Myth – I don’t need an NHS Athens username / password as everything is free on the Internet.
- Fact – sadly everything isn’t freely available. Many publishers charge for access to the fulltext of their articles. You can use your NHS Athens username / password to access online journal articles. You can also use your Athens username and password to access ebooks and databases.
- Fact – unfortunately this isn’t true. You can access resources that we have purchased for you. This includes ebooks, ejournals and articles as well as databases. Like everyone else we have to work within a budget. Also, some publishers are not Athens compliant and we have to give you alternative routes to these resources.
- Fact – Athens isn’t a database it is an authentication method, ie it allows you to logon to different resources, including searchable databases, using the same username and password. But you use different resources to find your information.
- Fact – You don’t have to be on a course to be eligible. If you work for the NHS you can apply. The full list of eligibility criteria is here. You can use resources to support your work, continuous professional development, evidence-based practice and patient care.
- Fact – Applying for an NHS Athens account is really easy; you just need to complete an online form. If you use your work email account it is really quick and you can be set up within 5 minutes.
- Fact – You’ll be sent an email with your username in it; keep this for reference. As a tip your NHS Athens username always starts with NHS, then it includes your initial and surname, then a 3 digit number. But did you know that you can use your email address instead of the username given to you? So you just need to remember your email address and password.
- Fact – You can reset your password yourself if you have forgotten it. Go to our Athens page and click on the “reset your password” link.
- Fact – You can take your NHS Athens username with you when you move jobs within the NHS. You’ll need to transfer your account to your new workplace. This means that you still keep any saved searches or alerts. You’ll also get access to resources available at your new workplace which may include more specialist subjects.
Where can I get more help?
We have lots of help for you: