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Library and Knowledge Services

NHS Tayside Library and Knowledge Services (L&KS) supports the knowledge and learning needs of all NHS Tayside health and social care staff and students on placement, in developing their information, digital and health literacy skills through advice and training. L&KS provides an evidence based literature search service to support practitioners in their drive to improve practice and deliver high quality, evidenced based care.

The Knowledge Network (TKN), developed and maintained by the Knowledge Services group at NHS Education for Scotland (NES), provides access to the national collection of electronic resources (e-journals, articles and e-books), guidelines, evidence summariesand databases for literature searches and further research. As well as supporting health and social care, resources are also provided to support the needs of Admin, Estates and Facilities staff and Support workers.

The tabs provide access to Portals and Topics tailored for staff or topic groups, Communities of Practice websites to share information on a common theme , Learning and CPD resourcesCurrent Awareness services, Mobile information about downloading services to mobile devices and links to other relevant websites. The single search also allows access to local NHS Scotland library collections (primarily print books) which can be requested for borrowing by NHS staff.

Access to subscription resources is through Athens authentication and health and social care staff and students on placement in NHS Scotland can Sign in/Register here for an Athens account.

The Clinical Knowledge Publisher is a useful tool that allows practitioners to create clinical pathway diagrams and guidelines to support evidence-based practice. The pathways enable linking out to additional information and evidence, such as patient information, published guidelines and other pathways.

The NHS Tayside libraries at Murray Royal Hospital and the Carseview Centre provide books, computers for access to electronic resources and space for quiet study or collaborative working. NHS Tayside staff are entitled to membership of the Universities of Dundee and Abertay, and on registration may borrow print books and have some limited access to electronic resources. For more information please click here.

Contact Dianne Mitchell, NHS Librarian, or librarians.tayside@nhs.net for more information and support including help with the Knowledge Network, Athens accounts, conducting a literature review or searching for evidence to support a project, help with bibliographic referencing, improving digital skills and health literacy.