Mid and South Essex Healthcare Libraries
Our purpose is to support the practice of evidence-based care within the Trust and ensure that all staff have access to the resources they need which will result in the best possible care and experience for our patients.
Our libraries are located at Basildon, Broomfield and Southend Hospitals, and our staff are here for every member of the Trust, including all students on placement.
We also provide services to Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust (EPUT), Provide CIC and Pathology First (PF).
Our library teams include professional, qualified librarians with years of experience working in healthcare who are supported by knowledgeable and responsive library assistants.
We support evidence-based care, research, education, and your personal and professional development in a number of ways - click on each section below to find out more.
Our staffed hours are 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday-Friday, but all sites provide you with 24-hour library access. EPUT and PF staff please check for access arrangements.
You can become a member by completing this online form, or by scanning the QR code to the right. Paper forms are also available at your chosen library site.
Membership is open to all Mid and South Essex Trust staff and students on placement. It's also open to all Provide CIC staff, EPUT staff (not Bank staff) and specific Pathology First staff. Our libraries are located at:
- Basildon - in the Education Centre
- Broomfield - in a building behind the Medical Academic Unit
- Southend - in the Education Centre
If you register online, you will need to provide your nhs.net email as proof of eligibility. In person, you will need to produce your Trust ID badge. Remember to keep us updated of any changes to your address, email or telephone number.
All members will get a library number and a PIN - this allows you to use our self-service machines and log into the members area of our catalogue to place holds and renew books.
If you are responsible for new starters in your department please remember to organise a library induction as part of their introduction to the Trust.
Each library has space available for group or individual study.
There are networked PCs available (these are connected to the site networks). Due to our information security policy, no USB sticks can be used.
Printers and photocopiers/scanners are available. Black and white printing costs 5p per A4 sheet and colour printing costs 10p per A4 sheet.
Across our sites, we hold approximately 18,000 books - you can also request books that are not currently held by us through our catalogue.
Self-issue machines are available to make it easy for you to borrow or return books at any time. Please remember to bring your library card/barcode with you.
There are also areas where you can relax quietly away from the work environment, or sit and enjoy fiction, jigsaws and colouring.
“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.” Leonardo da Vinci
Contact our libraries:
Basildon Healthcare Library
Call 01268 593594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Broomfield Healthcare Library
Call 01245 514708 or email email@example.com
Southend Healthcare Library
Call 01702 385468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow us on twitter: @MSELibraries
Books and the Library Catalogue (ELMS)
From the Library catalogue you can search for items by title, keywords or by subject. This search covers the collections of every NHS library in the East of England or can be narrowed to a specific site or group, and books can be reserved and sent to your chosen library for collection.
Most books may be borrowed for four weeks, and will automatically be renewed three times (where applicable), provided that they have not been requested by anyone else.
Books can be returned to the library or left in the drop boxes available at each site.
Books can be issued and returned using the self-service machine in the library - this is available 24/7.
If we don't have the book 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. Log in with your user ID and PIN - please request this from the Library if you do not have one.
Search the item details of the book you wish to borrow and if listed, click 'Place a reservation' (located beneath book details), enter your 'Pick up location' and click 'Confirm reservation'. You will be notified by email/phone when it is available to collect.
If a book is not available through the Library catalogue, you can put in a request via the interlibrary loan module. Log in with your user ID and PIN.
Select 'Your interlibrary loan requests' and then click 'Create a new request' then accept the Copyright Declaration statement.
In the drop down menu choose the 'Type' of item you want to request.
Complete the form with as many details as you can, enter the destination library (where you would like to collect it from) and click 'Create'.
Please complete a separate form for each request.
Alternatively, you can email your library with the book details.
In some cases there will be a charge for book requests - you will be notified if this applies.
Health and Wellbeing - our libraries have 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.
Mood-Boosting - to complement the health and wellbeing collection, we also have collections of mood-boosting fiction and poetry.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - we have a collection of books related to all areas of equality, diversity and inclusion.
Each site has a small fiction collection and welcomes donations of pre-loved books in good condition.
NHS OpenAthens and Electronic Resources
To access any of our electronic resources you will need an NHS OpenAthens username and password.
- What is NHS OpenAthens, visit https://www.nice.org.uk/about/what-we-do/evidence-services/journals-and-databases/OpenAthens
- Login to NHS OpenAthens Resources, visit https://www.nice.org.uk/about/what-we-do/evidence-services/journals-and-databases
- Registering for NHS OpenAthens, visit https://openathens.nice.org.uk
- Forgotten Your NHS OpenAthens Password, visit https://openathens.nice.org.uk/ForgotPassword/Reset
- MyAthens, visit https://my.openathens.net
- Change Athens Organisation: https://openathens.nice.org.uk/Auth/Login?ReturnUrl=/Hub
Registering for NHS OpenAthens:
Watch this video on how to register or follow the steps below:
- Complete the online registration form
- Registering with an NHS email will speed up the registration process
- Select the organisation you are EMPLOYED by
- Tick to read and accept the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Notice
- Click Register to submit the form.
- You will receive an email from Eduserv OpenAthens.
- Click the link in the email within 24hr to activate the account. You will be prompted to enter your own password.
- 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 subscribed 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.
Discover the Knowledge and Library Services (KLS) HUB
Your Gateway to Information. All of our electronic resources can now be accessed through one search screen. This includes over 7,000 journals, clinical decision support tools, NICE pathways and guidelines, and clinical databases.
To access, please choose:
- Discover the HUB (for MSE staff)
- Discover the HUB (for EPUT staff)
- Discover the HUB (for Provide staff).
If you would like to know more or learn how to use the tool effectively, contact your site library.
You can get access to the databases provided by using the KLS HUB, above or directly through the database provider. You can also find the direct links below.
- When you get to the homepage look for where it says OpenAthens or institutional login and click
- You may be asked to find your institution. Start typing your organisation (eg Mid and South Essex, Provide) then click on it.
- You will then be asked to log in with your NHS OpenAthens account.
These interfaces may look different but the way of searching remains the same. If you need help, please ask your library staff.
Ovid will take you to MEDLINE, the major medical database.
To get to AMED – Allied and Complementary Medicine / EMCARE - nursing / EMBASE - medicine and pharmaceuticals / HMIC- Healthcare Management Consortium (Includes Kings Fund) and Social Policy and Practice. To change database, click on the 'Change' option (as highlighted in the image below).
This directs you to PsycInfo. This database is published by the American Psychological Associations and provides comprehensive indexing and abstracts of the international psychological literature from the 1800s to the present. Documents indexed include journals, articles, books, dissertations and more. 90% of the 3,000+ titles indexed in APA PsycINFO® are peer-reviewed.
This directs you to CINAHL, the main database for nursing and allied health professionals.
When logged in choose EBSCO research databases. Please note MEDLINE COMPLETE available here is not as extensive as MEDLINE available via OVID.
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.
BMJ Best Practice subscription includes the Comorbidities Manager for all NHS staff and learners in England. In the UK alone, one in three patients admitted to hospital as an emergency has five or more conditions. Clinical guidelines only focus on single conditions; the Comorbidities Manager supports the management of the whole patient by including guidance on the treatment of a patient’s acute condition alongside their pre-existing comorbidities.
Funded by HEE, on desktop or app, 24/7 on and offline, the NHS in England can use BMJ Best Practice for free via NHS OpenAthens. More at bmj.com/hee
BMJ Case Reports (for MSE staff)
BMJ is an award-winning journal that delivers a focused, peer-reviewed, valuable collection of cases in all disciplines so that healthcare professionals, researchers and others can easily find clinically important information on common and rare conditions. This is the largest single collection of case reports online with more than 11,000 articles from over 70 countries.
If you are looking to publish a case report, follow the 'Instructions for Authors'- this includes a user guide and help on how to submit cases.You can obtain our fellowship code by emailing the library at email@example.com.
ClinicalKey (for MSE staff)
A dynamic and fully searchable healthcare resource designed to provide clinicians with fast, clinically-relevant answers from Elsevier’s library of medical and surgical content including 750+ ejournals and 1000+ ebooks.
ClinicalSkills (for MSE staff)
Nursing Procedure Guidelines available to all staff helping you to put best evidence into practice. Login in here with your valid NHS OpenAthens password to access the 350+ procedures.
Cochrane Library (for all organisations)
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 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.
eLearning Hub (formerly CPD Online) (for EPUT doctors only)
CPD Online is the learning resource for mental health professionals from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This self-teaching and online learning resource offers a wealth of online learning modules and podcasts covering a vast range of topics. It provides a flexible, interactive way of keeping up to date with progress in mental health, and complements the College's other long-established CPD activities such as Advances in Psychiatric Treatment.
Email our OpenAthens Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to eLearning Hub if you are employed as a Doctor. You need to provide your NHS OpenAthens username.
HSJ (for senior staff at MSE)
HSJ provides access to the latest NHS news and jobs for healthcare leaders. 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.
MSE senior staff can request access to HSJ, please email the library at email@example.com.
KnowledgeShare (for all organisations)
KnowledgeShare is our targeted current awareness service. The alerts include resources such as 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 a current awareness service tailored to your professional interests. In order to access the KnowledgeShare system, you need to log in using your NHS OpenAthens ID.
Oxford Handbook Ebooks (for all organisations)
You have access to the Oxford Handbooks collection with a valid NHS OpenAthens login.
Select Sign in via your institution - Enter - NHS in England - to log in with your NHS OpenAthens account.
To see what Ebooks are included, click on Advanced Search, select Books (which will list all books on the platform), then select Purchased. This will show you all books included in this collection.
The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures (for all organisations)
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.
TRIP (for all organisations)
TRIP is a search engine aimed at health professionals looking for clinical research literature to support patient care, it is available to all of the NHS in England. You can use your NHS OpenAthens account to log in.
UpToDate (for MSE staff)
UpToDate is a dynamic, comprehensive, up-to-date, peer-reviewed and fully cross-referenced online evidence-based Point of Care clinical resource.
You can access it while on the MSE network and after registration, you will be able to access this resource without the need to log in and install the App on up to two mobile devices.
You can still access this resource from outside the Trust via a browser, as long as you have a valid NHS OpenAthens account. To access the full text, you will need to select Log in with 'OpenAthens' and enter your valid NHS OpenAthens username and password.
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.
To request a search email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to provide 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) eg adults, children, outpatients, critical care etc
- The reason for the search eg for patient care, for research, writing a guideline etc.
We will contact you to discuss your search further if necessary.
We usually ask for at least seven working days to complete a search, though often searches are completed quicker. Searches for immediate patient care are always prioritised. Please inform us if you have a particular deadline to meet.
This service is not available to students, but we are happy to support you in undertaking your own search.
If you would like training on how to search healthcare databases yourself then please email us at email@example.com or see below details of training offered.
Information Skills Training
These sessions are delivered online through MS Teams. However, courses can also be run for individuals or teams/departments. To book and enquire about training dates, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding the Evidence
This workshop aims to enable participants to develop focussed search strategies, to search the NHS healthcare databases for relevant evidence, and research confidently and efficiently.
This workshop uses theory, models and practical examples to explore how to write reflective pieces for your re-validation, appraisals, portfolios and CPD.
Critical Appraisal of a Randomised Controlled Trial
This workshop will acquaint participants with the statistics and terminology used in a Randomized Controlled Trial. There will be the opportunity to appraise a paper and also see it in the context of a systematic review.
Health Literacy: Take time to ask: Make time to listen
This workshop investigates why health literacy is important and looks at the causes and impacts of low health literacy with reference to local areas. It will provide space for discussion as well as useful tips and communication methods.