Exeter Health Library


Christmas opening hours

‘Tis the season….well, nearly!

Just to let you know, the Library will be unstaffed on:

  • Monday 25th December
  • Tuesday 26th December
  • Monday 1st January

With limited desk hours from 10am-3pm Weds 27th-Friday 29th December. Normal staffed hours resume on Tuesday 2nd January.

24/7 access is available to registered members of the library, if you need access, please contact the Library before Friday 22nd December.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Library Team

NHS Open Athens logins – please check your shortcuts / favourites! 

Please be advised that https://auth.athensams.net/ is shortly going to stop working – any login links including ‘auth.athensams.net’ will NOT work by the end of 2017.

This is due to Open Athens (Eduserv) making changes to its infrastructure which will now affect our NHS Open Athens logins.

Our advice is to update any links you may have saved as favourites.

Use this link instead – OpenAthens login link:  https://openathens.nice.org.uk/Auth/Login

If you have forgotten your password use:  https://openathens.nice.org.uk/ForgotPassword/Reset

Any questions, please do ask us!


Open Access Week 2017

23rd-29th October is International Open Access week, celebrating 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 – disseminating and sharing knowledge.

Matt Holland from the North-West Ambulance Services Library & Knowledge Service has written a fantastic Guide to Open Access for Allied Health Professionals which is well worth a read for more information on this topic, from an NHS perspective.

But here is some brief information on Open Access which you may find useful:

How do I find and access Open Access content?
Some publishers have now launched specific Open Access journal titles/collections, which are freely available. Examples include:

You can also search resources such as PubMed Central and Europe PubMed Central.

Some journals are called ‘hybrid’ journals and are a combination of subscription-access content and Open Access, so it is worth looking on the publisher’s site/tables of contents to see what you can access, Open Access articles are usually marked somewhere to say they are Open Access.

Some content is also available from institutional repositories, which you can search at:

  • OpenDOAR – worldwide directory of Open Access repositories
  • SHERPA search – search UK Open Access repositories

How do I make my research outputs Open Access?

There are two options for making your research output available via Open Access:

Gold route
This is where you pay a publisher an Article Processing Charge (APC) to have your article published as Open Access. Once you pay the fee, your article will be published as Open Access and you’ll also be able to upload a copy into your institutional repository immediately, without embargo.

Some research funders stipulate that your research articles need to be made Open Access via the Gold route, and you should factor in the costs for this as part of your research grant proposal. APC charges can vary between publishers, and some offer discounts for institutions with membership.

The NIHR policy requires that all funded research outputs are made Open Access, preferably via the Gold route – as you can see in the NIHR Open Access policy.

Green route
This is the ‘free’ option – you upload a copy of your research article into your institutional repository, to be made publicly available in accordance with publisher’s embargo periods. Publisher’s embargo periods range from 6-12 months and sometimes longer. Your article will still be published with subscription access.

You need to check that your chosen publisher’s embargo period fits in with your funder’s requirements, but there are tools out there to help you with this:

If in doubt, speak to a member of library staff! We’re here to guide you through this.

Does the RD&E have an institutional repository I can upload my research outputs to?

Not all NHS Trusts have an institutional repository yet, but we’re lucky at the RD&E to have the RD&E Research Repository, a joint project between Research & Development and Exeter Health Library, where you can upload full-text articles, conference proceedings, posters etc as well as journal citations.

So if you have any articles or research outputs that you’d like to make Open Access, or have any further questions about Open Access, please contact: rde-tr.ResearchRepository@nhs.net.

Further links
Exeter Health Library Research Hub
RD&E Research Repository
RD&E Research & Development (Hub)



JCO via NHS Open Athens

Access has now been enabled for JCO via NHS Open Athens – https://openathens.nice.org.uk

Select ‘My Resources’ / American Society of Clinical Oncology

Or go to – http://ascopubs.org/toc/jco/current

and log in via NHS Open Athens.

Do let us know if it fails.




The link is currently working but should it time out again please log a call with the IT Service Desk and let us know.

There are intermittent problems accessing via The Hub link – https://hub.exe.nhs.uk/a-z/non-clinical-systems/uptodate/

Please use your NHS Open Athens login to access UTD if the intranet link is not working – https://openathens.nice.org.uk/ – My Resources – UpToDate

We apologise for the inconvenience.


DPT Library collection temporarily moved to Exeter Health Library

The contents of the DPT Library at Wonford House Hospital have temporarily moved into Exeter Health Library. This is to allow for essential building works and development.

Book items will still show as ‘Wonford House Hosp Library (NHS)’ in the Library Catalogue, but they are currently in Exeter Health Library.

The collection is shelved at the end of the Exeter Health Library book and journal collection, it is clearly signposted.

Exeter Health Library is staffed Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, with 24/7 access available to registered users. Books can be borrowed either with an Exeter Health Library library card (if you have one), or by writing your name on the book card inside the book, and posting it in the red box on the wall by the library enquiries desk.

If you have any problems accessing the DPT Library collection, or would like to have books posted out to your department, please contact Library staff.

All other library services, such as literature searching and document supply, continue as normal.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The Library team

New BNF/BNFC combined app

The new  joint  BNF and BNFC app which launched this month will mean faster and easier access to drug information for prescribers, pharmacists and healthcare professionals. 

It replaces the two separate apps for the NICE BNF and BNF for Children – you can download the new one instead (iOS and Android).

No password or OpenAthens account is needed – the full content can be downloaded for offline access and will be updated monthly. 

Reading Well Books on Prescription – long term conditions

The Library has invested in titles from the recently launched Reading Well Books on Prescription – long term conditions collection, and added them to our Wellbeing Collection, for RD&E staff to borrow.

Topics covered include:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Arthritis
  • Bowel conditions
  • Breathing conditions (e.g. asthma)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart diseases
  • Stroke
  • Support for carers and relatives.

Click here to browse a list of the available titles in the Library Catalogue.

If you’d like any help getting hold of these books, please contact the Library.

The Library Team

UpToDate Hub access

The Hub link is now working…


HSJ update

We have been notified that from today, the HSJ app currently installed on your iOS or Android device will no longer work. This is because HSJ was recently bought by Wilmington plc and the apps can’t be transfered to the new owner so it is being upgraded to a new platform.

Please uninstall the existing HSJ app from your iPhone or iPad and download the new version by clicking here (iOS). Or open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and search for ‘HSJ’.

To download the app on your Android device please click here.

To protect your security, your old password will no longer work when you sign into hsj.co.uk. To reset your password, click the ‘Forgot password link’ on the sign-in page. You should be prompted to change your password after today when the new launches.

Anyone should be able to download either the iOS or Android app and not need to enter a username and password to enter content for the next 30 dayshttps://www.hsj.co.uk/download-the-app to minimise the inconvenience caused.

If you experience any problems, please email customerservices@hsj.co.uk or call 020 8955 7055.