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Electronic Resources

The NHS subscribes to key healthcare databases, full text journals, e-books and more for its staff. To access these you need to have an Athens username and password. You can obtain one by self-registering at:

An Athens Self-Registration leaflet is available from the Education Centre Libraries at Good Hope, Heartlands, Solihull and Queen Elizabeth hospital

E-Books Collection

(Require Athens Registration)


Staff can access the following Carers full text electronic journals through their Athens account from the ASK Discovery Tool

  • Alzheimer’s & Dementia
  • Age and Ageing
  • Best practices in Mental Health
  • Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults with Dementia
  • BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
  • Journal of Social Work in End-Of-Life & Palliative Care
  • Supportive Care in Cancer
  • Support Line

Useful Websites

This section lists some useful websites, organisations, professional bodies, and Patient information sites useful for Carers professionals.

Birmingham Carers Hub
Can offer advice and carers support groups.

Birmingham Carers Association
Campaigning to ensure that carers’ receive the best support possible from Birmingham City Council and their local NHS Service 

Birmingham Community Healthcare
Specialist carers groups in Birmingham are (e.g. rehabilitation, carers walking group and learning disabilities).

Carers in Partnership (CiP)
Carers in Partnership “promote the carer voice in the way that mental health services are planned, set up and run”

Carers Trust: The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
They recognise and support unpaid carers.

Carers Trust Professionals
Carers Trust offers a wide range of resources and information for anyone who works with carers.

Carers UK
This national membership charity for carers also has a section for professionals. 

Dementia Gateway 
Supportive information and resources, including videos, e-learning material and    downloads.

Dementia Web
Includes the Birmingham Cross City CCG Dementia Information Prescription.

NICE Evidence Search—Dementia
24/7 portal available to all NHS staff, students and the public to access the best evidence  available

NHS Carers Direct Helpline service
National information, advice and support. 

Patient and Family-Centred Care toolkit
A step-by-step method for understanding the care experience for families and NHS staff.

Solihull Carers Centre
Can offer advice on generic carers support groups 

Stonham Group (Mental Health)
They organise many of Birmingham's local carers support groups. Contact them to find out where your nearest group meets.