The library aims to offer a comprehensive service, providing information for evidence-based patient care, continuing professional development, education and research.
It houses a multi-disciplinary collection of materials on all aspects of palliative and end-of-life care, including specialist journal titles, books and reports.
There is also a range of resources available for patients and their carers and families. This includes books, leaflets, CDs and DVDs from organisations such as Macmillan, the Department of Health and local charities providing support and practical help.
Download the library guide here
If you need help with finding resources, printing and photocopying, accessing e-resources, literature searching or have any other information enquiries, please contact us by phone, email or by visiting the library which you will find in the Education and Conference Centre on the 1st floor.
The library is usually open. Please email the library inbox or contact the education centre for enquiries (details below)
Telephone: 01223 675801 (Education Centre)
The library subscribes to the print version only of the following journal. If you can't get to the library and would like a copy of any of the articles, please contact us and we can send a copy.
NHS Core Content and Athens Accounts
Staff, volunteers and students working at Arthur Rank Hospice have access to the national core content, a range of electronic databases, full-text journals and e-books. An Athens account will be needed for most of these resources. You can check eligibility and register for Athens via the NHS Evidence website at https://www.nice.org.uk/about/what-we-do/evidence-services/journals-and-databases/OpenAthens
. Your Athens account will also give you electronic access to the paid-for content of many of the journals we previously subscribed to.
Receiving the contents pages of journals to is a good way of keeping up-to-date with the literature in areas of interest and relevance to your work. We regularly forward new content alerts to a number of journals or can help you to set up the alerts yourself.
Current Awareness Bulletin
The Arthur Rank House Palliative and End of Life Care blog is updated monthly and includes reports and articles from a wide range of specialist journals plus some of the most popular general medical and nursing titles. Links to the full text are included where available (you will need your Athens password in most instances).
Click on the link below to access the bulletin.
Document supply and interlibrary loans service
Requesting items not held in the library
If we do not have the journal article or book you need we can usually get it from another library. Please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Items can be collected from the library or delivered to your work or home address.
How much will it cost?
Please see 'Charges' in the panel on the right hand side.
How long does the request take?
Most articles arrive arrive within 24 hours of the library requesting them. The rest will usually arrive within 2-3 days. Book requests usually arrive within 3-14 days, depending on where they are being borrowed from.
ELMS is the Eastern Libraries catalogue which provides information about resources available at Arthur Rank Hospice and at all NHS healthcare libraries in the East of England region. It can be browsed by anyone but members will need a library ID and pin number to manage their accounts online. Please contact the library for your access details.
Click on the link to access the catalogue: ELMS East of England Libraries catalogue
Clicking on the links below will take you to lists of books that are available in the library on specific topics.
Critical appraisal is a process of systematically evaluating the evidence for accuracy, relevance and validity, eliminating research that isn’t relevant or robust enough for the question you are asking.
The library has a number of books which can help you to appraise evidence. Search the catalogue by clicking on the link above or speak to the library staff if you need help finding and using resources.
Checklists and guidance are available from a number of organisations to help users appraise articles, usually adapted for different types of studies; for example, randomised controlled trials or systematic reviews. The following link to the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) or the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM) websites from which you can download a range of checklists. These organisations also offer a variety of training opportunities.
Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP)
CEBM Critical Appraisal Tools