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

  • British Medical Journal

  • BMJ Quality and Safety

  • BMC Health Services Research

  • BMC Medical Education

  • The Clinical Teacher

  • JAMA Journal of the American Medical Association*

  • New England Journal of Medicine

  • Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Medical Simulation


*Journals with embargoes


Useful Websites

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

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AHRQ, health services research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), site highlights latest research on healthcare areas such as: quality improvement and patient safety, outcomes and effectiveness of care, health care organization and delivery systems.

Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare

ASPiH site provides membership details, annual conference information and list of special interest groups of the association. Members login required for some aspects.

Centre for Medical Simulation

CMS website highlights latest research being undertaken by its team; articles on simulation; links to national and international organisations involved in simulation training; courses offered on site and off site; and links to its blog.

Clinical Key

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

Health Foundation

This patient safety resource centre enables you to access patient safety  resources to suit all levels of practice, from key research to national standards, implementation guidelines and case studies.


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


A programme of the American Medical Colleges, the site provides a list of 114 simulation and 49 standardised patient case studies.

NHS Evidence

24/7 portal available to all NHS staff and students to access nationally procured resources. Requires HEFT Athens ID to access e-resources procured by HEFT Libraries.

Simulation Innovation Resource Centre

SIRC is an online e-learning site where nursing faculty can learn how to develop and integrate simulation into their curriculum, and engage in dialogue with experts and peers.

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Simulation Case Library

SAEM Simulation case collection is compiled by the SAEM Simulation Interest Group.

Society in Europe for Simulation Applied Medicine (SESAM ) 

SESAM site holds information of upcoming simulation meetings; association’s bi-monthly newsletter; useful list of websites linked to simulation and training and a list of top 5      articles on a topic. Some  areas of the site are accessible only to members.

Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Facilitates excellence in (multi-specialty) health care education, practice, and research through simulation modalities and publishes the journal Simulation in Healthcare.