Library resources & services for Pharmacy, Pharmacology & Prescribing

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
Pharmacy, Pharmacology & Prescribing
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.

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


20/02/2023 New ebook content added
Drugs Easily Explained
Drugs in Palliative Care
Hugo and Russell’s Pharmaceutical Microbiology
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

21/12/2022 New ebook content added
Brenner and Stevens’ pharmacology
Clinical Pocket Reference – Practical Medicines Management

Medical pharmacology and therapeutics
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

15/12/2022 New ebook content added
Clinical pharmacology during pregnancy
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

13/12/2022 New ebook content added
Symptoms in the Pharmacy : A Guide to the Management of Common Illnesses
 you will need a local NHS Athens 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 Athens 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 Athens 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 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 Athens 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 Athens 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 Athens 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 University Hospitals Plymouth or Plymouth Community Health Athens account (UHP, Livewell Plymouth GP staff/students register here). 
Available to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Plymouth Community Health (Livewell SW + Plymouth General Practice) only.

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 Athens account (UHP staff/students register here). 
(vailable to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust only).

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To access articles you will need a NHS Athens 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

Enter Plymouth (includes UHP, Livewell and GP options), South Western Ambulance or South Central Ambulance as organisation when asked.

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

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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 GP staff)
-South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust SWASFT
South Central Ambulance Service SCAS
You will need an NHS Athens 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 Pharmacy, Pharmacology & Prescribing ebooks.
Click title to login with NHS Athens account.

TitleYearEditionFirst Author
Brenner and Stevens’ pharmacology20236thStevens
Brody’s human pharmacology: mechanism-based therapeutics20196thWecker
Clinical challenges in therapeutic drug monitoring: special populations, physiological conditions, and pharmacogenomics2016 Clarke
Clinical pharmacology201912thBrown
Clinical pharmacology during pregnancy2022 2ndMattison
Clinical Pocket Reference – Practical Medicines Management20202ndMaddison
Community pharmacy: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment20174thRutter
Dale’s pharmacology condensed20213rdPage
Diabetes Drug Notes2022Fisher
Drugs during pregnancy and lactation: treatment options and risk assessment20153rdSchaefer
Drugs Easily Explained2023Seifert
Drugs for pregnant and lactating women20193rdWeiner
Drugs for the heart20138thOpie
Drugs in anaesthesia and intensive care20165thScarth
Drugs in Palliative Care 20233rdDickman
Essential practical prescribing2016 Woodfield
Essential Prescribing : Systems-based guide to the most common drugs in medicine2018Nour
Fast facts: medication adherence 2021Aslani
Gahart’s 2022 Intravenous Medications 202238thCollins
Hugo and Russell’s Pharmaceutical Microbiology 20239thGilmore
Independent Prescribing for General Practice Nurses2021Blaber
Independent prescribing for paramedics2018 Blaber
Introduction to pharmaceutical calculations20154thRees
Ketamine 2021Moghaddam
The Maudsley guidelines on advanced prescribing in psychosis.2020 Morrison
The Maudsley prescribing guidelines in psychiatry
via Proquest
(chapter PDFs and can download for up to 3 months at a time)
via Wiley
(chapter PDFs)
Medical pharmacology and therapeutics20226thWaller
Medical pharmacology at a glance20209thNeal
Medicine management skills for nurses2013 Boyd
Meyler’s side effects of drugs: the international encyclopedia of adverse drug reactions and interactions.201616thAronson
Mosby’s Dental Drug Reference 202213thJeske
Netter’s illustrated pharmacology20142ndRaffa
Non-Medical Prescribing : A Course Companion
2020 Pooler
Nursing calculations and IV therapy for dummies2016 Boyd
Oxford handbook of clinical pharmacy20173rdWiffen
Oxford Handbook of Practical Drug Therapy20112ndRichards
Oxford Handbook of Prescribing for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals20112ndBeckwith
Pharmacology and physiology for anesthesia: foundations and clinical application20192ndHemmings
Pharmacology Case Studies for Nurse Prescribers20212ndScholefield
Pharmacology for Paramedics20212ndGuy
Pharmacy registration assessment questions 120172ndBukhari
Pharmacy registration assessment questions 22018 Bukhari
Pharmacy registration assessment questions 32019 Bukhari
Pharmacy Registration Assessment Questions 4
2020 Bukhari
Pocket prescriber psychiatry2020 Rogers
Prescribing at a glance2014 Ross
Prescribing in General Practice2018Harris
The prescribing pharmacist2019 Strickland-Hodge
Prescribing scenarios at a glance2014 Baker
Rang and Dale’s pharmacology20209thRitter
Rapid medicines management for healthcare professionals2020 Deslandes
Schatzberg’s manual of clinical psychopharmacology.20199thSchatzberg
Stoelting’s handbook of pharmacology and physiology in anesthetic practice2015 Stoelting
Symptoms in the Pharmacy : A Guide to the Management of Common Illnesses 20229thDuerden
The textbook of non-medical prescribing20203rdNuttall

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