ClinicalKey Content Updates: December 19, 2016

Books Added – CK Global

Get the Mobile Essentials for NHS Staff

There are a range of resources that you can access on the go via your mobile devices. See our web page for all the essentials for NHS staff.

Have you checked out the Health Library yet?

If you work for the NHS in North Staffordshire, then we can support you and your work in many ways. Try our etutorial Library Support for NHS Staff to learn more about what we can offer you.

Get Mobile with Keele Resources

There are a range of resources that you can access on the go via your mobile devices. See our web page for all the essentials for Keele students.

Get Dynamed Mobile

Dynamed is an evidence-based, point of care, clinical reference tool. You can access all the features of Dynamed on the go via the Dynamed App.

Download the Dynamed App

  • Download the free Dynamed App from the iTunes Store or Google Play.
  • Log in to Dynamed
  • Click on the mobile link from the Dynamed toolbar
Screen-shot of the Dynamed toolbar

  • Enter your email address
Screen-shot of the App request form

  • An authentication key will be emailed to you.
  • Open the Dynamed email from your device.
  • Within 48 hours, tap on the link in the email to authenticate the app.
  • Note: after 48 hours, users will need to request a new authentication key.
  • Your device is ready to go!

Dynamed is available to UHNM Athens users.

Keep Up-to-Date - Get Dynamed Updates

You can get Dynamed topic updates sent to your inbox – you’ll get the latest evidence updates that are added to Dynamed. You’ll only get an email when there is new content added.

Get Alerts
On the topic page you are interested in, click the Alert icon and enter your email address. You will receive an email asking you to confirm your alert request. Complete the instructions given in the email.
Screen-shot of Dynamed Alert
You can view all Dynamed updates by selecting “Recent Updates” on the toolbar. You can then limit the results by category and practice changing updates only. To receive these updates by email, select the Alert icon and follow the instructions.

Screen-shot of Dynamed Updates

Saving and Sharing in Dynamed

Dynamed is an evidence-based, point-of-care reference tool. It is available to UHNM staff only.

Saving & Sharing Topic Pages
You can save a permanent link to a topic page. You can then keep this for your own references, or CPD evidence. You can also send to other colleagues to share content for discussion (note that you colleagues will need to be able to access Dynamed as well).

Screen-shot of permalink option

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Viewing Topic Pages in Dynamed

Dynamed is an evidence-based, point-of-care reference tool. It is available to UHNM staff only.

Evidence is assessed and critically appraised in order to develop topic pages detailing the information you need to answer clinical queries.

Previous blog entries have explained how you can access Dynamed and perform searches.

Viewing Topic Pages

The topic pages are split up into sections. You can use the left-hand content list to jump to the section you need. Click the section heading or the section arrow to open the section and view the full-text. You can also use the “Expand All” and “Collapse All” options to open or close all sections.
Screen-shot of the full-text

You can search the topic page for text. Enter your text into the search box on the topic page and click search. The text you are looking for will be highlighted within the topic page.
Screen-shot of a search content example

Support for Academic Writing

Before you start writing up your dissertation or planning your first publication have a look at our Authorship and Academic Writing page. Here you’ll find links to organisations that can support you, as well as suggestions for looking for help on our Library Search catalogue.

If you’re in the library check out our latest poster display.

Dynamed Search and Results

Dynamed is an evidence-based, point-of-care reference tool to help you to deal with clinical questions as they arise in practice. It is available to UHNM staff only.

To search Dynamed type your search terms into the text box. Suggestions from the Dynamed topics will appear. You can select one of the terms in the list or carry on with your own text and then click search to view your results.
Screen-shot of an example Dynamed search

You are then presented with your search results.
Screen-shot of example search results

View Content Preview
From your results list you can preview the content sections by hovering your mouse over the topic heading.
Screen-shot of sections preview

You can preview the sub-sections by clicking the “+” box.
Screen-shot of sub-sections preview

View Content Full-Text
Click the topic heading or section heading to go to the full-text.
Screen-shot of full-text

You can find more help on searching in Dynamed from this ebsco video tutorial.

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ClinicalKey Content Updates: November 7, 2016

Books Added – CK Global

Clinical Key is available to UHNM staff via their NHS Athens username.

Keeping up-to-date effectively

Confused by too much information? Don't know how to keep up-to-date with the information you need?
Try our updated etutorial Current Awareness and learn about the tools that can help you to keep up-to-date.

Accessing Dynamed

Dynamed is an evidence-based, point-of-care reference tool to help you to deal with clinical questions as they arise in practice. It is available to UHNM staff only.

You will need your UHNM Athens account to login to Dynamed.
Go to our Healthcare Resources page, click the Dynamed option and login when prompted.
Screen-shot of the Healthcare Resources page

Dynamed has a very simple search interface.
Screen-shot of the Dynamed search interface

You can browse through the A-Z of conditions, by selecting a letter from the A-Z. To view a topic simply click the title.
Screen-shot of the Categories list

To search Dynamed type your search terms into the text box. Suggestions will appear, you can use these or carry on with your own terms.
Screen-shot of the search screen

You are then presented with your search results. Click the titles to view the full-text of the article about the topic.

Dynamed – Point of Care Support

Dynamed is an evidence-based, point-of-care reference tool to help you to deal with clinical questions as they arise in practice. It is available to UHNM staff only via their NHS Athens username.

It includes:

  • Simple search interface
  • List of categories
  • Topic pages providing evidence-based diagnosis, treatment, complications, prevention and screening etc.
  • Guidelines
  • References
  • Alerts
  • Mobile App

Dynamed is updated on a regular basis:

For more help check out our short etutorial Using Dynamed to get going.

NICE Evidence Services Library Bulletin - HDAS Updates; Important Information, Act Now

NICE Evidence Resources Update
Following the launch of new HDAS on Monday 17th October and as part of our plans to support the transition of users over to the new system, users will not be able to save searches in old HDAS from Tuesday 1 November 2016.


You are strongly advised to migrate your save searches and alerts as soon as possible. The new HDAS works differently from old HDAS and some searches / alerts may not work and will need to be re-worked in new HDAS. Please give yourselves time to do this.

e-Learning for Healthcare available via NHS Athens

NHS Athens users can now use their Athens username / password to access elearning modules provided via e-Learning for Heathcare (e-LfH).

The e-LfH programme is provided by Health Education England, in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies. Programmes are arranged according to specialty.

Select the “OpenAthens” log in option and log in with your NHS Athens username. You will be prompted to set up an e-LfH account. This is to allow the system to keep a record of the programmes you have completed. This account will be linked to your Athens username, so you can always log in using your NHS Athens username.

Please refer any queries to the e-LfH team.

ClinicalKey help in one place

You can now access our Clinical Key features blog entries and videos on one place, via our etutorial Using Clinical Key.

Clinical Key is available to UHNM staff via their NHS Athens username.

NICE Evidence Services Library Bulletin - HDAS training materials & migration information

We have received the latest update from NICE Evidence Services regarding the implementation of the new version of HDAS.


Help materials to support the launch of new HDAS service from Monday 17 October are now available here
  • HDAS quick reference guide
  • HDAS full user guide
  • HDAS key changes (old to new)
  • HDAS video demonstrations of key tasks and features are also available here 
There are Word/Publisher versions of both guides, as well as PDF versions.  The Word/Publisher versions allow you to make your own versions of the guides, and have spaces for you to add your own library contact details, etc.

Advice on managing your migrated searches from Monday 17th October 
All saved searches and alerts set up from 2008 onwards in old HDAS (and in the BETA version) have been migrated to the new system and will be available to users from Monday 17 October.  

When you log in you will see an Import link at the top of the page, next to Saved Results and Alerts:
  • click on the Import link and you will see a drop-down list of years
  • select a year, and then you will see the list of your saved searches and alerts from that year
  • select the ones that you want to import. 
Things you should be aware of:
  1. Migration may take some time, so please set some time aside to let this run. This will depend on how many saved searches and results you choose to bring across.
  2. Only bring across the searches you need
  3. You will need to go into your searches and run them in the new system.
  4. Alerts will be on the final line of the strategy only. You will have to go into each strategy to change this if you want alerts on other lines within a strategy.
  5. Alerts will continue to be sent from the old HDAS while users transition to the new HDAS, which  may lead to duplication of alerts to users during November for some recipients.
Please note: some of the rules in new HDAS differ to those in old HDAS. These are explained in the HDAS key changes document available in the help package described above.  For example, rows that have run on different databases cannot be combined in the new HDAS – whereas they could in the old. This feature was synthesized in the old version of HDAS, meaning that results were a representation rather than an accurate combination. Similarly,  it is not possible in the new HDAS to combine rows that have limits applied.
In cases like these the affected search line will show a syntax error in the place where the error arises. The syntax checker will prompt users to make the required changes and update the line in new HDAS.

Your feedback on the new service is valuable to us, please send this to


NICE Evidence Services Library Bulletin - HDAS switch-over date

We have received the following information from NICE Evidence Services regarding the implementation of the new version of HDAS.

Launch of the new HDAS service from Monday 17 October

  • We plan to launch the new version of the HDAS system so that it is available from 9am on Monday 17 October.  You will be able to access it from the journals and databases page, or by going directly to
  • The BETA version of the new HDAS site will no longer be available from midday Friday 14 October. Please make sure you are logged out of the BETA version by then.
  • All saved searches and alerts set up from 2008 onwards in old HDAS (and in the BETA version) will be migrated to the new system so that they are available to users from Monday 17 October.  More details about what you need to do to migrate your searches will be provided later this week.
  • The old version of HDAS will remain available to users up until December at which point the HDAS Project Board will decide when the old service should be retired.   
  • A set of help documents and training videos for new HDAS are currently being finalised.  These will be available as a link from the new homepage from Monday 17 October and will supplement the contextual help already available within the site.  If these documents are available any sooner we will send a further update to let you know where you can access them. 


Please bear with us while we update Health Library content to reflect the new HDAS version.

ClinicalKey Content Updates: October 10th 2016

Journals Added – CK Global
Books Added – CK Global

Using Cinahl - updated etutorial

Cinahl is one of our most important databases - giving you access to thousands of articles specific to nursing and allied health topics. We have now updated our etutorial Using Cinahl.
Learn how to:

  • access cinahl
  • perform a basic search
  • view the subject headings
  • use the advanced search features
  • access full-text articles

HDAS – NHS Databases – Updates: Important Information, Act Now

NICE Evidence are upgrading HDAS – the NHS Databases interface.

There are a number of important issues that you need to be aware of.

1. You can access the new / beta-test HDAS now. This is expected to go live sometime toward the end of October (no fixed date available). Access new / beta-test HDAS here. Note that you must login with your NHS Athens username.

2. The old / current HDAS is expected to run in parallel for 6-8 weeks following the implementation of the new / beta-test HDAS – possibly up to Christmas (no fixed date available).

3. It is expected that there will be some sort of facility that will allow users to manually transfer saved searches and alerts from the old / current HDAS to the new / beta-test HDAS. This will be available for a short period after the implementation of new / beta-test HDAS.


4. You should not save any new searches or alerts in the old / current HDAS after Monday 10th October 2016. These will NOT be available to transfer.

5. Any saved searches or alerts created before 2008 will NOT be available for transfer at all. You are advised to re-run these searches /alerts and save under a new name, within old / current HDAS BEFORE Monday 10th October 2016. Otherwise you will have to manually re-create them in the new / beta-test HDAS.

More Help
We are expecting NICE to provide training and guidance material in the near future. These should be made available here.

NICE have a recorded Webex session giving a demonstration of the new HDAS site and how to use it – this is on youtube.

For more help from NICE please use their contact page.

You can access HDAS via the Healthcare Resources page on our website.

We will try to keep everyone informed of the latest information as we become aware of it. Please sign-up to our blogs to keep up-to-date with the ongoing changes regarding HDAS.

NHS Athens Accounts for Students

Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery students who are on placement at NHS organisations are eligible to request an organisation NHS Athens account.

What is an NHS Athens account?
An NHS Athens account is a username / password that will give you access to online resources that the NHS organisation has purchased, such as ejournals and databases. Whilst all NHS organisations can access content purchased nationally many organisations buy extra resources for their staff.

You may find that NHS organisations buy different resources to those available via your university login, so by maintaining both login details you can access more resources.

How do you register for an NHS Athens account?
You are eligible to request an NHS Athens account from the NHS organisation that you are on placement with:

  • You need to complete the online form.
  • Please use either an NHS-based email address (if you are given one) or your university email address. Personal email addresses such as gmail, Hotmail etc will be rejected.
  • Make sure that you complete all the sections of the form accurately.
  • You will be sent an email to activate your account and set up your password – you must complete the instructions in this email.
  • Requests need to be approved by the Athens administrators. If you use an NHS-organisation-based email address you can be approved automatically. Otherwise the admin will check that you are a valid user.

Placements at different NHS organisations
If you move to a different NHS organisation for your next placement you can transfer your NHS Athens account to that organisation – see our Athens page for details about “changing your NHS organisation”.

Need more help?
Our Athens page has all the relevant information about NHS Athens. You might want to check out the section “Student Accounts Explained”.

Try our Athens Registration etutorial for step-by-step help in completing the registration form.

Read our blog entries:

New “Clinical Focus” Filter in ClinicalKey

While searching on ClinicalKey you can now apply the “Clinical Focus” filter, located under the “All Types” search filter. This will apply several filters in one go.

Screen-shot of the "Clinical Focus" filter

The “Clinical Focus” filter will automatically apply specific content, study and date filters for those of you who would like to narrow results to be more relevant for a clinical setting. The “Clinical Focus” automatic filters that are applied include:

  • Content: Full Text Articles; Books; Guidelines
  • Study Type: Narrative Review; Meta-Analysis; Systemic Reviews
  • Date: Up to three years

Screen-shot - you can see how which options the filter has applied

Finding Critical Appraisal Tools

Critically appraising literature is an important step in the literature search process. There are many tools that can help you to select the most relevant articles from your literature search. Our updated etutorial Critical Appraisal Tools will help you to find the right tools to help you.

Finding NHS eJournals quickly

Complete our updated etutorial Finding NHS eJournals to learn how to check the availability of NHS ejournals and how you can access them quickly.