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Welcome to the subject page for Paramedics.

This page has been compiled by your subject librarian and will help you to find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

Take a look at the Using the library pages for more general information about using our services. The Placement Students page provides information on accessing resources whilst away from campus. 

Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals and more…

New journal purchased - We now subscribe to International Paramedic Practice - see more detail in the Journals section below.

NHS Ambulance Service Library

The Ambulance Service has its own librarian, Matt Holland, as well as a website with useful publications, current awareness services and weblinks. 

  • Books & Ebooks

    See OneList (online reading lists) for current lists of recommended reading for your course / modules.

    All ebooks, in OneSearch, provide online access from any location. 

    Click on the following link to download our Guide to using Ebooks

    If you find a book through the library catalogue that is only available in another University of Cumbria library you can reserve the book online. See our Requesting books page for more information.

    A postal loans service is available for the following students with a small registration fee of £10 per year.

    • part-time students
    • students on a distance learning course
    • students at a partner institution

    To find out how to use the service, see our Postal Loans page.

    New additions

    Collen, A. (2017) Decision making in paramedic practice
    This book offers a wealth of knowledge about the importance of decision making in healthcare practice to reduce clinical risk and improve outcomes for patients. The text explores the role of the modern paramedic and of the paramedic as a critical thinker.

    Pilbery, R. and Lethbridge, K. (2016)  Ambulance care practice.
    An essential guide to the curriculum for trainee associate ambulance practitioners. Key features of the book are: In line with the National Education Network for Ambulance Services standards, Illustrated throughout with anatomical drawings and photographs, Procedures boxes which take you step by step through essential clinical skills, Chapters on mental health and end of life care which are specific to associate ambulance practitioner level, Evidence-based throughout and referenced to the latest guidance, research and policy.

    Blaber, A. and Harris, G. (2016) Assessment skills for paramedics 2nd edn.
    This book is the ideal resource for paramedics and student paramedics looking for a quick reference guide to help develop their assessment skills. This handy pocket sized book can be used by students for exam revision, or by paramedics en-route to a call, to revisit key points and further refine their skills. Divided into body systems, the book takes the reader through the considerations and actions required for each type of emergency presentation. The book also takes a systematic format of assessment which mirrors current UK and International practice, assists student paramedics in identifying 'time critical' problems and appropriate 'possible actions to be taken'.  It includes specific chapters in the specialist fields of paediatric assessment and neonatal assessment and care, and considers the social, ethical and legal factors that might impact on care.




  • Journals & Eresources

    Useful article

    To support Ambulance Services that don't have the benefit of a library service, the NQAW Librarian has put together this article in the Journal of Paramedic Practice, which may be useful for colleague in the North-West:

    Price, Alision & Holland, Matt (2013) 'Looking at the information resources available for paramedic practice' Journal of Paramedic Practice, 5(5), pp.279-284.  (Accessed: 7 May 2013)


    Journal of Paramedic Practice
    Available online from Vol. 1. Issue 1. 2008 onwards.  Note the Off campus login information on the journal page.

    International Paramedic Practice
    Published three times a year, this journal aims to provide all those with an interest in prehospital emergency care with essential information to help them deliver the best possible care and support for their patients. Each issue contains a range of peer-reviewed clinical, professional and educational articles.

    Emergency Medicine Journal
    Available from 1984 onwards. An international peer review journal covering pre-hospital and hospital emergency medicine, and critical care. The journal publishes original research, evidence-based reviews and commentaries.

    International Emergency Nursing
    008 onwards available online.  Previously called 'Accident and emergency nursing' which is also available. It brings together research from practice, education, theory, and operational management, relevant to all staff working in emergency care settings worldwide.

    Journal of Emergency Nursing
    American journal committed to the dissemination of high quality, peer-reviewed manuscripts relevant to all areas of emergency nursing practice across the lifespan.


    To see a full list of Journals available to you search the catalogue or the Journals A to Z title list.  (Use this list to search for journal title only - you can't use it to search for relevant articles.)



      New suite of Proquest databases purchased for 2016/17 including

    Anatomy TVInteractive 3D anatomy resource.

    An index of nursing and allied health articles.  Access to over 300 full text journals.  Bibliographic records for over 1000 journals.

    One of the largest bibliographic indexes for health.  Full text for more than 1,450 journals indexed, covering medicine, nursing, the health care system and pre-clinical sciences.

    Cochrane Library
    Provides systematic reviews of clinical based evidence on the effectiveness of specific interventionsYour results will be a mixture of reviews and clinical trials. It will depend on your topic as to whether there will be a relevant review.

    Academic Search Complete 
    A multi-disciplinary full text database of over 5,500 journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,500 journals.

    ScienceDirectScience database covering physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences and humanities.

    NICE Evidence
    A search engine from the NHS for health and social care professionals, providing access to evidence-based health information, NICE guidelines and much more. Download the Short guide to NICE Evidence

  • Websites

    A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here.  Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.

    Ambulance Service

    Matt Holland's Guide to Ambulance Service information on the web.
    A comprehensive list of relevant websites for paramedic and ambulance service information.

    Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee guidelines
    The website of the JRCALC,  which provides robust clinical speciality advice to ambulance services as well as regularly updated UK Ambulance Service Clinical Practice Guidelines. 



    Department of Health 

    College of Paramedics 
    The College of Paramedics, formerly the British Paramedic Association is the professional representative body for paramedics in the UK.

    NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.  Access national clinical guidelines here.

    King's Fund Seeks to improve the health system in England.

    World Health Organisation


    Evidence-based information 

    NHS Evidence
    A search engine from the NHS for health and social care professionals, providing access to evidence-based health information, NICE guidelines and much more. Download the Quick guide to NHS Evidence.
    One of the most trusted medical resources in the UK, supplying evidence based information on a wide range of medical and health topics to patients and health professionals.

    Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
    Provides resources and background information for healthcare professionals, with research tools and educational material to download.

    A search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice. 


    Health statistics

    Office for National Statistics - Neighbourhood Statistics provides ward-level data across England   

    UK National Statistics - health and social care: the official UK statistics site.

    World Health Organization Statistical Information Service  (WHOSIS). 


    Other resources

    NHS Choices: Behind the headlines: takes you to the research behind the news headlines. 

    BBC Health news 

    Medical Image Library from the Wellcome Trust.

    OmniMedicalSearch: search for medical images on the web.