This page will help you use the online resources that are available to you in the most efficient and effective way possible for your needs. It will look at some of the resources available and how you can access them as well as how you can develop the skills required to achieve evidence based practice. All of these resources and more are practically examined within the Bolton’s Health Matters Information Skills sessions. For more details about these and to sign either yourself or your team up, please contact the library. These can take place within the library, the workplace or within the training facilities available in NHS Bolton.
“NHS Evidence is a service that enables access to authoritative clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal. It helps people from across the NHS, public health and social care sectors to make better decisions as a result. NHS Evidence is managed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).” (NHS Evidence: about us) It can be accessed by clicking here and below is a quick how to use guide produced by NICE
Athens & Resources
All NHS & Local Authority members of staff should receive an NHS Athens account during induction. If you have not yet received one you can create one here. Please remember to use your work email when signing up. NHS Athens give you access to 1000’s of resources that you would not normally have, ensuring that your work is informed by the highest possible quality and evidence.
Here is a quick guide on how you log into Athens and how you use some of the main resources available.
“The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration” (about Cochrane Library). It can be accessed by clicking here and several different helpful guides on how to use it can be accessed by clicking here
Healthcare Databases Advanced Search
Literature Searching is a vital research when searching for the best evidence. For NHS staff this is done via the NHS Evidence resource Healthcare Databases Advanced Search or HDAS. Below is a very useful guide to HDAS produced by East of England Healthcare Information Skills Trainers
For information on any of these resources or further services available please contact the library by email, by calling (01204) 462490 or by popping into see us!