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Health and Social Care: NHS Scotland

Library subject guide for nursing, midwifery, health and social care

NHS Evidence Based Sources


The aim of evidence based practice (EBP) is for the clinical practices of health care professionals to be based on the best research evidence available, rather than on personal opinion or professional rituals. EBP should  lead to best practice being used in all clinical areas, improving quality of care & patient safety, and increasing patient satisfaction.

This page aims to aim to highlight the most important evidence based NHS Scotland resources for SHSC students.

NHS Scotland Knowledge Network

The NHS Scotland Knowledge Network is the national online library and knowledge management platform for health and social care staff within NHS Scotland. It is run by the NHS for the NHS. All staff and students of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Edinburgh Napier who are teaching or training with NHS Scotland are entitled to register for, and use, this service .

It provides access to a range of online books, journals and databases and has access to a range of  NHS professional subject based portals - great places for students to get the most up to date NHS Scotland documents and policy in their professional  area. Many of the resources are free,  but to get the best out of the service, please register via the home page using the why register button.  On registration, NHS Scotland will issue Edinburgh Napier SNMSC staff/students with an NHS Athens username and password that they can use to access the whole site.


Try the  NHS KN Quick Start guide

Forgotten your NHS Athens username and password?   Contact NHS Scotland.

Leadership, Management and Quality Improvement

NHS Scotland resources supporting leadership, management and quality improvement

Healthcare Management Online

Support for managers working within NHS Scotland from the Health Management Library. Great overview resource for students studying management modules or MSc Healthcare Management.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Publishers of the latest NHS Scotland QI policy documents;  clinical guidelines, care standards,  evidence based advice statements and care facility inspection reports. To locate the latest NHS Scotland QI policy documents  :  Resources tab > filter using Resources = "Policy & Strategy"  and Year = 2017 + 2018.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland.  Improvement Hub  (iHUB)

Supporting  health and social care organisations to redesign and continuously improve health and social care services. Current projects being carried out.

NHS Education For Scotland. TURAS Learn.  Quality Improvement Hub

NHS Scotland resource highlighting information & resources on the improvement journey, -  quality improvement tools,  guides and frameworks.

NHS Lothian. Lothian Quality

Quality improvement programmes running in NHS Lothian, and resources.

NHS Education For Scotland. Leadership and Management Portal

Range of development resources about leadership and management.

Good Practice.Net

Learning resources for practicing managers and leaders in scottish health & social care

Scottish Social Services Council. Steps into Leadership

Leadership resources for social services staff 

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Publishers of clinical guidelines, care standards,  evidence based advice statements and care facility inspection reports. Check out the resources section.