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Health and Social Care: NHS Evidence

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 web sources for SNMSC 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.

Evidence Based Health & Social Care

These are recommended health and social care websites that students should get to know.


Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) develops evidence based clinical practice guidelines for the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Publishers of clinical practice guidelines for England and Wales - their equivalent of SIGN.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

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

NHS Scotland Quality Improvement Hub

Making Scotland's health care better and safer.

Social Services Knowledge Scotland

Excellent gateway for those working in health and social care. Of particular value to those working out in the community eg learning disability, mental health nurses.

Healthcare Management Online

Support for managers working within NHS Scotland. Great resources for students studying management modules or MSc Healthcare Management.