Knowledge and Library Hub

For free, secure access to a range of high-quality digital resources from the extensive, NHS-funded collection including e-books, journals, study aids, databases of clinical management and social policy information and more, you need an NHS OpenAthens account.

NHS OpenAthens is the ‘key’ that unlocks a range of quality, trusted, evidence-based information for health and care staff throughout their career. So, it is important you have an active account.

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NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

What is the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub?

The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub and the national clinical decision support tool, BMJ Best Practice are accessed through NHS OpenAthens, as well as a large collection of OUP medical handbooks, the Royal Marsden Manual, Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines and more.

One of the primary advantages of having an up-to-date NHS OpenAthens account is being able to get to these online resources wherever, whenever you need them, from any connected device at work, in practice, on call, while studying and at home, 24/7. 

Funded and managed by NICE on behalf of the NHS in England NHS OpenAthens, and the resources it unlocks, is available to more members of the wider health and care than you might think. Social workers, dentists, community pharmacists and public health practitioners are just some of the professionals who are eligible for an account. 

Who is the hub for?

NHS OpenAthens, and the resources it unlocks, is available to more members of the wider health and care than you might think. Along with staff in NHS trusts, GP practices and treatment centres, other professionals can get an account, including: 

GPs and practice staff, including locums while working within a practice can get access to an extensive and varied list of relevant resources to use day to day. 

Nurses and midwives can get some very specific resources such as the Royal Marsden Manual, CINAHL along with a long list of relevant Oxford University Press manuals. 

Across all professions there is something for you – once registered on NHS OpenAthens, start with the Knowledge and Library Hub to explore. 

Leaders, managers and operational teams can benefit greatly from signing up for an account, not only because the core content offers more than clinical evidence-based information but also to direct their colleagues and staff teams to the resources which will save organisation time and money by giving them access to the centrally funded assets.  

Community Pharmacists and Dentists are also eligible getting access to resources such as Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines, Medline, EMBASE, the Health Research Premium Collection and relevant OUP handbooks. 

Students on healthcare courses are usually registered by their university library but may also get registration while on placement – perfect for all your studies and research. 

After registration, the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub is probably a useful first point to use your account to browse the varied range of quality information. 

How do I access the hub?

Sign up today or renew your account. Find out more 

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