OpenAthens is the system which provides access to resources commissioned by the NHS, including journals, databases and BMJ Best Practice. On registration, users receive a username and password giving access to resources both on and off-site, at any time.
All NHS staff and Imperial undergraduate medicine students are entitled to an OpenAthens account. For a full list of authorised users see the NICE web page on OpenAthens eligibility.
OpenAthens for NHS staff
All NHS staff members are eligible for access to NHS commissioned resources via OpenAthens, including clinical databases, full-text journal access and e-books.
How to register
Registration is via a two-step self-registration process:
1. Complete the online registration form If you access the page from an NHS Trust computer and provide an NHS email address your account may be eligible for use immediately. If you register elsewhere or using a personal email address your application will need to be approved by an administrator. This will generally be done within a few working days.
2. Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email containing an activation link. Click this link to set up your password, agree to the OpenAthens Terms & Conditions and activate your account.
Transferring your account from another organisation
If you have moved trust within the NHS and have an existing OpenAthens account you can transfer it to your new trust. To do so log in to your OpenAthens account, click “Change organisation” and update your details.
If you have problems accessing your OpenAthens account please contact your NHS Support Librarian or email firstname.lastname@example.org
OpenAthens for medical students
Imperial College London medical students on NHS-commissioned courses are eligible for an OpenAthens account for the duration of their course. Your course must include a placement with an NHS provider.
How to register
Most undergraduate students will be automatically registered at the start of their course.
You will receive an email containing an activation hyperlink. Click on this link to set up your own password, agree to the OpenAthens Terms & Conditions and activate your account.
If you have problems accessing your OpenAthens account please email email@example.com or ASK the Library
Videos and tutorials
Registering for OpenAthens
How to register for your OpenAthens account for medical students and NHS staff
If you are a medical student at Imperial College London or employed by the NHS, you are entitled to an OpenAthens account for accessing electronic resources. This video will show you how to register.
NHS OpenAthens: changing your password / email address
How to change the password and email on your OpenAthens account
This tutorial demonstrates how to change the password and email on your OpenAthens account
NHS OpenAthens: Changing your organisation
How to change your home organization in your OpenAthens account
Demonstrates how to change your home organization in your OpenAthens account