Support for NHS researchers

The Health Library Service is here to support researchers working for our NHS partners. No matter the size of your project - big or small - we are here to support you.

At the Library

  • Join the Library - this will allow you to use many of out facilities, services and resources.
  • Study area - anyone can come in and use the study areas. We are a relatively quiet library and have a silent study room for those who need it.
  • IT suite and facilities - the neighbouring IT suite includes PCs, with access to both the NHS and Keele networks. There are also printing, scanning and photocopying facilities. Wifi is available throughout the library.

Using resources

  • Borrowing books - by joining the library you can borrow our specialist healthcare books. Ebooks that you can read online are also available.
  • Search our online catalogue Library Search for books and ebooks.
  • Search for articles - you can use our healthcare-specific databases to search for articles on clinical and non-clinical topics.
  • Register for an NHS OpenAthens username to access full-text articles online.
  • Keep up-to-date - use our Current Awareness Service to keep up-to-date with the latest research and articles published in our journals.
  • Access Keele University resources through our walk-in access service - you can request access to the Keele University computers and access their networked resources such as articles, journals and databases.
  • Request unavailable items - if we don't have access to the full-text of the article you need you can request an inter-library loan and we will try to get it from another library for you.

Training and support

British Medical Association (BMA) - research grants

The Dunhill Medical Trust - charitable organisation providing research funding opportunities in specific areas

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - funding and guidance

EU Funding - for research and innovation

The Henry Smith Charity - charitable organisation providing research funding opportunities in specific areas

Leverhulme Trust - funding opportunities

Medical Research Council Funding Opportunities - grants, calls, highlight notices, studentships and fellowships

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - programme grants for applied research

Nuffield Trust - funding for programmes that support research and innovation in social policy

Wellcome Trust - funding opportunities

Keele University staff and students can find more support from the University's research department.

Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) - membership organisation of the leading medical and health research charities in the UK

The Final Chapter from University of Leeds - an online guide to help researchers and final year students to develop the skills to help them with their research and dissertations.

Jisc Guide: How and why you should manage your research data: a guide for researchers

Medical Research Council (MRC) - "publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. We support research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, in universities and hospitals, in our own units, centres and institutes in the UK, and in our units in Africa"

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - supports research within the NHS 

RCN Research and Innovation Team - "works in partnership with the RCN Research Society and other key stakeholders to promote excellence in care through research and development in the UK and internationally"; support nurses working in research

RCN Research Society - aims include "provide support to and meet the needs of members of the Research Society providing a network for sharing experiences and learning and development opportunities"

Research and development from the Department of Health - note that some sections of this website are archived

Research Councils UK - "strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils"

The Wellcome Trust - support biomedical research and the medical humanities; including public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health

UK Clinical Research Collaboration - "brings together the NHS, research funders, industry, regulatory bodies, Royal Colleges, patient groups and academia in a UK-wide environment that facilitates and promotes high quality clinical research for the benefit of patients"

Vitae - support and resources for "personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes"; includes support to develop your information searching skills via the Informed Researcher Booklet and Information Literacy Lens on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework; additional publications are available as well as other views of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework