Library services & resources for Healthcare for the Elderly

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)

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


How to find PRINT + ELECTRONIC BOOKS (SWIMS Catalogue)

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital
and gives details of selected content available in
Healthcare for the Elderly
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community

+ Primary Care and ICB staff in Devon

You may also wish to access one of our other specialty pages
e.g. General Practice, Respiratory & Cardiac, Oncology

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources
please email


New ebook content added 20/02/2023
What You Really Want to Know about Life with Dementia : Real Stories and Expert Advice for Family, Friends and People with Dementia.
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

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.

You can also undertake How to Search the Literature Effectively elearning modules – you will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access.

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 OpenAthens 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 PubMed
    Free resource which contains more than 33 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

    To identify locally held content when searching use the following organisation specific links
  • University Hospitals Plymouth
  • Livewell SW and Plymouth General Practice staff
    (please note the logo currently only mentions Livewell and plymouth general practice but ALL Devon general practice and ICB staff can also use)
  • South Western Ambulance SWAST
  • South Central Ambulance

    These links include an local organisation logo on the right-hand side of each record. Clicking the logo will check article availability or offer a request form.
    To access the content linked you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

  • 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 OpenAthens account.

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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 OpenAthens 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 OpenAthens 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 local NHS OpenAthens account (register here)

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


‘an 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 UHP OpenAthens account (UHP staff/students register here). 
(available to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust only).

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To access articles you will need a NHS OpenAthens 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

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 Healthcare for the Elderly journals below

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

Age and Ageing2001- 
Ageing Research Reviews2007- 
Aging and Disease2010- 
Aging and Elder Health Week2005- 
Aging Today2002- 
Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring 2015- 
Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association 2007- 
Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions2015- 
Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy2009- 
American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry2007- 
Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics2004- 
Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics2007- 
Australasian journal on ageing1998- 
BMC Geriatrics2001- 
Canadian Geriatrics Journal2011- 
BMJ Case Reports2008-You can also submit cases for consideration for publication in BMJ Case Reports, without having to individually pay the fellowship fee (Please email to obtain our fellowship number)
Please see the guidelines for writing & publishing an interesting case report , instructions for authors and instructions as to how to submit a BMJ Case Report
Clinical Interventions in Aging2006- 
Clinics in Geriatric Medicine2007- 
Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research2008- 
Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation2010- 
Geriatrics and gerontology international2001- 
Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine2015- 
GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry 2010- 
Health Aging and Clinical Care in the Elderly2008- 
International Journal of Ageing and Later Life2006- 
International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease2009- 
International journal of geriatric psychiatry1996- 
International journal of older people nursing2006- 
International Journal of Osteoporosis and Metabolic Disorders2012- 
Journal of Aging Research2010- 
Journal of Aging Studies2007- 
Journal of Geriatric Oncology2007- 
Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging2008- 
Journal of Osteoporosis2010- 
Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases2007- 
Journal of American Geriatrics Society1997- 
Neurobiology of Aging2007- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Parkinson’s Disease2010- 
Parkinsonism and Related Disorders2007- 
Psychology and Aging 1986- 
Reviews in Clinical Gerontology2001- 
Stroke Research and Treatment2010- 

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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 to request postal delivery of required book(s)

Ebooks select your location based on your organisation :

Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY (for UHP, Livewell and Devon GP and ICB staff)
-South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust SWASFT
South Central Ambulance Service SCAS
You will need an NHS OpenAthens 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 specialty ebooks belowclick title & login with NHS Athens

ABC of dementia20202ndRichards
ABC of Geriatric Medicine2009 Cooper
ABC of Multimorbidity2014 Mercer
ABC of Stroke2011 Mant
Adaptive interaction and dementia: how to communicate without speech2018 Ellis
Being Mortal : Illness, Medicine and
What Matters in the End
2014 Gawande
Bladder Disorders (Fast Facts)20112Slack
Brocklehurst’s Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology20178Fillit
CLEAR dementia care: a model to assess and address unmet needs2019 Duffy
A clinician’s brief guide to the Mental Capacity Act20152ndBrindle
A clinician’s guide to non-pharmacological dementia therapies2020 Nightingale
Communication skills for effective dementia care: a practical guide to communication and interaction training (CAIT)2019 James
Confused, angry, anxious? : why working with older people in care really can be difficult and what to do about it.2017 Elven
Counselling and psychotherapy with older people in care: a support guide2018 Chapman
Dementia: the one-stop guide: practical advice for families, professionals and people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.2015 Andrews
Dementia: support for family and friends20202ndPulsford
Dementia Care at a Glance2016 Jenkins
Dementia care : a practical approach2016 Smith
Dementia, Law and Ethics : A Practical Guide for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals2021 Hughes
Developing excellent care for people living with dementia in care homes.2015 Baker
Embracing touch in dementia care: a person-centred approach to touch and relationships.2017 Tanner
Enabling people with dementia: understanding and implementing person-centred care20193rdHobson
End of life care for people with dementia : a person-centred approach.2017 Middleton-Green
Essentials of Delirium : Everything You Really Need to Know for Working in Delirium Care2020 Rahman
Essentials of dementia: everything you really need to know for working in dementia care2018 Rahman
Evidence-based practice in dementia for nurses and nursing students2019 Harrison Dening
Excellent dementia care in hospitals : a guide to supporting people with dementia and their carers2016 James
The Family Experience of Dementia : A Reflective Workbook for Professionals 2020Morris
From Dementia to Rementia : A Guide to Personal Rehabilitation Strategies2021Pool
Geriatric Emergencies2015 Murdoch
Geriatric Medicine at a Glance2015 Blundell
A good life to the end: taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death2019
rev ed
Ham’s Primary Care Geriatrics20227Warshaw
Handbook of Assessment in Clinical Gerontology20102Lichtenberg
Health Literacy Among Older Adults2017Kopera-Frye
International perspectives on reminiscence, life review and life story work2018 Gibson
Leadership for person-centred dementia care2013 Loveday
Legal aspects of mental capacity: a practical guide for health and social care professionals20162Dimond
Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia20162Budson
Nursing & Health Survival Guide: Dementia Care2013 Brooker
Nursing older people at a glance2018 Tetley
Nursing older people with arthritis and other rheumatological conditions2020 Ryan
Oxford handbook of geriatric medicine
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford Handbook of Nursing Older People2009 Tabernacle
Oxford Textbook of Anaesthesia for the Elderly Patient2014 Dodds
Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry2020 2ndDening
Person-centred dementia care : making services better with the VIPS framework20162Brooker
Pocket Guide to Mouth and Dental Hygiene in Dementia Care : Guidance for Maintaining Good Oral Health2020 Nightingale
A pocket guide to understanding alzheimer’s disease and other dementias20182Warner
Positive communication: activities to reduce isolation and improve the wellbeing of older adults2017 Dynes
A Practical Guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 : Putting the Principles of the Act Into Practice2013 Graham
Practical nutrition and hydration for dementia-friendly mealtimes2019 Martin
Promoting resilience in dementia care: a person-centred framework for assessment and support planning2020 Christie
Psychology and Geriatrics 2015 Bensadon
Reducing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias: a guide to personal cognitive rehabilitation techniques.2019  Pool
Reminiscence and life story work : a practice guide. 20114 Gibson
Safeguarding adults and the law: an a-z of law and practice20193Mandelstam
Sensory modulation in dementia care: assessment and activities for sensory-enriched care2018 Champagne
Sharing sensory stories and conversations with people with dementia: a practical guide2018 Grace
Straightforward guide to safeguarding adults: from getting the basics right to applying the Care Act and criminal investigations2019 Barnett
Stroke : Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management20166Grotta
Supporting older people using attachment-informed and strengths-based approaches2018 Guthrie
Teaching empathy and conflict resolution to people with dementia: a guide for person-centred practice2018 Camp
Timely psychosocial interventions in dementia care2020 Manthorpe
Understanding Behaviour in Dementia That Challenges20172James
Using technology in dementia care: a guide to technology solutions for everyday living2019 Astell
Visiting the memory cafe and other dementia care activities: evidence-based interventions for care homes2017 Baker
The way we die now2016 O’Mahony, S.
What I Wish People Knew about Dementia 2022Mitchell
What You Really Want to Know about Life with Dementia : Real Stories and Expert Advice for Family, Friends and People with Dementia.2022Harrison Dening
When someone you love has dementia.20162Elliott-Wright
Why Dementia Makes Communication Difficult : A Guide to Better Outcomes 2021Wray

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