NHS Wales follows CKN’s lead in providing nursing and allied health staff access to CINAHL

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For 20 years CKN has provided the Queensland public health system with world-class, evidence-based resources - helping clinicians transition research into practice and improve patient outcomes. Since 2008 Queensland Health committed to provide healthcare staff with access to a leading range of full text nursing and allied health journals and resources through the CINAHL Complete database. Following CKN’s lead, the NHS Wales has this month provided CINAHL to all Welsh public health clinicians via their online clinical library.

CINAHL is widely regarded as the world’s premier resource for nurses and allied health professionals, including more than 7,600,000 records and indexing more than 5,600 clinical journals. CINAHL covers a wide range of topics including nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. Additionally more than 300 new subject headings have recently been added to CINAHL to help researchers find information on current concepts, such as COVID-19 vaccine administration and social distancing, as well as new local terminology such as First Nations of Australia, and Torres Strait Islanders.

CKN’s foresight in helping nursing and allied health staff stay current with research, evidence and therapeutic advances has recently been replicated in the UK, with the National Health Service Wales (NHS Wales) Informatics Service making CINAHL available as part of its e-Library for Health. 

Like CKN, NHS Wales aims to support effective healthcare delivery by providing evidence-based, relevant, timely information in support of clinicians. CINAHL will now be accessible by more than 92,000 Welsh clinical staff, community pharmacists, dentists and hospice workers, students on placement and departments of the Welsh Government.

NHS Wales Health Service Librarian John Dunkley-Williams says that providing access to CINAHL will help meet the needs of the institution’s health care professionals.

“Our service is committed to ending inequity of access and ensuring that the latest research is available to health professionals working in Wales, regardless of location or institutional affiliation,” he said.

CKN users can access CINAHL Complete via the Research Databases menu or under the Databases tab on the homepage.