Library Resources for Mental Health and Psychological Professions 

Why work with librarians and knowledge specialists? 

If you’re looking for knowledge and evidence to support your work, development, study and research, you’ve come to the right place. 

Below is whole range of resources – all available free from your NHS knowledge and library services, for anyone working or studying in England. 

Where do I start? 

A free NHS OpenAthens account is your key to unlocking digital knowledge resources. If you’re a registered healthcare professional who provides NHS-commissioned care in England then you’re eligible. 

If you need help to register or renew your account watch our short video for help. 

Finding information

NHS Knowledge and Library Hub 

Connecting you seamlessly to a range of high-quality knowledge and evidence resources all in one place, the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub is a single gateway to 1000s of journals, books, clinical decision support and databases like Medline. 

For more advanced searching, use databases like Medline, PsycINFO or Social Policy & Practice. Go to our Resources for advanced searching page for more information and links to training. 

If you’re new to literature searching, or need a refresher, why not try this e-learning course: How to search the literature effectively

Clinical decision support and evidence summaries 

BMJ Best Practice is an award-winning online decision-support tool for use at the point of care. BMJ Best Practice draws on the latest evidence-based research to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. It can give you quick and easy access to background information about your patients’ comorbidities and includes continuing professional development. 

Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines is the essential evidence-based prescribing guidelines on the safe and effective prescribing of psychotropic agents. 

E-books and journals 

You have access to thousands of journals in psychiatry and psychology including PsycArticles and Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection. It’s easy to access articles through the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub and databases for advanced searching. You can also install LibKey Nomad on your device for easy access to journal literature when you search the open web and platforms like Google Scholar. 

OUP handbooks and textbooks 

All staff and students in the NHS have access to a collection of Oxford Medicine e-books including: 

  • Emergencies in mental health nursing 
  • Oxford textbook of community mental health 
  • New Oxford textbook of psychiatry 
  • Forensic psychiatry 
  • Drugs in psychiatry 
  • Addiction medicine 


Kortext is an e-book platform that gives you access to hundreds of books for NHS staff and learners including collections on sustainability, wellbeing and resilience and equality and diversity. There is also a bespoke collection for the psychological professions (click here for the title list). Other books on the Kortext platform for mental health and psychological professionals include: 

  • Psychiatry at a Glance 
  • Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 
  • Managing Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care 
  • Rutter’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 
  • Get Through MRCPsych CASC 
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Concepts of Care in Evidence-Based Practice 

Watch this short film to learn more about Kortext. 

Health literacy and patient information 

Did you know that 43% of adults aged 16-65 struggle with text-based health information and that increases to 61% if the information also includes numbers? If you want to know more, take this 30 minute e-learning course which includes simple tools that can help increase understanding. 

We have also co-produced two easy read guides to download and share designed to help people to navigate healthcare. ‘Get ready to talk about your health’ prepares people for what to do before they go for a consultation with any health or care provider. ‘3 questions for better health’ suggests important questions to ask during an appointment. 

To help you, your patients and their families and carers with general health and wellbeing we have collected books and online links – take a look at our Uplifting Resources and Your Health Collection.

Learning from ‘know how’ 

Some knowledge is not published but is individual or organisational ‘know how’. The NHS Knowledge Mobilisation Framework is designed to help you develop and use skills to mobilise knowledge effectively. 

What else can I expect from my library? 

Your local NHS knowledge and library service can help you to make the most of these resources. They will often offer additional services including carrying out evidence searches and helping you to keep up-to-date. Visit your library for space to study, work and connect with your peers and the evidence. 

How do I find my library?

Go to HLISD to find your local knowledge and library service. 

You may also have access to other additional resources through your professional body or a university if you’re currently a student. 

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