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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Allied Health Professionals

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). If you would like to suggest additions to this selection, please contact us.

Healthcare Databases

NICE Evidence databases: CINAHL, Medline and AMED  (NHS Athens account required) 

UpToDate (available to WUTH & CCC staff) provides evidence based summaries of clinical topics covering more than 20 specialties, as well as nearly 1,500 patient information topics, and more than 27,000 graphics, tables and videos available to download into presentations.  Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic.

Please note that Up to Date is an American resource. This is particularly important when using information on licensed indications, doses and treatment pathways. For UK advice please refer to the Medicines Formulary, the BNF or contact Medicines Information. OpenAthens details are required to access the BNF. 

Please contact library staff for details if you need any help in creating or using your OpenAthens account.

Use UpToDate as a starting point to gain a comprehensive overview of your topic. UpToDate user guide

The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews 
Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine 
PEDro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database) 
Pubmed 
OT Seeker

PsycARTICLES 
Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

Guidelines

NICE guidelines 
NICE Evidence  

Journals

Browse journals  
More ejournals are available via NICE Evidence (Athens account required)

Books

Browse our catalogue  
Search our catalogue for physiotherapy books  
Search our catalogue for occupational therapy books  
Search our catalogue for speech and language therapy books  

Training

Further details about Finding the Evidence and Introduction to Critical Appraisal training. 

Services

Literature searching service 
Document and book supply 
Our Specialist Services
Journal Club support service 

Useful Websites

NICE Evidence: latest published research including guidelines, reports and care pathways 
CASP critical appraisal checklists: checklists to enable you to appraise research studies in a systematic and straightforward way.
Discern:  A valid and reliable tool for assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem. 
Internet for allied health professions  An online tutorial for allied health professions on using the Internet to find information.
British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists: Professional resources. Practice and CPD resources to support Occupational Therapists.
European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education. Encourages lifelong learning in OT, includes details of webcasts and conferences.
Anatomy.TV:  (available to WUTH staff) A 3D anatomy resource.  
MedicinesComplete

Examples of library impact

The library service has been involved in the following projects alongside AHPs.
Literature searches on various topics including recent searches on:
• Shoulder pain and scapula dyskinesis
• Effective discharge planning for occupational therapy services
• Nutritional management of the acutely ill patient
Supporting AHPs undertaking further study to develop a search strategy and locate relevant journal articles on their topic.
Supporting physiotherapists and occupational therapists to search for and critically appraise suitable articles for Journal Club.
Working alongside a team of physiotherapists to set up their own Journal Club.
Please contact us to find out more.