There has been a significant update to the main portal for NHS staff seeking the evidence for patient care. The vast majority of the site is freely available to anyone in the UK so it is applicable to both NHS and student / academic users.
NHS Evidence has a snazzy new (fully responsively designed) look. The giant eye ball is no longer quite so prominent (the extent to which it looks like a liquorice allsort has increased) but the changes are much more than cosmetic.
The main search box (Evidence Search) has been revamped with the promise of speedier time to answer and enhanced results. I think it succeeds in this. Filters have been improved to help people narrow their search and the interaction is certainly less faffy than before. The old topic pages have disappeared but many searches will return handy context specific materials in the right hand column.
These offer things like information on medications from the British National Formulary (BNF), Clinical Knowledge Summaries and NICE guidance arranged by patient pathway. NICE Pathways is a brilliant distillation of some times unwieldy NICE Guidance into manageable chunks linked to the progress of a patient through their care. This gets appreciative noises from all the people I have shown it to.
A small number of people may be annoyed by the loss of the MyEvidence section. This allowed people to save searches on Evidence Search and links to documents. It has been withdrawn pending a revised offer. I am not sure too many people will be affected (unlike the upcoming saved search issues with HDAS)
The NHS Journals and Databases page looks a bit smarter and can be accessed from the tool bar on all the pages of the NICE website.
Generally I think this is a good enhancement. I hope this done there will now be a bit of capacity to develop HDAS.