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What is NHS OpenAthens

An NHS OpenAthens account allows you to access a range of quality information online.

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My Athens

Users can access Healthcare Databases Advanced Search(HDAS) and nationally purchased content, which includes bibliographic databases from:

  • Ovid (Medline, Embase, AMED, HMIC and PsycINFO)
  • ProQuest (BNI)
  • Full-text databases from EBSCO (Cinahl and Health Business Elite)
  • Journals from the BMJ and AMA collections.

You may also be able to access extra content which has been purchased in your region or by your organisation. For a list of all the content you might be able to access log into

My Resources.

How to register for NHS OpenAthens

Create an NHS OpenAthens account to access National Core Content and locally purchased electronic resources such as the clinical databases, electronic journals, electronic books and images.

Self register on an NHS networked computer to obtain a username and password within 48 hours. Self register on a non NHS networked machine and this may take up to 14 days.

NHS Athens self registration

If you have any questions about your NHS OpenAthens password please contact the library on 01872 25 6444, or email

Forgot your password

If you have forgotten your NHS OpenAthens password then visit their password recovery page for instructions on how to get it reset.

Renew or amend your NHS OpenAthens account

If you already have an account log in here

Athens for students

How do I register as a student?

If you are a student on an NHS-commissioned education programme which involves practice and placement within NHS provider services (point G of the eligibility criteria), you cannot register online unless you are on placement.

If you are not on placement, and your university or college has signed up to OpenAthens for NHS purchased content, your account will be created for you by your university or college librarian.

Athens FAQ's

For frequently asked questions visit the NHS Open Athens help page.

If you have any questions about your NHS Athens password please contact the library on 01872 25 6444, or email|.