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In order to access all of our electronic resources listed below, you must have an OpenAthens username and password.

Athens is a secure portal that provides you with a username and password. 

All ESNEFT staff are entitled to sign up for an OpenAthens account. Having an NHS Athens username and password gives you the right to access the many and varied electronic resources such as the health databases, e-books and e-journals made available to you by the NHS.

To register for an Athens account, please click here.

Click here to see our video on how to register for Athens.

Healthcare evidence and knowledge now a simple search away

The new, Health Education England funded NHS Knowledge and Library Hub brings together a vast range of databases, journals, NICE guidance and other support tools in one place.

Content includes:

  • over 7,000 journals
  • books and e-publications
  • one-click access to full-text, request a copy or contact an NHS library
  • clinical decision support tools such as BMJ Best Practice
  • databases like Medline, EMBASE, CINAHL and PsycInfo.

Start your search or learn more through our short user guides. Make sure you sign in with your OpenAthens account to access the full range of resources available - sign in by clicking on the yellow bar at the top of the home page.

Books and Journals

Our book and journal collections cover all aspects of healthcare and are supplemented by the book and journal collections of other NHS libraries in the East of England. Use the catalogue to search and request books from both the Trust and regional libraries. Search the Library catalogue here.

To access our e-journals as well as the online databases, click here.

If you cannot find the book or journal you need, you can request it via our interlibrary loan service.

Renew your books online here.

One Click Access to Articles

Access your articles with one click. If accessing from outside the Trust, you will be asked for your OpenAthens username and password in order to open the full text of the article.

Type in the DOI or PMID number of the article below:

Lookup a journal article by DOI or PMID

The DOI is a unique set of characters that are used to identify journal articles and ebooks. The DOI of an article can normally be found in a citation of an article.

The PMID is the unique identifier assigned by PubMed for each article in the PubMed database. 


LibKey Nomad Extension

This extension allows you to access journal articles the library has access to on publisher websites, PubMed, Wikipedia and more.

LibKey Nomad can be easily installed in ChromeEdgeFirefoxBrave and Vivaldi.

Once installed select 'East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust' as your subscribing institution. After that, it automatically looks for scholarly content wherever you are.


New: Mark Allen Group (MAG Online)

Mark Allen Group (MAG Online) journals can be accessed here  Login via NHS OpenAthens to access - at the top right hand side of the screen.

Includes: British Journal of Community Nursing, British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, British Journal of Midwifery, Journal of Operating Department Practitioners, Nurse Prescribing and many others – all available via full text.



We have made it easy for you to access books wherever you are, whenever is convenient for you. Kortext provides you with access to over 150 ebooks.

Visit Select East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust as your institution and sign-in with your OpenAthens username and password. Once you have signed in, you will see the ebook discovery page. From here, search and browse ebooks in the Collections tab. Click the "view this book" button underneath the ebook you would like to read.


The Health Service Journal

All ESNEFT staff have free access to the Health Service Journal online (HSJ). This is the best way to stay up to date with what’s happening across the NHS every day.

HSJ content can also be accessed via the HSJ APP, available to download for free from the Apple ‘App’ Store & Google Play.

To register for access, input your personal details and email address on the registration page: CLICK HERE  

You must use your @ESNEFT email address.

Alternatively, email to request access.  You will then receive a welcome email within 48 hours.

If you have a username already and need a new or reset password, use this link: PASSWORD LINK


Colchester Hospital Library

A maximum of 8 books can be borrowed for 28 days. Up to 10 renewals are possible as long as nobody else has requested the book. 

Books can be borrowed and returned via the self-service machine in the Library. Books can also be returned to the blue book drop box on the pavement outside of the Postgraduate Medical Centre building.


Ipswich Hospital Library

A maximum of 8 books can be borrowed for 28 days.

During staffed hours books should be borrowed and returned via the library office.  Out of staffed hours books should be returned via the red secure return box outside of the library.



Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) will close down on 31 March 2022. You will only be able to access the databases from the provider's websites. 

For further information on the closure of HDAS, including instructions on how to export your saved searches, click here.
From 31st March 2022, any alerts you have saved in HDAS will stop running and sending results to you. All the search strategies and search results you have saved in HDAS will be deleted.
To access the online Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) click here.  
To access a database via a provider's website use these links:
EBSCO  - CINAHL,  Medline, Health Business Elite and Business Source Complete
ProQuest  - BNI (British Nursing Index), Medline and PsychINFO (please select NHS England)
Wolters Kluwer (Ovid) - AMED, Embase, Emcare, HMIC and Medline (please click OpenAthens and select NHS England)
To access these databases, you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.
Training is available - please contact either Ipswich or Colchester Hospital Library to arrange a session. 





KnowledgeShare is a targeted current awareness service which provides you with personalised updates relevant to your professional interests on a regular basis. The alerts include resources such as guidelines and systematic reviews along with selected journals. You choose how frequently you would like to receive updates.

All ACE and ESNEFT staff can have access to this service.

To join KnowledgeShare, fill in this application form and return to our secure email or directly to Colchester or Ipswich library. You need to have an OpenAthens account to use this service.

For more information visit the KnowledgeShare website or contact us:

Colchester Library:   

Ipswich Library: 


Knowledge Share Privacy Policy


Provides users with access to over 600 full text journals and more than 1000 eBooks. ClinicalKey is designed to provide you with clinically relevant answers.

Access via and sign in with your OpenAthens username and password.

View our video on how to access ClinicalKey from outside of the Trust and register for a personal account. A personal account is necessary in order to use all of the features of ClinicalKey, including downloading PDFs of books and saving your searches.


UpToDate is an evidenced based point of care tool providing clinical knowledge support. Access via and sign in with your OpenAthens account.

We also have access to the UpToDate Anywhere App.  This gives you the ability to download the App to your mobile device. 

To do this: 

  • On a hospital computer access UpToDate via the intranet.
  • Click Register and fill in the online form.
  • Download the app onto your mobile device and login.

To retain access you must log in to UpToDate on a hospital PC every 90 days.

View our video on how to register for an account and UpToDate App download instructions.

Oxford Handbooks Online

We have over 200 Oxford Handbooks and Oxford Specialist Handbooks available online. Click here and log in with your OpenAthens account.   View our video on how to register for an account and access books.

Oxford Handbooks Online information leaflet.

Royal Marsden Manual

We have access to the 10th edition of the Royal Marsden Manual Clinical and Cancer Nursing Procedures online. Access via and log in with your OpenAthens account.

View our video on how to access and login to the Royal Marsden Manual Online.

BMJ Best Practice

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​To access:

  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.

View the how to register for the BMJ video here. 

BMJ Case Reports

ESNEFT Libraries and Evidence Services have purchased an institutional subscription to BMJ Case Reports, allowing all ESNEFT staff to publish their case reports at no cost to themselves. It means you can submit an unlimited number of cases to be peer-reviewed and published. BMJ Case Reports is indexed in MEDLINE (PubMed) and is an award winning journal that holds the largest repository of case reports. For more information click here.

Visible Body

Visible Body creates highly visual and interactive content for students and professionals who need to understand and communicate human anatomy, physiology, and pathology. All ESNEFT staff and students on placement have access to the following three anatomy apps from Visible Body:

- Human Anatomy Atlas

- Physiology and Pathology

- Muscle Premium

For more information visit our Visible Body page.

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