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Nursing Professionals NHS Library Guide

This guide gives an overview of library resources and services for NHS nursing, nursing associate and healthcare assistance staff.

Your OpenAthens account

NHS OpenAthens is an authentication account which allows nursing staff in England access to a wide range of quality health information resources online, including databases, e-journals and e-books. OpenAthens accounts are freely available to NHS staff and you can use your account to access the resources from anywhere via the internet. There are lots of nursing, nurse associates and healthcare assistant resources available such as databases like CINAHL and British Nursing Index and key journals such as the British Journal of Nursing  and the British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, all in support of your practice, learning and CPD.

How to Self Register

NHS staff can self-register for an account at:

  • When registering ideally you should be logged onto an NHS or library computer, if you are using an external computer you should use your trust or email address to confirm your eligibility.
  • Once you have created an account, you can manage your account details (e.g., change your password, organisation or email address) in the hub area of your account.
  • If you have forgotten your password you can reset it here.

If you have any queries regarding NHS OpenAthens please contact the local OpenAthens Administrator Stephen Reid at or 020 8725 5433.

Having problems registering? Watch the video below on how to register for an account

Tutorial on how to register for an OpenAthens account