Doctors Guide

The HEE report Maximising the Potential: essential measures to support SAS doctors identified a number of ways in which trust’s could support their SAS doctors. Using the findings laid out in the report we have identified a number of resources available from the Knowledge and Library Service or online which SAS, Clinical Fellows and Trust grade doctors should find useful.

This guide will be most useful for doctors employed by Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust as some resources will only be available to trust library members. The guide signposts resources which are relevant to career progression and job planning, and then looks at resource to help develop more general skills and for professional development.

If you have a question regarding anything in this guide or you are encountering issues accessing any of these resources then please contact us at [email protected]

Quick Links

Links to popular pages and resources:

OpenAthens – How to register for an OpenAthens account and how to access resources using OpenAthens
Books | Journals | Databases – What resources are available from the library and how to search and access those resources
Find the Evidence – This guide examines the benefits of Evidence Based Healthcare, looking at the principles of literature searching with links to resources to help support your decision making
Current awareness – Tools and tips to help you keep up-to-date with the latest developments in your field

Books | eBooks

The library’s collection of print and electronic books cover many areas of clinical and healthcare topics. Our collection is constantly updated in line with user recommendations and the release of new editions.


You must be a member of the library if you wish to borrow a book; find more information about how to join here. Search our catalogue to find the books you need, as well as: check item availability and locations, request or reserve titles and manage your existing loans. The Library has a book return box, so you can return books at a time that suits you.


To access the ebooks on the library catalogue click on the ‘Read me’ button link in the record. You’ll be taken through to the publishers ebook site where you will need to login using your OpenAthens details to access the full content. Use the links below for alternative ways to search for eBooks.

Ebook Central
A collection of e-books in disciplines including science, technology, medicine, and life sciences.
Access: NHS OpenAthens account


We also have FREE access to a number of eBooks to co-launch Kortext and Health Education England’s collaborative eBook agreement for the NHS and in response to COVID-19. You will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access the collection.

Self Development Collection

Reading Well and Well Being Collections

In addition to our clinical titles, we also offer books from customer care to sociology. A separate ‘Reading Well’ collection offers books on healthy lifestyles, stress management and personal effectiveness.

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If you have issues accessing any eBook content or if the link to an ebook does not work please contact us.

Journals | eJournals

Access to our journals is online. You can browse all our electronic titles using BrowZine.

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BrowZine allows you to search, read, and monitor your favourite journals, making it easier to keep up to date with the latest research in your area of practice.

Browse the collection now for your favourite journals using the BrowZine search function.

Search e-journals

Databases, Articles & papers

Articles and papers to support patient care or for research purposes can be found by searching one of the many high quality bibliographic databases available to KGH staff.

Our A-Z database listing of Medical is a good starting point.

For more complex searches and searching to support research

Knowledge and Library Services provide training in how to effectively search for evidence.

Book online to arrange a one-to-one or group training session at a time and place of your convenience

For advice on how to search please see our literature searching guide:  Literature searching guide

For a comprehensive list of bibliographic and full text databases search the A-Z Databases listing.


National Guidance

NICE Guidance, including care pathways, interventional procedure guidance, quality standards and more.
Further information on ‘types of guideline’.

Clinical Policies and Guidelines (Specialties)

Clinical policies and guidelines (specialties)

Use this link to access a specific group of policies and guidelines.

Clinical Decision Support tools

Clinical Decision Support tools are reference resources designed to support clinical decision-making. Health care professionals utilise these tools to quickly lookup information concerning diagnostic and treatment guidance at the point-of-care with a patient.

Clinical Decision Support tools contain detailed summaries of a wide range of conditions and interventions, supported by synthesized and evaluated evidence-based research and/or peer-reviewed sources. Summaries are curated by health professionals and regularly updated to reflect new evidence. Summaries can include levels of evidence, rating scales or grade recommendations as well as citations back to the original research studies, systematic reviews, or guidelines.

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. Access to BMJ Best Practice is provided by Health Education England to all NHS staff in England. Click here for more info.



DynaMed provides clinically-organised summaries for over 3,000 disease and condition topics, incorporating over 1,000 drug topics. DynaMed editors monitor the content of over 500 medical journals, using a rigorous seven-step methodology for selecting and critically appraising each selected article. Click here to learn more.

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KnowledgeShare connects health care staff with their local NHS library and knowledge service, providing staff with evidence searches or individualised updates of newly published health care information based on your professional interests.

How does it work?
Log in to KnowledgeShare using your OpenAthens login

Current Awareness updates: click Edit Profile and enter your professional interests – you can be as broad or as detailed as you like – and confirm how often you would like to be updated. Alternatively, you can tell us what your topic interests are and your evidence update will be personally configured by a professional librarian to ensure you only receive relevant, high quality information.

What kind of information will be included in updates?

The health care evidence from KnowledgeShare is drawn from a wide variety of sources, including local publications and events, published research literature and national guidance and policy documents. Each item is selected, categorised and summarised by professional health librarians to save you time.

How often will I be updated?
Your librarian will email you a consolidated update either weekly, fortnightly or monthly, so you are not overloaded with updates. If you see anything in the update you want more information on, simply reply to the email and ask.

Evidence Searches: select Evidence and Request an Evidence Search. Complete the form as fully as possible, the more information you provide the more relevant the results you will receive, then click save. Your request will be assigned to a professional librarian, who may contact you to clarify the nature and purpose of the search.

What kind of information will be included in evidence searches?
Evidence search results are drawn from databases of published research literature and national guidance and policy documents. Searches are carried out across multiple databases relevant to the search topic. Databases searched include Medline, EMBASE, CINAHL and the Cochrane Database of  Systematic Reviews.

How will I receive results?
Relevant results are compiled into a search report and emailed to you within 14 days. The report will contain links to the full text, where available, or contact us to get documents that are not available in the report as full text.

Create your own KnowledgeShare profile at or request a

personalised Evidence Update by completing our online form 

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