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NHS Library Essentials

A guide to library services and key resources for NHS staff

Accessing online resources

Some resources listed on this page will require you to login using your OpenAthens username and password, others are freely available on the web.

Register for, or manage, your OpenAthens account here.

Email if you encounter problems with accessing any of these resources.

OpenAthens authenticated resources

BMJ Best Practice

A decision support tool that offers a step-by-step approach to help manage patient diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention


BMJ Case Reports

Largest international, peer-reviewed collection of cases in all disciplines so that healthcare professionals can easily find clinical information on common and rare conditions.


Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB)

Provides rigorous and independent evaluations of, and practical advice on the treatment and management of disease for healthcare professionals.


Medicines Complete

Medicines Complete now provides electronic access to both the BNF and BNFC.




UpToDate is an online evidence-based medicine resource providing point-of-care clinical information. Download the app in the usual places for access on the go.

Freely available online resources

The Cochrane Library

Freely available database of systematic reviews and clinical trials


Trip Database

Turning Research into Practice (TRIP) is a bibliographic database bringing together online evidence-based healthcare resources.