Resources for scientific and technical staff

On this page you can find information about resources for scientific and technical staff. The page is split up into the following sections:


Guidelines, policy and publications



Evidence alerts



Useful websites

Examples of impact

Staff publications



NICE Evidence Health databases: British Nursing Index (BNI), Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycInfo Health Business Elite, Health Management Information Consortium - NHS ATHENS account required

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

Medicines Compendium (eMC): The most up to date, comprehensive, regulated information about medicines. Easy to use, trusted and recommended by healthcare professionals

Medicines Learning Portal - All pharmacists involved with patient care need clinical problem solving skills to deliver medicines optimisation and and this portal is designed to assist the development of these skills. It is especially aimed at hospital pharmacists in their first 1,000 days of practice but also of value to hospital pharmacy technicians.

Mendeley: a free research reference and PDF management tool 

NICE 'do not do' recommendations database: contains all recommendations since 2007

BNF and BNF for children: up to date guide on prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines

Pub Med: for search engine style quick search of biomedical literature

Guidelines, policy and publications

Department of Health: Department of Health, NHS policies, announcements and publications


NHS Improving Quality: (previously NHS Improvement)


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


NICE Guidance (general search)


NICE Evidence Search quick search (then filter results by information type)


NHS Confederation: the membership body that brings together the full range of organisations that commisson and provide NHS services


Health and Social Care Information Centre: (supercedes the NHS Information Centre)


World Health Organisation (WHO): the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system



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 to research are:


  • Bone and Joint 360 (summarises the latest developments in each orthopaedic specialism)
  • Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Research
  • Lancet (minus last 90 days)
  • Nursing Research

Most of our journals are purchased by the NHS; however any journals which are provided by our university partners are labelled as such to enable compliance with copyright legislation when photocopying or scanning. Further information can be found on posters above the photocopier/scanner device sited in the library IT room.



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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 one on health and wellbeing 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:

Francis Costello Library blog alerts - subscribe by 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: provides a consistent approach to leadership development for all staff in health and care irrespective of role or seniority

Association of Biomedical Healthcare Scientists: involved in training healthcare scientist pathways from Bands 2 to 4. It also provides CPD for qualified biomedical healthcare scientists

Institute of Biomedical Science: the professional body for biomedical scientists in the UK

To support you in your work, the Francis Costello Library make the following information skills training e-learning modules available to you:

  • Basic and advanced databases searching
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Publishing, Copyright and Citations

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.

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:  Antimicrobial stewardship



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


Please also note that we have previously worked with individual researchers to give appropriate library support for a specific project. If you are planning a clinical audit, project or research activities for which you would like tailored library support, please contact the library so that we can discuss your individual needs and plan accordingly.

Request a literature 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]

Find information about RJAH staff publications


Useful websites


Examples of impact

The library service has recently conducted literature searches on:

-The use of aspirin for VTE prophylaxis in hip or knee replacement surgery

- Spinal bracing

100% of our literature searches are supplied within 3 days, or to a timescale agreed with the user
95% of completed searches were rated as ‘completely or mostly relevant’ to the search request
When asked “did the search results have any impact on your teaching and learning” one user said the results were being used to write a grant application
General feedback:
“IThe staff in the library are fantastic. They are extremely knowledgeable and are always willing to help and get articles, etc. within the library itself, or from elsewhere if not available locally”




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.