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The Library and Knowledge Service for Sussex Partnership has a number of ways to keep busy health care staff up to date with the latest evidence. Here is a selected list of resources and services available for your use. See all resources on our website.

To access the online resources listed you will need an OpenAthens account. Register for your account here. Remember to select Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as your organisation.

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  • Barr O. Oxford handbook of learning and intellectual disability nursing. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2018. Available online.
  • Haroon M. ABC of autism. Wiley Blackwell, 2019. Available in print.
  • Hendrickx S. Women and girls with autism spectrum disorder: understanding life experiences from early childhood to old age.Jessica Kingsley, 2015. Available online.
  • Heslop P. Promoting the health and well-being of people with learning disabilities. Springer, 2020. Available in print.
  • Lloyd J.Cognitive analytic therapy for people with intellectual disabilities and their carers. Jessica Kingsley, 2013. Available online.

See the full collection of books at the library’s catalogue.

Evidence Searching

We provide evidence to answer questions about patient care, service improvement, research and clinical teaching. Recent searches for Learning Disabilities include:

  • Efficacy of trauma therapies in people with learning disabilities
  • The impact of COVID-19 on mortality of people with a learning disability
  • COVID-19 resources to support people with a learning disability
  • Qb Test for ADHD

To request a search,contact

Evidence-Based Clinical Summaries

Cochrane Clinical Answers – clinically focussed research from Cochrane Reviews. Each CCA contains a clinical Q&A with data on outcomes relevant to healthcare professionals and links to graphics.

Clinical Key– a decision-making resource that draws relevant answers from a wide range of current, comprehensive content across 30+ medical specialties.

BMJ Best Practice Regularly updated, this resource draws on the latest evidence-based research to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. App available.

Exam Preparation

We provide access to online exam resources from The Birmingham Course. Full details are on the Study for Exams page on our website.

Prescribing Guidelines and Clinical Procedures

The Maudsley prescribing guidelines in psychiatry – the fully updated 13th edition of an essential reference for anyone responsible for prescribing drugs for patients with mental health disorders.

The Royal Marsden manual of clinical nursing procedures – provides up-to-date, detailed, evidencebased guidelines for over 200 procedures related to every aspect of a person′s care.

Information Skills Teaching

We offer a wide range of skills sessions to support evidence-based healthcare. For more information, see the Improve your Searching and Evaluating Skills page on our website.

Evidence updates/Current awareness

Save yourself time and ensure you are up-to-date on the latest developments with our regular evidence updates. Our notifications are personalised and targeted to you.

Focusing on the evidence that will change practice, and the latest publications on quality, innovation, productivity and prevention, our aim is to bring you what you need to know and no more.

Email us at, listing the topics or journal titles you are interested in.

See information on all our resources on our website.

Publication Date: December 2021

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