Keeping up to date

Make the best use of your time when looking for evidence-based resources.

You can stay up to date throughout your career, enabling you to do your job effectively and more efficiently, and maintaining your knowledge of the latest activities in your area of interest. Here is a selection of resources for keeping up to date:

Mental health bulletins

Up2date is a bulletin published fortnightly by 5 Boroughs Partnership Knowledge and Library Services to help support you in your practice. To register or receive a sample copy please email

Current Bytes is published by Merseycare NHS Knowledge Service to help keep you up-to-date with new mental health research, news and policy updates. To register please email

Run by Andre Tomlin, The Mental Elf aims to keep people interested in mental health up-to-date with reliable research, policy and guidance.

Bulletins on wider health topics, including primary and community care

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence -  (NICE) to keep up to date with all new guidelines and guideline changes you can register at the NICE Newsletters and Alerts page

Horizon Scanning bulletins are produced by NHS librarians in the North West, and cover a wide range of topics, focusing on service redesign and service delivery, and may be of particular interest to service managers and leaders. Contact us to be put on our mailing list for these bulletins.

Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) is a collaborative service provided by Librarians in England. It aims to keep health professional up-to-date with new developments for the benefit of patient care and improved decision making.

Alerts for managers and teams

Search updates are currently run for the following; Dual Diagnosis: NICE Mental Health Guidelines: Mental Health Act & Mental Capacity Act; Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT); Mental Health Services Tender Alerts; Mental Health & Creative Arts; Dementia;

Please contact if you would like to recieve any of these, or would like training to set up a profile.

Setting up your own tailored alert for new information

Anyone can set up alerts with Healthcare Databases advanced search (HDAS). To do this go to HDAS and login via ATHENS. You can then run searches and save and create alerts for them using the save selected rows or save all buttons.

We can help you set up an alert to receive new information specific to your area of interest. The Outreach Librarian can even help you do this in your own workplace. Contact or