Library resources and services for Quality Improvement

Books     Journals   Current awareness

Databases   Evidence-based Practice


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.
Click here to visit our main library website.

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please
phone 39111 or email marking FAO Laura.



New ebook content added 01/10/19
Woodward, S. (2020) Implementing Patient Safety: Addressing Culture, Conditions, and Values to Help People Work SafelyAbingdon: Productivity Press.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)





Electronic books you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.


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.

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

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

Clinical governance : improving the quality of healthcare for patients and service users

Creating a Lean Culture : Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions

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

Essential Simulation in Clinical Education

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

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

Hospital transformation: from failure to success and beyond

Human Factors in Healthcare: Level One

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

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

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.

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.

Managing Quality: an Essential Guide and Resource Gateway

Managing Successful Programmes

Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2

Mistake Proofing for Lean Healthcare

Operational Research for Emergency Planning in Healthcare-Volume 1 and Volume 2. (up to 3 simultaneous users)

Organizational Innovation by Integrating Simplification: Learning from Buurtzorg Nederland

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   

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 in action: project management in real terms

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

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

Project management checklists for dummies.

Project management for dummies

Quality and safety in neurosurgery

Rethinking patient safety (up to 3 simultaneous users)

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

Surgical quality improvement.

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

Transformative Change Pocketbook

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







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

Selected Quality Improvement journals below

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

Journal Coverage  Notes
Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors 2011-
BMC Health Services Research 2001-
BMJ 1840-
BMJ Open Quality 2012-
BMJ Quality and Safety 1992-  Sign up here for content alerts
Briefings on Hospital Safety 2009-
British Journal of Healthcare Management 1998-
Clinical Audit  2009-
Comparative Effectiveness Research 2011-
Cost Effectiveness & Resource Allocation 2003-
Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety 2009-
Harm Reduction Journal 2004-
Health Care : The Journal of Delivery Science & Innovation 2013-
Health Governance Report 2009-
Health Research Policy and Systems 2003-
Health Services Research 2002-
Implementation Science 2006-
International journal of health planning and management 1996-
Journal for Quality and Participation 1992-
Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 1997-
Journal of healthcare risk management 1997-
Milbank Quarterly 1997-
Patient Safety in Surgery 2007-
Patient Safety Monitor Journal 2009-
Quality Management Journal  2002-
Safety in Health 2015-
Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management 2005-




Databases (handout)

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
useful for health psychology/recovery

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 where the print journal can be found within the library.

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.




Current Awareness


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




Evidence Based Practice/education

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)
    • Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS)– provided by NICE. Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations
    • 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/best practice
    • 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).