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Keeping Up-to-Date: Bulletins

A guide for NHS staff on the different services available to them to keep up to date with the latest reports, articles and research
Subjects: Medicine

Current awareness bulletins

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers at the University of Oxford and staff in Oxford University Hospitals Trust seeking up to date information on their area of research.

Use this guide to find out about the latest research in your area

Bodleian health cARE LIBRARIES LOGO with NHS logo in corner   Current Awareness Bulletins

We have a range of fortnightly and monthly news bulletin for anyone interested in health management, nursing and midwifery, sepsis, mortality review, and healthcare leadership. The bulletins, which are sent by e-mail and are free of charge, are full of links to the latest articles and reports on topics in these subject areas. They are valuable tools for clinical staff and managers to keep up to date with the latest developments.

You can access the current editions of the bulletins by clicking on the links below. 

If you would like to sign up for any of the bulletins, please email: You can sign up for as many bulletins as you like! 

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Big Four

The Big Four

Weekly publication


The Big Four is a weekly bulletin containing the titles and abstracts of the research papers from BMJ, Lancet, NEJM and JAMA. Based on The Big Four Bulletin from University Hospitals of Derby and Burton

OCE Research Bulletin

OCE Research Bulletin

Every two months

The OCE Research Bulletin covers the areas of research of the Oxford Centre for Enablement, produced every two months. The Oxford Centre for Enablement (OCE) specialises in all aspects of disability and rehabilitation: clinical, education, research, and policy. 


KnowledgeShare logo

KnowledgeShare is our current awareness service for all OUH staff which offers targeted and highly personalised current awareness. You may have come across it before if you have worked in another NHS trust as it is a very popular and useful service.

It is a simple model – you tell us which areas of health care you are interested in and we set up an account for you on KnowledgeShare. If there are new items which match your areas of interest, these are sent out to you in a fortnightly email from the library. The emails contain links to relevant high level evidence – articles, reports, reviews – so you won’t be inundated with primary research articles. The evidence is drawn from a wide variety of sources, including local publications and events, published research literature and national guidance and policy documents.

A lot of the items will be freely available or available through NHS OpenAthens (see below) or from one of our libraries. If not, then the library should be able to supply the article (a small fee may apply). If you are interested in signing up for KnowledgeShare, please fill in the form below and email it to

NHS OpenAthens

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In order to get access to reports, articles and research which are paid for by the NHS and the library, you will need an NHS OpenAthens username and password. Sign up for one on the NHS OpenAthens site. You can reset your password here but if you haven't used OpenAthens for a long time, your account may have expired and been deleted. In that situation, please just set up a new account. Please ask us for any help by emailing