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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 Physiotherapy full text electronic journals through their Athens account from the ASK Discovery Tool

  • Advances in Rehabilitation

  • Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

  • Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation

  • Archives of Physiotherapy

  • Arthritis Research & Therapy

  • Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation

  • Journal of Hand Therapy

  • Journal of Physiotherapy

  • Journal of Rehabilitation

  • Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation

  • Manual Therapy, Posturology & Rehabilitation Journal

  • Muscle & Nerve

  • Musculoskeletal Care

  • New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy

  • Physiotherapy

  • Seminars in Arthritis & Rheumatic Diseases

Useful Websites

This section lists some useful websites, organisations, professional bodies, and Patient information sites useful for Physiotherapy 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 –UHB Discovery Tool

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

BMJ Case Reports

Clinically important common or rare conditions. Browse recent cases by specialty, or locate videos and images. Access via Athens.

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Clinical Key

Clinical Key enables searching from a single platform across eBooks, eJournals, procedural videos, drug information, patient information and images. Access via Athens.


More than 160 clinical skills procedures, all in a user-friendly illustrated format and regularly updated. Access via Athens.

Cochrane Clinical Answers


Practical evidence for healthcare decision making.

The Cochrane Library

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

Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group

Produces systematic reviews of evidence on musculoskeletal conditions.


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.

NHS Improving Quality

Knowledge from across the NHS to shape the healthcare improvement landscape.


A gateway to high quality orthopaedic and  trauma material on the Internet.

PEDro: Physiotherapy Evidence Database

Bibliographic details and abstracts of evidence.

A collection of  materials on shoulder and elbow problems; includes videos, animated presentations, interactive guides, articles and eBooks.