Exeter Health Library


New – Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines

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


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 2022/23 opening hours

‘Tis the season….well, nearly!

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

  • Monday 26th December
  • Tuesday 27th December                                                   

With limited desk hours from 10am-3pm on Friday 23rd / Wed 28th – Friday 30th December. Normal staffed hours resume on Tuesday 3rd January.

24/7 access is available to registered members of the library, if you need access, please contact the Library before Wednesday 21st December.

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

The Library Team

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.

ClinicalKey at the RD&E!

The Royal Devon and Exeter now subscribes to ClinicalKey, a clinical search
engine that makes it easier to find and apply relevant knowledge.

Recognises clinical concepts and offers shortcuts
Current content across 30+ medical specialties
Easy to discover, share and apply knowledge anywhere
Trusted Content from Elsevier, the name healthcare professionals worldwide rely on

Create a personal account for access to special features:


Logon directly at www.ClinicalKey.com or through our library website – under Point of Care Tools –  (https://exeterhealthlibrary.net/), or via the RD&E Hub (https://hub.exe.nhs.uk/a-z/non-clinical-systems/clinicalkey/) or you can use NHS Open Athens (https://openathens.nice.org.uk – select My Resources – ClinicalKey)


If going via the ClinicalKey site, click on “Login”, then “OpenAthens login” to open an Athens Authentication page.


Enter your Athens username and password, to be taken back to www.ClinicalKey.com or the target page.


First time users: click on ‘activate personalisation’ in the top right corner of your screen, and create your personal profile for additional functionality (book PDF, export images etc).


You can access ClinicalKey anytime, anywhere using your Athens details.

Welcome to the RD&E and NDHT joint Randomised Coffee Trial – Connecting people, encouraging collaboration, breaking down barriers

Just click on the video below to hear about how you can join in!

If you were to ask people in your organisation, “Would you like to meet more people?”, the answer would probably be “Yes”.

However, in today’s world, face to face meetings are not currently possible. Not only are we socially distancing, people work in different departments, different buildings, different teams and even in different countries.  Randomised coffee trials are a brilliantly simple way of connecting people who wouldn’t normally get the chance to meet and have a conversation. They are proven to encourage people to work collaboratively and break down silos.

Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Horizons said, “Often, as leaders, we are aware of what is going on in our organisations but we are not as involved or connected as we could be. Randomised Coffee Trials are such a simple but powerful way of getting meaningful connections going which can lead to real change.”

The autumn 2021 NDHT and RD&E randomised coffee trials are now open. Sign up to be paired with a colleague in the opposite site to where you are usually based. Just thirty minutes to meet with a new colleague can make all the difference.
Sign up now: https://www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk/library/randomised-coffee-trials/randomised-coffee-trial-sign-up/ 

Bank Holiday weekend!

The library will be unstaffed over the coming Bank Holiday weekend and we’ll be back in on Tuesday 31 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.

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

Health Information Week!

This week is Health Information Week!                                                                                                            

We all need health information that we can trust. This has been highlighted more than ever over the past year.

We also need to look after our well-being, whether our mental health or our physical health.

In response to these needs, the Health Information Week 2021 project team has decided to focus in on a different theme each day. Exeter Health Library will be keeping you updated throughout the week! Today’s theme is Quality marks – helping you to know whether sources of health information are trustworthy!

@RDELibrary @HealthInfoWeek  #HIW2021 

Bank Holiday weekend

The library will be unstaffed over the Bank Holiday weekend – we’ll be back in on Tuesday 1st 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

New ebook collections

We now have access, courtesy of Health Education England, to 2 new ebook collections:-

Oxford University Press – over 130 Oxford Handbook titles – https://pages.oup.com/hee with NHS Open Athens. 

Kortext – a collection of fiction and non-fictionhttps://app.kortext.com/login

Browse to find the name of your Trust – Royal Devon and Exeter or Devon Partnership Trust or sign in via NHS Open Athens – https://read.kortext.com/

Instructions to set up your Kortext account to enable reading via the App – https://www.kortext.com/support-and-accessibility/