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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Doctors

Below we have compiled a selection of key resources for doctors.

Healthcare databases
NICE Evidence databases: Medline, Embase and PsychINFO (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.

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

Please note that UpToDate 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.

The Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including ‘gold standard’ systematic reviews


Pubmed: Quick search of the most up to date medical journal articles 


Turning Research into Practice (TRIP): Clinical search engine

Health Research Premium Collection

Offers an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.

PsycARTICLES
Search full-text articles from leading psychology journals.

Guidelines

NICE guidelines

Journals

Search our catalogue for journals

Books
Browse our catalogue 
Search our catalogue for medical statistics books 
Search our catalogue for study skills books 
Search for catalogue for examination books 
Oxford handbooks

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

Services

Appraisal Training 

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 
BMJ.com: Resources for BMA members including specialty specific portals, teaching videos and the latest BMJ articles.
BMJ Case Reports is a peer-reviewed, valuable collection of case reports in all disciplines so that healthcare professionals, researchers and others can easily find clinically important information on common and rare conditions. This is the largest single collection of case reports online with more than 11,000 articles from over 70 countries.  Our subscription means that as well as searching BMJ Case Reports, WUTH staff can now submit a case report for free, allowing you to avoid the usual annual fellowship fee of £168.  To access BMJ Case Reports, all you need is a WUTH OpenAthens account.  Log in here with your OpenAthens.  If you’re interested in submitting a case report, take a look at the Instructions for Authors and contact the Library and Knowledge Service for the WUTH Fellowship code (you’ll need this to submit).
BNF and BNF for Children: Authoritative and practical information on the selection and clinical use of medicines in a clear, concise and accessible manner. Athens account required.
NHS Medical Careers: career planning guide designed to assist you in understanding your options for choosing your future career as a doctor in the NHS.
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. 
Doctors.net: offers a variety of health information resources and fora for discussion to doctors who have registered with a GMC number.

Anatomy.TV:  (available to WUTH staff) A 3D anatomy resource.  
MedicinesComplete


Resources for GPs in training
Search our catalogue for books on general practice.
PRODIGY (formerly CKS) is a reliable source of evidence-based information and practical 'know how' about the common conditions managed in primary care.
Health Talk Online: An award-winning charity website (was DIPEx) that shares other people's experiences of health and illness.
GP Notebook: Designed to provide a concise synopsis of the entire field of clinical medicine focussed on the needs of the UK GP.
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP): courses, email updates and revalidation resources 
BMJ Learning modules for GPs
Mersey Deanery: General Practice: information, resources and careers advice 
Guide to the Revalidation of General Practitioners (version 7): sets out the RCGP’s current proposals for the processes and evidence that will be required in order for GPs to be revalidated.
Pulse Learning: Online learning resource for GPs - earn CPD credits for clinical, GP commissioning and practice business topics, 
Pulse Today: latest news and developments in general practice
GP-UK: An open mailing list for the UK general practice community. 

Resources for Surgeons
The Royal College of Surgeons of England: the professional organisation 
Surgical Tutor: contains education resources for undergraduate and postgraduate surgical exams 
BMJ Speciality Collection: resources on general surgery from the online BMJ, also links to relevant books and journals from the BMJ Publishing Group

Resources for SAS doctors

North Western Deanery: Useful links for SAS doctors 
NHS Employers: Specialty and Associate Specialist doctors  
NHS Medical Careers: Career Progression for SAS Doctors 
 

Examples of library impact
The library service has been involved in the following projects alongside doctors:
Literature searches on various topics including recent searches on:
• Case studies of spontaneous haemopneumothorax;
• Treatment of brain tumours - neurosurgery versus chemotherapy;
• Radiotherapy dosage for Hodgkins Lymphoma;
• Association between metabolic syndrome and peripheral vascular disease.
Help with identifying and critically appraising a study for Journal Club.
Delivering critical appraisal workshops.
One-to-one training on how to search for the best evidence.
Please contact us to find out more.

Revalidation Support

As part of the revalidation process, all licensed doctors will have to demonstrate every five years that they are up to date and fit to practise.

The GMC GMP Framework for Appraisals & Revalidation

 is divided into four domains

1. Knowledge, skills and performance
2. Safety and quality
3. Communication, partnership and teamwork
4. Maintaining trust

The Trust Library & Knowledge Service can help you to find the evidence of best practice for the first domain, Knowledge, Skills & Performance.

To help you find the evidence, we offer the following services & training:

  • We provide training in literature searching, to support you to develop the skills to find relevant evidence for yourself
  • We can do literature searches with you, or for you, on your chosen subjects
  • We can obtain journal articles & publications for you to read and use to stay abreast of developments in your field
  • We can signpost you to appropriate current awareness services, which will help you to stay up-to-date in your area of clinical practice
  • We have computers in the library and IT Suite which you can use to search for the evidence you need or to prepare your documents.
  • For more information or help, please contact

Linda Taylor, Outreach Services Librarian on x 8610 or 
send her an email on lindataylor12@nhs.net

Useful revalidation links

Body Link
College of Emergency Medicine

Revalidation webpage

Revalidation guidance

General Medical Council

Revalidation webpage

Summary revalidation guidance

Royal College of Anaesthetists

Revalidation webpage

Supporting information for revalidation

Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Revalidation webpage

Getting ready for revalidation

Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health Revalidation webpage & supporting information
Royal College of Pathologists Revalidation webpage & supporting information
Royal College of Physicians

Revalidation webpage

Supporting information for revalidation

Royal College of Radiologists Revalidation webpage & supporting information
Royal College of Surgeons

Revalidation webpage

Revalidation guidance

 

Revalidation Support

As part of the revalidation process, all licensed doctors will have to demonstrate every five years that they are up to date and fit to practise.

The GMC GMP Framework for Appraisals & Revalidation is divided into four domains

  1. Knowledge, skills and performance
  2. Safety and quality
  3. Communication, partnership and teamwork
  4. Maintaining trust

The Trust Library & Knowledge Service can help you to find the evidence of best practice for the first domain, Knowledge, Skills & Performance.

To help you find the evidence, we offer the following services & training:

  • We provide training in literature searching, to support you to develop the skills to find relevant evidence for yourself
  • We can do literature searches with you, or for you, on your chosen subjects
  • We can obtain journal articles & publications for you to read and use to stay abreast of developments in your field
  • We can signpost you to appropriate current awareness services, which will help you to stay up-to-date in your area of clinical practice
  • We have computers in the library and IT Suite which you can use to search for the evidence you need or to prepare your documents.
  • For more information or help, please contact

Linda Taylor, Outreach Services Librarian on x 8610 or 
send her an email on lindataylor12@nhs.net

Useful revalidation links

Body Link
College of Emergency Medicine

Revalidation webpage

Revalidation guidance

General Medical Council

Revalidation webpage

Summary revalidation guidance

Royal College of Anaesthetists

Revalidation webpage

Supporting information for revalidation

Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Revalidation webpage

Getting ready for revalidation

Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health Revalidation webpage & supporting information
Royal College of Pathologists Revalidation webpage & supporting information
Royal College of Physicians

Revalidation webpage

Supporting information for revalidation

Royal College of Radiologists Revalidation webpage & supporting information
Royal College of Surgeons

Revalidation webpage

Revalidation guidance