Library resources & services for Pharmacy, Pharmacology & Prescribing

Databases       Evidence-based Practice/CPD        Books  

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

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If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources
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02/12/2020 New ebook content added
Non-Medical Prescribing : A Course Companion
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

22/10/2020 New ebook content added
Pharmacy Registration Assessment Questions 4
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)



Search the NHS healthcare databases:


AMED- covers topics for allied health professions
British Nursing Index (BNI)- primarily of use for nurses but also includes allied health, CINAHL- international nursing & allied health
EMBASE- European biomedicine- good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most health topics 
psychology & psychiatry including psychological aspects of rehabilitation

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 the 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 and other resources available to help inform patient care or support your study 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 other fulltext resources
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) provided by NICE. Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations, regular updates to all topics and up to 10 new topics each year
  • 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.
  • UpToDate– ‘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 University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Athens account (register here).

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 Pharmacy, Pharmacology & Prescribing ebooks.
Click title to login with NHS Athens account.

Title Year Edition First Author
Brenner and Stevens’ pharmacology 2018 5th Brenner
Brody’s human pharmacology: mechanism-based therapeutics 2019 6th Wecker
Calculation skills for nurses 2013 Boyd
Clinical challenges in therapeutic drug monitoring: special populations, physiological conditions, and pharmacogenomics 2016 Clarke
Clinical pharmacology 2019 12th Brown
Clinical pharmacology during pregnancy 2013 Mattison
Community pharmacy: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment 2017 4th Rutter
Dale’s pharmacology condensed 2021 3rd Page
Drug calculations for nurses: a step-by-step approach 2016 4th Lapham
Drugs during pregnancy and lactation: treatment options and risk assessment 2015 3rd Schaefer
Drugs for pregnant and lactating women 2019 3rd Weiner
Drugs for the heart 2013 8th Opie
Drugs in anaesthesia and intensive care 2016 5th Scarth
Essential practical prescribing 2016 Woodfield
Gahart’s 2021 Intravenous Medications  2021 37th Gahart
Independent prescribing for paramedics 2018 Blaber
Introduction to pharmaceutical calculations 2015 4th Rees
The Maudsley guidelines on advanced prescribing in psychosis. 2020 Morrison
The Maudsley prescribing guidelines in psychiatry 2018 13th Taylor
Medical pharmacology and therapeutics 2018 5th Waller
Medical pharmacology at a glance 2020 9th Neal
Medicine management skills for nurses 2013 Boyd
Meyler’s side effects of drugs: the international encyclopedia of adverse drug reactions and interactions. 2016 16th Aronson
Mosby’s dental drug reference 2018 12th Jeske
Netter’s illustrated pharmacology 2014 2nd Raffa
Non-Medical Prescribing : A Course Companion
2020 Pooler
Nursing calculations and IV therapy for dummies 2016 Boyd
Oxford handbook of clinical pharmacy 2017 3rd Wiffen
Pharmacology and physiology for anesthesia: foundations and clinical application 2019 2nd Hemmings
Pharmacology case studies for nurse prescribers 2015 Scholefield
Pharmacy registration assessment questions 1 2017 2nd Bukhari
Pharmacy registration assessment questions 2 2018 Bukhari
Pharmacy registration assessment questions 3 2019 Bukhari
Pharmacy Registration Assessment Questions 4
2020 Bukhari
Pocket prescriber psychiatry 2020 Rogers
Prescribing at a glance 2014 Ross
The prescribing pharmacist 2019 Strickland-Hodge
Prescribing scenarios at a glance 2014 Baker
Rang and Dale’s pharmacology 2020 9th Ritter
Rapid medicines management for healthcare professionals 2020 Deslandes
Schatzberg’s manual of clinical psychopharmacology. 2019 9th Schatzberg
Stoelting’s handbook of pharmacology and physiology in anesthetic practice 2015 Stoelting
The textbook of non-medical prescribing 2020 3rd Nuttall