Library services & resources for SCAS

Libraries    Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books    Current awareness  

This site is maintained and hosted by the lead library for SCAS,
Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.
To contact Discovery Library click here .

COVID-19 RESOURCES COVID-19 Guidance for Ambulance Trusts

NHS England COVID-19 Specialty guides
Ambulance Services
Guidance for the role and use of non-invasive respiratory support in adult patients with coronavirus (confirmed or suspected)


Resuscitation Council UK
Statements on COVID-19, CPR and Resuscitation

College of Paramedics
COVID-19 information




COVID-19 daily alert research bulletin
Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services produce a daily alert containing links to research and news on the latest coronavirus outbreak.
If you would like to receive this email alert, which contains latest research articles and news from government departments, please contact

They also have created the Finding the evidence: Coronavirus page.


Elearning for Health (ELfH) COVID-19 programme 
part of Health Education England’s elearning suite in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies including COVID-19 elearning resources for Paramedics





12/01/2021 New ebook content added
Assessing Mental Capacity : A Handbook to Guide Professionals from Basic to Advanced Practice
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


02/02/2021 New edition Issue 87 & COVID-19 Supplement of the SCAS version of the national Prehospital Emergency Services Current Awareness Update


12/01/2021 New ebook content added
Oxford Handbook of Pre-Hospital Care
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


05/01/2021 New ebook content added
Communication in nursing and healthcare : a guide for compassionate practice
An Introduction to Qualitative Research
The SAGE Handbook of Coaching
Tortora’s principles of anatomy and physiology
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)



14/12/2020 New ebook content added
Gray’s Anatomy
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


02/12/2020 New ebook content added
Non-Medical Prescribing : A Course Companion
Understanding Clinical Papers
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)







Libraries providing resources & services to SCAS staff & students
Electronic resources are available to all SCAS staff and students irrespective of location and are listed further down the page.
For library support to assist with access and searching available resources:

  • Discovery Library, Plymouth will provide:
    – access to electronic resources- incl. problems with Athens accounts,
    – information skills training and search help,
    – resource access queries and requests for new resources,
    – urgent literature search services.
    For any queries about Discovery Library services, contact the team via online form, email (staffed hours 08.30 – 17.30 Monday – Friday).




Search the NHS healthcare databases:

Databases include:

  • AMED- covers topics for allied health professions including paramedics.
  • British Nursing Index (BNI)- primarily of use for nurses but also includes allied health,
  • CINAHL- international nursing & allied health incl. paramedics
  • EMBASE- primarily European biomedicine- particularly good for pharmacology
  • EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
  • HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
  • MEDLINE- most health topics including pre-hospital care 
  • PsycINFO- psychology & psychiatry including psychological aspects of trauma/injury

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.

If an article you need is not available- please consider making an article request.

You can request literature searching and general enquiry services via the national library service.
If you need an urgent search or training on the use of resources please contact Discovery Library.




Evidence Based Practice and CPD

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 across.****Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here). On 1st access you’ll be asked to create personal account to download free App***
  • ClinicalKey– clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and other fulltext resources
    Note you will need an 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, regular updates to all topics and up to 10 new topics each year
  • 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 and best practice through a web-based portal. provided by NICE.


  • TRIP Database– clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.



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

Selected Prehospital and Emergency Medicine journals below

If we don’t hold your required article may make an article request via the national library service

Journal Coverage Notes
Academic Emergency Medicine 1997-
Air Medical Journal 2007-
American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2007-
Annals of Emergency Medicine 2007-
BMJ 1840-
British Journal of Healthcare Assistants 2016-
British Paramedic Journal 2016-
Clinical Teacher 2004-
Disaster & Military Medicine 2015-
Emergency Medicine Australasia 2005-
Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 2007-
Emergency Medicine Journal (EMJ) 1984-
Health Services Research 2002-
Injury 2007-
International Paramedic Practice 2016-
Journal of Emergency Medicine 2007-
Journal of Paramedic Practice 2009-
Prehospital Emergency Care 1997-
Resuscitation 2007-
Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine 2015-





****List of selected Prehospital practice, research and education ebooks*****


Additional books available via SWIMS library catalogue (select SCAS as location)
and the LKS ASE Collections.

Access to Ross and Wilson anatomy and physiology in health and illness

All ebooks require NHS Athens account (register here).


Current awareness

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


  • KnowledgeShare – sign up for targeted current awareness service that uses information about your professional interests to generate personalised current awareness bulletins straight to your email.




If you have problems accessing any of the content listed on this page please contact marking FAO Laura.