Open Athens

An OpenAthens account allows you to access a range of quality information online. Users can access Healthcare Databases Advanced Search(HDAS) and nationally purchased contents  including the following resources and it  is free to access.


Resources Content
Healthcare databases Including Medline, Embase, HMIC, PsycInfo, AMED, British Nursing Index and CINAH
British National Formulary / British National Formulary for Children Smartphone and tablet apps providing access to prescribing information
Journal articles Links to the full text of journal articles
E-books Links to the full text of books
BMJ Best Practice  Access to the latest relevant information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions
ProQuest Hospital Collection Health and social care publications and evidence-based resources
PsycARTICLES Full-text articles for journals relating to mental health

NICE also provide a short guide to searching the databases which is available at:


and some frequently asked questions at:

 Jill Rutt is the Athens Knowledge Manager for us in Barnsley and can be contacted at the Health Economics, Evidence and Evaluation Service (HEEES), Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support, 722 Prince of Wales Road, Sheffield S9 4EU. Tel: 0114 305 1193, E: W: