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Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS)
Use the HDAS interface to search Medline, Embase, Emcare, CINAHL, AMED, BNI, HMIC, PsycInfo and Pubmed (NHS OpenAthens login needed)

Allied and Complementary Medicine (AMED)
Database covering the fields of complementary or alternative medicine. Search using HDAS (NHS OpenAthens login needed)

BMJ Best Practice
BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool, uniquely structured around the patient consultation, with advice on symptom evaluation, test to order and treatment approach (NHS OpenAthens login needed).

BNF (Via Medicines Complete)
The BNF provides UK healthcare professionals with authoritative and practical information on the selection and clinical use of medicines in a clear, concise and accessible manner

BNF for Children (Via Medicines Complete)
BNFC presents essential practical information to help healthcare professionals prescribe, monitor, supply, and administer medicines for childhood disorders.

British Nursing Index (BNI)
British Nursing Index database comprises over 250 of the most popular and important journal sources in the nursing and midwifery fields. Search using HDAS (NHS OpenAthens login needed).

ClinicalKey provides you with online content across specialities, giving you access to online journals, full-text reference books, drug information, videos, practice guidelines, customized patient education handhouts, clinical calculators and more (NHS OpenAthens login needed).

NB. This resource is only available to St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust staff using their NHS OpenAthens login details.

Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL)
The CINAHL database is a comprehensive source of information for nurses, allied health professionals and other interested in health care. Search using HDAS (NHS OpenAthens login needed).

Clinical Knowledge Summaries
Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) are produced by NICE and provide primary care practitioners with a readily accessible summary of the current evidence base and practical guidance on best practice in respect of over 330 common and/or significant primary care presentations.

The service is regularly maintained and upgraded as and when significant new evidence emerges

Cochrane Library
High quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.  It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials and more.

Embase is a highly versatile, multipurpose and up-to-date biomedical research database. It covers the most important international biomedical literature from 1947 to the present day. Search using HDAS (NHS OpenAthens login needed)

Emcare is a nursing and allied health bibliographic database published by Elsevier, indexing over 3,500 international journals from 1995 onwards. Search using HDAS (NHS OpenAthens login needed)

Evidence Search Health and Social Care 
A collection of guidelines for the NHS, based on the guidelines produced by NICE and other national agencies.  The main focus of the Library is on guidelines produced in the UK, but where no UK guideline is available, guidelines from other countries are included in the collection.

‘Fit for Travel’
'Fitfortravel' is a public access website provided by the NHS (Scotland). It gives travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK.

Created for UK Healthcare professionals this site provides a comprehensive range of concise clinical guideline summaries for Primary Care

Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR)
Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) publishes evidence to improve the quality, accessibility and organisation of health services and to enhance the strategic focus on research that matters to the NHS.

Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
The HTA programme produces independent research about the effectiveness of different healthcare treatments and tests for those who use, manage and provide care in the NHS.

Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC)
Health Management Information Consortium database is a compilation of data from two sources, the Department of Health's Library and Information Services and King's Fund Information and Library Service . Search using HDAS (NHS OpenAthens login needed)

Hospital Premium Collection
Provided by ProQuest this database offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources (NHS OpenAthens login needed)

Medicines and Prescribing Support from NICE
Support for delivering quality, safety and efficiency in the optimisation of medicines. Provides access to evidence summaries, medicine evidence commentaries, key therapeutic topics, NICE guidelines and more

The MEDLINE database is produced by the US National Library of Medicine that contains more than 26 million references to journal articles. The subject scope of MEDLINE is biomedicine and health, broadly defined to encompass those areas of the life sciences, behavioural sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering needed by health professionals and others engaged in basic research and clinical care, public health, health policy development, or related educational activities. Search using HDAS (NHS OpenAthens login needed)

Mind the Gap
Mind the Gap is a clinical handbook of signs and symptoms in black and brown skin.

NHS Health A to Z
A patient information resource this is the online 'front door' to the NHS. It is the country's biggest health website and gives all the information you need to make choices about your health

Aimed at patients and carers this website aims to provide non-medical people in the UK access to good quality information about health and disease

PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database produced by The Centre of Evidence-Based Physiotherapy at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney. The database has been developed to give rapid access to bibliographic details and abstracts of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy

International database of prospectively registered systematic reviews in health and social care. This database will provide a comprehensive listing of systematic reviews registered at inception, and enable comparison of reported review findings with what was planned in the protocol

This database offers full-text articles for journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association and Hogrefe & Hube. The database includes all material from the print journals. Many titles go back to volume 1, issue 1. Coverage: 1894 – current

This database is the world's largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioural science and mental health. Produced by the American Psychological Association. Search using HDAS (NHS OpenAthens login needed)

Produced by the US National Library of medicine, PubMed comprises over 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Search using HDAS

Social Care Online (SCIE online)
Social Care Online is the UK's most extensive free database of social care information. With everything from research briefings, to reports, government documents, journal articles, and websites and you find it all with the click of a button. Updated daily by SCIE's experienced information managers, Social Care Online offers unrivalled free access and ease of use

TRAVAX™ is provided for Health Care Professionals and is maintained and continually updated by the Travel Medicine Team at Health Protection Scotland (previously Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health). It is a UK National Health Service resource.

For login details please email the Library.

The TRIP Database is a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.

UpToDate® is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource which assists in making the right point-of-care decisions.

NB. This resource is only available to St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust staff using their NHS OpenAthens login details.