Support for long term conditions

Here’s just a selection of the rich resources to support Long term Conditions. Explore our full range via our website:

NHS OpenAthens password required; register here:



Hutchinson D  Long term conditions: a manual for general practice nurses 2016




Nicol J  Nursing adults with long term conditions. 2nd ed. 2015




McEvoy P  Chronic disease management: a new paradigm for care  2014





Mercer S W  ABC of multimorbidity  2014



Lorig K Self-management of long-term health conditions: a handbook for people with chronic disease.  3rd ed. 2014





Lloyd C E   Long-term conditions: challenges in health and social care 2012



Meerabeau L  Long-term conditions: nursing care and management 2011





Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease (Kent, Surrey, Sussex NHS OpenAthens password required)



jnl diabetesJournal of Diabetes and Its Complications (Kent, Surrey, Sussex NHS OpenAthens password required)





Arthritis Care and Research  (Kent, Surrey, Sussex NHS OpenAthens password required)



 chronic disease

Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease  (Sussex Partnership NHS OpenAthens password required)


international chronic


International Journal of Chronic Diseases  (Kent, Surrey, Sussex NHS OpenAthens password required)


Evidence searches carried out on Long Term Conditions

 We provide evidence to inform patient care, service improvement, research and clinical teaching. Recent searches we’ve provided include:

Nurse/non-medical prescribing in chronic disease.

Self management of long term conditions in primary care.

Pharmaceutical care models for long term conditions with co-morbidities for an ageing population.

Models of care for long term conditions.

Evidence for group education sessions within primary care for patients with long term conditions.

Long term condition management strategies in primary care.

Web and other resources

The Kings Fund Long-term conditions

The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. They are working on NHS care for people with chronic illness or disability and have provided a selected list of references held by the Kings Fund Library to improve the care for long term conditions.

NICE Guidance: Long Term Conditions

Nice guidance, advice, quality standards and information services for health, public health and social care. Also contains resources to help maximise use of evidence and guidance.

Department of Health: Long-term conditions

The Department of Health (DH) helps people to live better for longer. They lead, shape and fund health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.


BSMS Health Education Conference 2017 – Innovating Clinical Education: today and tomorrow

Tim at conferernce

This stimulating conference last month was attended by Lisa McLaren, our BSMS Librarian, along with members of the BSMS TEL team who presented and submitted posters.  You can read Lisa’s account of the event below.



“The overarching themes of the conference, now in it’s fourth year, were around widening participation and the increasing uses for technology in the medical classroom and beyond. We had access to a range of keynote speakers, workshops, shorter talks and a poster presentation, as well as some excellent opportunities to network with health care staff and academics from around the region.

“Dr Jennifer Cleland’s keynote speech focused on the work carried out to date to improve access to medical school for non- traditional students and, crucially, the work that is still to be done, particularly around decreasing the Foundation Year drop out rates, which Graeme Dewhurst of Health Education England also touched on, in his closing remarks.

“Many of the break-out sessions throughout the day looked more at technology, with an excellent workshop from Tim Vincent and Claire Smith about easy ways to enhance your teaching using technology, including ideas like:

  • using Slack for groupwork
  • use of Nearpod to enhance powerpoint sessions
  • using simple tools nearby, such as your phone, for recording sessions

“One of the most valuable insights the day gave me, was the number of workshops and short talks that looked at the non-conventional uses of technology, often in remote areas or out with the classroom. I think this has implications for how we spend money on resources down the line, and it was really useful to hear about the use of WhatsApp, videos and podcasts to aid learning in Zambia, where paper resources are at a premium, but also to hear what foundation doctors use for personal development, when their access to University resources dries up, and actually how some of these resources are starting to overtake journal use amongst younger cohorts. I found a lot of food for thought and a number of resources to follow up on.

“There was a lot of exposure for the work of the BSMS TEL team: Tim Vincent ran his own workshop, which was well attended, submitted a poster on the CAPSULE project and acted as photographer and general tech support throughout the day, whilst CJ Taylor had a poster on display, around the development the online anatomy lab, and set up the visuals for the foyer and break out spaces.”

CJ poster

New skills for the New Year

Just released: our January to March 2018 teaching dates!


Whether you’re returning to study, updating your CPD or researching patient care, the Library and Knowledge Service provides a range of teaching sessions that will help you:

  • Find authoritative healthcare research effectively and efficiently to support patient care, service improvement, research, professional development and coursework
  • Critically read research papers in order to evaluate and understand the evidence
  • Learn how to use Twitter effectively for professional networking
  • Use Endnote reference software to store and manage your references
  • Critically appraise qualitative research to identify validity and bias
  • Use reflective writing in your nurse revalidation NMC form

We offer scheduled sessions in our dedicated teaching rooms at our libraries at Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton and at the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath.

Teaching at the library at the Mill View Hospital, Hove is carried out by the Mental Health Librarian who will arrange a session on request.

Book onto one of our scheduled courses at the Royal Sussex County Hospital or Princess Royal Hospital, or arrange teaching at Mill View Hospital:

New look BMJ Best Practice and app

BMJ Best Practice screenshot

This popular step by step guidance now has improved diagnosis and treatment tables and algorithms, videos of clinical procedures, medical calculators, patient information leaflets and the latest evidence from Cochrane Clinical Answers.

Best Practice app

All this, plus an app that can be used offline.


Read what our members say about BMJ Best Practice:

“I use it almost daily to check best practice management regimes for the patients I see and manage in A&E. Last week I used it to compare the efficacy of different treatment regimes for Bell’s palsy.”

“Really good, really invaluable aid to helping me understand and help to pick the most appropriate answers.”

“Beneficial insight and new understanding.”

“…got latest reports and evidence to support my work and study.”

 “It ensured my management was truly evidence based and best practice.”

BMJ Best Practice is just one of the decision-support tools we provide to inform evidence-based health care.

*Available with an OpenAthens password to staff at BSUH and Brighton and Hove GP practices/CCG. Contact us for guidance and advice.



Hospital with a heritage

Sam Sharman

The Library and Knowledge Service team would like to introduce our newly appointed Heritage Officer Samantha Sharman, based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

“As part of Heritage Lottery Funding I will be managing a two year Social History research and engagement project on the Royal Sussex County Hospital titled: Royal Sussex County Hospital: A People’s History from the 19th Century to the 21st Century.

TNL_HLFE_PANTONEOur research and activities are focused on the people who have made, run and supported the hospital and its services, the people we have served and the difference made from 1828 to the present day. It will invite our internal and external, clinical and non-clinical community to share and record which experiences, events, objects and people have been important to them during their time at the hospital, from the everyday to the extraordinary.

I applied for the role as I believe the hospital is an extraordinary anchor institution within Brighton & Hove. The history of the hospital is far reaching, and in many instances mirrors the shared history of voluntary hospitals, local urbanisation and NHS history. These changes have been tangibly experienced and observed via the on-going accumulation of personal interactions, events and experiences we as staff, patients, visitors, volunteers or community members encounter daily in our lives from our roles, volunteering, visits or by just in passing by. Our project will connect memories, and associated memorabilia, with an organisational biography, providing a deeply personal interpretation of our communal history.

It is also worth raising that recorded history is hardly ever found entirely intact, or from all perspectives, sometimes documents are overlooked as possessing research value and gaps exist, so it is hard to work out the meaning and context of a decision, event or change. As such, the project will also use both archival records, internal records, objects and personal reminiscence to interpret, contextualise and enrich the storyline of the hospital, its workforce and volunteers. We will also keep in mind that the project overlaps with areas of history internationally requiring development such as womens history, LGBT+ history, BAME history and socio-economic groups, to name a few.”

If you are interested in hearing more about the project follow us on twitter here:

Or email to receive the e-news letter.

Communicating with your patients

Here’s just a selection of the rich resources to support Patient Communication & Information. Explore our full range via our website:

NHS OpenAthens password required; register here:



Gault I  Communication in nursing and healthcare: a guide for compassionate practice  2017





Wamboldt R Communication skills for OSCEs: how to talk to patients effectively 2017





Balzer Riley J Communication in nursing 8th ed 2017




Roebuck A  Rethinking communication in health and social care  2017





Stein-Parbury J  Patient and person: interpersonal skills in nursing   5th ed 2014





Sheldon L K   Communication for nurses: talking with patients 2013





Silverman J Skills for communicating with patients 2013





Journal of Communication in Healthcare





Patient Education and Counseling




Evidence searches carried out on Patient Communication &  Information

  • Health and wellbeing packs for patients
  • How to relay risk/relative risk to patients about moving them from aspirin to clopidogrel for ischaemic stroke. How to present the information in a way that is meaningful – tools you could use – pictures, simple terms, charts, etc
  • Examples of best/good practice generically to providing health promotion resources at county level.
  • The use of media resources (eg DVDs or YouTube) as a patient education resource
  • Evidence on using information to promote healthy behaviours.

Web and other resources

Toolkit for producing patient information

Published by the Department of Health. This toolkit has been developed to improve and monitor the information provided for patients across the NHS. It has been designed to make it easier for the NHS to produce good-quality information for patients and assess how it is used. It aims to raise the standard of written information for patients, their carer’s and people who use NHS services to make sure that the material produced is clear, concise, relevant, accurate and in everyday language, and meets the standards of other large organisations.

Producing Patient Information Policy

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) policy to ensure all staff have the resources to produce accurate and user-friendly information for patients and carers. It refers primarily to printed literature but the principles shall also be used with different forms of media including web-based information, DVDs or audiotapes produced by the Trust. Scripts for DVDs and audiotapes should be submitted for review before the recording commences, under CPIG.

PIF Toolkit Creating health information that works

A general toolkit about producing health information.

Patient Information Forum: Guide to Producing Health Information for Children and

Young People

 A specific guide to creating health information for young people.

The Patient Information Forum (PiF) is an organisation for professionals working in health information.  They campaign to ensure that consumer health information is central to high quality, patient centred care and help providers to develop high quality information for their patients and the public.



Christmas and New Year opening times

Christmas or winter - snowman

Our libraries are staffed as follows over Christmas and the New Year, though 24 hour access will work as usual at the RSCH and PRH libraries outside these hours.


*At the Royal Sussex County Hospital, the Audrey Emerton Building reception will not be staffed between Christmas and the New Year, so to enter you will need to have 24-hour access enabled on your swipe card. Ask at library reception or e-mail us if you’d like this set up.

RSCH, Brighton

Monday 17 to Thursday 21 December 8.30am – 7.00pm

Friday 22 December 8.30am – 3.00pm

Monday 25 to Tuesday 26 December – Closed

*Wednesday 27 December 9.00am – 3.30pm

*Thursday 28 December 9.00am – 4.30pm

*Friday 29 December 8.30am – 3.00pm

Monday 1 January – Closed

Tuesday 2 January 8.30am – 7.00pm

PRH, Haywards Heath

Closes at 3.00pm Friday 22 December and reopens at 9.00am Tuesday 2 January

Mill View, Hove

Closes at 5.00pm Thursday 21 December and reopens at 9.30am Tuesday 2 January