Library Services


Electronic resources for NHS staff and students

Information about registering for an NHS OpenAthens account and how to access e-resources in the library and from the desktop.

Quick links

NHS OpenAthens registration

Who can register?

Any member of staff working within the NHS may register for a personal NHS OpenAthens account online using the registration form available.

Alternatively, for further information NHS staff may contact the NHS OpenAthens administrator at their local library (search for your institution to locate your administrator contact details). If forgotten, NHS OpenAthens passwords can be reset.

UCL Medical Students are entitled to a student NHS OpenAthens account providing access to NHS England core content resources. These accounts are provided by UCL in Year 2 of the MBBS course. Students on placement or attachment within NHS Trusts may register for a personal NHS OpenAthens account providing access to additional local content.

Electronic resources available using an NHS OpenAthens account

A range of electronic resources are accessible with a personal NHS OpenAthens account. Log into the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub for your Trust with your NHS OpenAthens account (click on yellow bar at top of search page) to see the full text and other resources available to you. BrowZine provides an A-Z list of available full-text journals and can be accessed via the Knowledge and Library Hub or directly.

Accessing resources

Click on the links below and sign in using your NHS OpenAthens account for full access to resources provided for your Trust.

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

The Knowledge and Library Hub provides access to high quality knowledge and evidence resources in one place. This includes:

  • Clinical decision support resources: BMJ Best Practice, NICE Guidance, British National Formulary (BNF), British National Formulary for Children (BNFc), and Clinical Knowledge Summaries.
  • Evidence based resources: Cochrane Library, Stem Cell Evidence Library, Transfusion Evidence Library, TRIP Pro, and the Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures.
  • Healthcare databases: AMED, British Nursing Index (BNI), CINAHL, Embase, Emcare, HMIC, Medline, PsycINFO, Social Policy and Practice.
  • E-journals: collections include BMJ Journals, Health Research Premium Collection, PsycARTICLES, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences.
  • E-books: collections include Oxford Medicine Online, Kortext eBooks, and Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines.

The Knowledge and Library Hub also provides access to additional resources available to your local Trust. For further information contact your UCL home library.

UCL-procured electronic resources supporting the NHS

A number of the resources that you can access in the Knowledge and Library Hub have been made available through licences for our partner Trusts by UCL. Make sure you have logged into the Knowledge and Library Hub with your NHS OpenAthens account to be able to access these from any location. (Note: please check the individual resources below for those that are limited to IP range).

These currently include:

BMJ Publishing Group

BMJ Case Reports - an award winning journal that delivers a focused, peer-reviewed, valuable collection of cases in all disciplines so that healthcare professionals, researchers and others can easily find clinically important information on common and rare conditions.

Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin - provides independent and rigorous evaluations of, and practical advice on, individual treatments and the overall management of disease for doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. The journal's aim is to provide informed and unbiased information on medical conditions, medicines and other treatments to enable readers to make informed choices and ensure patients get the best care.


There are 260 ebooks accessible through Books@Ovid, including the Doody's collections, with all specialities covered.

Emerald Journals

Emerald Insight includes high quality journals from around the world covering a great range of subject areas, particularly relevant are Health & Social Care and Management.

EndNote Web

EndNote is a package for collecting and organising reference information and for citing references in a Word document. It enables you to cite references and produce a bibliography automatically in a preferred style and is especially useful for those writing papers and conducting systematic reviews.

Please enquire with your Trust as to whether they have a license for staff use of EndNote. For Trusts which have not purchased an EndNote license staff will need to purchase a license themselves from the EndNote website.

However, an alternative is to use the online version of EndNote for free (though note that it has reduced functionality). NHS staff who register with UCL libraries can access an enhanced version of EndNote online as part of the UCL license. To do this:

  • use a UCL Explore Access Point computer (in the library);
  • open the database Web of Science (please ask for help if you are not sure how to do this);
  • within Web of Science, click EndNote at the top of the screen and then register;
  • when you have registered, use https://my.endnote.com from any computer;
  • remember to refresh the enhanced access each year by logging in again from a UCL Library Explore Access Point.
Global Health

Specialist bibliographic abstracting and indexing database dedicated to human health and communicable diseases, including tropical and parasitic diseases, human nutrition, and public health. Derived from over 16,000 journals, reports, books and conferences, Global Health adds over 25,000 scientific records each year.

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)

Database providing access to a large number of health and psychological tests and scales.

IOS Press journals

Access is for 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.

IP access - available only from the workplace.

JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments)

IP access - available only from the workplace.

MA Healthcare Journals

Access to the full collection of healthcare journals.

New England Journal of Medicine

Access to the full text without any date restrictions. NEJM is the world's leading medical journal providing access to research articles and interactive clinical content to help inform health care delivery and improve patient outcomes.

Oxford Medicine Online e-book 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;
  • the Oxford Textbook of Public Health.
    Oxford University Press journals collection

    Around 80 titles from OUP. All are current subscriptions, with no embargo.


    Access is available to the Thieme journals and ebooks collections 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.
    Visible Body: Human Anatomy Atlas

    Visible Body is a 3D interactive anatomy visualization and education tool. The Human Anatomy Atlas modules includes all body systems, gross anatomy, and select microanatomy.

    When accessing Visible Body through a web browser we recommend using either Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

    If you would like to download and use the app for mobile device access please visit your nearest UCL home library and ask library staff for assistance.

    Please note that Visible Body is not compatible with Internet Explorer, please use an alternative browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari v10 or later). More details are available on the Visible Body support pages: system requirements and troubleshooting.

    Your Journals@Ovid

    Lippincott journals Around 250 titles are available though this route. All are current subscriptions, with no embargo.

    In-library access to UCL's electronic resources

    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 80,000 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 View online 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;
    • Web of Science.

    *Note: Users may save copies of documents to their own unencrypted USB storage device (devices using encrypted software cannot be used on Explore Access Point computers). Printing is not currently possible from the Explore Access Points, although users may find that printing is provided from other computers at their local library. 

    Open Access for NHS

    UCL Discovery Plus

    UCL Discovery Plus is an Open Access service for staff at UCL's partner NHS Trusts and Whittington Hospital NHS Trust. Open Access maximises the dissemination and visibility of research outputs (articles, proceedings, datasets, book chapters, working papers and more) worldwide with no payment barriers, so everyone can access them free of charge, wherever possible. All publications that are deposited in UCL Discovery Plus will also be found through Google searches, since Discovery is indexed by Google.

    BMJ Case Reports

    For UCL's partner NHS Trusts, authors wishing to submit an article to BMJ Case Reports for publication should contact their home library for the relevant fellowship code.

    Additional NHS Library Services

    Please see our Additional NHS Services webpages for information about our document supply and inter-library loans services, key Covid-19 resources, and to sign up for current awareness updates.