Resources for nurses and HCAs

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RJAH Journal club is available online. To sign up please email the library at rjah. and follow the instructions available to download here.  Read more about journal clubs  on ourJournal Club Support page by clicking here.


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


Guidelines, policy and publications  (6Cs ,  General Nursing,  Finding the Evidence, guidelines,  Research, and Dementia)             




Evidence alerts



Useful websites (Finding the Evidence.,  General Nursing and Dementia)

Examples of impact

Staff Publications




NHS Databases: CINAHL (nursing and allied health), British Nursing Index (BNI), Medline (general medicine), EMBASE (general medicine and pharmaceuticals) and AMED (allied  health 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 RJAH Library & Knowledge Service). 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

The Nursing Portal (a searchable database of links to over 22,000 links)

PubMed: for search engine style quick search of biomedical literature

NICE 'do not do' recommendations database

Guidelines, policy and publications


NHS 6Cs - The new strategy and vision defines the enduring values that underpin good care. Dubbed  “The 6Cs”, these are: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

Compassion in Practice - A three-year vision and strategy for nursing, midwifery and care staff that aims to build the culture of compassionate care in all areas of practice.

Compassion in Practice Report: two years on -  This report follows on from the above strategy Compassion in Practice and talks about the value of the 6Cs, how they are spreading across health and social care and informing the commissioning process, along with the important role Care Makers play in bringing the vision to life.

General Nursing

Royal College of Nursing publications and professional standards - download free full text, no login required

Nursing and Midwifery Council publications and standards

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

The Cavendish Review - An independent review into Healthcare Assistants and Support Workers in the NHS and social care settings

Finding the Evidence

King's Fund

NICE guidance (general search)  

NICE Evidence search (then filter results by information type)


Guidelines for Nurses - This website provides summaries and resources for nurses to support best practice. Registration to the website is FREE for all UK-based nurses, and the Guidelines for Nurses app is also free to download for both apple and android users once registered online.

Call the library on ext. 4388 for generic username and password. Alternatively, you can go to, login in with Athens and type Guidelines for nurses in the search box to retrieve login information.


Get a research paper published - RCN guidance on how to get your paper accepted for publication


Age UK's dementia pages - Includes information on using music, with separate pages on early dementia.

Alzheimer’s Research UK - A charity that funds research, the site has information about initiatives to help with experimental design and research, as well as information about dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society - Includes information on what is dementia, living with dementia, local services, symptoms, publications, research, training. There is a Dementia Brain Tour. The Dementia Knowledge Centre contains references to articles and books, although some full text is restricted access. The Knowledge Centre also contains resource lists (assistive technology, Alzheimer’s Cafes, and Books written by persons with dementia, to name but three).

The Alzheimer’s Society website has a lot of information about the genetics of Alzheimer’s (including about whether it is hereditary), listed at:

AT Dementia -  Information on assistive technology, what there is and where to get it. This includes technology to help with washing, shopping, preparing food, mobility, and using television and computers.

Clinical Knowledge Summaries: Dementia - Evidence based summary for primary care practitioners.

Dementia: a state of the nation report on dementia care and support in England - This 2013 government report sets out what is known about dementia care, support and research. It highlights where improvements are being made and where progress can be seen – it also shows where improvements are needed, including where better data is necessary. It assesses the scale of the challenge of dementia and also looks at: prevention; diagnosis; living with dementia; dementia education and training; dementia friendly communities and research.

Dementia Centre, University of Stirling - Information about the educational and research activities of the Centre, and its resources, with information about design, housing and dementia friendly communities. There are also case studies and blogs. The centre has existed for 25 years.

Dementia Friends -  launched by the Alzheimer’s Society seeks to raise awareness of dementia by producing dementia advocates, who have thought about the implications of living with dementia and are able to make a difference in their communities.

Dementia Research Centre, University College London - Based at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, this is a centre for clinical research into dementia. The site includes information about the centre’s research and clinical services, and about five support groups, for familial Alzheimer’s disease, posterior cortical atrophy, primary progressive aphasia, frontotemporal dementia and familial frontotemporal dementia.

Dementia UK - Dementia UK works to improve quality of life for people living with dementia, and runs the Admiral Nurse Service, providing specialist dementia nurses. Site also includes information about Life Story Work, developing a biography of a person to enhance their care.

Dementias Platform UK, MRC -  A public private partnership to accelerate progress in dementia research. Site includes information about funded research, and resources for researchers, including a searchable tool of population cohorts, resources about data management, sequencing hubs, the Mary Lyon Centre for mouse genomics, and information on applying medicines regulatory information to PET.

DH Dementia Challenge - The Department of Health challenge that “every person with dementia, and their carers and families, [should] … receive high quality, compassionate care from diagnosis through to end of life care”. Includes resources on good practice, and links to external sites.

Genes and Disease: The Nervous System - From the NCBI Bookshelf. Includes Alzheimer (sic, being American) disease, among other neurological conditions.

The Guardian - Articles about dementia

Join Dementia Research, NIHR -  A place to register your interest in participating in dementia research. Includes ways to find existing research and studies, and researchers in the field.

MedGen (All NLM websites are best viewed through Google Chrome or Firefox) The NLM’s portal to human genetics related information. Finds disease and gene information, including information from OMIM, the Genetic Testing Registry and Gene Reviews. There is a Quick Start and a more detailed explanation in the NCBI Handbook

Memory apps for dementia - Since April 2010, this site has been helping to improve the lives of older people living with dementia by introducing the, to new touch screen ipad technology. This is done individually and in groups and the work has recently been the subject of a research project by the University of Worcester who have concluded that access to this technology will be an important factor in helping people live well with dementia.

My House of Memories app - My House of Memories allows you to explore objects from the past and share memories together. It can be used by anyone, but has been designed for, and with, people living with dementia and their carers. Find out more about living well with dementia, and how carers can support people through memory activities you can do together.

NHS Dementia Guide -  This site offers information for people with dementia and their families and friends. it aims to raise awareness of dementia, as well as help people create networks and better understand the impact of the condition. there are also links to lots of information on dementia and sources of local and national support.

NICE: Dementia Guide - NICE Pathway, Guidelines, commissioning guides, and advice relating to care of people with dementia, including drug treatment.

NICE Evidence Search: Dementia - A search of this excellent resource turns up quality assured information from many places, including Social Care Online (a database produced by SCIE). Information from SCO includes material for housing workers, and about dementia friendly environments. Other sources in NICE Evidence Search include Age UK and Alzheimer's Society. You can refine this (and any) search by type of information, area of interest, or source.

Royal College of Nursing: Dementia - Information about the RCN's work on dementia, plus other resources. The College has a programme to develop dementia care in hospitals, and a "Triangle of Care" project to involve carers.

Skills for Care, Dementia - Information and training resources from Skills for Care, an employer led workforce development body for adult social care. In Skills for Care there are also sections on assisted living technologies, dignity, safeguarding, and the Mental Capacity Act.

Social Care Institute for Excellence: Dementia Gateway - Extensive collection of information, resources and elearning (some of which is used as part of the Dementia Champions scheme, following on from being a Dementia Friend). Material is for care workers, people living with dementia and their friends and family. There is information about signs of dementia and about what happens after a diagnosis. The Resources page includes further research to read about the topics covered in the Gateway.

University of California San Francisco Memory and Aging Center - Information about the activities of the Center, but also general information about dementia and about frontotemporal dementia.




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

  • Age and Ageing
  • American Journal of Nursing
  • British Journal of Healthcare Assistants
  • British Journal of Nursing
  • Cancer Nursing: an international journal for cancer care
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Health Service Journal
  • Journal of Perioperative Practice
  • Nursing Research
  • Nursing Children & Young Adults
  • Nursing Management
  • Nursing Older People
  • Nursing Standard
  • Orthopaedic Nursing

 For further information about journals see Search for a journal. Click here to see holdings for Nursing e-journals.



Browse our catalogue at

The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Practice, 10th ed online (Access with an OpenAthens login - Register for an OpenAthens login here, if you can't remember your login, email the library)

Search our catalogue for:

  •  dementia collection
  •  orthopaedic nursing books
  •  nursing models books
  •  reflective practice and portfolios
  •  nursing research books
  •  nursing communication books
  •  general nursing textbooks
  •  nursing procedures books
  •  nursing assessment and diagnosis
  •  care planning and pathways books
  •  nursing management and leadership books
  •  pediatric nursing books
  •  study skills books
  •  healthcare assistant books


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

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

Click here for a list of nursing revalidation resources. See also The Little Book of Revalidation. These are currently kept on our Nurse Revalidation Shelf and are identifiable by a green star on the spine of the book. 
Evidence alerts

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

Chief Nursing Officer bulletin - monthly bulletin of interest to nurses, HCAs and health visitors

Nursing bulletin email alert 

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

RCN has a useful page that gives access to online continuing professional development (CPD) resources relating to nursing care, career development and workplace issues.

RCN accountability, delegation and professional issues film

Internet for nursing: online tutorial to help develop internet research skills

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

Move On - free online courses for those wishing to improve their English and/or Maths skills in order to progress in their career.

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. 

Dementia e-learning - E-Learning for Healthcare have produced an interactive e-learning resource to support the training of all health and social care staff in recognising, assessing and managing dementia, and in providing high-quality dementia care.

E-learning for healthcare - These online courses are designed to support patient care by providing e-learning to educate and train the health and social care workforce. To access this content, login with your OpenAthens username and password,  click on My Resources in the menu on the left hand side and select E-learning for healthcare from the resources list.

Please note that any learning accessed via E-learning for healthcare will not be recorded on ESR and it is not counted as statutory or mandatory training. Please see Training Prospectus page 83 for further information on the intranet.



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Useful websites
Finding the Evidence
General Nursing


  • The Reading Agency has worked with dementia healthcare experts, people with dementia and carer groups to select a list of 25 titles that provide support and advice for people with dementia and their carers. Health professionals will be able to use the list to prescribe books to their patients and the titles will be available for anyone to borrow free-of-charge from their public library. The booklist is available at Dementia resources.

  • The Reader Organisation is an award-winning charitable social enterprise working to connect people with great literature through shared reading. For older people and those living with dementia, shared reading groups improve quality of life through cognitive stimulation, social interaction and meaningful engagement each week.

  • Alzheimer’s Society - Includes external links to a range of useful websites and resources.

  • National Museums Liverpool have produced a dementia training programme online at House of Memories. The site includes A number of practical memory resources and activities have also been developed for anyone to use.

  • Pictures to Share is the leading UK specialist providing books for people with dementia.

  • Activities to Share provide a range of activity resources for older people, in particular those with dementia and also adults with disabilities.

  • Playlist for Life - Their core work is to encourage families and other caregivers to offer people with dementia a thoughtfully compiled and highly personal playlist, delivered on an mp3 media player device such as an iPod, of the music that has been meaningful to them during their life.  Through this website they offer guidance that can help individuals to get started.

Examples of impact

The library service has recently conducted evidence searches on:

- paediatric properative assessment and physical

- optimum time for CT scans following a fall

- patient nutrition/hydration in the High Dependency Unit

- perioperative care and nursing skills

- support for  dementia patients within the theatre/recovery environment


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


Recent feedback from a nurse as a result of an evidence search included:

"This is extremely helpful and I am glad to say gives me reassurance that we have been managing these patients correctly".




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.