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Allied Health Professionals

Anatomy & Physiology

Cardiology

Dentistry

Dermatology

Evidence Based Healthcare

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Government & NHS

Grey Literature

Guidance

Images

Medical Specialties

Medical and Surgical Careers

Medicines & Pharmacy

Mental Health

News / Media

Nursing

Ophthalmology

Primary Care

Public Health

Search Engines & Gateways

Social Care

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Study Skills



Allied Health Professionals

PEDro Physiotherapy Evidence Database

PEDro offers a database of randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines for physiotherapy, along with quality ratings to indicate their likely value in clinical practice.  No login or password is required.

Occupational Therapy CATS

Contains Critically Appraised Topics on Occupational Therapy interventions, similar to the BestBETs format. A standard template structures the topics by clinical scenario, focused clinical question, clinical bottom line, search strategy, inclusion/exclusion criteria, search results, summary of the best evidence and critical appraisal. What makes OTCATs different to BestBETs is that all papers included in a clinical topic are appraised and explicit. The appraisals are quite short and do not seem to follow a specific checklist approach but summarises the validity/interpretation of results, bias and summary/conclusion.

Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy Atlases

A digital library of anatomy information, anatomy textbooks, and anatomy atlases.

Anatomia

Anatomia is a collection of illustrations of human anatomy which are contained within published books, but the texts themselves are not included. The anatomical illustrations chosen for inclusion are, for the most part, full page plates but significant illustrations within the text are also included, as well as the title pages to the books themselves. The site is structured on two interconnected levels - the book level and the plate level.

Cranial Nerves from Yale

Cranial nerve review by Yale University School of Medicine.

Crash Course A&P

A series of videos on Anatomy & Physiology

Enhanced Neurological Eye Simulator from UC Davis University of California

This application simulates eye motion and demonstrates the effects of disabling one or more of the 12 eye muscles and one or more of the 6 cranial nerves that control eye motion.

The Hosford Muscle Tables

This web site is an index containing detailed information about the skeletal muscles of the human body. Included is each muscle's origin, insertion, action, blood supply and innervation.

Muscle Atlas from the University of Washington

Color illustrations of individual upper and lower extremity muscles and concise information: Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation, and Arterial Supply.

Musculoskeletal Atlas from the University of Washington

Contains more than 80 anatomical images of upper and lower extremities.

The Virtual Autopsy

Teaching site from the University of Leicester.

The Virtual Body

Virtual body map.

Cardiology

Cardiovascular Horizon Scanning

Bringing together best practice, innovation and future risks to support the commissioning process and service redesign.

Dentistry

Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry

The Centre for Evidence-based Dentistry, established in 1995, is an independent body whose aim is to promote the teaching, learning, practice and evaluation of evidence-based dentistry world-wide.

The Centre is the Editorial base for the Evidence-based Dentistry Journal and is one of the members of the Virtual Centre for Improving Oral Health. You can find out more about the history, aims and objectives of the Centre by visiting the about us section of the site.

Dermatology

The Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology (CEBD)

Through its research, the CEBD helps to develop tools and resources that further the understanding and treatment of skin conditions. You will find links on the website to a range of freely available resources of relevance to health professionals, patients and researchers with an interest in skin disease.

CEBD Current Awareness

The Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology (CEBD) at the University of Nottingham is now providing a dermatology current awareness service in the form of free monthly CEBD Evidence Updates.

CEBD Skin of Colour Resource

The purpose of the Skin of Colour Resource is to provide health care professionals with regularly updated, comprehensive evidence based information in the form of systematic reviews, review articles, guidelines and patient information leaflets. Recommendations for relevant textbooks and websites are also included.

Map of Systematic Reviews on Eczema

Map of systematic reviews on atopic eczema is a redesigned and updated version of our existing mapping of systematic reviews on eczema by topic.

Map of Systematic Reviews on Acne Vulgaris

Map of systematic reviews on acne is a redesigned and updated version of our existing mapping of systematic reviews on acne by topic.

Evidence Based Healthcare

Centre for Evidence-based Medicine

Their aim is to teach and promote evidence based health care and provide support and resources to doctors and health care professionals to help maintain the highest standards of medicine.

The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is considered the gold standard site for systematic reviews and evidence based medicine. It contains high-quality evidence to inform healthcare decision making, including reliable evidence such as systematic reviews and randomised clinical trials (RCTs) as well as technology assessments and economic evaluations.

The Cochrane Library YouTube Video guide to conducting an effective search.

Click here for The Cochrane Library Guide (PDF)

The Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration is a global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research useful for informing decisions about health. We are a not-for-profit organisation with collaborators from over 120 countries working together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest.

Cochrane Clinical Answers

From the 1st May 2016 the Cochrane Library National Provision funded for you by NICE will include access to Cochrane Clinical Answers. Cochrane Clinical Answers covers 32 Clinical Specialties and provide a readable, digestible, clinically focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane systematic reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform decision making at the point of care. Each Cochrane Clinical Answer contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to  drill down to the evidence from the Cochrane Review. The evidence is displayed in a user friendly format, mixing narrative, numbers and graphics. The target audience for Cochrane Clinical Answers is healthcare practitioners and professionals, and other informed health care decision-makers. Cochrane Clinical Answers have been developed by Cochrane Innovations Ltd. and Wiley Online Library.

The Campbell Collaboration

The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions. Their mission is to help people make well-informed decisions by preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews in education, crime and justice, social welfare and international development.

NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries

NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries provides primary care practitioners with a readily accessible summary of the current evidence base and practical guidance on best practice in respect of over 300 common and/or significant primary care presentations.

CASP checklists

Annotated checklists for Systematic reviews, RCTs, Qualitative research, Economic evaluation studies, Cohort studies, Case control studies, and Diagnostic test studies.Developed by the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme.(Public Health Resource Unit, Oxford).

BestBETs Browse Critical Appraisals

A collection of topic specific pre-appraised individual articles from BestBETs. Some of the appraisals link into published Best Evidence Topics (BETs). Articles are appraised using checklists developed by the BestBETs team. Healthy warning: some of the appraisal checklists are long!

CATmaker

A software tool (for Windows) which helps you create Critically Appraised Topics (CATs) for RCTs, Diagnosisstudies, Prognosis studies, Aetiology/Harm studies, and Systematic reviews. From the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, Oxford.

Cochrane Library Journal Club

Cochrane Journal Club is a free, monthly publication that introduces a recent Cochrane review, together with relevant background information, a podcast explaining the key points of the review, discussion questions to help you to explore the review methods and findings in more detail, and downloadable PowerPoint slides containing key figures and tables.

Evidence Based Medicine - Teaching Materials

A collection of useful resources from Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries, US.

Evidence Based Medicine Tutorial

From Duke University, US. This tutorial is intended for any health care practitioner or student who needs a basic introduction to the principles of Evidence-Based Practice.

National Institute for Health Research Dissemination Centre

The NIHR Dissemination Centre has been set up to make health research evidence easier to reach for those who need it. Each week we publish new  Signals  short summaries of health research that has appeared recently in peer-reviewed journals. Signals are published on the Dissemination Centre s portal  Discover . This is a free, open access site and is fully searchable. Sign up on the website to receive a monthly update of all Signals that we publish or choose to receive Signals in particular categories.

What is... ? Series

Although Bandolier is no longer updated, Bandolier Extra contains Internet essays on specific topics, that can be read on-screen in HTML or are available as printable PDFs. We also have a set of short and clear explanations on several important topics commissioned by AVENTIS and produced by Hayward Medical plc.Including Scroll down the page for the 'What-is' series.

Evidence Based Medicine Toolkit

A collection of tools for identifying, assessing and applying relevant evidence for better health care decision-making.The website contains sections about EBM, domains, practical guidelines, systematic review, economic analysis, glossaries, JAMA user's guide and links.

General

Medical Mnemonics

Mnemonics have existed almost as long as the medical knowledge itself. Many of these mnemonics float down from professors, demonstrators or other students. This site serves to expand the circles of sharing/exchange to a larger group worldwide. Also, by maintaining in a common source, it ensures that the knowledge will not die, but continue to be available to later learners.

World Health Organisation

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Quackwatch

Your guide to quackery, health fraud, and intelligent decisions.

Government & NHS

Health Foundation's Research Scan

Each month we search more than 40,000 journals to pick out what we hope are the most important studies about improving quality in healthcare.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI ) believes that everyone deserves safe and effective health care, and we have been working with health care providers and leaders throughout the world to fulfill that promise.

NHS England

"The main aim is to improve the health outcomes for people in England. Central to our ambition is to place the patients and the public at the heart of everything we do. We are what we want the NHS to be - open, evidence-based and inclusive, to be transparent about the decisions we make, the way we operate and the impact we have.

We encourage patient and public participation in the NHS, treat them respectfully and put their interests first. This allows us to develop the insight to help us improve outcomes and guarantee no community is left behind or disadvantaged.

We empower and support clinical leaders at every level of the NHS through clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), networks and senates, in NHS England itself and in providers, helping them to make genuinely informed decisions, spend the taxpayers' money wisely and provide high quality services."

Health and Social Care Information Centre

We support the delivery of IT infrastructure, information systems and standards to ensure information flows efficiently and securely across the health and social care system, to improve patient outcomes. We are committed to putting the needs of patients and the public at the heart of everything we do.

Department of Health

Provides strategic leadership for public health, the NHS and social care in England.

To access publications that are over two years old, click here.

Department of Health Archives Publications

Choose Health, well-being and care section.

Care Quality Commission

"We check all hospitals in England to ensure they are meeting government standards, and we share our findings with the public".

Monitor

 Our main duty is to protect and promote the interests of patients. We do this by regulating the provision of health care services to ensure it is effective, efficient and economic, and maintains or improves the quality of services .

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.

NICE was originally set up in 1999 as the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, a special health authority, to reduce variation in the availability and quality of NHS treatments and care.

In 2005, after merging with the Health Development Agency, we began developing public health guidance to help prevent ill health and promote healthier lifestyles. Our name changed to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

In April 2013 we were established in primary legislation, becoming a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) and placing us on a solid statutory footing as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012. At this time we took on responsibility for developing guidance and quality standards in social care, and our name changed once more to reflect these new responsibilities.

As an NDPB, we are accountable to our sponsor department, the Department of Health, but operationally we are independent of government. Our guidance and other recommendations are made by independent committees. The NICE Board sets our strategic priorities and policies, but the day to day decision-making is the responsibility of our Senior Management Team (SMT).

Grey Literature

ALL ACADEMIC

The All Academic site provides the full-text of papers delivered at academic conferences which used the company's software.

BASE

<p> BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources. BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library .</p><p> As the open access movement grows and prospers, more and more repository servers come into being which use the "Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting" (OAI-PMH) for providing their contents. BASE collects, normalises, and indexes these data. BASE provides more than 60 million documents from more than 3,000 sources. You can access the full texts of about 70% of the indexed documents. </p>

BIOMED CENTRAL

BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher of 272 peer-reviewed open access journals. The portfolio of journals spans all areas of biology, biomedicine and medicine and includes broad interest titles, such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine alongside specialist journals, such as Retrovirology and BMC Genomics. All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely accessible online immediately upon publication.

FADE Library

 Fade library is the North West Grey Literature deposit, hence the name, we  Fade to Grey . Musical puns apart it stands for Frequently Accessing Documents that are Esoteric (if the musical pun wasn t bad enough we suffer from librarians who like playing with words!

Grey Literature Report

The report is a bimonthly publication of The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) alerting readers to new grey literature publications in health services research and selected public health topics. The database platform is keyword searchable and serves as an archive for the catalogued reports. (This is a US publication. Though coverage is international there is a slight US bias.)

GreyNet International

Grey Literature is a field in library and Information science that deals with the production, distribution, and access to multiple document types produced on all levels of government, academics, business, and organization in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body.

OPENDOAR

OpenDOAR is primarily a service to enhance and support the academic and research activities of the global community. OpenDOAR maintains a comprehensive and authoritative list of institutional and subject-based repositories. It also encompasses archives supported by funding agencies like the National Institutes for Health in the USA or the Wellcome Trust in the UK and Europe.

Webicina.com

Webicina.com curates medical social media resources through crowdsourcing with medical professionals and e-patients in over 140 topics and 20 languages for free. The mission of Webicina is to introduce patients and medical professionals to a meaningful and secure use of the Internet.

Guidance

GPnotebook

GPnotebook is an online encyclopaedia of medicine that provides a trusted immediate reference resource for clinicians in the UK and internationally. Updated continually, our database consists of over 26,000 pages of information. Fast and reliable, many doctors use GPnotebook during the consultation.

National Clinical Guidelines Centre

NCGC is a multi-disciplinary health services research team funded by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). We produce evidence based clinical practice guidelines and quality standards on behalf of NICE.

NICE Guidance Nice logo

NICE guidance sets the standards for high quality healthcare and encourages healthy living. Our guidance can be used by the NHS, Local Authorities, employers, voluntary groups and anyone else involved in delivering care or promoting wellbeing.

SIGN Guidelines

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.

Images

HONmedia - Health On the Net Foundation

A repository of over 6,800 medical images and videos, pertaining to 1,700 topics and themes.

NIH - US National Library of Medicine

A useful list of resources for medical stock shots, images, photographs, slides, videos, animations, and film footage from the National Library of Medicine (United States).

SpringerImages

A growing collection of scientific images that spans the scientific, technical and medical fields, including high-quality clinical images from images.MD.

Wellcome Collection Images

A source of contemporary and historical medical images that are free to download in non profit making documents.

Yale Image Finder

Find Open Access images and figures from PubMed.

Medical Specialties

Rheumatology resource

A comprehensive account of the most important advances in rheumatology research from the past decade has been published in BioMed Central's open access journal Arthritis Research and Therapy (AR&T). This freely available collection of 38 articles written by an internationally recognized group of experts spanning more than 400 pages is an essential educational tool which provides clinicians and researchers with a detailed overview of the current status of basic, translational and clinical research in rheumatology.

Arthritis Research UK

Publications containing practical advice about managing musculoskeletal problems.

Medical and Surgical Careers

Almost a Doctor

A free online medical resource for medical students, junior doctors, nurses and medical professionals.

Medical Careers

A four-step career planning guide designed to assist you in understanding your options for choosing your future career as a doctor in the NHS.

onExamination (for BTUH Doctors onExamination

Available to BTUH Junior Doctors. Request your Access Code from the Library. OnExamination provides exam revision resources and self assessment modules to:

MRCP Part 1, MRCP Part 2, MRCGP, MRCS Part A Papers 1 & 2, DCH, MRCPCH Foundation of Practice and Theory & Science of Practice (Formerly Part 1 A & B), MRCPCH Foundation of Practice (Formerly Part 1 A), MRCPCH Theory & Science of Practice (Formerly Part 1 B), MRCOG Part 1, MRCOG Part 2, DRCOG, GPST, FRCA Primary and MRCPCH Part 2.

RCPsych CPD online
(for SEPT Doctors only with Athens password)

CPD Online is the learning resource for all mental health professionals from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

As self-teaching and flexible working has become increasingly important, there has also developed a growing demand for online learning. We are pleased to respond to this need by offering a wealth of online learning modules and podcasts covering a vast range of topics.

Exam Consult

Revision website for Medical Finals, MRCP Part 2 available with 50 free questions for Basic Science, medical finals and MRCP Part 2.

Life in the Fast Lane

Clinical examination elearning modules.

Medical Masterclass

60 interactive case studies available to access on the Library PCs for tackling the challenge of passing the MRCP(UK) exam.

MedicineCPD

Revision website for the MRCP with free registration for best of 5 multiple choice format questions.

Medexam.net

Free registration for 2 days online access to 1800+ 5-part questions for MRCP, MRCGP, DipGerMed, PLAB.

MRCPass

There are 100 free sample questions available which are shared under the username 'Guest' with no password access to revise for the MRCP Part 1.

PassMed

An online textbook for medical students created by a group of currently working junior doctors. The intention is to provide you with resources that might be frustrating to find or difficult to decipher in traditional textbooks.

Radiology Masterclass

An online resource in medical imaging education, for medical students, junior doctors and allied health care professionals.

ReviseMRCP

Revision website for the MRCP with 5000+ free questions.

Surgical Tutor

This site contains educational material aimed at those preparing for undergraduate and postgraduate surgical examinations. It includes clinical tutorials, a journal club, multiple choice questions, revision notes, slide library, discussion group and more...

Trainees Online (TrOn)

TrOn is an online learning resource developped by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and designed to support trainee psychiatrists through the revision process for the College membership exams (the MRCPsych), in conjunction with the existing MRCPsych courses. Modules cover all of the basic science topics on the College syllabus and have commissioned over 30 modules on the critical review and clinical topics. This resource is currently free and accessible to all members, trainees and affiliates of the College who can gain access with their College username and password. Each TrOn module contains 1-3 items of  key reading  a book chapter, journal article or webpage  identified by the author(s).

Medicines & Pharmacy

British National Formulary BNF

The BNF aims to provide prescribers, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals with sound up-to-date information about the use of medicines. Requires a valid NHS Athens password to access.

BNF for Children BNF for children

BNF for Children aims to provide prescribers, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals with sound up-to-date information on the use of medicines for treating children. Requires a valid NHS Athens password to access.

Community Pharmacy News

From the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.

Merck Index

The Merck Index is an important source of information on chemicals, drugs and biological.

This resource is available to NHS staff as part of a Trial until 31st March 2015. Access is by IP address and therefore the resource must be accessed from an NHS networked PC.

NICE Medicines Information

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and UKMi are bringing medicines information together in NICE Evidence Search. From 1 April 2013, resources previously available through the National electronic Library for Medicines will now be made available via NICE Evidence Search only.

Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the government agency which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe.

Their website has a section on safety issues in relation to medicines and medical devices where you can report a suspected adverse reaction.

NaTHNaC (The National Travel Health Network and Centre)

The National Travel Health Network and Centre is funded by the Health Protection Agency and its aim is the promotion of clinical standards in medicines used by travellers. The body provides guidance to health care professionals on general health issues faced by travellers abroad. The website also contains country specific health information relating to travel, clinical updates of global health concerns  e.g. outbreaks ,vaccine supply, training in yellow fever and health information sheets on travel risks.

Toxbase

The primary clinical toxicology database of the National Poisons Information Service

Mental Health

Black Mental Health UK

Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) was established in 2006 to raise awareness and address the stigma associated with mental illness.
The aim of our work is to see a reduction in the inequalities in the treatment and care of people from African Caribbean communities who use mental health services, and to inform these communities on how to influence the strategic development, policy design and implementation of services.

BMH UK's focus is on empowering African Caribbean communities to improve the Black service user experience and reduce the over representation of Black people at the coercive end of psychiatric care.

Blog - Mad World (from Community Care)

Mad World highlights the latest research, policy and debate about all things mental health along with some social work stuff and the odd piece of random nonsense, just to keep you on your toes.

Community Care

Is a specialist website dedicated to all areas of the social care profession.

Our website is the leading online medium for those working in social care and it contains all of the articles that have been published both in Community Care magazine and online since 1995.

British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD)

The British Institute of Learning Disabilities is working to improve the lives of people in the UK with a learning disability.

Public Health England: Mental Health

Mental health statistics and data in the East of England.

Mental Health TV

"The UK's first dedicated television channel for mental healthcare issues on the internet".

Centre for Mental Health

"We work to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems by influencing policy and practice in mental health and related services".

Mental Elf

Aims to keep you up to date with all of the latest mental health research and guidance.

WELD Blog

Aims to keep you up to date with all of the latest Learning Disabilities news.

Young Minds

Improving the mental well-being of children and young people.

News / Media

BBC Health News

Provides daily news on health.

E-Health Media

EHealth Insider started life on 13 December 2001, when the first newsletter opened with the mission statement: "In every part of healthcare, information technology is changing the way managers and clinical staff work, the way services are delivered and how health consumers think and behave.

"eHealth Media's central purpose is to explain these changes to business, professional and consumer audiences, and help healthcare organisations to realise the full potential of electronic communications."

Nursing

RCN Research Articles

RCN Top 50 research articles from the last 50 years.

SAGE Health and Nursing website

developed to support the health community at large-authors, researchers, faculty, students and practitioners.

Also, you can now follow us on Twitter!

Ophthalmology

Eye Resources on the Internet

This site, which was compiled on the behalf of the Association of Vision Science Librarians and is maintained at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, links out to hundreds of eye-related resources, all organized in alphabetical order.

Primary Care

Guidelines

The Guidelines publication provides over 200 concise summaries of major primary and shared care guidelines for use in clinical practice in the UK. Additionally, European guidelines from some of the major independent professional bodies are also summarised and included

Guidelines in Practice

Guidelines in Practice provide healthcare professionals in primary care with expert, practical, credible content on best clinical practice. It contains articles and opinion pieces on new clinical guidelines providing evidence-based perspectives and content on a range of clinical topics, supporting learning, clinical practice, and implementation and commissioning

Guidelines for Nurses

Guidelines for Nurses also commissions nurses to write feature articles. These articles provide evidence-based perspectives on a range of clinical topics, mostly with a guidance focus, supporting clinical practice, learning and implementation.

NHS Primary Care Commissioning

NHS Primary Care Commissioning (NHS PCC) has been providing valuable commissioning, contracting and communications support for SHAs, PCTs and the Department of Health since 2005. NHS PCC operates on a subscription model and all PCTs currently subscribe to its services.

Public Health

The Royal Society for Public Health

The RSPH is an independent charity formed in October 2008 with the merger of the Royal Society of Health (RSH Royal Society of Health) and the Royal Institute of Public Health (RIPH Royal Institute of Public Health).

UK Faculty of Public Health

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) is the standard setting body for specialists in public health in the United Kingdom. It was established as a registered charity in 1972 following a central recommendation of the Royal Commission on Medical Education (1965-68).

FPH is a joint faculty of the three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (London, Edinburgh and Glasgow). Although an integral part of the three Royal Colleges, FPH is an independently constituted body with its own membership, governance structure and financial arrangements.

Public Health England

We work with national and local government, industry and the NHS to protect and improve the nation's health and support healthier choices. We are addressing inequalities by focusing on removing barriers to good health.

PHE is an executive agency of the Department of Health.

PHE Data and Knowledge Gateway

The PHE Data and knowledge gateway gives direct access to analysis tools and resources for public health professionals from one single portal.

Network of Public Health Observatories

There are 12 Public Health Observatories (PHOs) working across the five nations of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We produce information, data and intelligence on people's health and health care for practitioners, policy makers and the wider community. Our expertise lies in turning information and data into meaningful health intelligence.

The network of nine Public Health Observatories in England are continuing to work together in collaboration on an agreed national work plan. The Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) - the name previously given to the network - has been formally dissolved but this website continues to be updated during this period of transition until the new public health system for England is more fully in place.

Search Engines & Gateways

TRIP (Turning Research Into Practice)

Search engine aimed at health professionals looking for clinical research literature to support patient care.

Click here for TRIP Database Guide(PDF)

By signing up, you will have access to the premium version on NHS PCs.

A number of short videos are available on getting the most from Trip database and can be found here.

They cover from signing up, logging in to Trip, refining your search to PICO search, using advanced search, etc.

Searchmedica

A dedicated medical search engine for healthcare professionals.

Europe PubMedCentral

A unique, free, information resource for biomedical and health researchers.

Health on the Net Foundation

HONSearch- HON offers specialized medical search engines to facilitate your search and provide reliable and trustworthy results. Utilize the different HON search engines for different purposes including the molecular biology and rare diseases databases, look up health conferences taking place all over the world and search for visual conditions through Provisu, the specialized search engine and database dedicated to eye diseases and conditions.

PEDro Physiotherapy Evidence Database

PEDro offers a database of randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines for physiotherapy, along with quality ratings to indicate their likely value in clinical practice.  No login or password is required.

Pubmed

PubMed comprises more than 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Click here for Pubmed Guide (PDF)

Eastern Electronic Library for Health

EEL is a portal for East of England healthcare practitioners. It covers nationally and locally-purchased electronic resources, details of information skills training and has contact details for all NHS libraries in the East of England.

SUMSearch

SUMSearch simultaneously searches for original studies, systematic reviews, and practice guidelines from multiple sources. This site uses filters to search several Internet sites containing medical evidence.

The King's Fund

The King's Fund's Information and Library Service is a unique source of information on health and social care policy and management.

Medworm

MedWorm is a medical RSS feed provider as well as a search engine built on data collected from RSS feeds. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and it is a technology used to simply publish and gather details of the very latest information on the internet.

MedWorm collects updates from over 6000 authoritative data sources (growing each day) via RSS feeds. From the data collected, MedWorm provides new outgoing RSS feeds on various medical categories that you can subscribe to, via the free MedWorm online service, or another RSS reader of your choice, such as Bloglines, Newsgator, Google Reader or FeedDemon.

Social Care

Drug and Alcohol Findings

Drug and Alcohol Findings bridges the divide between research on the effectiveness of responses to drug and alcohol problems and the practitioners who provide those interventions, with a focus on UK-relevant research.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

"We seek to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming them, and to show how social needs can be met in practice. "

Social Care Institute for Excellence: scie

Social Care TV is an online service commissioned and produced by SCIE for everyone involved in social care and social work

Social Care Online

A free online resource owned and managed by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). "It provides a single point of access to an extensive range of social care knowledge, including practice information, skills tutorials, and around 80,000 abstracts of books, reports, research papers, journals, official publications and articles".

Statistics

National Statistics

The Office for National Statistics is the UK Government's single largest statistical producer.

Go to the Atlas

The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales. A collection of maps illustrating geographical distributions of disease risk and environmental agents.

Government Statistical Publications

From GOV.UK providing health statistics.

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)

Provided by the Health & Social Care Information centre, HES is the national statistical data warehouse for England of the care provided by NHS hospitals and for NHS hospital patients treated elsewhere. HES is the data source for a wide range of healthcare analysis for the NHS, government and many other organisations and individuals.

Zanran

Search the web for data and statistics. Zanran extracts and indexes numerical data presented as tables, charts and images in PDF reports, spreadsheets and ordinary web pages. You can simply type in your search terms but there are additional options for narrowing down the search by location of the web server, specifying an individual site, selecting a time period and limiting by file type.

Study Skills

TheSite.org

TheSite.org is the online guide to life for 16 to 25 year-olds. We provide non-judgemental support and information on everything from sex and exam stress to debt and drugs.

Harvard Referencing System

Anglia Ruskin University s excellent online guide to the Harvard Referencing System.

How to study actively

HOW TO DRINK FROM A FIRE-HOSE WITHOUT DROWNING  Successful study strategies in medical school courses. From UC San Diego School of Medicine

Open University Study Skills

Tips and guidance on effective study - simply choose the links that interest you!

Palgrave Macmillan Skills4Study

This free resource is full of practical advice to help you study more effectively at university.

DOCEAR

Docear ( dog-ear ) is an academic literature suite. It integrates everything you need to search, organize and create academic literature into a single application: digital library with support for pdf documents, reference manager, note taking and with mind maps taking a central role. What s more, Docear works seamlessly with many existing tools like Mendeley, Microsoft Word, and Foxit Reader. Docear is free and open source, based on Freeplane, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Technology and developed by scientists from around the world, among others from OvGU, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Mendeley

Free Reference Manager and PDF Organizer.

Click here for Mendeley Guide (PDF)

NurseZone.com Study Skills

You're a nursing student, you've read all of your course outlines, but when it comes to studying, you're not sure where to start and you need some help-FAST. You've come to the right place. Whether you're studying for exams, preparing for your first clinical rotation or seeking tools to simplify your workload and boost your comprehension, the Study Tips section of NurseZone offers helpful hints, study aids and useful tools and references to help get you started. (US based)

Study Skills for Nurses and Midwives

A short, introductory handbook from the University of Nottingham

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