Logging in to databases via NHS OpenAthens: FAQs

What is NHS OpenAthens?

Athens is an authentication system used to control access to databases.

Your NHS OpenAthens username and password will grant you access to databases subscribed to by NHS England.

One of the main benefits of NHS OpenAthens is that this interface will be the one you use when you start work in the NHS.

Am I eligible to use NHS OpenAthens?

You are eligible if you are a student on an education programme which involves practice and placement within NHS provider services.

You will automatically receive a registration email giving you your NHS OpenAthens username and password.

How do I log in?

Go to the NHS OpenAthens login page , enter your username and password, then click on the NHS Evidence logo at the top right of the screen to access the resources.

How long will access last?

It will last for the duration of your UWE Bristol course.

Do I need to pay?

No, access to databases with your NHS OpenAthens username and password is free.

What extra databases and other resources can I access?

UWE Bristol resources and NHS resources are complementary. Extra resources you can access from the NHS include the following:

  • Health Business Elite – Health care administration and other non-clinical aspects of health care institution management
  • Additional Electronic Journals

Your NHS Libraries - find out about NHS library services in the South West.

A full list is available at NHS e-resources information page.

How can I get training on these new databases?

Please contact your local NHS trust library. You can search for their details at HLSID.

I’ve lost my registration e-mail with my username. What do I do?

Contact the library and let us know. We will endeavour to help you as soon as possible.

I’ve forgotten my password. How can I get it?

You can reset the password yourself. Go to password reset.

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