Friday, 29 January 2016

Looking for clinical skills advice? Look no further than!

David Brown, Academic Liaison Librarian for Health Sciences, explores the new Library resource

Many students struggle to get to grips with the huge range of clinical procedures that they come across on placement., a new online resource from the Library, can help you with illustrated procedures and suggested reading for a range of topics, giving you an opportunity to reinforce your learning from practice.

What’s available? 

The procedures on cover a range of themes from Adult, Child and Primary Care with more areas (such as Midwifery) to be added over the coming months. You can browse for procedures based on theme, or search for a specific procedure.

What does each procedure include?

Each procedure includes an introduction highlighting the rationale and key points to be aware of, before showing an illustrated, step-by-step outline of the procedure with additional narrative. After the procedure you will find a list of references, alongside suggestions for further key reading and information on when the procedure was last updated.

Mike Parker, Lecturer in Acute and Critical Care Nursing, notes that the platform “allows students to save and print PDFs thus enabling them to develop a bespoke library of clinical skills”. Click on the PDF link at the top of the procedure to download. 

How do I get access?
David Brown, Health Sciences

Use the link on either the Health Sciences Subject Guide or the E-resources Guide for access. If you have any questions about using, please contact David Brown, the Academic Liaison Librarian for Health Sciences, via

The Library holds a range of other resources to support clinical skills training, including electronic access to the Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures. You will also find numerous books on clinical skills via YorSearch.

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