What do you think of when you hear the word ‘library’?

Maybe you think of shelves of books? Well, although we love books (and by the way we do have shelves of books!) did you know this is a tiny part of what DCH library offers? Did you know there is a wealth of other resources and services available to you?

Here’s what you need to know:

  • As well as our print resources, clinical and medical staff also have access to clinical decision support tools like UpToDate and BMJ Best Practice (both available from the Trust intranet homepage) as well as a host of e-journals and e-books on ClinicalKey – https://www.clinicalkey.com/  and much more!
  • To access our e-resources you’ll need an OpenAthens username and password – self-registration is easy and available at https://openathens.nice.org.uk/
  • We can set up evidence alerts in your specialty/interests – let us know your professional interests and we’ll match these to the evidence base and send you fortnightly alerts with relevant high-level evidence. Sign up here
  • We also offer workshops on a variety of topics including:
  • study skills (first Tuesday of every month),
  • evidence searching,
  • basics of critical appraisal,
  • reflective reading and writing,
  • referencing
  • and health literacy
  • We also conduct evidence searches and summaries – just email us at library.office@dchft.nhs.uk with your question!
  • If we don’t hold a book or article that you are trying to get hold of we probably know a library that does and we are usually able to supply it to you. Our popular inter library lending and document supply service is quick and efficient as we belong to a large network of NHS libraries called SWIMS – you can view the SWIMS catalogue here
  • We also have a button on the Trust intranet homepage which takes you to our Discovery Service – basically you can search all our resources in one place – available here
  • There is also a small fiction section and a popular wellbeing corner and resources.
  • The Library is staffed between Monday and Thursday, 8.30am-5pm and Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm. But with your cotag you can access the library 24/7!

CPD opportunities at DCH Library in July and August

The library is offering workshops and training for clinical and non-clinical staff working in the hospital (face to face) or at home (virtually, via Microsoft Teams).

Topics include:

  • Study Skills Workshops
  • Finding the Evidence: Literature Search Training
  • Reflective Reading and Writing for Revalidation/CPD
  • Referencing Workshops
  • Health Literacy Awareness Training

To see a list of dates, times and venues please click here Summer CPD 2020

COVID-19 Resources – Where to look for…

..Latest diagnosis and treatment guidance:

BMJ Best Practice

Access via the Trust Intranet homepage. It includes a patient information leaflet and information on the following topics:

Daily update on COVID-19 pandemic

Management of coexisting conditions in the context of COVID-19

…Articles and ebooks:


ClinicalOverview available at ClinicalKey’s Covid-19 Resource Centre. Accessible via OpenAthens.

…Subscribe for updates from Public Health England:

Public Health England

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Centre. Freely available.

…Point of care decision making support:


Topics include Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, ventilation and specialties relating to COVID-19. Access via Trust Inranet homepage.

…For patients and the public:

Coronavirus Information for Patients and the Public

To find Coronavirus information for patients and the public from trusted sources, including information in Easy Read and other accessible formats, see the resources compiled by HEE’s national Library and Knowledge Services team https://library.nhs.uk/coronavirus-resources/

NHS Coronavirus Hub

NHS information, help and advice on the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

NHS 111

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice – Find out what to do if you think you have symptoms or if you might have been exposed to the virus while travelling.

Myth busting facts about COVID-19

Provided by Full Fact, a UK independent fact checking charity.

COVID-19 – Plans in the event of library closure

If the library has to be closed due to COVID-19 we will remain open virtually and there are certain services and resources you can access from your workplace or at home:

  • Point of care tools like UpToDate and BMJ Best Practice are accessible from the Intranet homepage and if you have a personal account for these resources you can also access these from home. To register for a personal account click the link for each resource on the Intranet homepage and when directed register your details. You will then be able to access these resources remotely.
  • ClinicalKey journals and ebooks are available with your OpenAthens username and password. If you do not have an account with OpenAthens we recommend you register for one at https://openathens.nice.org.uk/
  • You can renew your books via the library catalogue (you will need to login with your SWIMS barcode and password first) and if the library is closed you can return your books via the large red return bin outside the library.
  • If you need access to an article which isn’t available via your OpenAthens username and password we may be able to supply it to you. Request an article here
  • We are still offering a limited literature search service – request a literature search here
  • Face to face training is not available at the moment.
  • You can still contact DCH Library in the following ways:
  • Email: library.office@dchft.nhs.uk
  • Twitter: @DCHLib

Stay safe. Stay well. Stay connected.






New Year, New Opportunities!

Did you know we have a comprehensive training and resources menu to suit your information needs?

We offer workshops on a variety of topics, including literature searching, referencing, critical appraisal, reflective reading and writing and much more.

“Reading Aloud”: do you have a poem you’d like to share?

Poetry on the wards are looking for help from you
If you have a fave poem we’d like to hear it too
We’ll read them to patients and also to staff
With a smile, a tear or even a laugh,
Submit a poem, verse or sonnet
We’ll be sure to put your name on it!

The Reading Aloud team would like your help with finding poems and short stories to share with patients and staff during their shared reading sessions on the wards. Please see the themes for the next few months and submit your recommended poems and stories to morag.evans@dchft.nhs.uk Thank you!

Access to UpToDate in November

During the month of November, DCH Trust members of staff using UpToDate will be prompted to log in with a username and password even when using the link on the Intranet home page. Registration is easy and you benefit by then being able to access the mobile app. The instructions below guide you through the process. Please register now if you have not already done so in order to maintain access during November. Create your own username and password.

Instructions on how to register with UpToDate

Did you know you have access to the Royal Marsden Manual Online?

We are pleased to confirm you have access to the Royal Marsden Manual Online (RMMO). Find it on the DCHFT Intranet homepage or use your OpenAthens login to gain access.

Once logged in you can use the search box to look for your procedure or topic or you can click on procedures, chapters or illustrations and you will see a full list which you can click on. There are over 200 clinical procedures within the manual. Each procedure gives you step-by-step instructions on actions that need to be taken with the patient, plus any equipment needed. One of the great features is you can also see the rationale – why you’re doing what you’re doing.

For more information about the resource and how you can use it for revalidation please email library.office@dchft.nhs.uk