Library Services for ELFT staff

The Newcomb Library provides Library and Knowledge Services for all ELFT staff.

Please note that the forms on this webpage work best with the Chrome browser.  Alternatively, please email the Newcomb Library with your request.

NHS Knowledge and Library Hub Search

Search a range of high quality knowledge and evidence resources in one place, including journals, databases and ebooks.

Please login into the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub for East London here, using your NHS OpenAthens username and password. 

NHS Knowledge and Library Hub user guide

Knowledge-Hub-basic-user-guide-for-Homerton.pdf [pdf] 337KB

Watch a short user video tutorial


How to access bibliographic databases

Searching bibliographic databases

If you would like to quickly find journal literature and other evidence, please use the new NHS Knowledge and Library Hub 

The following bibliographic databases are available:

AMED – allied and complementary medicine including palliative care

BNI – nursing, midwifery and community healthcare

CINAHL – nursing and allied health

Embase – biomedical and pharmaceutical literature

Emcare – nursing and allied health

HMIC – healthcare management

Medline – biomedical, life sciences, allied health and pre-clinical sciences literature

PsycInfo – psychology, behavioural sciences and related disciplines

Social Policy and Practice – health and social care

These databases can be found on the native interfaces as below

EBSCO  CINAHL and Medline

ProQuest  BNI, Medline and PsychInfo

Wolters Kluwer (Ovid) AMED, Embase, Emcare, HMIC, Medline and Social Policy and Practice

If you would like to search the healthcare databases systematically, please contact Newcomb Library and librarians can perform a search on your behalf or train you in how to find the evidence you need using the native interfaces.

You will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access the search interfaces.

Please also use these guides about each of the database search interfaces:

ProQuest Guide February 2022.pdf [pdf] 2MB

EBSCO Guide February 2022.pdf [pdf] 2MB

Ovid Guide February 2022.pdf [pdf] 1MB

or try the e-learning programme, How to Search the Literature Effectively

Healthcare Database Advanced Search (HDAS) and NICE Evidence Search

NICE closed their database-searching interface at the end of March. Find out more here

NICE Evidence Search has also closed,  If you are looking for an alternative, please try the Trip Database whch is a freely accessible portal

Need to find a journal? Want to read an article?

Need to find an article? Need to browse and read journals quickly and easily? 

Try BrowZine - a tool which enables you to browse, read and monitor current journal content on your mobile device, laptop or desktop PC.  View tables of contents, read articles as new issues are published, or read previous issues.

BrowZine logo
Search ejournals
Quick tip: Login to your OpenAthens account first when using BrowZine

Download the BrowZine app for mobile access.

You can find an article by DOI or by PMID here

You can also search for journals using EBSCO's publication finder Journals A-Z

Need to critically appraise an article?

Check out our overview  Critical Appraisal Toolkit.pdf [pdf] 575KB

Watch a series of training vidoes on Critical Appraisal of an RCT using CASP checklist on YouTube from Barts Health Knowledge and Library Services

NHS OpenAthens account

Your NHS OpenAthens account unlocks a wealth of resources including ejournals, ebooks, point of care tools, elearning and more!  

Register for NHS OpenAthens

Login into NHS OpenAthens

Forgotten your password?   Go to:

More about NHS OpenAthens

Anything else contact us at


Looking for a book?

Library catalogue

Search the Newcomb Library catalogue for books and ebooks

our June books of the month 

Book of the month 
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Divided: racism, medicine and why we need to decolonise healthcare

by Annabel Sowemimo

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all too aware of the urgent health inequalities that plague our world. But these inequalities have always been urgent: modern medicine has a colonial and racist history.
Here, in an essential and searingly truthful account, Annabel Sowemimo unravels the colonial roots of modern medicine. Tackling systemic racism, hidden histories and healthcare myths, Sowemimo recounts her own experiences as a doctor, patient and activist.
Divided exposes the racial biases of medicine that affect our everyday lives and provides an illuminating - and incredibly necessary - insight into how our world works, and who it works for.
This book will reshape how we see health and medicine - forever.


ebook of the month celebrating pride month
Book cover

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ageing: biographical approaches for inclusive care and support

by Mike Sutherland (editor), Richard Ward (editor) and Ian Rivers (editor)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people often face unique challenges as they grow older. It is vital that those providing them with care and support understand their needs, wishes and experiences.
This book demonstrates how biographical approaches can increase understanding about the distinct perspectives of older LGBT people, enhancing inclusive care and support. Chapters explore people's expectations and fears surrounding care and service provision, the impact of discrimination, and specific issues such as HIV, dementia and end-of-life care. The importance of understanding people's whole lives in order to meet their needs is demonstrated, drawing on the examples of community projects that provide services and build networks. The voices of older LGBT people are heard throughout the book through the use of case examples and original research.
This insightful book will be essential reading for all those supporting or caring for older LGBT people, as well as students and researchers in the health and social work fields.

Access here


Wellbeing book of the month 

Book cover

Wellbeing strategies for nurses

by Claire Boyd

Wellbeing Strategies for Nurses explores clear, straightforward, and practical techniques for cultivating resilience and positive mental health strategies in the face of a demanding clinical environment. This pocket-sized book is easy to carry during your clinical placement and offers tips, advice, and hard-won words of wisdom from student and qualified nurses to support you through a challenging, yet rewarding, career. You’ll find stress-busting tools as well as exercises intended for long-term relief of stress incorporated throughout the book.

If you’d like to recommend a book, contact us at

Confused by ebooks?  Have a look at our guide

Quick guide to ebooks January 2023 v2.pdf [pdf] 815KB

OUP collection - core textbooks and handbooks

NHS staff and students on placement now have online access to a national collection of over 130 medical titles from Oxford University Press including Handbooks,Textbooks and Emergencies In series. Funded by HEE the collection has access to Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry, New Oxford Textbook of Pyschiatry and Emergencies in Psychiatry.

Using your NHS OpenAthens username and password access to titles is available through

Newcomb Library catalogue 


OUP/HEE webpage

How to access to the OUP collection via Oxford Medicine Online

1) Go to Oxford Medicine Online

2) Select Sign in via your Institution

3) Choose "NHS in England" from the institution list

4) Enter your NHS OpenAthens username and password 

5) Click on "Browse all titles in your subscription"


Keep up to date with KnowledgeShare

A million decisions are made every day in the NHS. Ensure you make the right ones!

KnowledgeShare logo

Sign up to KnowledgeShare and receive highly-targeted evidence updates every fortnight. You tell us what your interests are (broad or narrow), what setting you work in, what your role is and we do the rest - helping you stay up to date, saving you time and connecting you with relevant evidence.

Register for a KnowledgeShare profile 

Already signed up to KnowledgeShare?   Log in with your NHS OpenAthens username and password?

Need to request an article?

Before you request an article, please make sure you check that it is not already available with your NHS OpenAthens username and password.

To check, please go to Journals A-Z and search for the journal your article is in.  Remember to  login to your OpenAthens account at the top right of the page.

Find an article by DOI by PMID   

Once you have checked, fill in this form to request an article:

Newcomb Library request an article form

Bespoke training offered by Newcomb Library

Contact about any training needs you may have. Or use the online booking form below. 

We can show you how to find relevant research from healthcare databases and other sources, especially if you have a topic in mind, either individually or in groups via MS Teams or in person.

User guides and resources

You Tube video - Navigating the new NHS Knowledge and Library Services Hub

New to literature searches? Try the How to search the literature effectively elearning programme.

Training request

Note: Questions marked by * are mandatory

Request a book

If you would like to request a inter-library loan for a book that is not available in the Newcomb Library catalogue, please complete the form below.  Please note that this service costs £2.00 per item.

Please make sure you have checked that your item is not in stock in the catalogue before submitting your request.

Newcomb Library request a book form




Literature Searches for East London staff

If you are searching the literature for a work-related project, this can be both challenging and time-consuming. Our Literature Search service uses the skills and expertise of qualified librarians who carry out searches on your behalf. 

To request a literature search, complete the form

Newcomb Library Literature Search Form


You can learn how to do a literature search online at:


How to join the library

Want to join the Library?

Please complete our registration form, selecting Newcomb Library at Homerton Healthcare

Newcomb Library regulations

Newcomb Library Privacy Notice Sept 2018.docx [docx] 38KB


BMJ Best Practice App

Want to download the BMJ Best Practice App?                                                             

1. Go to the BMJ Best Practice website. Click on "Log-in",  Select 'Access through your institution' Type in search box 'NHS in England'.

2. Click "Create account" for a personal account or "Log in" if you already have an account.

3. Visit the Apple or Google Play store to search for and download the app.

4. Use your BMJ Best Practice "personal account" details to sign in and download the content.

Downloading the app at Homerton Hospital?  Connect to NHS wi-fi, download the BMJ Best Practice app and set up your personal acccount or log in through the app.

BMJ blogpost about BMJ Best Practice

Watch a quick video on how to download the BMJ Best Practice app via OpenAthens:

Learn more about BMJ Best Practice