Library resources and services for Quality Improvement

How to find PRINT + ELECTRONIC BOOKS (SWIMS Catalogue)


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

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


This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital
and gives details of selected information resources covering
Quality Improvement
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 09/05/23
Implementation Science in Nursing : A Framework from Education and Practice
Perpetual Transformation : Practical Tools, Inspiration and Best Practice to Constantly Transform Your World
 you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)


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).

Quality Improvement electronic books you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety : Defining the Path to Inclusion and Innovation

ABC of quality improvement in healthcare

Accelerating performance : how organizations can mobilize, execute, and transform with agility

Achieving high quality care : practical experience from NICE.

Accelerating health care transformation with lean and innovation : the Virginia Mason experience.

Advance your emergency department : leading in a new era.

Anti-burnout: How to Create a Psychologically Safe and High-performance Organisation

Appreciative inquiry handbook : for leaders of change

Awakening Compassion at Work : The Quiet Power That Elevates People and Organizations

Becoming the Change: Leadership Behavior Strategies for Continuous Improvement in Healthcare

The Big Picture: How to Use Data Visualization to Make Better Decisions–Faster

Building a Culture of Patient Safety Through Simulation : An Interprofessional Learning Model

Building Safer Healthcare Systems : A Proactive, Risk Based Approach to Improving Patient Safety

Clinical audit for doctors and healthcare professionals : a comprehensive guide to best practice as part of clinical governance

Collaboration-based approaches (Elements of improving quality and safety in healthcare)

Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Improving Healthcare Systems

Co-Producing and Co-Designing (Elements of improving quality and safety in healthcare)

Creating a Lean Culture : Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions

Culture fix: how to create a great place to work

Directing Successful Projects with PRINCE2

Disrupt Yourself : Master Relentless Change and Speed Up Your Learning Curve

Effective change manager’s handbook : essential guidance to the change management body of knowledge.

Essential Simulation in Clinical Education

Exploring strategy: text and cases

The Fearless Organization : Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth

The Field Guide to Understanding ‘Human Error’

Frugal Innovation : how to do more with less

HBR Guide to Managing Strategic Initiatives

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Building a Great Culture

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership, Vol. 2

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategy, Vol. 2

Head start: build a resilient mindset and achieve your goals

Healthcare Reform, Quality and Safety : Perspectives, Participants, Partnerships and Prospects in 30 Countries

Hospital transformation: from failure to success and beyond

How to Deliver Integrated Care

Human Factors in Healthcare: Level One

Human Factors in Surgery : Enhancing Safety and Flow in Patient Care

Human factors in the healthcare setting : a pocket guide for clinical instructors

Humble inquiry: the gentle art of asking instead of telling

Humble leadership: the power of relationships, openness and trust

Implementation Science (Elements of improving quality and safety in healthcare)

Implementation Science in Nursing : A Framework from Education and Practice

Implementing Patient Safety: Addressing Culture, Conditions, and Values to Help People Work Safely

Improving patient care : the implementation of change in health care 

Improving patient safety: tools and strategies for quality improvement

Innovations in Healthcare Management : Cost-Effective and Sustainable Solutions

Innovator’s playbook

Intelligent Kindness : Rehabilitating the Welfare State (2020 2nd ed)

Intelligent Kindness :  reforming the culture of healthcare (2010 1st ed) 

The intelligent leader: unlocking the 7 secrets to leading others and leaving your legacy

Launching and Leading Change Initiatives in Health Care Organizations : Managing Successful Projects

Lead: 50 models for success in work and life

Leadership Journey in Health Care : Virginia Mason’s Story

The leader’s guide to coaching & mentoring: how to use soft skills to get hard results

The leader’s guide to impact: how to use soft skills to get hard results

Leading for organisational change: building purpose, motivation and belonging

Leading health care transformation : a primer for clinical leaders.

Leading high-reliability organizations in healthcare

Leading in a culture of change

Leading successful change: 8 keys to making change work

Lean Prescription : Powerful Medicine for Our Ailing Healthcare System 

Lean six sigma for dummies.

Lean six sigma business transformation for dummies.

The learning imperative: raising performance in organisations by improving learning

Leveraging Lean in Ancillary Hospital Services : Creating a Cost Effective, Standardized, High Quality, Patient-Focused Operation  

Leveraging Lean in Medical Laboratories : Creating a Cost Effective, Standardized, High Quality, Patient-Focused Operation

Leveraging Lean in Outpatient Clinics : Creating a Cost Effective, Standardized, High Quality, Patient-Focused Operation

Leveraging Lean in Surgical Services : Creating a Cost Effective, Standardized, High Quality, Patient-Focused Operation

Leveraging Lean in the Emergency Department : Creating a Cost Effective, Standardized, High Quality, Patient-Focused Operation    

A Life in Error : From Little Slips to Big Disasters

Limits of expertise : rethinking pilot error and the causes of airline accidents.

Making culture change happen (Elements of improving quality and safety in healthcare)

Managing benefits : optimizing the return from investments 

Managing Quality: an Essential Guide and Resource Gateway

Managing Successful Programmes

Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2

Meet with impact: 40 visual tools for productive meetings and engaging workshops

Microsoft Teams for dummies

Mistake Proofing for Lean Healthcare

Naked Safety : Exploring the Dynamics of Safety in a Fast-Changing World

Operational research approaches (Elements of improving quality and safety in healthcare)

Operations management

Organizational change

Organizational Innovation by Integrating Simplification: Learning from Buurtzorg Nederland

Organised Wellbeing: Proven and Practical Lessons from Safety Excellence

Oxford Professional Practice: Handbook of Patient Safety

Patient-Reported Outcomes and Experience : Measuring What We Want from PROMs and PREMs

The patient revolution: how we can heal the healthcare system

Patient safety and healthcare improvement at a glance 

Patient Safety : A Human Factors Approach

Patient Safety : Perspectives on Evidence, Information and Knowledge Transfer   

Perpetual Transformation : Practical Tools, Inspiration and Best Practice to Constantly Transform Your World

PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide

Positive Deviance Approach (Elements of improving quality and safety in healthcare)

Power of Ideas to Transform Healthcare : Engaging Staff by Building Daily Lean Management Systems

Practice development in nursing and healthcare.

Practice development workbook for nursing, health and social care teams.

Preparing for Continuous Quality Improvement for Healthcare : Sustainability through Functional Tree Structures

PRINCE2- a pocket guide

PRINCE2 in action: project management in real terms

Prince2 study guide

Problem solving for healthcare workers: how to get better – lessons can be learned

Pocket Guide to Quality Improvement in Healthcare

The project book: the complete guide to consistently delivering great projects.

Project management checklists for dummies.

Project management for dummies

Project Management in Health and Community Services : Getting Good Ideas to Work

Remote Facilitator’s Pocket Guide

Resilience: 10 habits to thrive in life and work

Quality and safety in neurosurgery

Quantitative analysis for decision makers

Quality Measures : The Revolution in Patient Safety and Outcomes

Reducing overuse (Elements of improving quality and safety in healthcare)

Rethinking patient safety (up to 3 simultaneous users)

Safety at the sharp end : a guide to non-technical skills

SAGES Manual of Quality, Outcomes and Patient Safety

Seven skills for the future: adaptability, critical thinking, empathy, integrity, optimism, being proactive, resilience

Simulation as an improvement technique

Six steps to engaged employees

The strategy book

Surgical quality improvement.

Team Leadership in High-Hazard Environments : Performance, Safety and Risk Management Strategies for Operational Teams

Ten simple secrets of the world’s greatest business communicators.

Textbook of Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management (Open access publication)

Transformative Change Pocketbook

Transforming health care : Virginia Mason Medical Center’s pursuit of the perfect patient experience

Workplace conditions (Elements of improving quality and safety in healthcare)

Work Together Anywhere A Handbook on Working Remotely -Successfully- for Individuals, Teams, and Managers

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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 Quality Improvement journals below

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

JournalCoverage Notes
Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors2011- 
BMC Health Services Research2001- 
BMJ1840-May 2020 Quality Improvement supplement -series of QI articles developed with Health Foundation (open access)
BMJ Innovations
BMJ Open Quality2012- 
BMJ Quality and Safety1992- Sign up here for content alerts
Briefings on Hospital Safety2009- 
British Journal of Healthcare Management1998- 
Clinical Audit 2009- 
Comparative Effectiveness Research2011- 
Cost Effectiveness & Resource Allocation2003- 
Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety2009- 
Harm Reduction Journal2004- 
Health Care : The Journal of Delivery Science & Innovation2013- 
Health Governance Report2009- 
Health Research Policy and Systems2003- 
Health Services Research2002- 
Implementation Science2006- 
International journal of health planning and management1996- 
Journal for Quality and Participation1992- 
Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice1997- 
Journal of healthcare risk management1997- 
Milbank Quarterly1997- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Patient Safety in Surgery2007- 
Patient Safety Monitor Journal2009- 
Quality Management Journal 2002- 
Safety in Health2015- 
Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management2005- 

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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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Current Awareness

You may find the following external page useful for keeping up-to-date.

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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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