Resources for managers

On this page you can find information on resources for managers. The page is split up into the following sections:


Guidelines, policy and publications



Evidence alerts



Useful websites

Examples of impact

Staff publications



NHS purchased databases: NHS ATHENS account required:

  • Health Management Information Consortium - 
    The Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC) database is a compilation of data from two sources, the Department of Health's Library and Information Services and King's Fund Information and Library Service. 

Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including 'gold standard' systematic reviews (no login required)
Centre for Reviews and Dissemination databases (CRD) - enables searching of the Database of Health Technology Assessments (HTA), the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE), and the NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED)

Health Systems Evidence: repository of syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems   

Free Online Library for Managers allows you to download over 500 free e-books, templates and checklists to help you gain the advanced skills you need to become an outstanding leader

Guidelines, policy and publications

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

NHS Improving Quality (previously NHS Improvement) - the driving force for improvement across NHS England

King's Fund - An independent, charitable organisation which works to improve health care in the UK by providing research and health policy analysis and publications.

NICE guidance (general search) - clinical guidelines on the most appropriate treatment for people with specific conditions and diseases, based on the best evidence available. Other types of guidelines published by NICE are also available from this link.

NICE Evidence search (then filter results by information type) - a freely available search of health and social care information - the results of which can be source, information type, area of interest, etc.

Health and Social Care Information Centre (supersedes the NHS Information Centre) - the national provider of information, data and IT systems for health and social care.

NHS Employers - for national NHS workforce and employment information


People performance management toolkit  - This toolkit encourages NHS managers to make time to talk about performance with staff.  It provides practical support and aims to increase managers’ knowledge about what good performance management is, and give them confidence to deal with some of the key management challenges.




Information about our current journal subscriptions, and the substantial journal archive we hold, can be found at Search for a journal.

Titles of particular interest in the field of health management are: 

  • Health Service Journal
  • Nursing Management
  • Nursing Standard



Browse our catalogue at


Search our catalogue for:

  •  leadership 
  •  management
  •  communication
  •  motivation
  •  loan working


We welcome your suggestions for purchase - please contact us via this online form

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


Evidence alerts

King's Fund alerts, including their health management an policy alert, and their weekly update

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


Scottish Health Management Online bulletin (pdf) (click on 'view the latest current awareness bulletin') 


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



To support you in your work, the  Library provides a variety of information skills training modules. The modules are free to you and can be undertaken from any Internet connected PC.

See Request information skills training page for details, where you can also find a link to the Trust training prospectus.

Other sources of training:

NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme

NHS Leadership Academy

NICE online learning resources were developed to support the implementation of NICE guidance. They were designed to enable healthcare staff to keep up to date with recent evidence; to challenge misconceptions; to reflect and compare local practice with NICE recommendations. The tools are free to use and you will be required to register in order to start using them. The following e-learning modules are included:  Health economics: online learning tool



Please find below links to further information about core library services.

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

The library service has recently conducted evidence searches on:

- Best practices in day case surgery/reducing length of stay

- NHS Trusts and the Armed Forces Covenant

- Best practice in orthopaedic pre-op assessment

- Leadership and management training offered by top successful companies

- Results of knee replacement after osteotomy

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 by survey respondents
When asked “did the search results have any impact on your teaching and learning?” one user said results were being used to assist with a paper being written on the subject
General feedback:
“Excellent services. I requested whether a book could be purchased specific to my role and the course I was undertaking and it was. This was useful for me and as a future resource for the managers wishing to look at this topic further”.




Staff publications

See the latest staff publications list

 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.