Quick access to a range of journals, databases and other evidence-based resources for health and social care staff in England.

These resources are provided in partnership between Health Education England and NICE.

You'll need an NHS OpenAthens account to access most of these resources.

NHS OpenAthens

You can access a range of resources using your NHS OpenAthens account, including those listed on this page.

Register for OpenAthens

OpenAthens support

Login to OpenAthens

NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

Visit Health Education England’s NHS Knowledge and Library Hub for:

  • A single search of all the knowledge and library resources available to you, whether purchased nationally or locally.
  • Links to database provider websites for advanced literature searching.
  • A browsable list of all the journals you can access.

See a list of all resources purchased nationally for the NHS in England.

You'll need to sign in with your NHS OpenAthens account to access the resources.

Evidence-based resources

BMJ Best Practice

An evidence summaries resource that provides actionable knowledge to support:

  • decision-making at the point of care
  • education and learning before, during and after the patient consultation.

Cochrane Library


  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  • Central Register of Controlled Trials
  • Cochrane Clinical Answers.

Buy books, journals and databases

Our framework agreement which makes it easier for health and social care organisations in the UK to buy medical and healthcare knowledge resources.

You can find more information on the books, journals and databases page.

Help and support

For help and support using the resources listed here, or for further information, contact your local healthcare library. You can find details in the Health Library and Information Service Directory.