Health Care Assistants

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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 Health Care Assistants full text electronic journals through their Athens account from the ASK Discovery Tool

Useful Websites

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

Anatomy TV

Access to 3D models of human anatomy. The anatomical models can be rotated and layers of anatomical details stripped away and added as required. Access via Athens

ASK –Discovery Tool 

This is a “Google” type tool enabling a “one search” for guidelines, eBooks, eJournals and full text articles. Access via Athens

BMJ Best Practice

Point of care, clinical decision making tool. Access via Athens.

Clinical Key        

Provides access to a large collection of reference material, books, journals, images and videos. Access is via Athens.

Clinical Skills

Lists 275 clinical skills procedures, all in a user-friendly illustrated format and regularly updated. Access via Athens.

The Cochrane Library

Full-text access to high-quality evidence such as systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials (RCTs). to inform healthcare decision making.

First Steps for HCAs

A new resource from the RCN for to support you to get started in your health care career.

CA & AP on the RCN website

Contains information relevant to HCAs and Assistant Practitioners.


Provides current, evidence-based information to support decision making at the point of care. Access via Athens.


A targeted “current awareness” service for high impact documents in your area.

NHS Evidence

24/7 portal available to all NHS staff and students to access nationally procured resources.

Nursing and Midwifery Council                                                        

The NMC safeguard the public by ensuring  nurses and midwives consistently deliver high quality healthcare.

News, career advice and jobs in the NHS, private & care home sectors. Supports career in Nursing & Home Management.

Nursing Times

Helps nurses to improve their practice, keep up to date with news on nursing policy and practice, and support career development.

Royal College of Nursing                                                                  

The RCN represents nurses, HCA’s and nursing. Promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies

Skills for Health                                                  

Website of professional development resources for Health professionals. 


TRIP is a smart, fast tool for you to find high-quality clinical research evidence. Provided by Health Education England.