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New National Core Content collection update

The National Core Content (NCC) is the range of electronic databases and journals funded by HEE and NICE for use by NHS England staff. The content consists of freely available and purchased content available via OpenAthens and accessible through the NICE Evidence Search, the HealthCare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) platform or via the native platforms. The following changes will go into effect on the 1st April 2019.

What’s changing?

HEE will no longer subscribe to CINAHL Plus with Full Text and Health Business Elite.

  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text will be replaced with the CINAHL index on HDAS and the EBSCO native interface the 1st April.
  • Health Business Elite (HBE) will be decommissioned on the 29th March 2019

New additions to the collection include: Ovid Emcare, the EBSCO Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection and BMJ Best Practice.

What’s new in the collection?

From the 1st of April the following resources will be available to NHS staff in England:

BMJ Best Practice is an online point of care tool that gives healthcare professionals fast and easy access to the latest information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions. Updated daily, it draws on the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
Go to  to access BMJ Best Practice online, you will need an OpenAthens account to login. Once logged in users should set up a personal account when prompted, a personal account is required to verify access on the mobile app, instructions and download links for the mobile apps can be found here

Emcare is a Nursing and Allied health database covering all the nursing specialities and a range of related subjects from 1995 to present. Emcare will be accessible on the HDAS platform, which can be found on the NICE website, or it can be accessed via the Ovid search platform, both platforms require an OpenAthens login.

The Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a leading full text resource for psychology and behavioural sciences containing more than 487 full text journals, the collection’s coverage features psychology journals offering particularly strong coverage in child and adolescent psychology and counselling. The collection will be available via the national link resolver and can be accessed from the NICE Journals and Databases page.

Decommissioned resources - actions to take

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

  • Saved searches on HDAS will automatically be changed so that they use the CINAHL Index from the 1 April.
  • For saved searches in the EBSCO native interface you will need to manually migrate any searches you want to re-use to the CINAHL index database. This can be done by editing the search from your folder in the native interface, selecting the CINAHL Index database and saving the search.


  • HBE will be decommissioned on Friday 29th March and any saved search strategies and alerts in HDAS will be removed and will not be available. Saved HDAS searches which run across multiple databases which include HBE will return an error message. HDAS alerts that include HBE, will trigger an email with a message saying the database is no longer available. You will receive an email for each alert that includes HBE.
  • To keep saved searches or alerts which use HBE those searches will need to be edited and any HBE and dependent rows will need to be removed. Any outstanding searches that still contain HBE at the end of June 2019 will be automatically deleted in HDAS.
  • Saved search strategies and alerts in the EBSCO native interface that are set to run across multiple databases, which include HBE as one of the multiple databases, will no longer work and will result in an error. If you want to keep the saved search you should delete HBE from the search strategy. The search alert can be updated by editing it from your folder in the native interface. For your alerts to continue to work you will need to make this change before 01 April.

If you need help with managing saved searches or alerts, then please contact the NHS Liaison team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the 1st April.


NHS e-LfH Literature Searching Programme now available

A new e-learning programme providing guidance on how to plan and carry out literature searches is now available on the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) platform. The project is intended for both clinical and non-clinical healthcare staff, and aims to help develop confidence in searching for and identifying relevant articles in support of work, study and research.

To access visit or see our blog post.



New free BNF and BNFC apps 

The NICE BNF and BNFC apps are being phased out from July 2017.  

A new app has been created by the publishers with full details on the BNF website.

Both the BNF and BNF for Children apps are available to download for free by anyone working for the NHS.  Students on an NHS commissioned course or on placement in the NHS are also eligible.  The apps are available for Android and iPhone devices.  NHS OpenAthens is no longer required. The NICE version of the app will  no longer continue to be updated.

The BNF and BNFc can also be accessed online without a login.

The NICE Guidance app remains available.



Old HDAS to be switched off permanently from Friday 3rd March 2017

Following a successful transition to the new HDAS platform NICE have decided to decommission old HDAS, which means that from Friday 3rd March 2017 old HDAS will no longer be available.

What do I need to do?

1. Ensure you have completed the migration of your saved searches and alerts

For those who haven’t already done so, you should ensure that you have completed the migration of your saved searches and alerts. All saved searches and alerts set up from 2008 onwards in old HDAS (and in the BETA version) have been migrated to the new system. This has been semi-automated, but there may be some actions required to complete the migration.

While you will still be able to migrate your saved searches once old HDAS is switched off, you will no longer receive any alerts from old HDAS, so these will need to be migrated into new HDAS from your saved searches.

To complete the migration of your searches and alerts, when you log in you will see an Import link at the top of the page, next to Saved Results and Alerts:

  • click on the Import link and you will see a drop-down list of years
  • select a year, and then you will see the list of your saved searches and alerts from that year
  • select the ones that you want to import. 

Things you should be aware of:

  • Migration may take some time, so please set some time aside to let this run. This will depend on how many saved searches and results you choose to bring across
  • Only bring across the searches you need
  • You will need to go into your searches and run them in the new system
  • Alerts will be on the final line of the strategy only. You will have to go into each strategy to change this if you want alerts on other lines within a strategy.

2. Ensure that you are familiar with the new HDAS service

Please visit the HDAS resources page  These pages include training guides, details of the differences between the old and new systems and short video tutorials on how to use all of the key features.

3. Updated links

If you haven’t already done so, we advise you to replace any saved links you have to the old HDAS with the new web address The URL for the page has changed to URL for the journals and databases page will also change to

If you have any questions about the old HDAS switch off please contact St George’s library on 0208 725 5466 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Changes to the NHS Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) - 10th October 2016 changes to Saved search function

A new version of the NHS healthcare databases available through your NHS OpenAthens account (Medline, Cinahl, PsycInfo, etc.) has been under development for some time and will be launched on the 17th October 2016.
This is set to replace the existing interface by the end of the year. Much will remain familiar with the basic mechanics of searching unchanged, but there will be some new features and changes to the way some processes (like saved searches) are handled. Both interfaces are currently available.
Saved searches on the current version will be transferred across, however searches created after 10 October will not be copied across. Searches created before 2008 will also be lost. Updated materials will be provided in the near future to support people in getting used to the new interface.


e-Learning for Healthcare now available via OpenAthens

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Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) resources are now available via OpenAthens. HEE e-LfH Hub has been added to the list of OpenAthens resources giving users access to a series of online resources free of charge with just a single OpenAthens account.

HEE e-LfH currently offers more than 100 programmes comprising of more than ten thousand e-learning sessions. The programmes cover subjects from audiology to anaesthesia, dentistry to dermatology, electronic fetal monitoring to end of life care, primary care to prescribing, safeguarding children to statutory and mandatory training.

Sessions are developed in partnership with the professional bodies, Department of Health policy teams and other NHS bodies such as NHS England and Public Health England. The programmes aim to support patient care by providing e-learning to educate and train the health and social care workforce.

All content is nationally quality-assured and available 24/7. The online training sessions enhance traditional learning, support existing teaching methods and provide a valuable reference point. The HEE e-LfH Hub records user activity, enabling users to run reports on all their learning activity and build a transferable life-long learning portfolio. The reports can be viewed online, or downloaded in PDF or Excel formats for use offline.

You can find the new content by going to Log in with your OpenAthens username and password, and click on My Resources in the menu on the left hand side.

To register for an OpenAthens account please visit:

For more information about accessing e-LfH resources via OpenAthens visit:

DynaMed Plus now available

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St George’s Library is pleased to announce that Dynamed Plus is now available to all St George’s NHS clinical staff.

What is DynaMed Plus?

DynaMed Plus is an evidence-based knowledge system that helps clinicians make the right decisions at the point of care. It covers over 3,400 topics, providing evidence-graded treatment recommendations as well as diagnostic and other information.

DynaMed Plus includes links to relevant BNF entries, NICE guidelines, images and calculators. The topics are updated daily.

How you can access DynaMed Plus

You can access DynaMed Plus directly in the trust (no username or password required) or via NHS OpenAthens

What about mobile access?

You can download a free DynaMed Plus app to your mobile device. Once you download the app, access DynaMed Plus content offline on the go.

How can I get more help?

This useful video might help you get started with DynaMed Plus.

If you need support with your OpenAthens account then contact Stephen Reid at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For training or if you have any questions about access to DynaMed Plus please contact Karen John-Pierre at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

100s of Wiley journals added to NHS OpenAthens.

St George’s Library has been working to increase the number of NHS e-journals available via OpenAthens to better support access to the evidence required for decision-making, excellent healthcare, research and CPD needs.

We are pleased to announce that St George’s hospital and community staff now have remote access to 800 new top titles from the major publisher Wiley, covering medical, nursing and healthcare topics , providing enhance access to cutting edge research and reports.

To access these and thousands of other e-journals, self-register for OpenAthens and then login to the NHS e-journals list to check for titles. Article links will appear when you search on the NHS databases hosted by NICE.

If you need support with your OpenAthens account then contact Stephen Reid at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For training or if you have any questions about access to e-journals please contact Karen John-Pierre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 June 2019 12:21