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NHS resources available through the NHS Athens password

NHS Databases


Contains references to articles on allied and alternative medicine. Many of the journals covered are not indexed by any other biomedical sources.

BMJ Best Practice 

BMJ Best Practice is a Clinical Decision Support tool that takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence-based step by step guidance on symptom evaluation, differential diagnosis, test ordering and treatment approach.

British Nursing Index (BNI)

A database for the support of practice, education, research and development for nurses, midwives, health visitors and healthcare assistants working the UK or following UK practice


The authoritative source of information for the professional literature of nursing, allied health, biomedicine, and healthcare.

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a source of full-text information on the effects of interventions in health care. It is a key resource in evidence-based medicine


Comprehensive pharmacological and biomedical database renowned for extensive indexing of drug information. Embase Classic is a historic edition of the database.


Covering all nursing specialties and nursing healthcare professions Emcare includes international coverage and includes unique content not found in other nursing and allied health databases including more than a thousand journals not covered by Embase.

Global Health (and Global Health Archive)

Global Health is a specialist international public health database for academics, researchers, public health practitioners, NGOs, policy makers, clinicians, healthcare professionals and students. The Archive is a historic edition of the database.

Health Management Information Consortium: HMIC

Guide to literature on health management and policy, with an emphasis on the UK National Health Service, but also including Europe (including Eastern Europe) and developing countries.


Index of journal articles from the National Library of Medicine. Covers medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. Includes EPub Ahead of Print citations


Index of literature in psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines.

NHS Journals
  • Nice Journals  provides an A-Z list of all the full text electronic journals available to NHS staff from the desktop both at work and at home. 
UCL-procured electronic resources supporting the NHS 

A significant number of resources are licensed through UCL Library Services that are accessible using a personal NHS OpenAthens account, directly from the desktop at your workplace or at home. 

These currently include:

Resources from the BMJ Publishing Group, including:

YourJournals@Ovid resources including:

  • Lippincott journals Around 250 titles are available though this route. All are current subscriptions, with no embargo.
Books@Ovid Nearly 90 ebooks are accessible through Books@Ovid, including titles such as: 5-minute Infectious Diseases Consult, 5-minute Pediatric Consult, Acid Related Diseases, Bonica's Management of Pain, Essentials of Otolaryngology, Managing Allergy, Otitis Media in Infants and Children, Rang's Children's Fractures.
Oxford Medicine Online ebook collection Over 700 Oxford Handbooks and Textbooks, as well as additional ebook titles, including the Oxford Handbook for the Foundation Programme, the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, the Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry and the Oxford Textbook of Public Health.
eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) 120+ ebook titles, including Cardiology Core Curriculum, Clinical Risk Management, Clinical Trials, Dewhurst's Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for Postgraduates, How to Read a Paper, Lecture Notes on Psychiatry, Medical Statistics at a Glance, Principles and Practice of Clinical Virology, Systematic Reviews in Health Care.
Health & Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) Database providing access to a large number of health and psychological tests and scales.
IOS Press journals Access for NHS staff has been made available as a licence extension to existing UCL subscriptions to a collection of 105 IOS Press journals, approximately 50% of which are biomedical. These include titles as diverse as: Advances in Neuroimmune Biology; Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation; Human Antibodies; The International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine; Journal of Parkinson's Disease; Pharmaceuticals Policy and Law; Physiotherapy Practice and Research. Currently only for Trusts that can provide IP access: Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Royal National Orthopaedics Hospitals NHS Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 
JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) Currently only for Trusts that can provide IP access: Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospitals NHS Trust, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Oxford University Press journals collection Around 80 titles from OUP. All are current subscriptions, with no embargo.
MA Healthcare Journals Access to the full collection of healthcare journals is available with an NHS OpenAthens ID, including the following titles: British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, British Journal of Healthcare Management, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, British Journal of Nursing, International Journal of Ophthalmic Practice, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, Journal of Renal Nursing and Practice Nursing.
Thieme Access is available to the Thieme journals and ebooks collections (2000-2015) including the following titles: Facial Plastic Surgery, Hormone and Metabolic Research, Seminars in Hearing, Seminars in Liver Disease, Journal of Neurological Surgery, Seminars in Plastic Surgery, Seminars in Speech and Language, Zeitschrift für Gastroenterologie
Other NHS resources
  • NHS Evidence Search- NHS Evidence provides a basic tool to search guidelines and other documents from NICE and other health organisations
  • International HTA Database The database provides free access to bibliographic information about ongoing and published health technology assessments commissioned or undertaken by HTA organisations internationally. It replaces the HTA database, which was previously maintained by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), University of York, England.  The International HTA Database was launched in June 2020.

Resources available via the walk-in service

NHS library members can access the full range of licensed UCL Library Services electronic journals from dedicated computers (Explore Access Points) located within UCL libraries. Over 40,000 full-text electronic journal titles are available, a significant proportion of which are medical and healthcare related.

UCL's electronic books may also be accessed through the Explore Access Points. To see which ones are available search Explore, limit the search to Library catalogue and follow the SFX@UCL links.

A number of databases and full-text e-resources (over and above those available via NHS OpenAthens) are also available for searching from the Explore Access Points, including:

  • Biosis
  • Scopus
  • Social Policy and Practice
  • UpToDate 
  • Web of Science