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.

We cannot currently guarantee usual staffed hours for phone requests but if you have a query please email library.mailbox@nhs.net  and include a contact telephone number and we will respond Mon-Fri: 0830-1730.
If your query is urgent please mark it URGENT in subject line.

The library is currently open to swipe card access so if you have a University Hospitals Plymouth staff ID or have borrowed a visitor card this should give you access as usual. Unfortunately, if you do not have a card we cannot currently guarantee a member of staff will be available to let you in during usual staffed hours.


09/03/2021 New ebook content added
Community Palliative Care and COVID-19
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

12/01/2021 New ebook content added
Assessing Mental Capacity : A Handbook to Guide Professionals from Basic to Advanced Practice
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 18/01/2021
CSA Revision Notes for the MRCGP
GP Consultation Reimagined : A tale of two houses   

Psychiatry Algorithms for Primary Care
Note 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.



Journal Coverage  Notes
BMC Family Practice  2000-
BMC Public Health 2001-
BMJ 1840-
BMJ Quality and Safety 1840-
British Journal of Community Nursing  1996-
British Journal of Healthcare Assistants 2007-
British Journal of Healthcare Management 1998-
British Journal of Nursing 1992-
Community Practitioner  2000-
Evidence-Based Medicine 1998-
Evidence-Based Nursing 2000-
Family Practice Management 2007-
GP: General Practitioner 2003-
Independent Nurse 2005-
Journal of Community Nursing 2004-
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 1947-
Journal of Health Visiting 2013-
Journal of Medical Ethics 1975-
Journal of Prescribing Practice 2003-
Lancet 2007-
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) 1990-
Nursing 2002-
Nursing Times 2005- If asked to ‘Find your institution’
enter NHS in England
Postgraduate Medical Journal 1925-
Practice Management  2014-
Practice Nursing 1996-
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 (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

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
Assessing Mental Capacity : A Handbook to Guide Professionals from Basic to Advanced Practice 2020 1 Mackenzie
Being a Doctor : Understanding Medical Practice 2014 1 Wilson
Being mortal: illness, medicine and what matters in the end 2014 Gawande
Can Medicine Be Cured?: the corruption of a profession. 2019 1 O’Mahony
Clinical Procedures in Primary Eye Care 2021 5 Elliott
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
Collaborative practice in primary and community care 2020 Ahluwalia
Community Palliative Care and COVID-19
2020 Blackmore
Contraception made easy 2020 2nd Percy
The CSA exam : maximising your success. 2016 1 Roberts
CSA Revision Notes for the MRCGP
(limited to 1 current user only)
2020 4 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 and emergency medicine 2020 4th Eiff
General Practice at a Glance 2013 1 Booton
General Practice Cases at a Glance 2017 1 Cooper
General practice nursing: foundational principles 2019 1 Duncan
Get through MRCGP : clinical skills assessment 2013 2 Rushforth
Get through MRCOG part 2: SBAs 2018 Wuntakal
A good life to the end: taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death 2019
rev ed
GP Consultation Reimagined : A tale of two houses
(limited to 1 current user only)

2020 Brunet
Guide to Staff Employment in General Practice 2015 1 Milligan
A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for the Medical Profession. 2019 Brown
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 and healthcare 2019 6 Greenhalgh
Intelligent kindness : reforming the culture of healthcare 2011 1 Ballatt
Jekel’s Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health 2014 4  Katz
Marsden Manual 2020 10
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 acute medicine
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2019 4 Ramrakha
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
Oxford handbook of genitourinary medicine, HIV, and sexual health
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2019 3 Mitchell
Oxford Handbook of General Practice
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2020 5 Simon
Oxford Handbook of Geriatric Medicine
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2018 3 Bowker
Oxford Handbook of Primary Care and Community Nursing 2014 2 Drennan
Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice 2020 4 Kawachi
Patient Safety & Healthcare Improvement at a Glance 2014 1 Panesar
Pfenninger and Fowler’s procedures for primary care 2020 4 Fowler
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
Practice accounts made easy 2019 3 Tudor
Psychiatry Algorithms for Primary Care 
2021 Gulati
Public health and epidemiology at a glance 2016 2 Somerville
Public health and health promotion for nurses at a glance 2019 1 Wild
Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures 2020 10
Signs and Symptoms in Family Medicine 2012 1 Paulman
Suburban shaman : tales from medicine’s frontline 2004 1 Helman
Telephone triage care 2018 1 Hunter
Textbook of Family Medicine 2016 9 Rakel
The textbook of non-medical prescribing. 2020 3 Nuttall
The way we die now 2016 O’Mahony
Working with asylum seekers and refugees: what to do, what not to do, and how to help 2019 1 Crowther
Working with Vulnerable Groups : A clinical handbook for GPs 2014 1 Gill
Wound care at a glance 2020 2nd Peate


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.