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NHS OpenAthens – unlocking knowledge and evidence

For free, secure access to a range of high-quality digital resources from the extensive, NHS-funded collection including e-books, journals, study aids, clinical decision support tools, databases of clinical management and social policy information and more, you need an NHS OpenAthens account.

The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub and the national clinical decision support tool, BMJ Best Practice are accessed through NHS OpenAthens, as well as a large collection of OUP medical handbooks, the Royal Marsden Manual, Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines and more.

NHS OpenAthens is not a resource in itself, but the ‘key’ that unlocks a range of quality, trusted, evidence-based information for health and care staff throughout their career. So, it is important you have an active account.

One of the primary advantages of having an up-to-date NHS OpenAthens account is being able to get to these online resources wherever, whenever you need them, from any connected device at work, in practice, on call, while studying and at home, 24/7.

NHS OpenAthens, and the resources it unlocks, is available to more members of the wider health and care community than you might think. Along with staff in NHS trusts, GP practices and treatment centres, other professionals can get an account, including:

Social care staff, social workers and public health professionals, along with prisons staff. After registration, the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub is probably a useful first point to use your account to browse the varied range of quality information.

Nurses and midwives can get some very specific resources such as the Royal Marsden Manual, CINAHL along with a long list of relevant Oxford University Press manuals.

Community Pharmacists and Dentists are also eligible getting access to resources such as Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines, Medline, EMBASE, the Health Research Premium Collection and relevant OUP handbooks.

GPs and practice staff, including locums while working within a practice can get access to an extensive and varied list of relevant resources to use day to day.

Allied Health Professionals – across all professions there is something for you – once registered on NHS OpenAthens, start with the Knowledge and Library Hub to explore.

Leaders, managers and operational teams can benefit greatly from signing up for an account, not only because the core content offers more than clinical evidence-based information but also to direct their colleagues and staff teams to the resources which will save organisation time and money by giving them access to the centrally funded assets.

Students on healthcare courses are usually registered by their university library but may also get registration while on placement – perfect for all your studies and research.

Sign up today or renew your account to unlock a host of evidence and knowledge throughout your career!

The NHS OpenAthens system is funded and managed by NICE on behalf of the NHS in England

Watch our ‘how to register’ video on YouTube (or watch it below)

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01772 716565

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