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Health Sciences  

This is a guide to the key resources for Healthcare Science, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Rehabilitation and Healthcare: Management, Policy and Research
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Recent key reports on the Health Service

Click on the links below to access key reports and recommendations on the Health Service which have been published over the last year:

Francis Report – following inquiry into failings at Mid Staffs NHS Foundation trust (290 recommendations)

Willis Commission - full report and recommendations of the Commission entitled "Quality with compassion: the future of nursing education"

Keogh Report – review of urgent and emergency care in England

Clwyd-Hart Report – called for major overhaul of how the NHS handles complaints

Berwick Report – review into patient safety

Cavendish Review – final report on Health Care Assistants and Support Workers in the NHS and social care

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Health Related Databases

We now have a completely different page for the health related databases, this new page includes all of the key and supplementary databases and also includes help in using the databases in the form of worksheets and PowerPoint presentations.To find this new page all you have to do it to look for the new tab towards the top of this page labelled 'Databases/help using databases ' 


    Welcome to the Subject Guide for Health Sciences

    This guide is designed to direct you to the most useful resources for subjects taught and researched in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and don't forget if you are a student or a member of staff please get in contact with us if you have any questions, discover that any of the links don't work, or if you know of any great resources not included.

    Help & enquiries

    Undergraduates (includingTop-up degree students) - if are you having difficulties finding information on a particular subject or need assistance using the databases you may wish to book into one of our twice weekly help sessions. These sessions normally  take place every Monday, 11am-12noon and Wednesday, 2-3pm in the Library Training Room 1009 on level 1 of the Hartley Library. 

    Before you book to attend a session please ensure you have followed 3 basic steps:

    1. Have you identified the keywords and thought about the synonyms (alternative words) needed for your search strategy?
    2. Have you carried out an initial search in DelphiS to look at coverage of your subject? 
    3. Have you looked at other databses, portals and websites that may complement your search such as Evidence Search and the Department of Health or NICE?

    To book a session click here and let us know which session you would like to come to, which programme you are studying and your year. 

    Taught Postgraduates should send an email to to request a 1-2-1 help session. When contacting us please let us know some dates/times when you are available.

    Staff and Research Postgraduates can use the Library's Deskside Training Service

    We hope to respond to emails to within two working days (UK Bank Holidays and University of Southampton closure periods excluded).


    Off-Campus Access

    Very few of our resources are freely available to any web user. If you're at home, the easiest way around this problem is to sign into the University's VPN service. When you get there use the "How do I set up VPN on my PC?" link.

    Alternatively, some resources may have an "institutional" or "Shibboleth" login option. Use this and log in with your University username and password.


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    Note: you will be asked to login with your University username and password if off-campus.

    Other useful links: Classic Catalogues (WebCat & TDNet), Archives and Other Library Catalogues

    Further information about DelphiS

    Getting started using DelphiS - the best way to use the basic features and making the most of the rest.

    Find out all you need to know about DelphiS here

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