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Primary Care Library & Knowledge Services

NHS England Workforce, Training and Education (formerly Health Education England - HEE) has funded 16 Primary Care Knowledge Specialist roles to work with Training Hubs to support colleagues in Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in their evidence-based practice, ongoing education, and professional development. North East London’s Primary Care Knowledge Specialist role is hosted by NELFT Library & Knowledge Service.

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Resources available via NHS OpenAthens

NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

This hub connects you to a range of high quality sources, all in one place. Access journals, e-books, BMJ Best Practice and Databases (Medline, EMBASE and CINHAL).

BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool which provides healthcare professionals with access to the latest relevant clinical information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions.

Mobile App: You can access BMJ Best Practice on your mobile devices. Once you have accessed the BMJ Best Practice website, click Create account’ for a personal account or Log in if you already have one. You will need your  account details to access the app. Access your App Store or Google Play store and search for ‘BMJ Best Practice’. Select the app and when prompted, use your BMJ Best Practice ‘account’ details to sign in and download the content.

British National Formulary  (BNF/BNFC)

The BNF and BNFC (British National Formulary for Children) provide UK healthcare professionals with authoritative, practical information on the selection and clinical use of medicines.

Mobile App: The NICE British National Formulary (BNF) app provides free, easy access to the latest prescribing information from the BNF. You can now access both adult and child BNF content from a single app. You can easily switch between BNF and BNFC content. You do not need an OpenAthens password to download the app. You do not need an Internet connection to use the new app.


  • Oxford Academic  – Browse over 100 medical and healthcare eBooks (Oxford handbooks and textbooks) from Oxford University Press (OUP).
  • KorText – Read a wide range of eBooks including medical, nursing, diversity and inclusion online.

Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical and Cancer Nursing Procedures  (RMM)

Evidence based clinical skills and procedures related to essential aspects of patients care.


Use the BrowZine Library to find the journals to which you have access. Select the ‘Choose My Library’ icon. Find your Trust or type NHS England and you’re good to go. If you have any problems accessing e-journals, please contact Sherin Francis, Primary Care Knowledge Specialist.

The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry 14th edition

The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry is the essential evidence-based handbook on the safe and effective prescribing of psychotropic agents. 

Trip Medical Database

Clinical search tool to retrieve information. Select ‘NHS England’ as your institution.

Get an NHS OpenAthens account to access resources!

All NHS staff are eligible for an OpenAthens account. Login details identify you as an NHS staff member and enable you to access to resources subscribed by NHS/ HEE.

Register for an OpenAthens account

  • Go to the
  • Click on the ‘Register’ button to fill the online registration form, Add your NHS email ID and Primary care and ICB staff in North East London’ as your organisation.
  • Tick the box agreeing to the Terms & Conditions.
  • Click Submit.
  • You will receive an email containing a link; you must click the link to complete the process and to choose a password for your account.

North East London NHS Libraries

I can help you with:

Evidence searches

NEL Primary Care Knowledge Service offers a free evidence search service to Primary Care and ICB staff in North East London. This service provides expert searches to inform patient care, projects, clinical teaching, service management, and CPD. To use this service, go to: KnowledgeShare via your NHS OpenAthens. Go to ‘Evidence’→ ‘Request an Evidence Search

You can find out how our work impacted business in NELFT and the wider local health economy.

Keeping up to date

We all need to keep up to date as part of our continuing professional development (CPD). The NEPCKS team can help with:

Electronic tables of contents (e-TOCs):

We can email you the table of contents of articles published in the latest issues of your favourite journals. To request e-TOCs for your favourite journals email

KnowledgeShare personalised email alerts:

KnowledgeShare is our targeted current awareness service. Whenever we find high impact documents in your area, we’ll let you know. KnowledgeShare contains summarised evidence; you will not be inundated with primary research articles. We give you the latest high-level evidence in your field. To sign up for KnowledgeShare alerts,  please log in to KnowledgeShare using your OpenAthens account or email

Document Supply

If you require a book or journal article that is not available in our collection or online, we can obtain it for you from other sources, including: British Library. To request an article please email the article reference/citation to the NELPCKS team. The citation should include: Article title, journal title, name(s) of author(s), Journal volume, issue and page numbers. This free service is available to Primary Care and ICB staff in North East London.

Training – Group / 1-2-1 / customised sessions available:

Free online training sessions are available for the NEL Primary Care workforce and students on placement to help you improve your skills in finding and understanding evidence.

Upcoming training sessions with multiple dates:

  • Introducing NHS OpenAthens for primary care:  Book here
  • Finding Journal articles: Book here
  • Finding the evidence (using MEDLINE, EMBASE): Book here
  • Introduction to Critical Appraisal: Book here
  • Health Literacy Awareness training: Book here
  • NEL Journal Club: Book here

For more information or to book a 1:1 session, contact Sherin Francis, NEL Primary Care Knowledge Specialist at

E-learning (free to access) :

  1. Critical Appraisal
  1. Health Literacy
  • Health Literacy developed by the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and Health Education England (HEE)to raise awareness of health literacy and its impact on health and social care staff.

North East London Primary Care Knowledge Specialist

Sherin Frances Sherin Francis is the Primary Care Knowledge Specialist for North East London region. If you have any questions or comments, you can get in touch with Sherin. Her contact details are below: 

Tel: 07976 737 316
Twitter: @NELPCKS