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

Point of Care tools & CPD       Databases    

Journals    Books    Athens   

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
phone 01752 439111 or email library.mailbox@nhs.net

NHS England –
Primary Care COVID-19 guidance page
including a General Practice section
Also see the COVID-19 Primary Care bulletin
Clinical guide for the management of people with alcohol dependence
Palliative care guides
Clinical guidance for healthcare professionals on maintaining immunisation programmes during COVID-19
Clinical guide for triaging patients with lower gastrointestinal symptoms

Resuscitation Council UK Statements on COVID-19, CPR and Resuscitation:
Primary Care Settings

Royal College of General Practitioners
COVID-19 resource hub

Oxford Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM)
COVID-19 Evidence Service for primary care questions

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 libraries@phe.gov.uk.

They also have created the Finding the evidence: Coronavirus page.

Elearning for Health (ELfH) COVID-19 programme 
part of Health Education England’s elearning suite in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.


26/10/2021 New ebook content added
The minor illness manual
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

Point of Care and CPD tools

  • 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.

     you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted to Find your Organisation, type NHS in England.
    On 1st access you’ll be asked to create personal account to download free App***
  • Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS)– provided by NICE. Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations.
  • NICE  Evidence -access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal. provided by NICE


Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- covers topics for allied health professionals & scientists
British Nursing Index (BNI)- topics for nurses & care staff
CINAHL- international nursing & allied health
EMBASE- primarily European biomedicine journals
Health Business Elite- all aspects of health service management and organisation
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most health topics 
psychology & psychiatry including health psychology & trauma

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Other databases available:

  • ClinicalKey – clinical insight search tool which gives access to over 1100 electronic books & 500 journals & other fulltext resources
    Note You will need an NHS Athens account to access
  • Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • TRIP Database– clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.

For some journals there will be a link to online access or a print journal shelf (please email with full reference if you would like a copy of a print article held at Derriford).
If your required article is not available consider making an article request via the library.

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


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

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- 

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).

Please email with title if you would like book posted to you.

We have the majority of the Reading Agency’s Books on Prescription lists in print.

Selected ebooks listed below. Always select to login with OpenAthens account

TitleDateEdition1st author
ABC of Clinical Reasoning20171Cooper
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-19
2020 Blackmore
Contraception made easy20202ndPercy
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 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
    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
    Intelligent kindness : reforming the culture of healthcare20111Ballatt
    Jekel’s Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health20144 Katz
    Marsden Manual202010 
    Medical Mentoring : Supporting students, doctors in training and general practitioners20141Jeffery
    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
    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
    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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    e.g. University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Livewell Southwest

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