Library services & resources for SWASFT

Libraries    Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books    Current awareness    Apps

This site is maintained and hosted by the lead library for SWASFT- Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. To contact Discovery Library about this page click here but please remember that you can register with any library in the SWASFT area as detailed below.



06/03/2018 New edition- Issue 57 – of the SWASFT version of the national
Prehospital Emergency Services Current Awareness Update

New ebook content added 20/02/18
Woodward, S. (2017) Rethinking patient safety. Boca Raton, FL : Taylor and Francis.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)






Libraries providing resources & services to SWASFT staff & students
Click here for a list & contact details/websites for those NHS libraries providing resources & services to SWASFT staff & students. You can choose any of these libraries as your home library- access their website for details of how to register.

The library services:
  • Provide access to library collections
  • Facilitate access to electronic resources; this includes national and regionally purchased resources as well as those purchased for SWASFT.
  • Provide training in information literacy skills to help access and evaluate resources.
  • Provide assistance with literature searching and identifying evidence.


Databases (handout)

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
  • Health Business Elite- all aspects of health service management and organisation 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 and for others it will tell you that a local NHS library has access.
If your nominated home library doesn’t have access to the journal you require please contact them to discuss the options for them ordering the article from another library on your behalf.
Contact your nominated home library for details of their information skills training programme and literature searching support.


Evidence Based Practice and CPD

A range of evidence-based resources are available to help inform patient care including:

  • 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.



To see the full range of journals that you have access to online & via those libraries that serve SWASFT click here – you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

Direct links to key speciality ejournals are also listed below.
You should always select to login with OpenAthens first

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

Journal Coverage Notes
Air Medical Journal 2007-
American Journal of Emergency Medicine  2007-
Annals of Emergency Medicine  2007-
BMJ 1840-
Disaster & Military Medicine 2015-
Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America  2007-
Emergency Medicine Journal (EMJ) 1984-
Injury  2007-
Journal of Emergency Medicine  2007-
Journal of Paramedic Practice (online) 2014-
Journal of Paramedic Practice (print) 2009- If you need a pre-2014 article from JPP please email the library with full details of article required using your SWASFT email and we will scan and send copy (within Copyright limits).
Resuscitation  2007-
Trauma 1999-
Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine 2015-


Books (handout)

The print & electronic book stock of SWASFT libraries can be found by doing a search in the SWIMS catalogue (except Exeter Health Library- see On the SWIMS catalogue you can limit your search to “Just in these libraries” to search your nominated home library’s stock only.





Current awareness

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



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