Exeter Health Library


New database – Social Policy & Practice

This bibliographic database, which will enhance the access to social care related content nationally, is now available. It can be accessed via the Ovid Databases https://library.nhs.uk/knowledgehub/resources-for-advanced-searching/ using an NHS OpenAthens username + password.

Social Policy and Practice brings together data from the following 5 leading collections of social policy and practice resources:

  • AgeInfo – Centre for Policy on Ageing
  • NSPCC – National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • Planex – IDOX Information Service
  • Social Care Online – Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
  • ChildData – National Children’s Bureau (NCB) 

Christmas & New Year 2021/22 opening hours

‘Tis the season….well, nearly!

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

  • Friday 24th December 
  • Monday 27th December
  • Tuesday 28th December                                                   

With limited desk hours from 10am-3pm on Wed 29th-Friday 31st December. Normal staffed hours resume on Tuesday 4th January.

24/7 access is available to registered members of the library, if you need access, please contact the Library before Thursday 23rd December.

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

The Library Team

Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend

The library will be unstaffed over the Jubilee Bank Holiday long weekend – we’ll be back in on Monday 6th June.

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.

Don’t forget – many resources such as e-books, databases, journals & evidence-based resources are all available online with an NHS OpenAthens account.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend!

The Library team

Easter weekend

The Library will be unstaffed from
Friday 15 April  – Monday 18 April.

24/7 access and self-service book issue/return is available to registered members of the Library.

Don’t forget you can also access a wealth of resources such as journals, databases and e-books online via NHS OpenAthens.

Help and advice is available via our website, Help section.

Wishing you a Happy Easter.

The Library Team

Point-of-care tools Quick Quiz

We have been promoting the point-of-care tools which are currently available.

As mentioned on 21 February in the Hub update about Dynamed we need feedback to support the decision-making process regarding the provision of point-of-care tools going forwards.

We are asking all users of these tools to give us some fast feedback using this One Question Quick Quiz – https://exeterhealth.libwizard.com/f/point-of-care_tools

Thanks for your time.

The Library Team

Use Chrome or Edge but not Internet Explorer

When using any links from our website pages (https://exeterhealthlibrary.net) or logging on to NHS Open Athens (https://openathens.nice.org.uk) to access journals please ensure that Chrome or Edge is selected as your browser of choice.

Internet Explorer will no longer be supported and all publishers have accordingly deprecated access so links will no longer work correctly.

HDAS Closure notice – end of March 2022

This is a reminder about the imminent closure of the HDAS databases – https://www.nice.org.uk/about/what-we-do/evidence-services/journals-and-databases/hdas-closure-information

Where can I get more help with advanced searching?

Specialists at our library can also do expert searches, provide search skills training, and help you keep up to date via current awareness services.

As long as your required literature search is for Trust/clinical work and not for an educational course/study, you can request a literature search – please give us as much detail as possible.


BNF app introducing new login and favourites functionality

The BNF app is introducing new favourites functionality. It will allow registered users to login and bookmark drug monographs, treatment summaries and other records referred to frequently. This will allow users to easily find and quickly access this content across multiple devices.

Registration is required to help support the new feature. It’s quick and easy to do and once logged in, you will stay signed in on your device. Registration will be optional for 30 days from Monday 28 February 2022. During this time, users will be able to skip the registration process and access the app as usual. After 30 days, all users will be required to register.

NICE – 24/02/22

New – Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines

This key resource for mental health is now available via all NHS OpenAthens accounts.


HDAS Closure Notice

Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) will close down on 31 March 2022.

After that, you will only be able to access bibliographic databases via provider interfaces.

NICE suggest you –  Visit our HDAS closure page for information to help you prepare.

If you will need help moving from HDAS to provider interfaces please contact us.

Please visit the help file on the HDAS closure page for tips, guides and videos on how the features work.

See the details below if you intend to do your own advanced searching.

Resources for Advanced Searching

Some staff and learners need to carry out complex, robust and reproduceable searches including for systematic review and informing research. These advanced searches should be conducted in bibliographic databases such as Medline, Embase and CINAHL.

What bibliographic databases are available?

AMED – allied and complementary medicine including palliative care

BNI – nursing, midwifery and community healthcare

CINAHL – nursing and allied health

Embase – biomedical and pharmaceutical literature

Emcare – nursing and allied health

HMIC – healthcare management

Medline – biomedical, life sciences, allied health and pre-clinical sciences literature

Where do I find these databases?

EBSCO  CINAHL and Medline

ProQuest  BNI, Medline and PsychINFO

Wolters Kluwer (Ovid) AMED, Embase, Emcare, HMIC and Medline

To access these databases, you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

Register for your free NHS OpenAthens account

Check your eligibility for an NHS OpenAthens account

Where can I find support materials for these databases?

If you’re new to literature searching, or need a refresher, why not take a look at the e-learning programme, How to Search the Literature Effectively? This will help you build confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence.

EBSCO Interface

Ovid Interface

ProQuest Interface

Where can I get more help with advanced searching? Specialists at our library can also do expert searches, provide search skills training, and help you keep up to date via current awareness services.