Resources for theatres and ODPs


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


Guidelines, policy and publications



Evidence alerts



Useful websites

Examples of impact

Staff publications



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.

NICE Evidence databases: Medline and EMBASE for medical searches, British Nursing Index (BNI), Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) -  (NHS ATHENS account required) 

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 the video clips cannot be accessed via a Trust networked device). Please note that users gain enhanced accessed to Trip Pro  when on NHS Trust networked devices.


BNF and BNF for children: 


PubMed: search engine style version of Medline, for quick search of biomedical literature


NICE 'do not do' recommendations database

Guidelines, policy and publications

NHS Improving Quality (previously NHS Improvement)

King's Fund

Professional Standards Authority (oversees the 9 health and social care regulators)

NICE guidelines (links to further sources of guidelines including Scottish, USA and international can be found on our Healthcare Databases page)

Department of Health,  NHS policies, announcements and publications

Perioperative standards and guidance from the AfPP

Royal College of Anaesthetists clinical standards

World Health Organization guidelines for safe surgery


NICE Evidence search (then filter results by information type)



The following journals are available electronically via the  Library and are of particular relevance to theatre staff;

  • Anesthesia and Analgesia
  • Anesthesiology
  • Annals of Surgery
  • British Journal of Surgery
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Current Opinion in Anesthesiology
  • Journal of Perioperative Practice
  • Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

For further information about journals see Search for a journal



Browse our online library catalogue at https://shelib.on.worldcat.or


Search our catalogue for:

  • Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics eBook collection (RJAH ATHENS password required)
  • anaesthetics
  • perioperative care
  • critical care
  • theatre nursing
  • Oxford handbooks

 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

Further sources of alerts and current awareness can be found on the Keep up-to-date page



NHS Leadership Academy  

Online training via Continuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain (only for members of the Royal College of Anaesthetists)

BMJ Learning - resources for BMA members including hundreds of accredited, peer-reviewed learning sessions in text, video and audio formats

Learn My Way - free online courses in English, Maths, 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 available which can be tailored to your needs, including critical appraisal. See our Request information skills training page for details. You can also find information about Trust training from this page, by viewing the Trust training prospectus. 



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 [onliine form]

Arrange information skills training

Speak to us about your current awareness needs

Provide us with feedback [online form]


Useful websites

College of Operating Department Practitioners (professional body for ODPs) 


Assocation for Perioperative Practice


Academy of Medical Royal Colleges


Nuffield Trust - an authoratative and independent source of evidence-based research and policy analysis for improving health care in the UK  


Royal College of Anaesthetists including their exhaustive links page


CASP critical appraisal checklists, which help you to find and interpret the best available evidence from health research, are available to download from our Journal club support page.


DISCERN - a checklist for authors and producers of written health care information


Examples of impact

The library service has recently conducted evidence searches on:

  • Infection control in relation to theatre attire and floor markings
  • Value of patient information leaflets
  • Effects of anaesthesia on patients with dementia
  • Support for dementia patients within the theatre/recovery environment

In our impact assessment survey over three quarters of respondents said that the evidence search results received had influenced patient care or treatment


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 according to survey respondents
When asked aboutthe impact of an evidence  search alert one user commented "mainly it is ensuring that what we do is still what we should be doing"


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.