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Books, Databases and Journals

BMJ Best Practice

All NHS staff in England have access to BMJ Best Practice which is an online point of care tool offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, prevention and treatment.

To login

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in with your NHS Open Athens account details*
  3. Once you have logged in to BMJ Best practice, you can create a free personal account. Your personal account details will enable you to download the app, access BMJ Best Practice anywhere and to track CPD.

*If you don’t have an NHS Open Athens account register here

Downloading the App

  1. Search for ‘BMJ Best Practice’ on the App Store or Google Play
  2. Select the app and start the download
  3. Use your personal account details to sign in

 BMJ Best Practice is also available from the OXH Intranet under ‘Evidence for Practice’.


Across its three sites, the library service holds over 7000 books and documents on medicine and related subjects, including a specialist mental health historical collection in the Warneford Library. Books held at other libraries though our national library networks.


We continue to add items to our ebook collection to support OHFT staff and students. These can all be accessed via MyAthens using your NHS OpenAthens log in details. For further advice and information about accessing ebooks please contact the library  All locally purchased e-book titles are indexed in the SWIMS catalogue.

SWIMS catalogue

To find all our holdings, search the SWIMS catalogue

For information on loans, reservations and renewals see the library services borrowing page.

How do I obtain books not held by OHFT libraries? If the library does not hold the item you require, we may be able to borrow it for you from another library through our document supply service.

Book suggestions: We are always happy to consider requests for new books. Please use the suggestions form form or  contact library staff.


The library service subscribes to hundreds of print and electronic journal titles. NHS staff also have access to numerous electronic journals through national library funded subscriptions. You can search for full text journals titles available via SWIMS

How do I access electronic journals? The majority of electronic journals available from the NHS can be accessed using your NHS OpenAthens username and password. Some electronic journals that are funded locally require an additional username and password – contact the library for further information if required.  Links to journals available in full-text are shown in your search results when you search the NHS Evidence health information resources databases.

PubMed: Also use Pubmed to find full-text articles available to OHFT staff. You will first need to create a My NCBI account in PubMed. You can set filters to search for full text articles available to you – see the tutorial at PubMed Tutorial My NCBI


The library provides access to many health care databases via NICE with an OpenAthens  log-in.

Training  is available if you would like to learn more about how to maximise your searching skills or to learn more about the strengths and coverage of the various databases now available to you.

Guidance notes on the scope and use of the NICE databases can be found on the HDAS advanced search page (log in with OpenAthens to view) in the about tab for each database: AMED, BNI, CINAHL, EMBASE, EMCARE, HMIC, MEDLINE,  PsycINFO, PubMed. To begin an advanced search, go to  and log in with your NHS OpenAthens user name/password.

Other databases and resources available via NICE include

Other Useful Databases

  • NIHR (National Institute of Health research) Information about ongoing research
  • PEDro PEDro is the physiotherapy evidence database
  • REHABDATA From the US National Rehabilitation Information Center. The REHABDATA database spans almost 50 years of disability and rehabilitation research
  • TRIP (Turning Research Into Practice)The TRIP database allows users to rapidly and easily identify high quality medical literature from a wide range of sources
  • UpToDate – For Patients Summary reviews for use by patients (American database)
 We are always happy to consider requests for new books…
If the library does not hold the item you require, we may be able to borrow it for you from another library…
…Access to an increasing n
umber of locally and nationally purchased e book titles is available via NHS Athens…


… Use the SWIMS catalogue to view our library holdings



Last updated: 12 November, 2021

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