Have you tried Oxford Medicine Online?

This online book collection contains well known and highly regarded titles from Oxford University Press covering medical specialties, nursing topics, and community work.

Titles includes the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, the Oxford Medical Handbooks and Oxford Specialist Handbooks, all in online formats.

The collection is available to all trust staff and students.

E books provide the convenience of being able to use them wherever you are working, onsite or off site. You can log in online here using your personal East Cheshire NHS Trust Athens account. More details can be found on the library e resources web page

Free Microsoft eBooks

At  MSDN Blogs  there is a large collection of free eBooks provided by Microsoft. If you find this list helpful, please share it with your peers and colleagues so that they too can benefit from these resources.

In addition another large collection has been recently added – these are suitable for developers and those interested in Cloud applications, SharePoint, and Dynamics.

For anyone concerned about their teenage son or daughter’s safety online there is this one which is also free to download.



Countdown to NHS Evidence and new HDAS

The newly redesigned NHS Evidence Healthcare Databases search (HDAS) will be launched later this week.  Look out for more news about the improvements and differences from 31 May when it goes live.

Your existing NHS Athens usernames and passwords will enable you to access not just the regular databases (BNI, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE etc) and The Cochrane Library but ejournals and ebooks too.

*** If you do not yet have an Athens account then please follow this link and sign up today for free.  Make sure you quote your NHSnet email address for instant access. If you experience any difficulty please email Jan Read or contact the Staff Library on 01625 661362

What’s on the virtual shelf? eBooks

Here’s a tasty sample of useful ebooks.
To access and search the full collection go to: http://www.library.nhs.uk/booksandjournals/ebooks/

Assessment in Medical Education and Training: A Practical Guide 

Assessment in Medical Education and Training: A Practical Guide 

ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine

A Handbook For Medical Teachers 

Teaching Made Easy: A Manual for Health Professionals

Strategies for Healthcare Education: How to Teach in the 21st Century

Teaching and Learning Communication Skills in Medicine

Teaching and Learning in Primary Care

A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice

Learning Medicine: How to Become and Remain a Good Doctor

Problem-based Learning for Health Improvement: Practical Public Health for Every Professional

Getting started:

Enter your Athens user ID and password when prompted.
Search for books by putting words in Title as first choice.
Keywords can also be used.
Once you find a title that looks interesting you will see in the detail further leads for similar books in that category e.g. some of these are in the category of: Medical education. Medical schools. Research

eBooks – a growing online collection

Whilst visiting the Staff Library in person is often a rewarding and pleasant thing to do, it can sometimes be a disappointing exercise if the book you need is unavailable.  With that in mind it may interest junior doctors and final year medical students that the popular book The Finalist’s Guide to Passing the OSCE  is also available online.

Despite the difficult financial climate, here in East Cheshire we are lucky that our eBook collection continues to grow and the ‘OSCE’ is just one title amongst many that can be easily accessed with nothing more than an internet PC and an NHS Athens account.


The Finalist’s Guide to Passing the OSCE 

Author: Ian Mann

Description:  Performing well in the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) requires sound medical knowledge and a systematic approach to clinical examination. It is the most daunting assessment for medical students.

IN ADDITION: Look out for over 50 new ebook titles focussing mainly on community health and care yet not forgetting additional topics such as: Management, General Medicine, Paediatrics, Personal Development, Women and Children, Nursing, and last but not least Cardiology.

If you would like to update your skills on searching and managing ebooks using the MYiLibrary platform, please contact us on 01625 66 3923 or email us at ecn-tr.stafflibrary@nhs.net