This collates information on local library resources and services, as well as links to further general information, evidence and research in the area.
For Trust/Clinical guidance, information and advice, please use the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info Hub, which is available on the Trust intranet. RD&E IT login is required for access off-site.
If you have any suggestions for resources you’d like to see added to the Topic Guide, please contact the Library: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While our print books are temporarily reference only, Exeter Health Library does have access to over 100+ e-books, which are available to you 24/7.
All you’ll need is an NHS OpenAthens username and password, which is quick and easy to register for. All our e-books are available to both Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, and Devon Partnership Trust staff.
Our e-books can either be read online, and have search and browse functionality, or some can be downloaded to your PC for a limited time period, for offline use. Full instructions on how to download ProQuest e-books to your own device can be found here. You don’t need a Kindle or e-reader, books can be downloaded to PCs, laptops, tablets and even phones!
There are a number of ways you can find out what e-books we have access to:
- Via the Library Catalogue
All of our e-books are catalogued on the Library Catalogue. If we have online access to a title, there will be a link on the page which says ‘Available online to NHS staff and eligible College of Medicine and Health users only’. Click on the link and log in with your NHS OpenAthens login when prompted.
Please note: we share a library system with the University of Exeter, but we do not have access to their e-book collections. Their links will ask for an Exeter IT login, which you won’t have.
- Via our Topic Guides
If you visit the Topic Guide for your clinical area/discipline, you will find links to relevant e-books in the ‘Books’ section of each guide – click on the E-books tab for a list of books, and then follow the links through to the e-book, logging in with NHS OpenAthens if prompted.
- Via our E-books page
Visit our E-Books page on the website, to browse a list of available titles by collection, which include the ‘Rapid’ and ‘Hands On’ series, the ‘Nursing made incredibly easy’ collection and a wide range of titles on a variety of subjects from our ProQuest EBL Library.
If you’d like access to a particular book, please complete our online Book/chapter request form. We’ll do our best to provide you with access to what you need, although our resources are limited.
If you have any questions, or problems accessing the e-books please email us:
With immediate effect, following advice from the hospital’s Infection, Prevention and Control team, we are no longer issuing print books from Exeter Health Library. The self-service machine will be switched off, and the library will be for reference use only.
If you are already have some library books out, please keep hold of them until further notice.
Now might be the perfect time to check out our e-book resources, we have many titles available online, and all you need is an NHS OpenAthens login to access them. Watch this space for more detailed information about our e-book collections, and how to access them…
We currently investigating how we can expand our e-book provision, but in the meantime, if there is a particular title you need, please email the library team email@example.com, and we’ll see what we can do.
Stay safe and well,
The Library team
From Wednesday 25th March, Exeter Health Library staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future.
The Library is currently still open and available for you to use, equipped with 18 NHS networked PCs and quiet study space. Doors are open 0830-1730, Monday to Friday. Those who are registered for 24/7 access will still be able to access the library whenever they need to. Library access will be reviewed, and may change in accordance to government and Trust advice.
Our book collection is there to be browsed and borrowed using the self-issue facilities or our book alarm report sheets – detailed instructions are provided in the Library. As per our previous update, we are advising borrowers to keep hold of their books until further notice. The book drop in Oasis is closed, and we are not placing reservations, renewing items, sending reminders or issuing fines or other charges.
You can of course still access our e-resources using your NHS OpenAthens login. If you aren’t already registered you can sign up here. And if you need articles from journals we don’t subscribe to we are still tracking these down from other sources for you – just continue to submit your requests as usual – although supply times may vary as other libraries are also facing challenging circumstances.
We are monitoring our inbox and will endeavour to respond to enquiries, including requests for support with searching, in a timely fashion.
Our Literature Searching service continues too, an online search request form is available.
Please note we will not be picking up messages on our answerphone – apologies for the inconvenience.
Our website is a fantastic source of information on all our services, from Topic Guides providing information resources for a whole host of specialities, to hints and tips for conducting your own searches, as well as all the forms you need to request services from the team. You can also find up to date information about our service offer as the impact of COVID19 plays out.
If you have any questions or would like to know more, please get in touch.
The Library Team – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Library remains open at the moment, albeit with reduced staffing and some staff remote working.
In the event that the library has to be closed due to COVID-19, we will be offering a virtual service.
If that is the case, there are a number of resources and services which will be available to you both at home or in the workplace:
- UpToDate and BMJ Best Practice
These point of care tools are both available via Hub>Non-Clinical Systems if you are working on site, or with an NHS OpenAthens account if you are working from home.
- Journals and Databases
You can access a wealth of information, research and journal articles from the Journals and Databases section of NHS Evidence. You will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access the databases and journals.
- Document supply
If your NHS OpenAthens account doesn’t give you access to an article you need, please complete our journal article request form, and we’ll try and obtain a copy for you. This may take slightly longer than usual, but we’ll do our best to get you what you need.
If the library is closed, you won’t be able to borrow or return our print books – if you have some out already, just hold onto them for now. We have a growing collection of e-books you can access with your NHS OpenAthens account, to browse the collections, see our E-Books page. If there is a particular book you need, use our book/chapter request form and we can try and source electronic access for you, where possible.
While we won’t be able to offer face-to-face training, if you need any help with learning how to access the journals, or search the databases, we have a Searching Help guide, and library staff who will be able to help you remotely. We’re looking into video conferencing and remote training tools.
- Literature search service
We will be offering a remote literature search service for Trust/clinical related evidence searches (not for academic purposes). Please complete a literature search request form and one of the team will complete a search for you, although this may take a little longer than it usually does, so please give as much notice as you can.
- Evidence updates
If you want to stay up to date with the latest articles and evidence in your area, you can sign up for our KnowledgeShare evidence update service. Complete our KnowledgeShare registration form and we’ll set up a profile for you, and you will start receiving regular evidence updates by email.
- Topic Guides
Did you know about our Topic guides, which provide information resources for a whole host of specialties? If you’d like one for your specialty or clinical area, please get in touch and we can set one up for you.
There are also lots of resources and Help on our library website.
Stay safe and well.
The library is currently open. We are monitoring updates on coronavirus closely, along with Trust advice and guidelines.
For more information and FAQs about impact to library services, please see our Coronavirus Service Updates page.
We will keep you informed of any service changes here on the website, on social media and via the service update page mentioned above.
If you have any questions, please contact the Library email@example.com.
BMJ Best Practice is available to all RD&E staff via Non-Clinical Systems on Hub, without a login.
If you want to access BMJ Best Practice off-site or at home, you’ll need to log in with NHS OpenAthens, and the way you do this has changed slightly.
- Visit bestpractice.bmj.com and click ‘Log in‘.
- You will be presented with an ‘Access through your institution‘ button.
3. When selected, you will be asked to search for your institution. Please type and select ‘NHS in England’, and then log in using your OpenAthens username and password.
4. Click ‘continue‘ to link your OpenAthens account with your BMJ Best Practice personal account. You can use these personal account details to log in and access BMJ Best Practice anywhere.
If you have any problems, please contact the Library team.
Open Access is the practice of making research outputs such as peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, theses, book chapters/monographs, freely available online for everyone to read, use and re-use.
Open Access Week runs from 21-27 October, and the theme this year is ‘Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge’.
Exeter Health Library supports researchers at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust with Open Access through the RD&E Research Repository. Researchers can upload full-text versions of their peer-reviewed journal articles to the repository and make them freely accessible (where publisher permissions allow), as well as other research outputs they want to share, such as conference posters.
If you’ve recently had an article accepted for publication, and you’d like to add it to the RD&E Research Repository, please complete the online form, or drop an email to rde-tr.ResearchRepository@nhs.net.
For more information about Open Access, and the research repository, please visit Exeter Health Library Research Hub.
Do you ever wish you knew more about the work of other teams in the Trust?
Why don’t you join in with Exeter Health Library’s randomised coffee trial? All it takes is 15 minutes of your time.
Randomised coffee trials are simple way of connecting people who wouldn’t normally get the chance to meet and have a conversation. You will be randomly paired with another member of staff and you will both be supplied with each other’s contact details and asked to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet for your coffee and chat.
These types of meetings are proven to encourage people to work collaboratively and break down silos. You could gain an insight into parts of the RD&E you didn’t even know existed, and have the chance to discuss some of the successes or challenges facing you at work. All are welcome.
The registration deadline is Friday 27 September, and the conversations will be held during October and November.
Why should you get involved?
- Frontline staff tell us they are experiencing less and less real-life, face-to-face interactions with other staff
- This can break down silos and get people connecting and learning from each other
- Conversation is a seriously underestimated tool for learning and change
Further information is available on this poster.
The library will be unstaffed over the Bank Holiday weekend, we’ll be back in on Tuesday 27th August.
24/7 access is available to registered library members on request, with either an activated RD&E staff badge, or an Exeter Health Library proximity card.
Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend!
The Library team