Here you will find resources available via NHS OpenAthens

Contact Beth at for help with registering for NHS OpenAthens, accessing and using any of these resources.

Access to Resources

Register for an NHS OpenAthens account to access these resources.

Register with NHS OpenAthens

Select the organisation that is most applicable to you e.g. BLMK. 

Knowledge and Library Hub

Access the Knowledge and Library Hub

The Knowledge and Library Hub brings together key resources in one place including BMJ Best Practice, ebooks, journals, and databases such as MedLine and CINAHL.  You can access the Hub without logging in, but you will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access any of the resources. 



BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice summarises the evidence to support decision-making at the point of care.  

Step by step guides to diagnosis, prognosis and treatment, plus procedure videos connect you to the latest evidence and best practice when you need it.

Download the BMJ Best Practice app to access all this content offline and on the go. Log in with your OpenAthens account and register for a BMJ Best Practice personal account to use the app.  

Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical and Cancer Nursing Procedures

Access the Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical and Cancer Nursing Procedures

350 evidence-based clinical nursing procedures related to every aspect of care, from handwashing to CPR. including all required equipment, images and videos.


Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines

Access the Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines

The essential handbook for the safe and effective prescribing of psychotropic agents



Search databases in-depth information such as systematic reviews, clinical trials and other research papers.

Contact Knowledge Specialist Beth Thompson if you would like advice on searching. Alternatively, access the How to Search the Literature Effectively elearning.

    • Medline: the main database for biomedical research
    • CINAHL: nursing and allied health research
    • EMBASE: includes all Medline content plus drug and pharmacy content
    • Cochrane Library the leading source of systematic reviews, Clinical Answers and other resources

Find more on the Knowledge and Library Hub, including Trip, EMCARE, British Nursing Index, PsychInfo.

Online Journals

View the Browzine Library for browsing journals, including British Journal of General Practice, the Lancet and the BMJ.

Oxford Handbooks and Textbooks

Around 160 titles on the Oxford Academic Medicine platform, covering all aspects of medicine and healthcare.

How to access:

  • Search on the Knowledge and Library Hub or go direct to Oxford Academic to view the collection.
  • Click the links below to go to specific titles.
  • Log in with your NHS OpenAthens account. If you don’t have one yet, see the top of the page to register.

Key titles


Kortext ebooks

Over 250 ebooks including medicine and healthcare textbooks, plus titles on leadership, management, sustainability, diversity and wellbeing.

How to access:

  • Search on the Knowledge and Library Hub or go direct to Kortext to view the collection.
  • Log in with your NHS OpenAthens account. If you don’t have one yet, see the top of the page to register.

How to download for offline reading:

  1. Go to 
  2. Sign in with your NHS OpenAthens account. Don’t have on yet? Register at
  3. At browse or search for your interests
  4. Click on the titles you want to read
  5. Go to your app store and search ‘Kortext’ 
  6. Download the app
  7. Open the app and sign in with your NHS OpenAthens account
  8. You should see the books you have selected on the website here. If not click on the 3 dots in the top right and click ‘Refresh Bookshelf’
  9. Click on a book
  10. Click the T to change colour and text size


Evidence-Based Open Access Resources

NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries

NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries provides summaries of the current evidence base on various conditions and treatments for primary care practitioners

British National Formulary

Access the BNF and the BNF for Children for rapid reference to up-to-date information on the use of medicines.

GP Evidence

GP Evidence was developed at the University of Oxford by GPs for GPs. It has clear visual representations of the benefits and harms of treatments to support clinicians to discuss this with patients, and aid shared-decision-making and personalised care.