NEW Surgical journal for 2018

Do you care for severely injured and critically ill surgical patients? This journal is for you!

Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Journal of Acute Care Surgery’ is NOW available with your OpenAthens password (BSUH only)




See more of what we can offer in this specialty and others under our Specialty Lists, or use the catalogues on our website to search our full collection.

Contact us at any time for more guidance.


Introducing Cecelia and Nicola!

We’re delighted to welcome two new Assistant Librarians to our team who will be working together to ensure a seamless service for library members at our Brighton and Haywards Heath sites.  Here’s a little more about them, in their own words:

Cecelia Schwartzman

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“As Assistant Librarian for the Brighton and Sussex NHS Library and Knowledge Service based at the Audrey Emerton Library, I will be teaching library inductions and contributing to the KnowledgeShare evidence searches.

I was previously a Senior Library Assistant based at the Mill View Hospital site. I finished my MA in Information Studies at the University of Brighton last year and look forward to putting the skills I’ve learned into practice.  I am also a member of the CILIP Sussex Committee.

“In my spare time I enjoy cooking, travel, and reading online forums about bad reality television shows.”

Nicola Salliss

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“As Assistant Librarian at the Princess Royal Hospital I will be involved in delivering frontline enquiry services as well as supporting the KnowledgeShare evidence search service, I will also be delivering information skills sessions and administering OpenAthens accounts.

“My background is in academic libraries where I worked as a subject librarian for art and design for over twenty years, most recently at Kingston University. Health libraries are a complete change of direction for me but an area of work that I have always been interested in exploring. My new colleagues have been extremely welcoming and don’t seem to mind me asking lots of daft questions.

“Currently I am spending most of my spare time searching property websites as I am relocating to West Sussex from Surrey. I enjoy going to the cinema and, surprisingly for someone who hated P.E. at school, playing badminton.”


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.