NHS library services for Plymouth General Practices & GP trainees

Point of Care tools & CPD       Databases    

Journals    Books    Athens     Apps

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital and gives details of selected content available to
Plymouth practice staff, out-of-hours staff and GP trainees
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
phone 01752 439111 or email library.mailbox@nhs.net marking FAO Laura.




New print content added 10/12/2018 (click title to check availability- email to request postal loan to your work place)
Johnson G. et al (2019) The minor illness manual. 5th ed. Boca Raton, FL; London: CRC Press.

New ebook content added 09/10/18
Wild, K. and McGrath, M. (2019) Public health and health promotion for nurses at a glance. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New print content added 06/09/2018 (click title to check availability- email to request postal loan to your work place)
Wilcock, J. (2018) General practice today: a practical guide to modern consultations. Boca Raton, FL; London: CRC Press.
Staten, A. and Lawson, E. (2018) GP wellbeing: combatting burnout in general practice. Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press.
Goodyear-Smith, F. and Mash, B. (2019) How to do primary care research. WONCA Family Medicine. Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press.










Point of Care and CPD tools

  • Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS)– provided by NICE. Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations.



Databases (handout)

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.
  • NICE Evidence– access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal,provided by NICE.
  • 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.




Check for electronic & print access via the A-Z list of journals.
You will need an NHS Athens account to access.

If your required journal is not available consider making an article request via the library.

Direct links to selected general practice journals are listed below.
You should always select to login with OpenAthens first

Journal Coverage  Notes
BMC Family Practice  2000-
BMC Public Health 2001-
BMJ 1840-
BMJ Quality and Safety 1840-
British Journal of Community Nursing 2002-
British Journal of Nursing 1992-
Community Practitioner  2000-
Evidence-Based Medicine 1998-
Evidence-Based Nursing 2000-
Family Practice Management 2007-
GP: General Practitioner 2003-
Journal of Community Nursing 2004-
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 1947-
Journal of Medical Ethics 1975-
Lancet 2007-
Nursing 2002-
Nursing Standard 2004-
Nursing Times 2010-
Postgraduate Medical Journal 1925-
Practice Nurse 2003-
Practice Nursing 2007-
Practitioner 1998-
Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice  2007-
Primary Care Diabetes 2007-
Primary Care Respiratory Journal 2000-
Primary Health Care 2001-
Public Health 2007-





Books (handout)

Check our print and electronic book holdings at http://www.swims.nhs.uk/
Please email with title if you would like book posted to you.
This is a regional NHS catalogue- we can obtain books from other libraries for you.
You will need to fill in registration form to take out books.

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



Title Date Edition 1st author
ABC of Clinical Reasoning 2017 1 Cooper
Achieving High Quality Care: Practical Experience from NICE 2014 1 Leng
Adventures in human being 2016 1 Francis
Being a Doctor : Understanding Medical Practice 2014 1 Wilson
A clinician’s brief guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2015 2 Brindle
A clinician’s brief guide to the Mental Health Act 2016 4 Zigmond
Contraception made easy 2016 rev Percy
The CSA exam : maximising your success. 2016 1 Roberts
CSA revision notes for the MRCGP
(limited to 1 current user only)
2016 3 Stannett
CSA scenarios for the MRCGP : frameworks for clinical consultations. 2015 3 Das
Developing reflective practice: a guide for medical students, doctors and teachers 2017 1 Grant
Differential Diagnosis of Common Complaints 2018 7 Seller
Essential primary care. 2017 1 Blythe
Essential procedures for emergency, urgent, and primary care settings : a clinical companion.. 2016 2 Campo
Evidence-Based Physical Diagnosis 2012 3 McGee
Family Medicine Obstetrics 2008 3 Ratcliffe
A Flourishing Practice? 2014 1 Toon
Fracture Management for Primary Care 2018 3rd Eiff
General Practice at a Glance 2013 1 Booton
General Practice Cases at a Glance 2017 1 Cooper
Get through MRCGP : clinical skills assessment 2013 2 Rushforth
Get through MRCOG part 2: SBAs 2018 Wuntakal
Gray’s Basic Anatomy 2012 1 Drake
Guide to Staff Employment in General Practice 2015 1 Milligan
Ham’s Primary Care Geriatrics 2014 6 Ham
History and clinical examination at a glance 2012 3 Gleadle
Hot Topics in Financial and Legal Matters for General Practice 2015 1 Gilbert
How to read a paper : the basics of evidence-based medicine. 2014 5 Greenhalgh
Intelligent kindness : reforming the culture of healthcare 2011 1 Ballatt
Jekel’s Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health 2014 4  Katz
Medical Mentoring : Supporting students, doctors in training and general practitioners 2014 1 Jeffery
Minor illness or major disease? 2016 6 Addison
Minor injury and minor illness at a glance 2014 1 Morris
Minor surgery at a glance 2017 1 Mohan
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Diagnosis (Download for up to 3 months at a time) 2009 2 Llewelyn
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Examination & Practical Skills (Download for up to 3 months at a time) 2007 1 Thomas
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (Download for up to 3 months at a time) 2017 10 Wilkinson
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialties (Download for up to 3 months at a time) 2013 9 Collier
Patient Safety & Healthcare Improvement at a Glance 2014 1 Panesar
Pfenninger & Fowler’s Procedures for Primary Care 2011 3 Pfenninger
A practical guide to delivering personalisation : person-centred practice in health and social care. 2012 1 Sanderson
A practical guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 : putting the principles of the Act into practice. 2015 1 Graham
Public health and epidemiology at a glance 2016 2 Somerville
Public health and health promotion for nurses at a glance 2019 1 Wild
Signs and Symptoms in Family Medicine 2012 1 Paulman
Suburban shaman : tales from medicine’s frontline 2004 1 Helman
Textbook of Family Medicine 2016 9 Rakel
Working with Vulnerable Groups : A clinical handbook for GPs 2014 1 Gill





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.