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Health Services Library for NHS Staff: eBooks for NHS Staff

Importance of eBooks for UHS staff

To deliver high quality care and support to patients, service users, carers and families, health and care staff need access to current and robust knowledge.  
eBooks are a key means to make knowledge available to the health and care workforce. This is a distributed, mobile workforce comprising busy, time-poor staff: we cannot reasonably expect them to visit physical libraries to access print books.

If there are particular books that you would like to to buy in electronic format then let us know using the Book Request form, below.

Book Request form

Oxford University Press

Oxford Handbooks include all titles in the Oxford Medical Handbooks series as well as Oxford Handbooks in Nursing and the ‘Emergencies In…’ series.

How to access

1. Sign in to NHS OpenAthens

2. If you don’t have an OpenAthens account, please register for one

3. Once signed in, you will be taken directly to the books you have access to them.

Locally purchased eBook collection for UHS staff

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has subscribed to a collection of eBooks from ProQuest Ebook Central.

Access to this collection (eBookCentral) by visiting OpenAthens hub.
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Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines

Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines NHS Prescribing guidelines for mental health practitioners

Access via OpenAthens

Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures

eBooks from Kortext

  •, type "University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust" from Sign in to browse your institution library


  • Sign-in with your OpenAthens username and password

  • Once you have signed with your OA account you will see Kortext eBooks on "My Resources"