Resources for Allied Health Professionals

On this page you can find information about resources for Allied and Health Professionals. The page is split into the following sections:


Guidelines, policy and publications



Evidence alerts



Useful websites

Examples of impact

Staff publications



NHS Databases: CINAHL (nursing and allied health), Medline (general medicine) and AMED (allied and complementary medicine) - NHS ATHENS account required

BMJ Best Practice: Clinical decision support tool. Login initially with an Athens account (preferably) to enable setting up of a personal account and to download the BMJ app for use anywhere, anytime. See access guides here and further video guidance here.

Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including 'gold standard' systematic reviews (no login required)

TRIP: Turning Research Into Practice - clinical search engine. Sign up to the site and follow this guide to enable the discovery of full-text links to resources held by the Library. Click here for a list of short videos designed to help you get the most out of the TRIP database (NB video clips not available on Trust networked devices).  Please note that users gain enhanced accessed to Trip Pro  when on NHS Trust networked devices.

BNF and BNF for children (NHS ATHENS required)

PEDro: Physiotherapy Evidence Database (please note this is Australian)

OT Seeker: contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy

PubMed: for search engine style quick search of biomedical literature

NICE 'do not do' recommendations database

Guidelines, policy and publications

Department of Health , National Health Service polices, announcements and publications

King's Fund: independent charitable organisation providing research and health policy analysis

NICE guidance (general search) see also physiotherapy NICE guidance and occupational therapy guidance

NICE Evidence search (then filter results by information type)



The following journals are available electronically via the  Library and are of particular relevance to AHPs:

  • Age and Ageing 
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • American Journal of Sports Medicine
  • BMJ
  • Co-kinetic (formerly SportEX Medicine) (Available in print and electronic)
  • Sports Health: a multidisciplinary approach

 For further information about journals see Search for a journal



Browse our catalogue at

Search our catalogue for the following: 

  •  physiotherapy books
  •  occupational therapy books
  •  prosthetics and orthotics books
  •  dietetic books
  •  radiography books

We welcome your suggestions for purchase - please provide details via this online form

Need to buy a book? Ask library staff for suppliers.


Evidence alerts

King's Fund alerts, including one on health and wellbeing and their weekly update

NHS England >> Allied Health Professions into Action brings together views from the third largest workforce in the health and care system.

Department of Health and NHS email alerts via the website at

QIPP case studies - monthly alerts produced  by NICE Evidence email:

NHS Networks - to share ideas and improve the health service

WiredGov - the most popular UK government alerting service


Further information about alerting and current awareness can be found on our Keeping up-to-date page



NHS Leadership Academy

Internet for allied health professionals - online tutorial for AHPs on using the Internet to find relevant information

Learn My Way - free online courses in English, Maths, computer skills and more.

UK Sepsis Trust Clinical Toolkit

The Library has a range of information skills training which can be tailored to  your needs. See Request information skills training page for details. You can also find information about Trust training from this page, by viewing the Trust training prospectus. 

The following e-learning modules are included:  Food allergy and anaphylaxis; Nutrition: e-learning resource on the use of the MUST nutritional screening tool



Request an evidence search - an experienced, chartered library professional will undertake an exhaustive search of the relevant literature and provide you with the summarised results.

Request a journal article or book

Send us an enquiry [online form]

Speak to us about your current awareness needs

Arrange information skills training

Provide us with feedback [online form]


Useful websites


Examples of impact 


Examples of Impact

The library service has recently conducted evidence searches on:

- Exercise for carpometacarpal join osteoarthritis

- Use of corticosteroid injection and/or exercise in the treatment of greater trochanteric pain syndrome

- Nerve-gliding exercises and splinting versus corticosteroid injections in the treatment of carpal tunnel 

- Standards or guidelines on abnormality ratios for chest x-rays and CT scans

- SCI and obesity

100% of our evidence searches are supplied within 5 days, or to a timescale agreed with the user
100% of completed searches were rated as ‘completely or mostly relevant’ to the search request

When asked “did the search results impact on any aspect of patient care or treatment?” one user said the results were used to develop the knowledge and skills of attendees of a study day and so wouldl have an indirect impact when those attending used the information in their treatment of their patients

Case Studies

Literature Review for Creation of National Guideline

Supporting Evidence into Practice Group for Physiotherapists

General feedback:
“The staff are always very helpful and if not able to deal with issue directly they will endeavour to access alternative support”


Staff publications

 We welcome your feedback. If you  have any suggestions for further useful resources or links you would like adding to this page, please contact us.