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

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 
Teaching, Learning and Education 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



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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.
    • NICE Evidence access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence/best practice and guidelines.
    • 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
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 1997-
BMC Medical Education 2001-
Education 1969-
International Journal of Medical Education 2010-
Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 1970-
Journal of Education and Teaching in Emergency Medicine 2019-
Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice 2015-
Journal of Surgical Education 2007-
Medical Education 1997-
Nurse Education in Practice 2003- 2 month embargo







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.


Title Year Edition 1st author
ABC of learning and teaching in medicine 2017 3rd Cantillon
Advancing surgical education : theory, evidence and practice 2019 Nestel
Building a culture of patient safety through simulation : an interprofessional learning model 2015 Gallo
Comprehensive healthcare simulation : interprofessional team training and simulation 2020 Paige
Comprehensive healthcare simulation : mobile medical simulation 2020 Carstens
Contemporary challenges in medical education : from theory to practice 2019 Zaidi
Defining excellence in simulation programs 2015 Palaganas
Developing healthcare skills through simulation 2012 Aldridge
Dimensions on Nursing Teaching and Learning : Supporting Nursing Students in Learning Nursing 2020 Cunningham
Educational research : contemporary issues and practical approaches 2015 2nd Wellington
Educational research : planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research 2021 6th Guetterman
Emergency medicine simulation workbook : a tool for bringing the curriculum to life 2013 Thoureen
Essential simulation in clinical education 2013 Forrest
Essential skills for a medical teacher : an introduction to teaching and learning in medicine 2021 3rd Harden
The fearless organization : creating psychological safety in the workplace for learning, innovation and growth 2019 Edmondson
Healthcare simulation at a glance 2019 Forrest
Healthcare simulation research : a practical guide 2019 Nestel
How to assess doctors and health professionals 2013 Davis
How to assess students and trainees in medicine and health 2013 Westwood
How to succeed at interprofessional education 2019 Donnelly
How to teach in clinical settings 2014 Seabrook
How to teach using simulation in healthcare 2017 Davis
Interprofessional simulation in health care 2019 Dahlgren
The learning imperative / raising performance in organisations by improving learning 2018 Burns
The lecturer’s toolkit : a practical guide to assessment, learning and teaching 2020 5th Race
Medical education at a glance 2017 McKimm
Mentoring, learning and assessment in clinical practice / a guide for nurses, midwives and other health professionals 2013 Stuart
Pocket book for simulation debriefing in healthcare 2018 Oriot
Pocket Guide to Teaching for Clinical Instructors 2016 3rd Bullock
The power of making thinking visible : practices to engage and empower all learners 2020 Ritchhart
Practical teaching in emergency medicine 2013 2nd Rogers
Practice Based Learning in Nursing, Health and Social Care: Mentorship, Facilitation and Supervision 2013 Scott
Practice Development in Nursing and Healthcare 2013 2nd McCormack
Practice Development Workbook for Nursing, Health and Social Care Teams 2014 Dewing
Practice education in paramedic science : theories and application 2019 Gubbins
The psychology of coaching, mentoring and learning 2013 2nd Law
The remote facilitator’s pocket guide 2020 Clacey
Understanding medical education : evidence, theory and practice 2019 3rd Swanwick


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).