How can I access NHS bibliographic databases, journals and other resources?

This advice applies just to England - if you are in the NHS in another home nation, please contact your local NHS library for advice.


The NHS has access to Embase, British Nursing Index, AMED, HMIC, Social Policy and Practice, and Trip Pro*, which the University does not have.  If you are an undergraduate health student, you can use your NHS Athens account to access these.  If you are not entitled to an NHS Athens account, you cannot get access.

Access the databases through the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub.  Click the words “NHS Knowledge and Library Hub" in the main body of the page.   Then, click "Sign in with NHS OpenAthens" next to Welcome, Guest, at the top of the page.   You should see a login page (if you don’t, clear cookies and browser cache and try again).   Use the boxes on the left to login with your NHS Athens account.

The databases are listed under “In-depth searching” at the bottom of the page.    

Note that the NHS Ovid databases default to Basic search.   Change to Advanced before searching.  

* The basic version of Trip is free.  An alternative route to Trip Pro is to go to the basic Trip, click Login, then Institutional Login.  Institution is "University of Leicester (NHS in England)".  Enter your NHS Athens details.



Login to the Hub as above.  Access NHS journals via the Browse Journals link at the top of the screen.

Please contact us at if you need any more information.    


Other resources

Access to eLearning for Healthcare is possible using your NHS Athens account - see separate FAQ.

Access to the NHS Learning Hub is also possible using your NHS Athens account.  This is a collection of learning materials from different sources, compiled by Health Education England. 

Access to BMJ Best Practice is possible using your NHS Athens account - see separate FAQ.



  • Last Updated Oct 18, 2022
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  • Answered By Keith Nockels

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