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.

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02/09/2021 New ebook content added
The Big Picture: How to Use Data Visualization to Make Better Decisions–Faster
Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Improving Healthcare Systems
Pocket Guide to Quality Improvement in Healthcare
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

19/08/2021 New ebook content added
How to Deliver Integrated Care
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (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).

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.

Appreciative inquiry handbook : for leaders of change

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

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

Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Improving Healthcare Systems

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

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

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.

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

Operations management

Organizational change

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   

PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide

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

Rethinking patient safety (up to 3 simultaneous users)

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

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

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.

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


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.

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 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- 


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).