Library and Knowledge Service

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A professional library and information service for all NHS Trust staff and students who work across Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and North Lancashire.

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COVID-19: The Library is now CLOSED!

Due to the current and ongoing situation with COVID-19 and in light of the latest Government Guidelines the Library will be closed until further notice.

We will still be able to offer you a Virtual Library Service which means that we can help ensure you have:

  • Access to our Electronic Resources (eBooks, Journals and Databases)
  • Help with Literature Searching and Reviews or Documents
  • Provide support and answer queries by phone or email.

We will NOT be able to offer any training, 1:1 sessions or access to the Library’s collection of books.

If you have books currently on loan from the Library these will be renewed for you until the service reopens.

We apologise for any inconvenience.  Stay safe.  Sue, Laura and Michael.


2020 Training Dates now available  - click here for more information

Clinical Calculators available on Clinical Key

300+ calculators are now available to aid clinicians in patient assessment and clinical decision making.

Where to access on the homepage:-

New Content Added to ClinicalKey and UpToDate

See below for a list of new content added to ClinicalKey and UpToDate to support your evidence based practice

What's New in ClinicalKey and UpToDate - March 2020

Access ClinicalKey and UpToDate anywhere, anytime with your OpenAthens username and password!

250+ Medical Calculators all in one place!





BMJ Best Practice is available to all NHS healthcare staff in England courtesy of Health Education England (HEE), so make the most of your subscription!

Calculators include:

  • APACHE II Scoring System
  • Heart Failure Diagnosis
  • ABCD2 Score to Predict Stroke Risk after TIA

Access the calculators directly when on-site at your institution or via OpenAthens from home.

Self-Service comes to the Library...

Borrow, renew or return your books 24/7 with our new self-service kiosk.







Summer Reading Challenge

Congratulations to Deanna Harvey, winner of our Summer Reading Challenge prize draw... Deanna said she "has had lots of fun" completing the challenge and is looking forward to the Library's next reading challenge.









BMJ Best Practice




We now have access to BMJ Best Practice.  BMJ Best Practice is a clinical support tool that takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence based information, whenever and wherever you need it.  (If you are using a Trust PC there is no need to log in).

To access this resource from home click here and select the OpenAthens button, log in with your OpenAthens credentials.  You can also choose to register for a free personal account, with a personal account you can download the BMJ Best Practice APP and track your CME/CPD activity.  See the guide on 'how to get started'.

Useful iPhone Apps for Clinical/ Non-clinical staff and patients

Following the success of the previous "Useful iPhone Apps Guide" the EdTC Library have produced this new and updated list of useful apps for both clinical staff and patients.  To view the new list click here

Online Training Modules:-

How to search the literature effectively



For more information see our Training Page

Dedicated Library Service for Ambulance Trusts across the UK

Great news for Ambulance Trusts across the UK... Your own dedicated Library Service



Whilst Ambulance staff are still welcome to use their local NHS Library you now have your own dedicated Library service - offering tailored information to keep you up to date with developments in your specialist area of expertise.  Click here to find out more about this brand new Library service.


Click here to find out more!

Health Education England is committed to:

  • Enabling all NHS workforce members to access library and knowledge services so that they can use the right knowledge and evidence to achieve excellent healthcare and health improvement.
  • Developing NHS librarians and knowledge specialists to use their expertise to mobilise evidence obtained from research and organisational knowledge to underpin decision making.

In support of the above commitments, we are participating in the #AMillionDecisions campaign promoting the work of library and information professionals in the NHS

Find out how you can support the campaign here

Now available to all staff...

The UK's widest range of clinical nursing journals as well as leading titles in midwifery, dental nursing and pre-hospital care... titles include British Journal of Nursing, British Journal of Midwifery, British Journal of Community Nursing and Nurse Prescribing.

Access with your OpenAthens username and password.


Have you checked out our E-Books?

Anytime... Anywhere... 100s of titles available!

No need to reserve, no return date, no late fees.  All you need is OpenAthens (to register click here).

See our Accessing ebooks hand out for more information.

iPads for Loan

The Library has two iPads that are available for loan for a period of 1 week at a time. The iPads can be borrowed for work, educational and recreational use. There is no charge to borrow an iPad but you must be a member of the Library.

For more information or to request to borrow an iPad please contact the Library staff. (Terms and conditions apply).




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