NEW: UpToDate® Anywhere – mobile and remote access

Now you can access all the content of UpToDate from your mobile and tablet. You can also build up free continuing education credits (CME/CE/CPD) when researching clinical questions.

To gain remote and mobile access you just need to complete a quick one-time registration process.


  1. Access UpToDate via the BSUH Intranet link

*You must register from within the BSUH NHS network to gain access to the Mobile App and accrue CME credits.

  1. Click the Register button in the upper right corner of the screen.

UpToDate registration

  1. Complete all fields on the registration form and then click Submit Registration.

Upon completion of the registration process, you will receive a confirmation email from UpToDate with instructions on downloading the Mobile App.


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Once registered, you can install the Mobile App on up to two devices.

  1. On your smartphone or tablet, find “UpToDate” in your app store and install the free app.
  2. Open the UpToDate Mobile App upon completion of download.
  3. Log in with your UpToDate user name and password.

You only need to do this once — the app remembers your user name and password.


UpToDate - remoteIn addition to the Mobile App, you can access UpToDate from any computer with internet access.

Simply go to and click the “Log In” button located in the top right corner of the UpToDate home page, and enter your user name and password


To keep the account active, you must re-verify your affiliation with BSUH once every 90 days.

Re-verifying your affiliation

Log into UpToDate using the BSUH Intranet link at least once in every 90 days.

In-application & email messaging will inform you of the need to verify affiliation if you have not done so by day 80. You will receive a second alert at day 90.

If you fail to re-verify by day 90, you will lose mobile and remote access.

To regain access, simply login to UpToDate with your user name and password using the BSUH Intranet link as above.

Contact us for more information.


Help us to help you with patient information

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Do you give your patients information? Perhaps you don’t have time? Would you welcome some support or advice in providing information for the patients you see?



Fill in our quick survey  to give us a picture of the kind of patient information you currently supply, and what you would like to offer.

Information Standard

The Patient Information Librarian will then be in touch with suggestions, guidance and ideas on how to create good quality patient information.

Thank you!

Even more support for Primary Care staff

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

NHS OpenAthens password required; register here:




Papanikitas A. Handbook of primary care ethics. 2018





Blythe A.  Essential primary care. 2017





Carvalho A F. Mental disorders in primary care: a guide to their evaluation and management. 2017





Chilton S.   A textbook of community nursing.  2nd ed. 2017






Ashdown H. BMJ 10 minute consultations: primary care. 2016






Pearson D. How to succeed on primary care and community placements. 2016





Stuart M R.  The fifteen minute hour: therapeutic talk in primary care. 5th ed. 2015





bjcom nursing

British Journal  of Community Nursing    (NHS OpenAthens password required)




com practi


Community Practitioner  (NHS OpenAthens password required)





educ for pc

Education for Primary Care  (NHS OpenAthens password required)





family practice


Family Practice Management  (Kent, Surrey, Sussex NHS OpenAthens password required)




j com nursing


Journal of Community Nursing   (NHS OpenAthens password required)




practice nurse


Practice Nurse   (NHS OpenAthens password required)





qual prim care


Quality in Primary Care  (NHS OpenAthens password required)



Evidence searches carried out on Primary Care

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

Long term maintenance of diet and exercise behaviours after intensive initiatives stop for patients at risk of diabetes

Demand and capacity in general practice or primary care

Sepsis in primary care

Multidisciplinary training for practice teams

CBT groups in primary care for adults with anxiety

Good practice in models of primary care

Locally Commissioned Services which support the transfer of dementia patients requiring medication review back to primary care

Commissioning CT scanner for Primary Care

Web and other resources

Best Practice Point of care decision-support. (BSUH and Brighton and Hove Practice and CCG staff  NHS OpenAthens passwords)

Clinical Key  Articles, guidelines, images, videos and books (NHS OpenAthens password required)


Libraries unstaffed today for training!

All our libraries are unstaffed this morning for the Library & Knowledge Service Staff Development Forum.

We will be back at the following times:

Audrey Emerton Library, Brighton: 1.45pm

Princess Royal Hospital Library, Haywards Heath: 3.00pm

Mill View Hospital Library, Hove: 2.00pm

You can leave messages for us on 01273 523300 or email and we will get back to you on our return.

Training 1

Primary Care matters

We’re very pleased to say that our very own Kevin Burgoyne has a new role in supporting the information needs of Primary Care and CCG staff. Read more about Kevin and his work below:

Kevin“Hello! I’m Kevin, Primary Care Specialist Librarian. Having worked at the Royal Sussex site for the last 10 years, I’ve recently taken on this really interesting role focussed on providing evidence services for Primary Care. I work with the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) at Hove Town Hall, as well as Sussex Community Foundation Trust (SCFT)


“At Hove Town Hall I sit with the Clinical Quality and Patient Safety team, but have been asked for support by different teams within the CCG, such as Medicines Management and Urgent Care, as they seek to be as evidence-based as possible when commissioning services that meet local healthcare needs. Commissioners are usually clinical staff from a variety of backgrounds, used to having heavy demands placed on their time and it is a bustling, meeting-heavy environment. 

“The requests are challenging and often require a different approach to evidence searches carried out for clinicians in the acute sector. I attempt to summarise the evidence I find to make it as accessible as possible for the requesters, and this can require a fair bit of background reading to understand the context, and often just to understand the question!

“I was preceded in post by Inga who blazed the trail for a couple of years, and the job is still evolving. As the local healthcare Trusts and Groups constantly reconfigure and realign, I try to promote Library and Knowledge Services at meetings and events to further our outreach, and ultimately secure ongoing funding for the role.”

You can contact Kevin for help with primary care information on

50 ways to use your library

To paraphrase Paul Simon’s well-known song, there are indeed many ways to use your library. For example,

You could be creating a new Trust-wide policy:

“I needed to prepare a policy document about storage of medicines and could not find much research to support it. The research you provided was cited in my policy, which will ensure that staff will not use medicines stored outside a temperature range that could have made them ineffective or even harmful.”

Clinical Pharmacist, Sussex Community

 Or sharing best practice with clinical colleagues:

“We needed evidence for the creation of a new policy related to local anaesthetic infusions for acute pain patients. All the references were helpful in developing the policy, which is now shared trust-wide through the intranet and will reduce risk and improve the quality of pain management. I am also writing a chapter in a book and using some of the references.”

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals

Perhaps you’re commissioning services and maximising savings:

“I needed to identify best practice around spirometry screening for COPD. I had already searched the internet but not come up with much.

The comprehensive research you provided was used to cost and commission a local service and ensured that guidance given was up-to-date and accurate. This will impact on patient care and helped to identify a benchmark, therefore enabling us to maximise savings.

As a commissioner I found it incredibly helpful, and time-saving.”

Clinical Commissioning Manager, Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG

Interested? Request an evidence search today using our online request form or contact us for more details.

Let us find the evidence to inform your decision-making

“I was submitting an Individual Funding Request to prescribe secukinumab as a first line treatment for psoriasis, which was to cost around £5,000. The report you provided was vital and I would not have been able to make the request without your help. Thanks to your report the drug company has agreed to cover the patient’s medication for the year.”     Consultant, BSUH NHS Trust

Evidence search collageIf you want to find the very best evidence but have limited time, we’ll research for you. We’ll search key health databases, clinical summaries and specialist research sources and filter the results carefully, based on your specific needs and to your timescale.

“The comprehensive research you provided was used to cost and commission a local service and ensured that guidance given was up-to-date and accurate. This will impact on patient care and helped to identify a benchmark, therefore enabling us to maximise savings. As a commissioner I found it incredibly helpful, and time-saving.”  Clinical Commissioning Manager, Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG

We’ll provide you with a selected summary of our findings with abstracts and extracts of relevant research.

This will be emailed to you as a word document with embedded links to full text:

search service extract

“It is incredibly helpful to have an expert searcher and to have results formatted in such a clear, systematic way. It means we genuinely ensure that we draw on available evidence as we implement projects, rather than guesswork – or relying on a rather ad- hoc Google smattering of search results.”  Associate Director, BSUH NHS Trust


Request a search today using our online request form or contact us for more details.

Brighton & Sussex Library and Knowledge Service:  Informing • Educating • Influencing