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Health: NHS Open Athens

Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Operating Department Practice, Paramedic Science, Nutrition, Sports Therapy, Health Visiting, Public Health, Physician Associates, Clinical Research, Health CPD

NHS Open Athens account

Students, staff and researchers studying on or supporting NHS-related courses are entitled to a free NHS Open Athens account. This account will provide access to resources subscribed to by the NHS in addition to those provided by BU.

Students from the following courses will receive an NHS Open Athens account automatically:

  • BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
  • PGDip Adult Nursing (with professional registration)
  • BSc (Hons) Children & Young People's Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
  • PGDip Mental Health Nursing (with professional registration)
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • DipHE Operating Department Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
  • PG Dip / MSc Physician Associate Studies

Students, staff or researchers studying on or supporting other courses please contact to enquire about this service.

Students studying on CPD courses at BU whilst working at an NHS Trust should contact their NHS Trust library for an account, which will provide access to additional resources.


Accessing NHS Databases through Nice Evidence Services

NHS Open Athens account contact details

If your activation code has expired or you have forgotten your username or password please contact

If you have created an NHS Athens account via your hospital library you should direct all Athens-related queries to that hospital library. Hospital librarians will be pleased to assist with any queries you have regarding the NHS resources available.

Databases included under the NHS Open Athens account

The following additional databases are only available through Nice Evidence using your NHS Open Athens account :

Available by logging into Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS)

  • AMED - Allied and Complementary Medicine
  • HMIC - Health Management Information Consortium
  • EMBASE - Excerpta Medica Database
  • Ovid EMCARE 

Available via the Health Research Premium Collection:

  • Hospital Premium Collection: Consumer Health Database, Health and Medical Collection, Healthcare Administration Database, Nursing and Allied Health Database, Psychology Database
  • PTSDpubs

Other resources:

  • Transfusion Evidence Library
  • BMJ Best Practice

For information about accessing e-LfH NHS modules, follow this link.



NHS and Bournemouth University Databases