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NHS OpenAthens

What is it?

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OpenAthens is an access management system provided by Eduserv, which enables eligible users to access the online content that has been purchased for their use.

Having an NHS OpenAthens account unlocks the wide range of electronic resources/materials available to you as NHS staff. Athens access is for ALL staff not just those in clinical areas.

What content can I access with my OpenAthens account?

With your NHS OpenAthens username and password you can access electronic journals, such as the Lancet and the Nursing Times as well as those specific to your specialism, a wide selection of electronic books, major healthcare databases such as PsycINFO, Cinahl and Medline and much more! There’s also a huge range of management/administrative material available to you.

Your NHS OpenAthens login provides you with access to NHS resources available nationally but also those purchased locally by your organisation. Once you have your OpenAthens password, you can get to all the resources available to your Trust on our library website. A full list of resources is also shown at the MyAthens site.

If you already have an OpenAthens account through another trust or university, e.g. if you have just started a new job having worked at another Trust, you will need to re-register or get your account transferred to access materials available at your current Trust, as local resources vary. There is no cost to NHS staff members when obtaining and using an OpenAthens account.

How do I get an NHS OpenAthens account?

It’s very easy to get an account.

You can refer to the Help to complete this form at any time for guidance. You can access a YouTube video on how to register for your NHS OpenAthens account.

Changing your NHS organisation: click here to access a short video on how to do it yourself.

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You can now access ALL the resources from ANY PC, anywhere, anytime.

If you register using a non-NHS networked PC and a private email address, there may be a delay of up to 15 working days, in granting you access to the online resources.

If you've forgotten your password and/or username, you can find instructions for resetting them here

How do I use these online resources most effectively?

If you would like training or refresher sessions on using the online healthcare information resources, please see our Training section.

Who is my OpenAthens Administrator?

ACE : 01206 742146

BTUH & EPUT: 01268 524900 Ext 3594

CCGs or GP Practice staff employed by Essex

Colchester General Hospital : 01206 742146

Community Health Services staff employed by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT): 0300 5551200 Ext 4504

Princess Alexandra Hospital: 01279 827021