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A better way to access UpToDate

Are you still using your Athens password to access UpToDate? If so, there is a better way to access that not only gives you access to the full UpToDate database but also the App that allows you to access from your Smart phone or tablet. The App is compatible with Apple and Android devices.

To register:

  • Go to the MEHT intranet homepage and click the UpToDate icon
  • Click Log in/Register (top right of screen)
  • Complete the registration form – you can register using the email of your choice.
  • Select a Username and password.

Once registered, you use the username and password to access from a home PC or laptop, and to also login to the App (Just search for the UpToDate app in your usual App store & download to your device. You will only need to login once).

Verify your account every 90 days

You may have registered a few months ago – if so your account may be coming up for verification.

You will receive an email after 80 days to tell you to verify your account. It’s easy – just click the UpToDate logo on the Trust intranet homepage again & click Log in / Register. This time, log in (using Username and password you created) in the login box on the left hand side of the screen. All done – your account is now verified for another 90 days and you can continue to access as before.

CME Activity

You may have noticed that UpToDate records CME activity.

Once logged in, Click on the CME link at the top right of the screen.

Click “View/Change My Settings” from the menu on the left hand side.

Select “Time-based Tracking” from the options – this will now record the hours you spend on CME.

To print out a certificate, click “Process My CME/CE/CPD” from the left hand menu.

If you have previously accessed UpToDate with your Athens account it is possible to merge your Athens account with your individual account, ensuring your CME activity is carried over. To do this just email saying you wish to consolidate your Athens account with your current account. Please state your name, and the email address you used to register with Athens (if you cannot remember please email or phone x4708 and we can check for you)

 Training for individuals and Departments

I am now a certified Trainer for UpToDate, so if you would like to arrange a training session for yourself or your colleagues / team please get in touch. This would take about 15-20 minutes so could fit into a team meeting or CPD event.

For more help with the registration process please go to: http://meht-intranet/hr/learning-and-development/warner-library-services/uptodate/ (MEHT PC only)

Remember, you can still use your Athens account to access E-journals, E-books (including some titles from Oxford Online), Healthcare databases and ClinicalKey (hundreds of full text books and journals from Elsevier)

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Warner Library


New HDAS Launched

Log in to Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) today and you will notice some differences. The search site, providing access to Medline, Embase, Cinahl and PsycInfo, etc, has undergone a major redesign.  Not only is there a new colour scheme:

But there is also some improved functionality.

The main improvement is that it is so much easier to apply limits (e.g. date, age range, language, etc.) to your search.  Just do your search and click Apply Limits next to your results:

You can then choose your limits from the menus, using the tabs to open new choices.

The clipboard feature is easier to access too. Clipboard allows you to save results for the duration of your search session. Really handy if you are doing lots of searches in one go – just select references from your results and copy them to the clipboard as you go along. You can then print, save or email all your selected references in one go when you have finished. The benefit as well being that if you try to copy  a reference to clipboard and it’s already there it won’t add it again!

The clipboard feature is now located on the panel at the bottom of your search results:

The other major improvement is how you change databases – much easier! Now just select a new database from the drop down menu and bingo! You’re in the new database!

You can also choose to re-run your entire search or re-run just selected rows from your search – another improvement!

So, what do you think? Do you like it?

To help you with the new look, a comprehensive guide is already available on EEL or download a copy here.

A quick guide is also available here.

You can also drop in to the Warner Library, book a 1-2-1 training session with Deborah, or book onto one of the Finding the Evidence or Searching the Databases workshops:

  • Weds 13th June    Finding the Evidence    12.30-4.30
  • Tues 19th June    Searching Healthcare Databases 10.30-12
  • Weds 20th June  Searching Healthcare Databases 2.00-3.30
  • Tues 26th June   Finding the Evidence  12.30-4.30
  • Tues 3rd July   Searching Healthcare Databases 10.30-12
  • Thurs 5th July Searching Healthcare Databases 11.00-12.30
  • Tues 10th July   Finding the Evidence 12.30-4.30
  • Thurs 12th July Searching Healthcare Databases 11-12.30
  • Weds 18th July  Finding the Evidence 12.30-4.30

Remember, the Warner Library team are here to help, so any questions, please get in touch!

New Training Dates

The Training pages have been updated.


Take a look at the Training Page for dates up to July 2012.


Training available:

How to find healthcare information on the Internet

How to find healthcare literature

How to find the best evidence from the Cochrane Library

Keeping up to date: RSS, Blogs, Wikis and More!

Finding the Evidence

Introduction to Critical Appraisal


Remember, training can also be run for teams / departments on request.

New Training Dates for 2012

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Training dates for January – May 2012 have now been added to the training page.

All Warner Library training is free and courses cover:

  • Searching e-journals
  • Finding high quality evidence
  • Searching databases
  • Critical appraisal

Take a look at the new dates, and email to book your place.

Remember, individual training is also available, and courses can also run for departments / groups on request.

Critical Appraisal Training – places available

There are still places available for the Introduction to Critical Appraisal on Tuesday 18th October.

The course will run from 1pm-3pm in the training room, top floor of the Warner Library.

Come along, and learn how to appraise an RCT to decide whether it is valid and trustworthy.

To book your place email your details to

For more information on critical appraisal take a look at this page.

Training Available 19th October

I have spaces available on the half-day “Finding the Evidence” course on Wednesday 19th October.

The course covers:

  • Using your NHS Athens to access full text e-journals and e-books
  • Finding high quality evidence using NHS Evidence and TRIP
  • Planning a literature search – thinking about your search question, keywords, boolean and limits
  • Searching for journal articles using healthcare databases (Medline, Cinahl, etc)
  • Finding the best evidence using the Cochrane Library database

The course will take place in the training room, top floor of the Warner Library, 12.30 – 4.30

Please email your details to if you wish to book a place.


Training: Spaces Available

There are spaces available on the following training courses:

Introduction to Critical Appraisal Tuesday 22nd March 1.30pm-2.30

A step-by-step course on critical appraisal of a Randomised Controlled Trial. Looking at bias, chance, randomisation, sample size and basic statistics (risk, numbers needed to Treat). No previous experience needed!

Finding the Evidence Wednesday 23rd March 12.30pm-4.30

This practical afternoon course takes you through good quality healthcare websites and how to locate electronic journals and books with your NHS Athens. You will then learn how to plan an effective search strategy, and try your search in database such as Medline or CINAHL. The course finishes with a look at the Cochrane Library to find high quality evidence reviews.

You will need an NHS athens username and password. If you don’t already have one, click here for more information.

Both courses take place in the Training room, top floor of the Warner Library.

Courses are free, and trainees receive a certificate of attendance.

To book your place please email or phone 01245 443651

Or leave a comment!

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