resources & services for Teaching, Learning and Education professionals incl Simulation

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)


How to find PRINT + ELECTRONIC BOOKS (SWIMS Catalogue)

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital
and gives details of selected content for 
Teaching, Learning and Education Professionals
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community

+ Primary Care and ICB staff in Devon
Also see our clinical specialty pages 

Please also consult the resources available at education institution/provider for courses you teach. Click here for Plymouth University library page for education professionals.

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please


20/02/2023 New ebook content added
Researching Medical Education
Training to Change Practice : Behavioural Science to Develop Effective Health Professional Education
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

13/12/2022 New ebook content added
Mentoring in Health Professions Education : Evidence-Informed Strategies Across the Continuum
Step-By-Step Guide to Case-Based Collaborative Learning (CBCL)
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)

If you need an search assistance or training on the use of resources please 
contact Discovery Library.

You can also undertake How to Search the Literature Effectively elearning modules – you will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access.

AMED (via Ovid)– allied and complementary medicine including palliative care
BNI (via Proquest)– nursing, midwifery and community healthcare
CINAHL (via Ebsco)– nursing and allied health
Embase (via Ovid) – biomedical and pharmaceutical literature
Emcare (via Ovid) – nursing and allied health
HMIC (via Ovid) – healthcare management
Medline (via Ovid or via EBSCO)- biomedical, life sciences, allied health and pre-clinical sciences literature
PsycINFO (via Proquest) – psychological, social, behavioral sciences.
Social Policy and Practice (via Ovid)- health and social care

To access the NHS subscribed databases you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

  • Search Cochrane Library
    Collection of databases incl:

    -Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    -Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)

    Cochrane Clinical Answers

    that can be searched simultaneously and contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making

  • Search PubMed
    Free resource which contains more than 33 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

    To identify locally held content when searching use the following organisation specific links
  • University Hospitals Plymouth
  • Livewell SW and Plymouth General Practice staff
    (please note the logo currently only mentions Livewell and plymouth general practice but ALL Devon general practice and ICB staff can also use)
  • South Western Ambulance SWAST
  • South Central Ambulance

    These links include an local organisation logo on the right-hand side of each record. Clicking the logo will check article availability or offer a request form.
    To access the content linked you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

  • Search NHS Library and Knowledge Hub (Guide)
    Whilst it is advisable to search the databases above for more detailed and systematic searches, the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub can be used for more simple searches to find a couple of papers on a simple topic.

    To access content on the Library and Knowledge Hub you will need an
    NHS OpenAthens account.

The health databases above will include articles related to teaching/learning in health journals, but you should also consult the databases available from the education institution/provider for courses you teach. Click here for Plymouth University library page for education professionals

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To access articles you will need a NHS OpenAthens account.


For each option you should either be able to

  • Access the fulltext of the article where we have a subscription to journal or
  • Complete a form to request a copy of an article not held
  • The ARTICLE TITLE via the Knowledge and Library Hub (Guide)

    If you have the article title please copy and paste into the main search box of the hub.
    If the title is a short title using common healthcare terms, then you might want to add the Author name and/or Journal title to the search to specify your chosen article.


    A Digital Object Identifier (DOI)  is a string of numbers, letters and symbols used to permanently identify an article or document and link to it on the web.
    It is usually in the format:
    The bit in italics which starts all DOIs can be ignored- please copy and paste the rest of your specific into the search box.

    A PubMed identifier (PMID) is a unique value assigned to each PubMed record usually 8 digits long

The search only includes journals for which organisation has a subscription.
If a journal is embargoed the embargoed article will still be listed but when you click to access content you will receive a article request form rather than the fulltext.

  • BROWSER EXTENSION to check all scholarly pages for local access via Nomad

Please note: On University Hospitals Plymouth and Livewell SW networked machines IT have already made Nomad automatically available via Microsoft Edge.
You will need to manually download to any other browsers you use on NHS Personal Device

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SWIMS Library Catalogue

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select
‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’
to limit your search to print books held at Discovery Library, Derriford.
The shelfmark will correspond with shelf in library collection.

If you are unable to visit the library in person please email to request postal delivery of required book(s)

Ebooks select your location based on your organisation :

Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY (for UHP, Livewell and Devon GP and ICB staff)
-South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust SWASFT
South Central Ambulance Service SCAS
You will need an NHS OpenAthens login to to access ebooks.

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).

Selected TEACHING LEARNING & EDUCATION ebooks- click title to login with NHS Athens account

TitleYearEdition1st author
ABC of learning and teaching in medicine20173rdCantillon
Advancing surgical education : theory, evidence and practice2019 Nestel
Applied Philosophy for Health Professions Education : A Journey Towards Mutual Understanding2022Brown
The art of coaching : a handbook of tips and tools2016Bird
Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education : A Guide for Teachers2020 McConlogue
Best Practices for Administering Online Programs2020 Hillman
Building a culture of patient safety through simulation : an interprofessional learning model2015 Gallo
Collaborative Learning in Practice : Coaching to Support Student Learners in Healthcare 2021Lobo
A Complete Guide to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training20213rdMachin
Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Implementing Best Practices in Standardized Patient Methodology2020 Gliva-McConvey
Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Improving Healthcare Systems 2021Deutsch
Comprehensive healthcare simulation : interprofessional team training and simulation2020 Paige
Comprehensive healthcare simulation : mobile medical simulation2020 Carstens
A Concise Guide to Lecturing in Higher Education and the Academic Professional Apprenticeship2020 Hindmarch
Contemporary challenges in medical education : from theory to practice2019 Zaidi
Defining excellence in simulation programs2015 Palaganas
Developing healthcare skills through simulation2012 Aldridge
Dimensions on Nursing Teaching and Learning : Supporting Nursing Students in Learning Nursing2020 Cunningham
Educational research : contemporary issues and practical approaches20152ndWellington
Educational research : planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research20216thGuetterman
Emergency medicine simulation workbook : a tool for bringing the curriculum to life2013 Thoureen
Engaging Ideas : The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom 20213rdMelzer
Essential simulation in clinical education2013 Forrest
Essential skills for a medical teacher : an introduction to teaching and learning in medicine20213rdHarden
The fearless organization : creating psychological safety in the workplace for learning, innovation and growth2019 Edmondson
HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Lifelong Learning2021Harvard Business Review
Healthcare simulation at a glance2019 Forrest
Healthcare simulation research : a practical guide2019 Nestel
How to assess doctors and health professionals2013 Davis
How to assess students and trainees in medicine and health2013 Westwood
How-To Guide for Active Learning (International Association of Medical Science Educators manual)2021Fornari
How-To Guide for Team-Based Learning (International Association of Medical Science Educators manual) 2021Levine
How to succeed at interprofessional education2019 Donnelly
How to teach in clinical settings2014 Seabrook
How to teach using simulation in healthcare2017 Davis
Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health Professions20218thBradshaw
Interprofessional simulation in health care2019 Dahlgren
Introduction to Medical Teaching : The Foundations of Curriculum Design, Delivery, and Assessment 20223rdHuggett
Learning and Behaviour in Medicine : A Voyage Around CME and CPD 2022Stevenson
The learning imperative / raising performance in organisations by improving learning2018 Burns
The lecturer’s toolkit : a practical guide to assessment, learning and teaching20205thRace
Make it stick : the science of successful learning2014 Brown
Medical education at a glance2017 McKimm
Mentoring in Health Professions Education : Evidence-Informed Strategies Across the Continuum2022Fornari
Mentoring, learning and assessment in clinical practice / a guide for nurses, midwives and other health professionals2013 Stuart
Microsoft Teams for Dummies20212ndWithee
Neonatal Simulation : A Practical Guide2021Soghier
Pocket book for simulation debriefing in healthcare2018 Oriot
Pocket Guide to Teaching for Clinical Instructors20163rdBullock
The power of making thinking visible : practices to engage and empower all learners2020 Ritchhart
Practical teaching in emergency medicine20132ndRogers
Practice Based Learning in Nursing, Health and Social Care: Mentorship, Facilitation and Supervision2013 Scott
Practice Development in Nursing and Healthcare20132ndMcCormack
Practice Development Workbook for Nursing, Health and Social Care Teams2014 Dewing
Practice education in paramedic science : theories and application2019 Gubbins
The psychology of coaching, mentoring and learning20132ndLaw
Reframing Space for Learning : Excellence and Innovation in University Teaching2020 Bilham
The remote facilitator’s pocket guide2020 Clacey
Researching Medical Education 20232ndCleland
Rubrics – a Tool for Feedback and Assessment Viewed from Different Perspectives : Enhancing Learning and Assessment Quality2021de Boer
Small Teaching : Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning 20212ndLang
Small Teaching Online : Applying Learning Science in Online Classes2019 Darby
Step-By-Step Guide to Case-Based Collaborative Learning (CBCL) 2022Besche
Strategic Debriefing for Advanced Simulation2022Capogna
Strategies for Clinical Teaching in the Health Professions 2021Miller
Supervising and Assessing Student Nurses and Midwives in Clinical Practice : A practical guide2021 Leigh
Teaching in the Online Classroom : Surviving and Thriving in the New Normal 2020Lemov
Training and Development for Dummies 20222ndBiech
Training to Change Practice : Behavioural Science to Develop Effective Health Professional Education 2023Hart
Understanding medical education : evidence, theory and practice20193rdSwanwick
Understanding supervision and assessment in nursing2020Feeney
Virtual Facilitation : Create More Engagement and Impact2020 Anderson

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