Changes to NHS OpenAthens National Core Content from 1 April 2019

Health Education England (HEE) has announced a new online point of care tool and made some other changes to the NHS National Core Content available to NHS OpenAthens account holders from the 1st April 2019.

The online point of care tool is BMJ Best Practice, which gives healthcare professionals fast and easy access to the latest information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions. Updated daily, it draws on the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. BMJ Best Practice is available online in a web browser and as a mobile app.

Steps to log in via OpenAthens:
1. Go to and click ‘Log In’ on the top right of the page.
2. Select the ‘OpenAthens’ button and sign in with your OpenAthens account credentials. You will then be taken back to BMJ Best Practice.
3. Once you have logged in to BMJ Best Practice, you can create a free personal account. Your personal account details will enable you to download the app. 

BMJ Best Practice is also available to clinical medical students at the University of Oxford through their ‘University of Oxford – Bodleian Health Care Libraries’ OpenAthens accounts.

Medline with full text is now available from ProQuest, and Wolter Kluwer’s EMCARE is now available in HDAS (Health Databases Advanced Search). All databases are also searchable in their native interfaces.

To achieve the maximum breadth of content within the fixed budget available, EBSCO’s CINAHL Plus with Full Text and Health Business Elite have been decommissioned. Note that the decommissioning of CINAHL Plus Full Text will mean the loss from the national collection of the three remaining Mark Allen nursing journals – the British Journal of Nursing, the British Journal of Midwifery and the British Journal of Community Nursing.

However, at OUH these are available thanks to a local subscription – one amongst many local resources provided by OUH.

For more information and to search HDAS go to:

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