Databases and Evidence Based Resources

NHS staff and members of the wider 'NHS Family' can access key medical, nursing, allied health and health management databases.

You will need your NHS OpenAthens username and password.


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'.

Find out more about BMJ Best Practice here

*August 2020 Update:  In order to make our evidence base even more actionable, we have introduced Evidence Tables. Based on GRADE, these tables support faster and better decision making by providing easy access to evidence evaluations and recommendations. Evidence Tables create greater transparency around evidence which supports better clinical decision making and, ultimately, better outcomes for patients.

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Search the world's largest collection of clinical case reports (access with your NHS OpenAthens account).

Publish in BMJ Case Reports (contact the Library for the fellowship code).


Databases available:


Psychology and Behavioral Sciences

Psychology and Psychiatry Database

Other Databases Available:


PubMed is freely available without the need for a password, however links to articles from journals subscribed to by the NHS and our own library service will require an NHS OpenAthens password to access the full text.


Evidence Based Resources:







Providing clinical answers to clinical questions!

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Fast concise answers when every second counts!

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The UKs largest online archive of nursing articles!

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A comprehensive evidence base for everyone in health and social care.

Provided by NICE






Summarises the current evidence base and practical guidance on best practice.






Independent high quality evidence for clinical decision making.






UpToDate: Providing answers to clinical questions.  Over 10,500 topics.






Database containing abstracts of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials relevant to Occupational Therapy.






Abstracts of systematic reviews, RCTs and evidence based clinical guidelines for physiotherapy.






Royal Marsden Manual available online with your OpenAthens username and password.





Turning Research into Practice.  Identifies high quality evidence based material available on the web.





Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.



 an award winning e-learning programme providing national, quality assured online training content for the healthcare profession (Access with OpenAthens)







BMJ Best Practice is an online tool for use at the point of care.  It gives medical professionals the best available information for any clinical situation.






National Institute for Health Research: Discover Portal.  Latest important health research summarised!