Library services & resources for Healthcare for the Elderly

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.

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

NHS England COVID-19 Specialty guides
Admission and care of residents during COVID-19 incident in a care home
Palliative care guides

British Geriatrics Society
Coronavirus: Current information and advice

British Society of Gerontology
Statement on COVID-19

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

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.


02/09/2021 New ebook content added
The Family Experience of Dementia : A Reflective Workbook for Professionals
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- topics for allied health professionals
British Nursing Index (BNI)- incl topics for nurses and care staff
international nursing & allied health incl nurses and care staff
EMBASE- European biomedicine– good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most medical/surgical topics incl HCE
health psychology/psychiatry/counselling

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Databases contain bibliographic records i.e. references. Whilst you won’t have fulltext access to all the articles, for some journals there will be a link to online access or details of library print holding. If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

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

Evidence Based Practice and CPD

A range of evidence-based resources are available to help inform patient care including:

  • 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.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App
  • ClinicalKey  – clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and multimedia resources
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • 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.
  • UpToDate– ‘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 University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust NHS Athens account (register here).


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

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- 

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).


Selected specialty content from 2009 onwards – click 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: Nursing & Health Survival Guide2013 Brooker
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
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
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.
When someone you love has dementia.20162Elliott-Wright