Broomfield Healthcare Library
We are a multidisciplinary library supporting all NHS staff and students on placement in Mid Essex Hospitals, located behind the Medical Academic Unit at Broomfield Hospital.
Please come and visit and see how we can help you with your information
T: 1245 514708 Ext: 4708
Books and the Library Catalogue (ELMS)
The Library Catalogue can be found here.
You can search for items by words in the title, key words or by subject.
You can search the collections of every NHS library in the East of England region and place holds on books you would like sent to Broomfield for collection.
Most books may be borrowed for 4 weeks, and can be renewed, provided that they have not been requested by anyone else.
Books can be renewed via the ELMS catalogue - you will need to log in with your ID and PIN. You can renew them yourself up to 4 times.
Books can be returned to the library or left in the secure red book deposit box outside the Medical Academic Unit.
Books can be issued and returned using the self-service machine in the library - this is available 24/7.
The ELMS catalogue also includes all current Mid Essex Policies and Guidelines. Please login with your username and PIN for the "Search MEHT guidelines and policies" option or click here to access the Trust Documents Search & browse page.
Requesting Books or Journal Articles
If we don't have the book or article you need, we may be able to get it for you through our various library networks.
To request a book, please first check the Library catalogue: ELMS
Log in to the ELMS catalogue with your user ID and PIN - please request this from the Library if you do not have one.
View the item details of the book you wish to reserve and click "Place a Hold" (located beneath the cover image).
You will be notified by email when it is available to collect.
In some cases there will be a charge for book requests - you will be notified if this applies.
If you need a book which you can’t find in our catalogue or anywhere then please read Journal Requests below.
If a journal article you need is not available online you can request a copy via the catalogue ELMS. You can also request books which you can’t find anywhere.
Log in with your ELMS user ID and PIN - please contact the Library if you do not have one.
Select "Make a Request" and then "Request a Journal Article" or “Request a Book”
Complete the form with as many details as you can, read the copyright statement, and click send.
Articles normally arrive within two days and will be sent to you as a PDF.
You will be notified by email when a book is ready to collect.where possible your article will be sent via email.
Please complete a separate form for each request.
Most journal article requests are free, but in some cases there will be a charge - you will be notified if this applies.
Special Collection: Health and Wellbeing
The Library has a collection of self-help books on common conditions, such as anxiety, depression and chronic pain.
The titles have been selected in consultation with the Occupational Health team.
Special Collection: Mood Boosting
To complement the Health and wellbeing collection, the library also has a collection of mood boosting fiction and poetry.
Special Collection: Equality & Diversity
New Autumn 2020- We have a new collection of books related to all areas of equality and diversity.
We have a small fiction collection and welcome donations
NHS Athens and Electronic Resources
To access any of our electronic resources you will need an NHS Athens user name and password.
- Click here for the online registration form, Register for an OpenAthens account.
- Tick the eligibility tick box, enter your work email address and select Continue.
- Registering with an NHS email will speed up the registration process.
- For organisation, select the organisation you are EMPLOYED by.
- Submit the form.
- You will receive an email from Eduserv Athens.
- Click on the link within the email within 24hr to activate the account.
- Make a note of your username and password, as you will need these each time you log on. You can also use your email address instead of your username if you find this easier to remember.
You can now access ALL the resources from ANY PC, anywhere, anytime.
If you register using a non-NHS networked PC and a private email address, there may be a delay in granting you access to the online resources.
If you've forgotten your password and/or username, you can find instructions for resetting them here.
BMJ Best Practice takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence-based
information, whenever and wherever you need it. It includes step by step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention and is updated daily using robust evidence based methodology and expert opinion. BMJ Best Practice
is available to all of the NHS in England who have a valid NHS OpenAthens login.
The app gives you access to clinical information wherever you are, even when you are offline.
A dynamic and fully searchable healthcare resource designed to provide clinicians with fast, clinically-relevant answers from Elsevier’s enormous library of medical and surgical content including 600+ ejournals and 1000+ ebooks.
A large collection of ejournals are available to you on Clinical Key. Click here to access the list and click on URL next to the journal you are interested in to access the content.
Nursing Procedure Guidelines available to all staff helping them to put best evidence into practice. login in here with your valid NHS OpenAthens password to access the 350+ procedures.
All MSE staff have access to HSJ when registering with a valid MSE
HSJ is unique in covering all aspects of english healthcare.
HSJ local is an invaluable resource that allows you to keep up-to-date with your local NHS organisations, preparing you for any conversations that you may have.
You can access a user guide online to help you make the most of the service.
Be sure to download the HSJ App.
is our targeted current awareness service. The alerts include resources like guidelines, systematic reviews and selected high-level journals - you will not be inundated with primary research articles. Please complete a registration
form to set up current awareness service tailored to your professional interests. In order to access the KnowledgeShare system you need to log in using your OpenAthens ID.
You have access to the Oxford Handbooks collection with a valid OpenAthens login, click here to access online.
Select Sign in via your institution - Enter - NHS in England - to log in with you NHS OpenAthens account.
RMMO provides evidence-based clinical skills and procedures related to essential aspects of a patient's care with a valid NHS OpenAthens password.
Clinical nurse experts from one of the UK’s leading centres of expertise have brought together all the latest clinical evidence nurses need to meet confidently the requirements of their demanding profession. The Manual includes over
350 evidence-based clinical procedures related to every aspect of care, from handwashing to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
is a dynamic, comprehensive, up-to-date, peer-reviewed and fully cross-referenced on-line evidence-based Point of Care clinical resource.
You can access it from the intranet while at work and after registration, you will be able to access this resource without the need to log in and install the App on up to 2 mobile devices. Please find instructions here.
You can still access this resource from outside the Trust from a PC with an Internet connection as long as you have a valid OpenAthens login. To access the full text, you will need to select Subscribers Log in here and then select Log in
via OpenAthens. Enter your valid NHS Athens password.
Videos below only viewable using Chrome.
A video is available on how to register.
A tutorial is available on how to download the App.
TRIP A search engine aimed at health professionals looking for clinical research literature to support patient care is available to all of the NHS in England.
The Cochrane Library is considered the gold standard site for systematic reviews and evidence based medicine. It contains high-quality evidence to inform healthcare decision making, including reliable evidence such as systematic
reviews and randomised clinical trials (RCTs) as well as technology assessments and economic evaluations.
For training materials, please visit the new Cochrane Library Training Hub, which will include videos, webinar sessions, recorded webinars, and other resources. Simply complete the one-time sign up, and you will have access to this regularly updated Training Hub for free. Sign up to the latest training webinars for instant access to the new features and enhancements.
Evidence Searches and Information Skills Training
Our Evidence search service is available to staff who need evidence-based information to support:
- patient care queries
- service planning and development
- writing / updating guidelines
- writing / updating patient information
- writing/ publications
- quality Improvement
Searches are carried out by qualified librarians and results are emailed to you as abstracts and/or website links.
Please give as much detail as possible about your search:
- The topic to be searched
- Suggested keywords – including synonyms and American terminology and spellings
- The date range to be covered
- The patient group if relevant – e.g. adults, children, outpatients, critical care etc
- The reason for the search e.g for patient care, for research, writing a guideline etc
We will contact you to discuss your search further if necessary.
We usually ask for 7 working days to complete a literature search, though often searches are completed quicker.
Please inform us if you have a particular deadline to meet.
This service is not available to undergraduate students, but we are happy to support you in undertaking your own search.
If you would like training on how to search healthcare databases (HDAS) yourself then please contact us.
Searching Databases E-Learning
NICE have produced a series of video tutorials to help you search healthcare databases (HDAS). Click on the link below to open a video.
These videos open in YouTube.
Doing a basic search
How to lower the search panel
Accessing the thesaurus
Building thesaurus searches
Combining search rows
Rerunning a search
Editing search rows
Deleting search rows
Reordering search rows
Saving a search strategy
Results display options
Deduplication (removing duplicate records)
Editing and deleting alerts
My search strategies
Deleting saved strategies
Cloning saved strategies
If you would like face to face training, or have a question after watching a video, please contact the library team on x4708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information Skills Training
Broomfield Healthcare Library offers free training to help you access high quality information on the Internet, access full text electronic books and journals, search healthcare databases for journal articles and evidence based reviews, and critically appraise the research you find.
You can book on a course held in the Library or arrange your own 1 to 1 information consultation with a trained information professional to look at your specific search or information needs.
Any of the following courses can also be run for individuals or teams / departments.
Searching Healthcare Databases
How to plan an effective search and then find journal articles via databases such as Medline, Cinahl, PsycInfo, etc.
How to search using keywords and thesaurus subjects, access full text articles, and limit search results.
Dates to be announced.
You will need basic computer skills and a current NHS Athens password to attend.
Contact the Library to arrange this course for yourself or your team / department.
Introduction to Critical Appraisal
Is the research you are reading valid and trustworthy? What do the statistics really mean? Learn how to critically appraise a Randomised Control Trial in this practical workshop.
Contact Basildon Healthcare Library for more details:
Reflective Writing for Healthcare Professionals
This workshop will help you get started, and introduce you to useful models, writing tips and templates.
Contact Basildon Healthcare Library for more details:
All courses take place in the Library Training Room, top floor of the Library unless otherwise specified. All course attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.
We are beginning to offer training virtually as a response to the current Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing.
More information will be released soon. If you are interested in having a virtual 1 to 1 session, please contact the library.
Training can also run for groups or departments - please contact the Library to arrange this.
Please click a title to access the E-book. An Athens username and password is required to access the books.
For most of the titles please click "Athens Login" located beneath the Ovid Login box and then enter your Athens username and password.
For the titles marked * click the title and then enter your Athens details. These titles can either be viewed on screen as a PDF or downloaded to your computer or mobile device (e.g. tablet) and "borrowed".
NEW! Access over 1000 titles in the Ovid E-Book Collection
More E-books are available by browsing our collections - please use the links at the bottom of this page.
For more Burns resources please click here.
Made Incredibly Easy series
This link will recognise you are MEHT staff and you should not need to login
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Oxford Medicine Online
Oxford Medicine Online - over 60 Oxford handbooks now available, login with
your Athens username and password, then select "browse all the titles in your collection"
E-Books - Over
1000 E-books from Ovid. Books can be viewed on screen. These titles also appear in the Library Catalogue
E-Book Library - a collection of titles that can either be viewed on screen or downloaded to your computer or mobile device and "borrowed" for up to 3 weeks. These titles also appear in the Library Catalogue.
ClinicalKey - over 1000 E-books are available within ClinicalKey. Click "Books" and then filter by speciality on the left of the screen.
Oxford Medicine Online - Login with Athens and use the link to "Browse all the titles in your Subscription" - over 60 titles available
Library Catalogue - search for books held in the Library. Use the quick links on the left hand side to access subject collections and new books. Please call or email if you would like to reserve a book.
When you select a journal, always look for OpenAthens login even though you may already be logged onto Athens, you still need to select Athens login in order to access full-text.
NOT EVERY JOURNAL IS AVAILABLE AS FULL TEXT
If there is an article you wish to read which is not available full text, you will have to log onto the library catalogue: ELMS to request material online. Please contact the Library if you do not already have a PIN for access.
To support MSE Leadership programmes resources are available across our libraries
We have a range of Leadership books available to borrow.
There are resources across MId, Basildon and Southend Libraries to support the MSE Leadership programmes:
If you are taking part in Human Factors training take a look at the resources available to support you across the MSE Libraries, If you would like to borrow a book from another site please let us know.
You can also search for titles in the Library Catalogue.
The King's Fund produces a range of reading lists on healthcare management topics. Many of the resources are freely available, but please contact us if you require a document that you cannot easily access.
To access E-books, please click the title and and then click Athens login before entering your Athens username and password:
Plastics and Burns Resources
Burns and Plastics Recently published research 06.11.2020 [docx] 62KB - current awareness bulletin
For books on Plastics available to borrow from the Library please click here.
You can also search for specific titles or see books held in other libraries across the region in the ELMS Catalogue.
To access the full range of electronic journals please click here or use the links below to access specific titles.
An Athens password is required to access journals. To self-register for a password please click here or contact the Library.
If you require an article from a journal we do not have access to please make a request via the ELMS Catalogue.
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
available online from 1997 - 2017 (41(2))
Annals of Plastic Surgery
available online from 2001
Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery (continued as JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery from 2013) available online 2008-2012
British Journal of Plastic Surgery (continued as JPRAS from 2006)
available online 2003-2005
Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation (continued as Journal of Burn Care and Research from 2006)
available online from 1980-2005
Journal of Burn Care and Research
available online from 2006
Journal of Hand Surgery European Volume
available online from 1999
Click link to a PDF and then sign in via OpenAthens
JPRAS: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Available from 2007 - current year (via ClinicalKey)
Click here for 2006 - 2015
Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
available online from 2009 - 2016
Click "Sign in" at top of screen, and then "sign in via OpenAthens"
Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
available online from October 2011 - September 2016
Scandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery (continued in 2010 as Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery)
An Athens password is required to access electronic books.
Oxford Specialist Handbooks:
Books from ClinicalKey:
Please also see our E-Books page
The Library Training Room (formerly CAL Suite)
To view the Room Events & Training Diary, click here.
The Training Room is part of the library and is mainly available for staff and students to study and read. We are making it our policy that it is only available for Training events.
The room is not suitable for confidential meetings as speech may be overhead by those using the other end of the suite.
The room is not appropriate for interviews or exams and bookings for these purposes will be rejected.
The room is also not suitable as temporary office space and bookings for these purposes will be rejected.
To book the Training Room, please check availability using the link below and send a booking request via the system.
Please read the Library Training Room Booking and Use Policy.doc [doc] 41KB before making a booking.
To view availability and make a booking click here.
All bookings are subject to the agreement of library managers.