Current awareness

Consider these options to keep up-to-date with the latest information and research in your subject area. Please be aware that these services may use external resources/providers which may be based outside of the UK/EU. The resources/providers may not be covered by UK/EU data protection legislation. You should pay attention to the terms & conditions and privacy policy before agreeing to provide your own data.

Evidence Updates from KnowledgeShare

Get your personalised evidence updates via KnowledgeShare

KnowledgeShare Evidence Updates is a personalised current awareness service, allowing you to receive new evidence on topics tailored to your requirements and delivered straight to your email inbox.

Evidence Updates are available for:

  • University Hospitals for North Midlands
  • North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare
  • Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent ICB (Integrated Care Board)
  • GPs and GP practice staff within Staffordshire
  • Keele University academics

Register for your Evidence Updates: To register for your updates complete any one of these forms

Amend your Professional Interests: To change the topics received within your Evidence Update email please contact the Health Library or your Outreach Librarian 

Update your Contact Details: To change your place of work or contact details please contact the Health Library or your Outreach Librarian 

View your KnowledgeShare profile: Log in with your NHS OpenAthens username

Keeping up-to-date with the latest research will mean that you want to develop in-depth knowledge of your particular topic, subject or research area. This may involve a variety of research sources:

  • latest published research
  • connecting with colleagues and researchers in your area of work / study
  • collaborating with colleagues
  • sharing with a wider community

Evidence Updates via KnowledgeShare

Get the latest evidence in your topic area straight to your inbox. We subscribe to KnowledgeShare to provide you with a current awareness service that delivers the latest high-level evidence straight to your inbox.


Bulletins are generally sent out to subscribers on a regular basis either as links to ebulletins online or attached to emails as documents. They are often subject specific and can include a selection of citations for recently published research and latest news. 

Database search alerts

Database search alerts are most useful if you are carrying out some research, study or work in a particular topic over a period of time. Many databases allow you to save your search criteria, thus if you have a search that is providing you with many helpful results you can save the search criteria and then set an alert on the saved search. You will then be emailed whenever new material is added to the database that matches your search criteria. 

Journal Table of Contents (ToCs)

You can sign up to receive alerts of the latest published table of contents from journals or database services. Sign up to individual journal titles that you are interested in or that publish material in your subject area - you will often have to register. Update emails will usually be free though you may not get access to article full-text unless we have a subscription to the title.


Receiving regular bulletins and updates from your professional organisations will help you to be aware of the latest developments and guidance affecting your profession. Organisations can use a variety of different communication tools, including social networking. You don't have to sign-up for all of them, pick the one(s) that most suit you.

You can keep aware of the latest issues affecting healthcare and the NHS by using good quality newspapers, news websites, news TV programmes and radio news bulletins. The NHS and Department of Health also publish a number of bulletins and press releases which will help you to keep abreast of factors affecting the NHS and UK healthcare.

A wide range of bulletins, from NHS England, covering various aspects of the NHS, including management, leadership, community services and specific projects. Sign up to receive the bulletin straight to your inbox.