New database interface coming soon

NICE’s  Healthcare Database Advanced Search (HDAS) is being refurbished. HDAS offers access to eight bibliographic databases through a common interface. The new interface has been tested extensively – you can try it out yourself at

We understand that the new interface will be launched in early September. If you have saved HDAS searches and alerts we understand that these will be migrated for you. As we have more news, we will announce it here, and our Overview of Health Resources and Finding Quality Health Information courses will use the new interface once it’s live.

Update: the latest position is outlined in a blog post by NICE (9 September 2016).



NEW: iris help drop-in sessions

iris-infonet-image 571x192.fwNeed to update your mandatory training? Come along to one of our drop-in sessions for help in using iris, the Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust e-learning site.

We can resolve common problems in finding your way around iris and support you as you complete your Trust mandatory training.

No booking required  The sessions generally last three hours so simply turn up when it suits you within these times.

No experience required  You need only your Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust username and password to log into iris.

All sessions take place at the Library, Audrey Emerton Building, Royal Sussex County Hospital on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00pm – 5.00pm.

From 5 September 2016 additional sessions will take place on Monday mornings from 10.00am – 1.00pm.

Group and Team bookings are also available on request; contact

100% satisfaction with our interlibrary loans service

Thank you to everyone who took part in our interlibrary loan survey in June. We are pleased to report that 100% of respondents were satisfied with the service and received the article/book in time to meet their need.

If you require a book or article that is not available in the libraries or with your OpenAthens password please use the request forms on the library website –

We will do our best to obtain the item for you.

Back to school! New teaching for September 2016

From reading RCTs to using Twitter effectively…from finding quality health information to managing your references for assignments and research, we have everything you need to enhance your CPD.

Whether you’re beginning a nesatchelw course, preparing for a new role or revalidating your exisiting qualifications, we have a course to suit your needs.

See our website for more details and online booking forms:

Help us evaluate DynaMed Plus

The Library and Knowledge Service has purchased the online information resource UpToDate for several years, providing access to all staff and students at BSUH.

We are currently looking at a similar product called DynaMed Plus as a possible alternative. Both products are evidence-based point-of-care tools supporting health care staff in making clinical decisions based on current evidence. Both are accessible via the BSUH info-net and with an OpenAthens password and there is a mobile app available with DynaMed Plus.

We would like your views on UpToDate and DynaMed Plus and ask that you complete this short survey by 16th September.

You can try out both DynaMed Plus and UpToDate using the following links:

DynaMed Plus – Off Site [NHS OpenAthens password required] / Via BSUH computers [No password required]
Instructions for setting up the DynaMed Plus mobile app are available here.

UpToDate – Off Site [NHS OpenAthens password required] / Via BSUH computers [No password required]

For more information contact Sharon Springham.