OLD VERSION Library services & resources for SWASFT

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.

COVID-19 Resources

Gov.uk COVID-19 Guidance for Ambulance Trusts

NHS England COVID-19 Specialty guides
Ambulance Services

NICE COVID-19 Rapid guidelines
Managing COVID-19

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 libraries@phe.gov.uk.

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


08/12/2021 New ebook content added
A Complete Guide to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training
JRCALC clinical guidelines 2021 : Pocket book
Mechanical ventilation in emergency medicine

Pocket tutor: Surface anatomy
Roadcraft – The Police Driver’s Handbook

Trauma Care Manual
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

26/10/2021 New ebook content added
The minor illness manual
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

07/10/2021 New edition Issue 92 of the SWASFT version of the national Prehospital Emergency Services Current Awareness Update

Access to physical library resources and services
Electronic resources
are available to all SWASFT staff and students irrespective of location, and details of how to access are listed in the other sections on this page

See the SWASFT CPD site for details of online evidence search skills training.

COVID-19 update – library access
SWASFT staff are usually able to visit and join any NHS library in the SWASFT area to receive face-to-face training. At present a number of libraries across the area have moved to remote-only services or reduced staffing.
Should you require access to resource training during this challenging time please see our current online group training dates or email the SWASFT lead library library.mailbox@nhs.net (please include contact phone number) and an individual online session can be arranged.


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.

See the SWASFT CPD site for details of librarian-run evidence search skills training or contact Discovery Library if you require help with a specific literature search.

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.

 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***

BNF and BNF for Childrenshould work automatically on NHS networked machine, if outside NHS network login with NHS Athens account.
Click here to find out about the free BNF/BNFC 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.

Elearning for Health (ELfH) -Health Education England’s suite of high quality content free of charge training (topics incl. Paramedic programme, COVID-19 programme including COVID-19 elearning resources for Paramedics) in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)

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 you can consider making an article request via the library.

Academic Emergency Medicine1997- 
Air Medical Journal2007- 
American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2007- 
Annals of Emergency Medicine 2007- 
British Journal of Healthcare Assistants2018- 
Clinical Teacher2004- 
Disaster & Military Medicine2015- 
Emergency Medicine Australasia2005- 
Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 2007- 
Emergency Medicine Journal (EMJ)1984- 
Health Services Research2002- 
Injury 2007- 
International Paramedic Practice2018- 
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 make an article request and we will scan and send copy (within Copyright limits).
Prehospital Emergency Care1997- 
Resuscitation 2007- 
Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine2015- 

Books (guide)

The electronic book stock available to SWASFT can be found by doing a search in the SWIMS catalogue.

and limiting your search to SWASFT holdings.

Please email library.mailbox@nhs.net if you have a query about accessing print book stock.


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 library.mailbox@nhs.net marking FAO Laura.