Keep up-to-date

Every day new research is published, policy documents are written and guidance is issued. The purpose of a current awareness service is to keep you up to date with the new information which is relevant to you in your work, research or specialist area of interest.

The alerts need to meet your own personal information needs and the library staff are happy to help and advise you in discerning what might be the most appropriate services for you.

Current Awareness Services

CASH (Current Awareness Service for Health) aims to keep health professionals up-to-date with new developments for the benefit of patient care and improved decision making. It is a collaborative service provided by librarians from around England and includes current awareness bulletins on major topics including: cancer, cardiology, children and young people, commissioning, critical care, information management (statistics), later life, long term conditions, management, nursing, orthopaedics and rheumatology, patient safety, primary care, quality and service improvement. The content is added to the central CASH database and is made available to search or be streamed as a newsfeed, using RSS technology. CASH also has a dedicated Netvibes portal, including email alerts for each of the newsfeeds and specialist bulletins. 

Table of Contents Alerts

You can keep up to date with the latest articles published in specific journals by registering for a Table of Contents alert, known as ToCs. The ToCs simply gives you a summary of the latest journal issue content, from which you can then make a decision as to whether there are any articles which you wish to read in full text.

Can I set-up my own ToCs?

You can obtain ToCs freely by registering with the site JournalTOCs  and then selecting the journal titles for which you wish to receive TOCs. Journal coverage includes medical sciences, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, disability, pharmacy and pharmacology, social sciences and welfare. You can receive the alerts as RSS feeds or by email if you prefer.

Note: JournalTOCs is a free service provided by Herriot-Watt University. Useful step by step instructions for registering and using JournalTOCs can be found on the Cornell University website at

Often you can also sign up for TOCs directly online from a journal’s homepage. If a journal title you want to sign up to isn’t included in the JournalTOC service above this is an alternative option.

Can I ask the Library to create my TOC alerts for me?

If there are journal titles you would like ToCs for which are unavailable on JounalTOCs, or if you prefer us to help you create your ToCs, please contact the library.

Ovid eTOC Alerts!  As RJAH subscribe to many journals via OVID, you also have access to Ovid eTOC alerts. Click here for further information and instructions on how to set this up.

NICE Evidence bulletins and alerts

Evidence Updates

Evidence updates provide a summary of evidence which has been published after the latest clinical guidance was issued. They highlight key points from the new evidence and provide a commentary describing its strengths and weaknesses. They also indicate whether the new evidence may have a potential impact on the current guidance which is in place.

View a list of evidence updates by specialty: