NHS library services for Plymouth General Practices & GP trainees & SWASFT & SCAS GP staff


How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic (Evidence Summaries)

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 General Practice content available to
Plymouth practice staff, out-of-hours staff and GP trainees
and all other staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.

Click here to visit our main library website or here to see a list of clinical specialty pages

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources
please email library.mailbox@nhs.net.

Athenss accounts

To register go to https://openathens.nice.org.uk/

At Step 2 type in Plymouth GPs and select GPs and Practice Staff in Plymouth.

For GPVTS rotations in acute and community hospitals type in relevant organisation
e.g. University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Livewell Southwest

Please use an NHS email address to register if you have one– once registered you can access content anywhere.


20/12/2022 New ebook content added
Managing Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care
Mental Health Effects of Covid-19
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic

A range of evidence-based and other resources available to help inform patient care or support your study including:

BMJ Best Practice- (Help and training resources)

Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

On 1st access you’ll be asked to create personal account to download free App**
***Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).

Clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and other fulltext resources
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (provided by NICE)-
Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations and regular updates to all topics

DynaMed (Help pages and tutorial)
clinical decision support tool with quality evidence-based information, expert guidance and a user-friendly, personalized experience to deliver accurate answers fast at the point of care. 

Note you will need a University Hospitals Plymouth or Plymouth Community Health Athens account (UHP, Livewell Plymouth GP staff/students register here). 
Available to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Plymouth Community Health (Livewell SW + Plymouth General Practice) only.

Trip Pro Database
clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.

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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.

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 Athens 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 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 Athens account.

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To access articles you will need a NHS Athens 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

Enter Plymouth (includes UHP, Livewell and GP options), South Western Ambulance or South Central Ambulance as organisation when asked.

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

Selected General Practice and Community Medicine journals below

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

JournalCoverage Notes
BMC Family Practice 2000- 
BMC Public Health2001- 
BMJ Quality and Safety1840- 
British Journal of Community Nursing 1996- 
British Journal of Healthcare Assistants2007- 
British Journal of Healthcare Management1998- 
British Journal of Nursing1992- 
Community Practitioner 2000- 
Evidence-Based Medicine1998- 
Evidence-Based Nursing2000- 
Family Practice Management2007- 
GP: General Practitioner2003- 
Independent Nurse2005- 
Journal of Community Nursing2004- 
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health1947- 
Journal of Health Visiting2013- 
Journal of Medical Ethics1975- 
Journal of Prescribing Practice2003- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Nursing Times2005-If asked to ‘Find your institution’
enter NHS in England
Postgraduate Medical Journal1925- 
Practice Management  2014- 
Practice Nursing1996- 
Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice 2007- 
Primary Care Diabetes2007- 
Primary Care Respiratory Journal2000- 
Primary Health Care2001- 
Public Health2007- 

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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 library.mailbox@nhs.net to request postal delivery of required book(s)

Ebooks select your location based on your organisation :

Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY (for UHP, Livewell and GP staff)
-South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust SWASFT
South Central Ambulance Service SCAS
You will need an NHS Athens 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 General Practice ebooks listed below. Always select to login with OpenAthens account

TitleDateEdition1st author
100 Cases in General Practice20172Stephenson
ABC of Clinical Reasoning20171Cooper
ABC of Wound Healing20222Price
Achieving High Quality Care: Practical Experience from NICE20141Leng
Adventures in human being20161Francis
Assessing Mental Capacity : A Handbook to Guide Professionals from Basic to Advanced Practice20201Mackenzie
Being a Doctor : Understanding Medical Practice20141Wilson
Being mortal: illness, medicine and what matters in the end2014 Gawande
Can Medicine Be Cured?: the corruption of a profession.20191O’Mahony
Clinical Procedures in Primary Eye Care20215Elliott
A clinician’s brief guide to the Mental Capacity Act20152Brindle
A clinician’s brief guide to the Mental Health Act20164Zigmond
Collaborative practice in primary and community care2020 Ahluwalia
Community Palliative Care and COVID-192020 Blackmore
The complete MRCGP casebook : 100 consultations for the RCA/CSA across the new 2020 RCGP curriculum20222Blount
Conflict, Culture and Identity in GP Training2022Johnston
Contraception made easy20202Percy
The CSA exam : maximising your success.20161Roberts
CSA Revision Notes for the MRCGP
(limited to 1 current user only)
CSA scenarios for the MRCGP : frameworks for clinical consultations.20153Das
  • Dermatology for the Primary Care Provider
  • 2022Waldman
    Developing reflective practice: a guide for medical students, doctors and teachers20171Grant
    Differential Diagnosis of Common Complaints20187Seller
    Essential Guide to the RCA for the MRCGP20221Sami
    Essential primary care.20171Blythe
    Essential procedures for emergency, urgent, and primary care settings : a clinical companion..20162Campo
    Family Medicine Obstetrics20083Ratcliffe
    A Flourishing Practice?20141Toon
    Fracture management for primary care and emergency medicine20204thEiff
    General Practice at a Glance20131Booton
    General Practice Cases at a Glance20171Cooper
    General practice nursing: foundational principles20191Duncan
    Get through MRCGP : clinical skills assessment20132Rushforth
    Get through MRCOG part 2: SBAs2018 Wuntakal
    A good life to the end: taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death2019
    rev ed
    GP Consultation Reimagined : A tale of two houses
    (limited to 1 current user only)
    2020 Brunet
    GP Wellbeing: combatting burnout in general practice2018Staten
    Guide to Staff Employment in General Practice20151Milligan
    A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for the Medical Profession.2019 Brown
    Ham’s Primary Care Geriatrics20227Warshaw
    History and clinical examination at a glance20123Gleadle
    Hot Topics in Financial and Legal Matters for General Practice20151Gilbert
    How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine and healthcare20196Greenhalgh
    Independent Prescribing for General Practice Nurses20211Blaber
    Individualised Diabetes Management: a guide for primary care2016Barnett
    Intelligent Kindness : Rehabilitating the Welfare State (2020 2nd ed)

    See also 1st ed 2010
    Intelligent kindness : reforming the culture of healthcare
    Jekel’s Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health20144 Katz
    The Long Covid Self-Help Guide : Practical Ways to Manage Symptoms 20221Oxford Post-Covid Clinic
    Managing Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care20201David
    Marsden Manual202010 
    Medical Mentoring : Supporting students, doctors in training and general practitioners20141Jeffery
    Mental Health Effects of Covid-1920211Moustafa
    The minor illness manual20185Johnson
    Minor illness or major disease?20166Addison
    Minor injury and minor illness at a glance20141Morris
    Minor surgery at a glance20171Mohan
    Oxford handbook of acute medicine
    (Download for up to 3 months at a time)
    Oxford Handbook of Clinical Diagnosis (Download for up to 3 months at a time)20092Llewelyn
    Oxford Handbook of Clinical Examination & Practical Skills (Download for up to 3 months at a time)20071Thomas
    Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (Download for up to 3 months at a time)201710Wilkinson
    Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties (Download for up to 3 months at a time)20139Collier
    Oxford handbook of genitourinary medicine, HIV, and sexual health
    (Download for up to 3 months at a time)
    Oxford Handbook of General Practice
    (Download for up to 3 months at a time)
    Oxford Handbook of Geriatric Medicine
    (Download for up to 3 months at a time)
    Oxford Handbook of Primary Care and Community Nursing 20213Brook
    Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice20204Kawachi
    Patient Safety & Healthcare Improvement at a Glance20141Panesar
    Pfenninger and Fowler’s procedures for primary care20204Fowler
    A practical guide to delivering personalisation : person-centred practice in health and social care.20121Sanderson
    A practical guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 : putting the principles of the Act into practice.20151Graham
    Practice accounts made easy20193Tudor
    Prescribing in General Practice2018Harris
    Psychiatry Algorithms for Primary Care 2021 Gulati
    Public health and epidemiology at a glance20162Somerville
    Public health and health promotion for nurses at a glance20191Wild
    Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures202010 
    Suburban shaman : tales from medicine’s frontline20041Helman
    Telephone triage care20181Hunter
    Textbook of Family Medicine20169Rakel
    The textbook of non-medical prescribing.20203Nuttall
    Urgent and Out-of-Hours Primary Care : A practical guide for clinicians 2022Bhupal
    The way we die now2016 O’Mahony
    Working with asylum seekers and refugees: what to do, what not to do, and how to help20191Crowther
    Working with Vulnerable Groups : A clinical handbook for GPs20141Gill
    Wound care at a glance20202ndPeate

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