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As well as the NICE Evidence Search, there are a number of specialist databases available to NHS staff provided by HEE, NICE and your local NHS Library & Knowledge Service.

These can be searched from the Journals & Databases page. You may need an OpenAthens login to access these resources.

Scroll down the list below to see a list of the databases available.

If you need help with searching we offer training on how to use the databases effectively and NICE have produced a series of short video tutorials you can find on YouTube.


AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine Index) is a unique database covering the fields of alternative and complementary medicine, holistic treatment, as well as allied health topics such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, speech therapy and rehabilitation.
British Nursing Index (BNI) - mainly focused on British nursing issues although it also covers medical, health management and allied health fields relevant to UK nurses and midwives.

CINAHL - covers all aspects of nursing and allied health disciplines at SFHT we have access to CINHAL Complete.

Embase - covers all aspects of biomedical information, and is particularly strong in drug research and pharmacology. It has an emphasis on European sources of information.

Emcare – nursing and allied health database ideal for practice, research, or education.

HMIC (Health Management Information Collection) - containing both DH-Data and the Kings Fund databases, coverage includes official UK health policy documents and informally published literature from health and social care organisations, health service and hospital administration, as well as management.

Medline - is a vast source of medical information, covering the whole field of medicine including dentistry, veterinary medicine and medical psychology. For access to additional journal titles use Medline Complete.

PsycInfo - provides extensive international coverage of psychology, psychiatry and allied fields.

Other Health Related Databases and Resources

BMJ Best Practice draws on the latest evidence based research to offer step-by-step UK guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. It also features procedural videos, calculators, drug information and leaflets for patients. You can access it offline via a free app for Android and iOS devices.

Clinical Knowledge Summaries
A reliable source of evidence-based clinical information and practical 'know how' about the common conditions managed in primary and first contact care.

Cochrane Library
Regularly updated electronic library of systematic reviews (the ‘gold standard’ of evidence) of the effects of healthcare, healthcare technology assessments and economic evaluations of healthcare interventions. The full text versions of these systematic reviews are available.

Health Research Premium Collection
Providing a broad collection of healthcare journals and evidence-based resources.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
A comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioural characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods.