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.

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