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Critical appraisal & Evidence based practice
Evaluation guides
Health news & reviews
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Literature searching
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Medical images
Medical search engines
Official publications
Patient information
Portals and subject gateways
Referencing tools
Research guides and resources
Research at UHSM

Health databases

AMED (Ovid - NHS)
AMED (Allied & Complimentary Medicine) indexes articles from approx. 400 mainly European journals covering all aspects of alternative medicine including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture, rehabilitation and many others. For training materials and help guides on using the new NICE version of this database, click here.

Developed in the Emergency Department of MRI, this freely accessible website that provides access to the best current evidence on a wide range of real-life clinical questions and clinical topics allowing physicians to make the best of what there is. Although BETs initially had an emergency medicine focus, there are a significant number of BETs covering cardiothoracics, nursing, primary care and paediatrics.

BMJ Best Practice
BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool, uniquely structured around the patient consultation, with advice on symptom evaluation, tests to order and treatment approach. It is ranked one of the best clinical decision support tools for health professionals worldwide.

British Education Index
A database of UK literature that supports educational research, policy and practice. Includes medical education. Access is by subscription but partial free access is available on the web.

British Nursing Index
Indexes articles from over 250 of the most popular nursing and midwifery journals. Coverage of nursing, midwifery and related titles in the UK is comprehensive. A selection of the important international nursing titles are also indexed. For training materials and help guides on using the new version of this database, click here.

BNF (British National Formulary)
Authoritative and practical information on the selection and clinical use of medicines in a clear, concise and accessible manner. The BNF content is freely available at to anyone based in the UK with no need for registration or passwords.

BNF for Children
Paediatric resource for clinical use of medicines in children. The BNFC content is freely available at to anyone based in the UK with no need for registration or passwords.

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
CRD databases cover: NHS Economic Evaluations Database(NHS EED), Health Technology Assessments Database (HTA) and the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE). The latter being a collection of over 13,000 abstracts of quality assessed and critically appraised systamatic reviews dataing from 1994 to March 2015.

Cinahl (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is a comprehensive and authoritative database containing information for nurses, allied health professionals and others interested in health care. For training materials and help guides on using the new version of this database, click here.

ClinicalKey is an advanced search engine that provides fast and deep access to the most current, evidence-based material to support your clinical decision making and professional development. It includes full text Books and Journals, NICE Guidelines, BNF/BNFc medicines information and more.

Clinical Knowledge Summaries
A practical up-to-date evidence-based source of clinical knowledge providing concise readily accessible summaries on how to manage over 300 common and/or significant primary care presentations commonly encountered in primary and first contact care, all underpinned by the latest evidence. For a brief guide on CKS, click here
A freely available database produced by the US National Institute of Health comprising of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. Searchable by disease, condition, location, treatment or sponsor.

Cochrane Library
Dedicated to producing and making freely accessible, up-to-date, reliable high quality evidence about the effects of healthcare, on which informed clinical decisions can be based. It is the best single source of clinical evidence about the effects of healthcare interventions for treatment, health promotion and organisation of care.

Cochrane Clinical Answers
Based on the high-quality evidence of Cochrane systematic reviews, Cochrane Clinical Answers covers 32 clinical specialties. Each Cochrane Clinical Answer is displayed in a user friendly question and answer format. There are outcome-focused presentations of the impact of interventions on the patient and the ability to 'drill down' to the evidence from the Cochrane Review.

Current Controlled Trials
Freely available web resource that aims to promote the exchange of information about clinical trials. Includes a facility to search for clinical trials across multiple databases.

A Department of Health (DH) database with emphasis on the management, administration and planning of the NHS. Indexes articles from over 300 relevant journals and includes references to all DI publications. Now can be searched together with the Kings Fund database via the Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC) database.

DUETS (Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments) is a freely available UK database publishing uncertainties that cannot currently be answered by referring to reliable up-to-date systematic reviews of existing research evidence. Developed primarily to help those prioritising research in the UK to take account of the information needs of patients, carers and clinicians. From 1 January 2016 NICE is no longer maintaining the UK DUETs website. Up-to-date research uncertainties can be searched from NICE Evidence

Electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC)
A free resource containing up to date, easily accessible information about medicines licensed for use in the UK. Has more than 6,000 documents, all of which have been checked and approved by either the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) or the European Medicines Agency (EMEA). Lists Summaries of Product Characteristics (SPCs) for many of the medicines that are licensed in the UK, which tells healthcare professionals, such as doctors, pharmacists and nurses, how to prescribe and use a medicine correctly.

Embase (NICE)
Embase (Ovid - NHS)
Embase (Excerpta Medica database) is a major biomedical and pharmaceutical database indexing over 3,500 international journals. For training materials and help guides on using the new NICE version of this database, click here.

The world’s largest educational database providing free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials including medical education.

EThOS - British Electronic Theses Online Service
A database containing 400,000+ records to provide a 'single point of access' to all doctoral theses produced by UK Higher Education. Many UK institutions support Open Access to their theses, so download of their digital and digitised theses is free to the researcher. A small number of participating institutions may not be able to offer Open Access and in this case the researcher may have to pay for the digitisation.

A database covering all aspects of human impact to the environment and the relationship with disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, etc.

Health Business Elite (NICE)
A database containing full text content from 480 journals, detailing all aspects of health care administration and other non-clinical aspects of health care institution management. Topics covered include hospital management, hospital administration, marketing, human resources, computer technology, facilities management and insurance. For training materials and help guides on using the new version of this database, click here.

HMIC (Ovid - NHS)
HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium database) is a compilation of the databases DH-DATA and the King’s Fund. For training materials and help guides on using the new NICE version of this database, click here.

King's Fund
Kings Fund is a UK health charity. The database, contains 75,000 references to official UK health policy documents, and informally published ('grey') literature relating to policy and management of health and social care services in the UK. Now can be searched together with the DH DATA database via the Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC) database.

Micromedex (Health Care Series, Martindale)
Unbiased, authoritative drug, acute care, toxicology, patient, education and alternative medicine databases providing trusted clinical decision support.

Medline (NICE)
Medline (Ovid - NHS)
A vast source of international biomedical information produced by the National Library of Medicine (USA). Covering the whole field of medicine including dentistry, veterinary medicine and medical psychology. See also PubMed For training materials and help guides on using the new NICE version of this database, click here.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
A freely available database containing a repository of clinical research which is currently taking place across the UK. It currently contains over 2,500 studies that can be accessed for public searching.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Journals Library
Comprises a suite of five open access journals providing an important and permanent archive of research funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Participating research programs are: Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme, NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme, NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme, and NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme.

National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Evidence Search
Evidence search provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health.

National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidance
An independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health. Guidelines can be searched by health topic, type and date. Many Health Development Agency (HDA) publications are also available.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
The NDLTD is dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). Searches can be made globally or by region.

NICE Evidence
The national web-based information service for the NHS provided by NICE designed to provide a single route to existing scattered evidence based information resourses to assist busy practitioners find all the information available in health, social care and public health. Sources covered include British National Formulary, Clinical Knowledge Summaries, SIGN, the Cochrane Library and Royal Colleges, Social Care Online and GOV.UK.

OAIster Database
OAIster is a union catalogue of millions of records representing open access resources that was built by harvesting from open access collections worldwide. It includes more than 30 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,500 contributors.

A comprehensive and authoritative list of institutional and subject-based repositories to enhance and support the academic and research activities of the global community. Provides access to research outputs (including theses) and reports of academic and research based organisations. It is also possible to search the full text content within repositories by clicking here.

Open Grey (System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe)
A multidisciplinary database providing open access to 700.000 bibliographical references of grey literature (paper) produced in Europe covering science, technology, biomedical sciences, economics, social sciences and humanities.

OTSeeker - Occupational Therapy Evidence Database
Contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy. Trials from a wide range of sources have been critically appraised and rated to help you to judge their quality and usefulness.

PEDro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database) is a freely available physiotherapy evidence database developed to give physiotherapists and others rapid access details of RCTs in physiotherapy. Most trials on the database have been rated for quality.

PROSPERO is the international prospective register of systematic reviews produced by Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) at the University of York. It holds over 10,000 published records. Registration is web-based, completely free to use and open to all researchers planning to conduct a systematic review.

Produced by the American Psychological Association. Indexes over 2000 international journals to provide comprehensive coverage of psychology and allied fields. For training materials and help guides on using the new version of this database, click here.

PubMed is a freely available premier biomedical database produced by the National Library of Medicine (USA). It comprises of Medline (1966 onwards) and Old Medline (1950-1965). It indexes over 4800 journals covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and preclinical sciences.

Research Register for Social Care
A database of current and completed social care research that has been subject to independent ethical and scientific review. It covers social care research in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Social Care Online
Freely available extensive social care information database produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Indexes research briefings, reports, government documents, websites and journal articles.

Teacher Reference Centre (TRC)
Provides coverage on key education topics such as assessment, continuing education, medical education etc. Indexes over 260 of the most popular teaching and administrative trade journals and books.

TILT (Today I learnt that)
A free shared learning tool aimed at capturing and sharing clinical learning. As well as providing a facility to learn from others, TILT is also is a way of recording personal learning (and reflections) which can form part of a portfolio of education suitable for use in appraisal.

A multiple set of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

TRIP (Turning Research Into Practice) is a freely available database that is designed to allow users to quickly find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. As well as research evidence Trip also searches across other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news. The premium version of Trip is currently available from hospital computers.


An evidence-based point of care clinical resource used worldwide. It provides the latest medical findings, the best available evidence and practical recommendations for patient care and also includes access to Lexi-comp drug monographs and a number of medical calculators

Web of Knowledge
The Web of Knowledge is a premier research platform for information in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. It provides a single point of access and cross database searching capability for the Web of Science & a range of other databases offered by Thomson ISI. This resources is not currently available to NHS staff but is can be accessed by University of Manchester staff and students.

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Portals and subject gateways

Medical portals act as one-stop shops for specific groups of people such as dentists, pharmacologists etc. Subject gateways are catalogues of internet resources, some of which evaluate the quality of resources before adding them to their list. They are a good place to start researching a subject.

Mayo Clinic
A not-for-profit medical practice with hospital and research facilities across the US. Contributions from over 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers.

A medical portal for healthcare professionals and consumers around the world, providing access to peer-reviewed resources.

Provides access to medical and bioscience journals, associations, databases and other medical resources, 'With over 35,000 links, is the largest medical and bioscience resource directory on the Internet.

Medical Matrix
A major ranked, peer-reviewed web based clinical medical resource.

Quality medical information for health professionals and consumers, from the US National Library of Medicine. Includes an extensive Health Topics section, as well as dictionaries and a medical encyclopaedia.

A free website designed to provide clinicians and other healthcare professionals with the most timely comprehensive and relevant clinical information to improve patient care.

Medscape Reference
An open access comprehensive medical textbook for all clinical fields with sections devoted to medical articles and images, as well as patient information.

Micromedex Solutions
The evidence-based resources of Micromedex Solutions are used by clinicians to inform and educate care decisions with the goal to meaningfully improve patient outcomes.

Explains in a clear and straightforward manner the common medical examinations and procedures performed by doctors and specialists in the UK. Includes encyclopaedias on diseases and medicines.

Quackwatch - Interesting Websites
A large directory of helath websites updated monthly. Quackwatch compilers state that most sites listed have substantial original information or valuable archives providing carefully inspected, accurate and practical information, and unless otherwise noted, are considered trustworthy.

Social Care Institute for Excellence
A portal to the UK's largest collection of information on social work and social care.

The Virtual Library
The oldest catalogue on the web maintained by run by a loose confederation of volunteers.

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Medical search engines

Generic web search engines like Google can of course be used to retrieve useful healthcare information, but there are also search engines that are dedicated to do just that. There is a significant trend towards single search engines, also known as cross search or meta search engines.

Health Sciences Online
HSO is the first website to deliver authoritative, comprehensive, free, and ad-free health sciences knowledge. Search and browse any health sciences topic from over 50,000 courses, references, guidelines, and other learning resources. Materials are selected from accredited educational sources including universities, governments, and professional societies, by HSO staff.

HONselect and MedHunt
A medical and health search engine that combines five information types - MeSH terms, authoritative scientific articles, healthcare news, Web sites and multimedia into one service to focus and accelerate your search.

Similar to Wikipedia except it keeps tighter editorial control than Wikipedia plus contributors are required to be medically qualified or have a PhD in a biomedical field.

NICE Evidence Search
A one-stop single search interface for a large number of sources, (many of which are accredited) including clinical trails databases, guidelines, Government literature, health organisations, NICE Pathways, public health sources, charities and Royal societies and colleges.

SUMSearch 2
Simultaneously searches for original studies, systematic reviews, and practice guidelines from multiple sources. Results from PubMed, Dare, and NGC are merged and sorted. As SUMSearch 2 executes live searches of external websites in response to your query, SUMSearch 2 is always up-to-date.

NLM Gateway
The US National Library of Medicine Gateway allows users to search across Medline and other NLM databases.

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Medical images

Available via the Dermatology Information Service. Browsable and searchable images & atlases covering dermatology and paediatric dermatology.

Gray’s Anatomy
This is a digitised version of the 20th edition, 1918.

Hardin MD Medical Pictures/Disease Pictures
Searchable list of images provides by the University of Iowa Library.

Digital materials for health sciences education, including audio and consumer health materials. Requires free registration.

Health on the Net Media Gallery
A media gallery containing over 6,800 images. Is indexed by body part and includes images of medical conditions and procedures.

HON Medical Images and Video Repository
Repository of over 6'800 medical images and videos, pertaining to 1,700 topics and themes

Images from the History of Medicine
A free database of nearly 60,000 images in the prints and photograph collection of the History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). Includes portraits, pictures of institutions, caricatures, genre scenes, and graphic art in a variety of media, illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine.

Public Health Image Library (PHIL)
Multimedia and images relating to public health, including infectious organisms, environmental health, natural disasters.

Wellcome Images
Images on this site are freely available for download for personal, academic teaching or study use, under one of two Creative Commons licences. Charges may apply for new photography, larger electronic files or prints.

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Health news and news reviews

BBC Health News

Behind the Headlines

British Nursing News Online

Google Health News Search

Health News Reviews (USA)

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Health statistics

Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO)
APHO represents a network of 12 public health observatories in the UK. It produces key public health information for practitioners, policy makers and the wider communities.

NHS Digital
Searchable catalogue containing the official statistical publications HSCIC produces about health and care in England. It also contains results from surveys, audits, reports and other statistics.

Department of Health Statistics

Global Health Observatory (GHO)
WHO's portal providing access to data and analyses for monitoring the global health situation.

HSCIC (Health & Social Care Information Centre
Official body providing a whole range of statistics and data as well as results from surveys, audits, and other reports and statistics.

Information and Social Care
Provides a wide range of statistical information on various health topics such as hospital care, screening, mental health, presented in a way to assist the NHS and social care services.

Local Health
Produced by Public Health, this site provides a whole range of quality assured health information for the UK.

Manchester City Council Statistics on Health
Council webpage containing many seful links to statistical sources and information on Manchester.

Manchester Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
Manchester City Council site provising health information coversing the Manchester region.

NHS England Statistics
NHS England statistics cover a range of health subjects and are used to inform debate, decision-making and research both within government and by the wider community.

Office for National Statistics
Official UK statistics site.

OHE Health Statistics and information (OHESI)
One-stop source for health statistics and data on population and health trends in the UK, and on the changing finances and structure of the NHS. Data are collected and consolidated from a range of public and private sources, including some international data for comparisons

Public Health England
Provides profiles for local authorities, counties and regions throughout the UK.

UK Data Archive
The UK's largest collection of digital social and economic research data.

WHO World Health Statistics Reports
WHO's annual World Health Statistics reports present the most recent health statistics for the WHO Member States.

StatSoft Electronic Statistics Glossary

Statistics Glossary (STEPS)

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Management information

Advancing Quality Alliance (AquA)
The Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) is dedicated to improving healthcare across the NHS in the North West. Formed in recognition that improvement has to be led from the front-line rather than be centrally imposed, AQuA's aim is to accelerate the pace of improvement and to help good practice to spread rapidly.

Business Balls
Free website offering career help, business training, organizational development - inspirational, innovative ideas, materials, exercises, tools, templates etc.

Care Quality Commission
This website provides Information and services for organisations regulated by the Care Quality Commission, such as hospitals, care homes, dental and GP surgeries, and all other care services in England.

Centre for Workforce Intelligence
The Centre for Workforce Intelligence is the national authority on workforce planning and development, providing advice and information to the health and social care system. They provide an easily accessible route for health and social care planners, clinicians and commissioners seeking workforce planning and development expertise to improve health and social care services. They also support long-term and strategic scenario planning for the whole health and social care workforce, based on research, evidence and analysis, in order to build strong leadership and capability in workforce planning.

Cochrane NHS Economic Evaluations Database
The NHS Economic Evaluation Database (EED) contains economic evaluations of healthcare interventions. Economic evaluations are studies in which a comparison of two or more interventions or care alternatives is undertaken and in which both the costs and outcomes of the alternatives are examined. This includes cost-benefit analyses, cost-utility analyses, and cost-effectiveness analyses. NHS EED was produced by the NIHR Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) at the University of York, UK. NIHR funding to produce NHS EED ceased at the end of March 2015. However, the database can still be accessed via the Cochrane Library. Searches

Department of Health
DH website providing the latest news, publications, announcements, statistics and consultations.

Dr Foster Intelligence
Dr Foster exists to make healthcare data better and help healthcare organisations improve the quality of care. They are the leading provider of healthcare information and benchmarking solutions in England - and increasingly, worldwide. They enable healthcare organisations to benchmark and monitor performance against key indicators of quality and efficiency.

eWIN Workforce Information Network
eWIN is the NHS workforce information network designed to enable targeted, informed and evidence based improvements in workforce efficiency and productivity. eWIN provides a repository of valuable workforce indicators, best practice and modelling tools.

Foundation Trust Network
The Foundation Trust Network (FTN) is the membership organisation for NHS public provider trusts representing every variety of trust, from large acute and specialist hospitals through to community, ambulance and mental health trusts.

Free Online Library for Managers
A website for managers giving free access to over 500 eBooks, templates and checklists on all aspects of management.

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP)
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) was established in April 2008 to promote quality in healthcare, and in particular to increase the impact that clinical audit has on healthcare quality in England and Wales.

Health Business Elite
A database containing full text content from 480 journals, detailing all aspects of health care administration and other non-clinical aspects of health care institution management. Topics covered include hospital management, hospital administration, marketing, human resources, computer technology, facilities management and insurance.

Health Education England (HEE)
Aims to deliver a better health and healthcare workforce for England. Responsible for the education, training and personal development of every member of staff, and recruiting for values.

The Health Foundation
The Health Foundation is an independent charity working to improve the quality of healthcare in the UK. They conduct research and evaluation, put ideas into practice through a range of improvement programmes, support and develop leaders and share evidence to drive wider change.

HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium Database)
Health Management Information Consortium database providing records from King's Fund and Department of Health from 1979 to date. NHS OpenAthens account required for access.

HSCIC (Health & Social Care Information Centre)
The official national provider of high-quality information, data and IT systems for health and social care in the UK. Sericices include the provision of indicators, statistics, reports, clinical audits and surveys etc.

King's Fund
The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. They help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate.

Monitor: a guide to special measures
A guide, developed jointly by CQC, Monitor and NHS TDA, describing how the special measures programme works for NHS trusts and foundation trusts.

The Learning Architect
Provides a range videos, toolkits and information resources covering essential life skills including leadership, communication, conflict resolution, decision making, positive thinking, resilience, self confidence, stress management, creativity, mindfulness, change ability plus many more.

Local Practice Case Studies
A collection of over 500 working examples of quality improvement in health and social care services. Formally known as QIPP.

NHS Benchmarking
NHS Benchmarking is the in-house benchmarking service of the NHS. The Network exists to identify and share good practice across the Health and Social Care sector.

NHS Confederation
The NHS Confederation is the membership body that brings together the full range of organisations that commission and provide NHS services. They bring together the views of each and every part of the healthcare system to provide a strong voice for the whole of the NHS.

NHS Employers
The NHS Employers organisation is the voice of employers in the NHS, supporting them to put patients first. Their vision is to be the authoritative voice of workforce leaders, experts in HR, negotiating fairly to get the best deal for patients. NHS Employers is part of the NHS Confederation.

NHS England
NHS England's main aim is to improve the health outcomes for people in England. The work they do centres around improving patient experience, commissioning development, technology, systems and data, partnerships and relationships, direct commissioning, quality improvement, patient safety and clinical leadership.

NHS Improvement
NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts and NHS trusts, as well as independent providers that provide NHS-funded care. It offers the support these providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, it helps the NHS to meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.

NHS Improvement Projects
NHS Improvement Projects is an blog produced by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust highlighting recent improvement initiatives in NHS organisations.

NHS Improving Quality
NHS Improving Quality (NHS IQ) is the driving force for improvement across the NHS in England, working to improve health outcomes for people by providing improvement and change expertise.

nhsManagers Network is the principal information resource and representative body for NHS managers in the United Kingdom. It provides a free membership web-community for everyone who works in and around the NHS.

Nuffield Trust
Nuffield Trust is an authoritative and independent source of evidence-based research and policy analysis for improving health care in the UK. It aims to help provide the evidence base for better health care.

QualityWatch is a major research programme providing independent scrutiny into how the quality of health and social care is changing over time. It provides an authoritative resource on the overall quality of health and social care; monitors and comments on changes over time, independently of government and the statutory bodies; highlights where there are clear and compelling gaps between what is being achieved and what is possible in order to incite action and improvement; and contribute to improving measures of quality.

NHS RightCare
The primary objective for Right Care is to maximise the value that the patient derives from their own care and treatment and the value the whole population derives from the investment in their healthcare. Right Care also publish the NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare which is a guideline to support local decision making to increase the value which a population receives from resources spent on their healthcare. In addition they also publish focussed atlases on Children and Young People, Diabetes, Kidney Disease, Respiratory Disease, Liver Disease and Diagnostic Services. All guides are available by clicking here.

Social Partnership Forum
The Social Partnership Forum website contains information and resources to support you to embed partnership working in your organisation; background information about the Social Partnership Forum and the key areas of work it is taking forward.

Mind Tools
The Mind Tools website provides a large range of materials to help managers learn and acquire the necessary skills to become more effective.

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Official publications

DOH Publications Library
Department of Health site of official publications site - includes all DH publications and replaces the previous POINT and COIN libraries.

The Official Documents Website
Contains full text or summary of selected documents prepared for the internet by The Stationery Office.

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Electronic journals

BioMed Central
Publisher of more than 150 peer-reviewed open access journals.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Quality-controlled scientific and scholarly journals covering all subjects and languages.

Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek
A massive listing of electronic medical journals held in 120 German academic libraries. Many titles are English. Access to the full text of any title with a green dot beside it is freely available. Can search by subject.

UHSM Academy Library
The UHSM Academy Library journals catalogue provides direct links to the entire collection of NHS full-text e-journals, various free e-journals plus all the e-journals that the Library has subscribed to.
Lists free medical journals on the web.

Genamics Journal Seek
The largest completely categorized database of freely available journal information available on the internet.

Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Large collection of full-text journals mainly in English or Spanish. Very useful for an overview of what's available for free within each medical speciality.

Highwire Press
Stanford University Libraries. Major source of free articles on the Internet.

MedBio World
Links to over 25,000 electronic journals, associations and databases. Includes subject index to find journals for a particular speciality and ranks journals by impact factor. Some journals having searchable access to archived articles with abstracts or full-text.

Public Library of Science (PLoS)
A non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.

PubMed Central
U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

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MFT Learning Hub
Click on the link below to log on to the MFT learning hub from within the Trust or from outside the Trust to access a range of e-learning modules.

Medical Masterclass
Medical Masterclass is an online distance learning resource developed by the Royal College of Physicians of London to help candidates prepare for the MRCP(UK exam).
If you would like access to the online Medical Masterclass, please contact the Library.

NICE Online learning resources
NICE has developed a range of online learning resources in collaboration with partners and has identified a range of additional tools to support implementation of NICE guidance. The tools are free to use but for some modules you may require your email address and a password to register.

e-learning for healthcare (e-LfH)
e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies providing high quality content free of charge for the training of the NHS workforce across the UK. The training sessions are designed and built to be engaging and interactive, using quality images, video, audio and animation to help trainees learn and retain knowledge. Content is presented using various templates such as 'real-life' scenarios, case studies and 'knowledge bites'.

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Patient information

Behind the Headlines
Provides an unbiased and evidence-based daily analysis of the science behind health stories that make the news. Part of NHS Choices.

Dr Foster Health & Medical Guides
The UK's leading provider of comparative information on health and social care services. Provides information on birth, hospital, consultants and complimentary therapists.

Easy Health
DoH Funded website providing clear patient information for the public and for health professionals. Includes links to Patient information leaflets and self-examination videos.

Award-winning website of the DIPEx charity and replaces the website formerly at Shares other people's experiences of health and illness to enable patients, families and healthcare professionals to benefit from the experiences of others. You can watch or listen to videos of the interviews, read about people's experiences and find reliable information about conditions, treatment choices and support.

Quality medical information for health professionals and consumers, from the US National Library of Medicine. Includes an extensive Health Topics section, as well as dictionaries and a medical encyclopaedia.

Medical information and health website. Health advice on diseases, conditions, examinations and treatments. Latest health news, answers to health questions etc.

NHS Choices
A comprehensive service providing provides a single 'front door' for the public to all NHS online services and information through the country’s biggest health website. Sections include: Medical advice now, Find services, Health A-Z, Compare hospitals, Carers direct, NHS information, Medicine guides etc.
Click here for a guide on searching NHS Choices.

NICE Evidence
NICE Evidence allows everyone working in health and social care to access a wide range of health information to help them deliver quality patient care. Searches can be refined to filter for patient information.

NICE Guidence for Patients and the Public
A database produced by the NHS National Institute of Clinical Excellence. Different versions of NICE publications are availble tailored to the public, carers and patients.

Patient Experience: websites of interest
A comprehensive list of patient experience websites produced by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals' Health Libraries Group.

Patient UK
Comprehensive health information as provided by GPs and nurses to patients during consultation. Aims to provide good quality information about health and disease to mainly non-medical people and in the UK.

Social networking site where online communities of patients share their experiences with each other.

Right Diagnosis
An independent, objective source of factual, mainstream health information for both consumers and health professionals. Aims to encourage consumers to be informed and interested in managing their health, and to know what questions to ask their doctors to help ensure they are getting the best healthcare possible.

A website about young people’s real life experiences of health and lifestyle containing medical facts in relation to real people and real lives. You can watch, listen and read young people talking about their experiences and join in the forums.

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Copyright Licensing Agency
Provides information on the terms and conditions of the copyright licence covering NHS England.

Strategic Health Authority Library Leads (SHALL)
Provides detailed information about the Copyright Licencing Agreement (CLA) Licence for the NHS in England.

JISC Digital Media - Images
JISC Digital Media copyright guidance on using digital images.

University of Manchester copyright information
Information provided by the Manchester University for academic staff and students.

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Literature searching

NICE training materials.
A collection of training materials, help guides and videos showing you how to search healthcare databases such as Medline, Embase, CINAHL, PsycInfo and NICE Evidence.

How to use the Cochrane Library tutorial
A range of free online tutorials on searching the Cochrane Library.

Systematic Reviews: CRDs guidance for undertaking reviews in health care
The 3rd edition of the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) guide provides comprehensive information on the whole process of undertaking different types of systematic reviews. Very useful chapters on defining the review question, identifying the evidence and database searching.

Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions
Although primarily a guide for the preparation of Cochrane interventional reviews, many of the chapters can also be used for general literature searching. Chapter 6 (Searching for studies) includes useful sections on sources to search, how to search and design a search strategy and using search filters.

The Literature Search Process: Guidance for NHS Researchers
A very useful guide developed by South Central Healthcare Librarians on planning a literature search, identifying key sources of information, guidance in carrying out an effective literature search and documenting the search process.

Smart Searching: Logical Steps to Building and Testing Your Literature Search
An online self-paced set of modules created by Health Libraries Australia, for librarians and researchers who would like to enhance and test their literature searching skills with the emphasis on developing and testing search strategies.

MeSH on Demand
The National Library of Medicine's MeSH on Demand is a tool to help you find MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) terms relevant to your text (up to 10,000 characters). It is easy to use without any prior knowledge of the MeSH vocabulary.

PubMed MeSH search
Similar to MeSH on Demand above, this also finds a MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) term, shows the term in in the MeSH hierarchy and displays the full list of entry terms and subheadings available.

Yale MeSH analyzer
This search tool creates a MeSH analysis grid to validate, design, and refine searches. It shoes how key articles are indexed in MEDLINE in an easy-to-scan tabular format. Using the tool is easy: simply paste a list of up to 20 PMIDs into the text box and click "Go." You can delimit the PMIDs in any way you like, even pasting in a paragraph that includes text.

PubMed PubReMiner
A text annalysis tool providing the ability to analyse the frequency of words appearing in PubMed records. These terms can them be considered for inclusion is your search strategy. Also provides tables showing the frequency count of authors and journal titles.

Guide to sources of information
A guide of free and other useful electronic resources to consider using when carrying out a literature search. Developed by South Central Healthcare Librarians.

The InterTASC Information Specialists' Sub-Group Search Filter Resource
A filter resource resulting from a collaborative venture to identify, assess and test search filters designed to retrieve research by study design. The Search Filters Resource aims to provide easy access to published and unpublished search filters.

BMJ Clinical Evidence search filters
A collection of search strategies used for BMJ Clinical Evidence to identify all major study types.

SIGN search filters
Search filter list devised by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) for use in Medline, Embase and CINAHL and other more specialised databases.

PubMed Search Strategies blog
A blog created to share PubMed search strategies. Search strategies posted are not perfect but are posted in the hope that others will benefit from the work already put into their creation and/or will offer suggestions for improvements.

PubMed search filters
List of search filters to identify systematic reviews, clinical prediction guides, diagnosis, prognosis, aetiology and therapy studies.

ISSG search filters
A search filter resource is hosted on behalf of the InterTASC Information Specialists' Sub-Group by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination.

Cochrane Review Groups
A list of links to all the Cochrane review groups, many of which indicate the resources and search strategies used to identify relevant resources.

Methodological filters for GPs
A useful list of search filters provided by - an education and training resource for GPs.

BestBETs search strategies
Provides information and guidance on how and when to use search filters.

University of Texas
A list of search filters for various databases.

Cochrane literature searching resources
A useful list of books and journal articles all about literature searching.

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Critical appraisal & Evidence based practice

Health Knowledge: Finding and Appraising the Evidence
Detailed e-learning modules taking you through the whole process of identifying and critically appraising the evidence.

Evidence Based Medicine Toolkit
This is a collection of tools produced by the University of Alberta, for identifying, assessing and applying relevant evidence for better health care decision-making. The appraisal tools are adapted from the Users' Guides series prepared by the Evidence Based Medicine Working Group and originally published in JAMA

Delfini EBM Resources
A major resource providing evidence-based practice resources for health care decision-makers. Includes many links to critical appraisal guides, tutorials and resources

NICE Guidance : Evidence into practice e-learning resource
A free e-learning module providing practical advice about how to use evidence based medicine in daily practice. The information has been adapted from NICE Guidance and illustrates application of the guidance with practical examples.

Delfini Critical Appraisal Tools
Comprehensive range of critical appraisal tools relating to all aspects of the critical appraisal and evidence based medicine

Understanding Health Research: a tool for making sense of health studies
A free online tool that will guide you through a series of questions to help you review health research that you have come across.

AGREE: Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation
The new international tool for the assessment of the quality practice guidelines.

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP)
Established tools for appraising RCTs, Systematic reviews, Cohort studies, Economic evaluation studies, Case control studies, Diagnostic test studies and Qualitative research studies.

PRISMA Statement
Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) provides a 27 point checklist relating to the reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

BestBETS Critical Appraisal Worksheets
A list of critical appraisal checklists covering a whole range of study types.

The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
A large database of EBM information resources and guides.

How to read a paper. 5th ed. 2014
Online version of popular guide written by Trisha Greenhalgh covering all aspects of the appraisal process. Requires an NHS OpenAthens login. Later editions in print are available from the Academy Library

GRADE handbook
The GRADE approach is a system for rating the quality of a body of evidence in systematic reviews and other evidence syntheses, such as health technology assessments, and guidelines and grading recommendations in health care.

The James Lind Library
Dedicated to patients and professionals who have contributed evidence about the effects of treatments in health care and to help people understand fair tests of treatments. Includes a link to the full text of the book Testing Treatments: better research for better healthcare.

Students 4 Best Evidence
An international network for students interested in learning about all aspects of evidence-based healthcare. The website also contains many resources, useful links, blogs and discussion forums.

JAMA Evidence Glossary
A detailed glossary containing words relating to critical appraisal and all aspects of evidence based practice.

BestBETS Critical Appraisal Database
A database of critically appraised papers covering all study types.

OT CATS (Occupational Therapy Critically Appraised Topics) Database
A database of topics providing answers to clinical questions. Each CAT includes search strategies used, a short summary of the evidence and a critical appraisal.

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
A database of critically appraised papers on paediatric critical care.

Centre for Reviews and Dissemmination (CRD) Databases
The CRD databases provide access to over 20,000 quality assessed systematic reviews, 13,000 economic evaluations and 12,000 summaries of completed and ongoing health technology assessments.

Quick Summaries of Evidence Based Medicine
A website of reviews of evidence based studies published by physicians to evaluate therapies and diagnostics by patient sign, symptom, lab test or study.

Behind the Headlines
Produced by NHS Choices this website provides critically appraised summaries of current research topics in the news.

Research the Headlines
Addresses the way in which research is discussed and portrayed in the media. Each post will take recent media coverage of a piece of research as a starting point, and will allow readers to get to a better understanding of what was really done, and what it might mean for them, from an expert but independent position.

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Research at UHSM

Research and Development Directorate
Webpage of the UHSM Research and Development Directorate

MAHSC Research
MAHSC (Manchester Academic Health Science Centre) is a one-stop shop for the life sciences industry to access the extensive research expertise, world-leading infrastructure and patient cohorts across all seven MAHSC partners - one of which is UHSM.

UHSM controlled clinical trials
Source: International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number Register

UHSM clinical trials - open

UHSM clinical trials - closed

UHSM Staff Pubications
Source: PubMed

NIHR Research Activity League Table
This table, published by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) shows the extent of research activity across all NHS trusts in England, providing a picture of how much clinical research is happening, where, in what types of trusts, and involving how many participants.

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Research guides and resources

Advanced qualitative research for nursing
Electronic book - UHSM Athens required. Joanna Latimer, Blackwell Publishing, 2003.

Current Nursing
A web portal providing directories, quizes, articles updated feeds and open access articles relating to all aspects of nursing, including nursing research.

CWTS Leiden Ranking
The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2013 measures the scientific performance of 500 major universities worldwide.

The EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency of health Research) Network is an international initiative that provides online resources, education and training supporting good health research reporting practice, and supports the development of robust reporting guidelines.

Impact factor information
Excellent guide to impact factors looking at calculations, measures, validity, criticisms, use etc. Source: Wikipedia.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
Offical ranking of journal impact factors published by Thomson Reuters. Access is available to institutions (e.g. Manchester University) that subscribe to the ISI Web of Knowledge.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank
The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.). These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains.

Medical Journal Impact factors
Website listing impact factor data collected independently by the website author, as reported in the various journals.

MedBio World
Lists over 12,000 journals in various disciplines, including 4,846 journals ranked by Thomson Scientifics' Journal Citation Reports™ (JCR). This central, comprehensive source helps identify the leading journals containing the key research you seek.

Funded by and part of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), INVOLVE is a national advisory group that supports greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research that share knowledge and learning on public involvement in research..

ResearchGate is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators

Using Social Media for Research Purposes - a guide
This guide takes you though the basics of building a research profile using social media, how to maximise your impact and the tools you can use to assess your impact.

Glossary of terms used in clinical research
Source: Wikipedia

Glossary of clinical trials terms

University of Manchester Copyright Information
Information for academic staff and students provided by Manchester University. For information about copyright in the NHS, click here.

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Evaluation guides

Anyone can create a web page. It is crucial therefore to assess the value of what you find by appraising the quality. The following sites help you do this.

A brief questionnaire which provides users with a valid and reliable way of assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem.

Evaluating information tutorial
Excellent interative tutorial produced by Leeds University.

Evaluating online information video
Informative video produced by Cardiff University featuring useful tips and advice on using the web for academic work.

Open University - iKnow
iKnow is all about information and knowledge at work. The site offers a variety of free resources aimed at helping you to find and manage information effectively at work, including the evaluation and measuring the quality of information.

A site dedicated to reporting medical fraud and quackery.

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Referencing tools

Neil's Toolbox


The above are two useful free internet based tools which show you how to create references or, in the case of Neil's Toolbox, actually create the reference for you.

The following three sites are advanced referencing management tools. Unlike other similar tools such as Reference Manager and EndNote however, they are all freely available to downoad from the internet.







Comparisons of reference management software (Wikipedia)