Find an NHS Library
NHS Knowledge and Library Services staff provide advice on accessing and searching resources as well as making sense of the evidence. Search the directory to find your nearest health library.
Evidence based digital resources
All staff and learners in the NHS have access to a wide range of digital resources free at the point of use. These include:
- Databases like Medline, EMBASE and CINAHL
- Over 7000 journals
- BMJ Best Practice
- NICE Evidence
- Cochrane Library
- Clinical Knowledge Summaries
- NICE Pathways.
Contact your local library to find out what additional resources they offer.
To access most online evidence and knowledge resources, you will need an NHS OpenAthens account. It’s free for staff and learners in the NHS and will enable you to access the evidence anywhere, anytime, from any device.
Guidelines and Policies
Help with literature searching
If you’re new to literature searching, or need a refresher, why not take a look at our e-learning prgramme, How to Search the Literature Effectively? This will help you build confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence.
Specialists at your local health library can also do expert searches, provide search skills training, and help you keep up to date via current awareness services.
Did you know that 61% of working age adults can’t fully understand health information if it includes both text and numbers? To find out more about how this impacts healthcare and to learn some simple techniques to help improve health literacy, take a look at our e-learning, Health Literacy: You can make a difference.
Some knowledge is not published but is individual or organisational ‘know how’. The NHS Knowledge Mobilisation Framework is designed to help individuals to develop and use skills to mobilise knowledge effectively. The techniques will help you to learn before, during and after everything that you do, so that pitfalls can be avoided and best practice replicated. A set of postcards is available to complement the framework.