Trainee Doctors

Key resources for Junior Doctors. Find further information in the Online Library and other Specialty pages. Register for an OpenAthens account to make the most of the healthcare resources.

Look under Evidence for research reviews, evidence-based guidelines, validated research articles and research-based clinical options.

Literature contains indexes of published information from journals, conference abstracts, reports and academic theses.  Critically appraise results to exclude poorly conducted clinical trials, reports and articles and to locate relevant, valid information.

The ‘NHS Knowledge and Library Hub’ connects NHS staff and learners to high quality knowledge and evidence resources in one place.

Funded by Health Education England, it includes:

  • Journals, books and databases
  • Clinical decision support resources including NICE Guidelines and BMJ Best Practice
  • Resources purchased nationally and locally
  • One-click links to full-text, request a copy or contact an NHS library

If you need an evidence search or would like help locating articles or books please contact a member of the library staff: Susan Merner, Deputy Head of Library Services, Alison McLaren, Knowledge Skills & Systems Librarian or Karen Skinner, Outreach Librarian.

Evidence Resources

All require OpenAthens unless otherwise indicated

Anatomy TV: Interactive 3D resource bank of images, video clips and slides

BMJ Best Practice: Clinical decision support tool, structured around patient consultation, advice on symptom evaluation, tests and treatment approach. Access thousands of clinical topics and 6000+ clinical guidelines. Create a personal account and download the app. Password free access onsite via the Trust intranet Applications page

Junior Doctor Induction Toolkit: Essential resources to support you during your inductions.

Clinical Key: Provides access to a large collection of books, journals, images and videos including

  • Anaesthesia secrets
  • General dermatology
  • Gray’s anatomy
  • Textbook of physical diagnosis

Clinical Knowledge Summaries: Summaries of the current evidence base and practical guidance on best evidence

ClinicalSkills: This resource lists more than 160 clinical skills procedures for adults and children, regularly updated and in a user-friendly illustrated format. Please click here to access Clinical Skills if using a computer within the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust*

Cochrane Library: Reliable evidence on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions and treatments

DynaMed: high quality evidence-based information, user-friendly, personalized experience to deliver accurate answers fast at the point of care

Literature Resources

The ‘NHS Knowledge and Library Hub’ links to journal citations, abstracts and some full-text articles.

These require OpenAthens

  • BNI: The British Nursing Index contains comprehensive coverage of all nursing and midwifery titles in the UK in addition to a number of International titles
  • CINAHL: Nursing and allied health care literature from Europe and North America
  • EMBASE: European database of biomedical and pharmacological literature
  • EMCARE: Nursing and allied health literature
  • Medline: Clinical, medical and nursing literature
  • PsycInfo: Psychology, psychiatry and related disciplines

PubMed: Password Free.   Extensive index of medical, biomedical and nursing resources. Some full-text articles are free access


Anatomy TV: Interactive 3D resource bank of images, video clips and slides which can be used for education and training purposes in lectures and presentations OpenAthens

ClinicalKey: Provides access to a large collection of reference material, books, journals, images and videos OpenAthens

New England Journal of Medicine Images in Clinical Medicine offers a range of slides which are grouped by specialty.

Trip Database: search a topic and there are options to limit to images or videos

Wellcome Images: This open access resource provides a collection of biomedical images covering the history of medicine, and includes disease, surgery and general healthcare. Images are freely available to download for personal, academic teaching or study use

Revision Aids

BMJ OnExamination: an online revision resource to assist doctors in preparation for membership exams. Questions and explanatory answers on current and typical themes.  Modules include: DCH, DRCOG, First FRCR Physics, FRCA Primary, FRCS General Surgery, GP ST Stage 2 Knowledge Test, MRCS Part A papers 1 & 2, MRCGP, MRCOG Parts 1 & 2, MRCP Parts 1 & 2, MRPCH Foundation in Practice; Foundation in Practice, Theory, Science & Practice; Part 2; Theory, Science & Practice, Speciality Certificate Examination in Endocrinology & Diabetes, Speciality Examination in Gastroenterology for Anaesthesia, Child Health, General Medicine, GP, Obs & Gynae, Psychiatry and Surgery. Please contact the Library for details.

Useful Websites

Behind the HeadlinesFind the facts behind the newspaper headlines concerning health news

BNF Publications: The BNF APP is available to download

Trip database: Clinical search engine to find high-quality research evidence

Need Some Help?

Please contact us if you would like to book a training session, request an evidence search or have a query on using these resources.