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NHS Library Essentials

A guide to library services and key resources for NHS staff

OpenAthens resources

OpenAthens accounts are freely available to all NHS staff, and enable you to access online resources from your desktop.  

You can self-register for an OpenAthens account, or email your OpenAthens administrator, Stephen Reid (, with any queries. Most OpenAthens accounts can be managed online, but please contact us of you have any issues with your account.

You can find details of the resources available via NHS OpenAthens throughout this guide and a full list of resources can be found here once you log on:


Register for, or manage, your OpenAthens account

Register for an OpenAthens account to access online resources from anywhere via the internet.

When you register, OpenAthens needs to verify that you are a member of NHS staff.  To enable this, please register using an NHS computer and/or your NHS email account.

Once you have created an account, you can manage your account details (e.g., change your password, organisation or email address).

Having problems with your access?  Watch our video tutorial on how to register for an account, or email your OpenAthens administrator, Stephen Reid (


The NHS has access to around 5000 full text electronic journals covering clinical medicine, nursing, allied health,  psychology and healthcare management. Many have been purchased nationally or regionally by the NHS, but St. George's Library provides top-ups to these national resources where it's possible to extend access to university-subscribed e-journal collections such as LWW High Impact collection, Wiley's STEM collection and MAGOnline for nursing and allied health titles.

Use the NHS A-Z of e-journals to check whether you have access to a specific title- login with your OpenAthens account to search for and view journals.


Search the library catalogue with our search tool, Hunter, to see the electronic books available to you.

Healthcare databases

The NHS databases enable you to search for articles by topic.  Results from searches will show access options and, when available, give you a link straight through to the full-text. Databases available include:

  • Medline
  • Embase
  • PsycINFO
  • HMIC (Health medical information Consortium
  • British Nursing Index

  Watch these comprehensive YouTube videos to get to grips with the new format (or email if you require further advice).