Library services & resources for Physiotherapy

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
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community

+ Primary Care and ICB staff in Devon
Click here to visit our main library website.
If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources

please email 


New ebook content added 17/05/23
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Secrets
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.

  • Pedro – free database for physiotherapy citations

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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 Physiotherapy journals below

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

JournalCoverage Notes
American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation1996- 
Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine2009- 
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation2007- 
BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation2009- 
Bone and Joint Journal (formerly JBJS British)2013- 
British Journal of Sports Medicine1964- 
Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal1999-If asked for organisation select NHS England
Clinical Biomechanics2007- 
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine2000- 
Clinical Rehabilitation1998-If asked for organisation select NHS England
Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews2001- 
International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy2011- 
International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation1996- 
Journal of Biomechanics2007- 
Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies2007- 
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery – American Volume1993- 
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery – British Volume  (continues as Bone & Joint Journal)1995-2012 
Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology2007- 
Journal of Exercise Science & Fitness2009- 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics2007- 
Journal of Physical Therapy Education1999-If asked for organisation select NHS England
Journal of Physical Therapy Science1995- 
Journal of Physiotherapy1955- 
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport2007- 
Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research2004- 
Manual Therapy2007-2016From 2017 called Musculoskeletal Science and Practice
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise1996- 
Muscle and nerve1996- 
Musculoskeletal Care2003- 
Musculoskeletal Science and Practice2017-Previously Manual Therapy
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America2007- 
Physical Therapy1996-If asked for organisation select NHS England
Physical Therapy in Sport2007- 


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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 physiotherapy ebooks below- click title to login with Athens account.
If asked you should always select to login with OpenAthens

TitleYearEdition1st Author
ABC of common soft tissue disorders.2016 Morris
ABC of Orthopaedics and Trauma2018 Sugand
Atlas of common pain syndromes20194thWaldman
Atlas of Image-Guided Spinal Procedures20182ndFurman
Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices20195thWebster
Baxter’s The Foot and Ankle in Sport20213rdPorter
Braddom’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation20216thCifu
Clinical care of the runner: assessment, biomechanical principles, and injury management2020 Harrast
  • Clinical Diagnosis in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • 2022Nori
    Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation: An Evidence-Based Approach20184thGiangarra
    DeLee, Drez, and Miller’s orthopaedic sports medicine: principles and practice20205thMiller
    Disorders of the rotator cuff and biceps tendon2020 Provencher
    Elbow and Its Disorders20104thMorrey
    Essentials of Pain Medicine20184thBenzon
    Essentials of physical medicine and rehabilitation: musculoskeletal disorders, pain, and rehabilitation20194thFrontera
    Evidence-Based Management of Complex Knee Injuries2021 LaPrade
    Fam’s musculoskeletal examination and joint injection techniques20102ndLawry
  • The Female Athlete 
    Fracture Management for Primary Care20123rdEiff
    Fractures of the Proximal Femur: Improving Outcomes2011 Waddell
    The Hip and Pelvis: Pain Medicine2022Waldman
    Injection techniques in musculoskeletal medicine: a practical manual for clinicians in primary and secondary care.20195thSaunders
    The IOC manual of emergency sports medicine2016 McDonagh
    The Knee: Pain Medicine2022Waldman
    Morrey’s the elbow and its disorders.20185thMorrey
    Musculoskeletal Physical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach20172ndMalanga
    Netter’s Sports Medicine20233rdMadden
    Netter’s Orthopaedic Clinical Examination20224thCleland
    Neuromuscular Disorders: Treatment and Management 2022 2ndBertorini
    Noyes’ Knee Disorders: Surgery, Rehabilitation, Clinical Outcomes20172ndNoyes
    Orthopaedic rehabilitation of the athlete: getting back in the game2015 Reider
    Orthopedic Physical Assessment20217thMagee
    Orthotics and prosthetics in rehabilitation20204thChui
    Oxford handbook of rehabilitation medicine20193rdSivan
    Pain Management20112ndWaldman
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Secrets20244thO’Young
    Physical Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete 20124thAndrews
    Practical Management of Pain 20236thBenzon
    Rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity2021 7thSkirven
    Rockwood and Matsen’s The Shoulder 20226thMatsen
    Rothman-Simeone The Spine 2011 6thHerkowitz
    Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in Athletes2018 Arciero
    The Shoulder and Elbow: Pain Medicine 2022Waldman
    SMART! Sports Medicine Assessment and Review Textbook2005 2011Miller
    The Spine: Pain Medicine 2022Waldman
    Ultrasound-Guided Musculoskeletal Injections2018 Allen
    Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Procedures in Sports Medicine  2021Sirisena
    Umphred’s neurological rehabilitation2020 7thLazaro
    Wall & Melzack’s Textbook of Pain2013 6thMcMahon

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