Your OpenAthens password

What is OpenAthens?

An OpenAthens account is simply a way of logging in with a single username and password to access a huge range of online information aimed at NHS staff, trainees and students. 

Why do I need an OpenAthens account?

Online health information resources are purchased by library and knowledge services locally, regionally and nationally to help inform your work and study. These cover the full range of health-related topics and include: 

  • E-books
  • E-journals
  • Journal article databases such as PsycINFO, AMED, BNI, CINAHL, Health Business Elite, HMIC, MEDLINE, and EMBASE
  • Evidence-based point of care tools
  • Clinical images and procedures

Visit our 'Find quality health information' page to see online resources available to Sussex Partnership staff.  

How do I get an OpenAthens account?

You can self-register on the OpenAthens website. You'll need to:

  • Enter Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as your organisation
  • Use an NHS PC and your NHS email address for quicker processing of your registration
  • Look out for your activation email and follow the instructions it contains

After activating your account you can use our information resources from work or home

Can I use an account from my previous organisation?

When you move to a new NHS organisation you should move your account to your new organisation. 

  • Go to the OpenAthens website and log in with your OpenAthens details
  • Choose ‘Change organisation' from the left hand menu
  • Enter your new NHS email address
  • Start typing your new organisation and select from the drop down list
  • Continue to the next page and update any personal details that have changed
  • Continue to the terms and conditions and click ‘Submit’ 

What if I’ve forgotten my password?

  • Use the 'Forgotten password' link on the OpenAthens website
  • Enter your email address and confirm
  • An email will be sent to the email address you registered with
  • Follow the instructions in the email

How do I renew my account?

You will receive an email alert when your account is due to expire. 

  • Click on the link in the email
  • Log in and complete the online form as if registering again. Your renewal request may need to be verified if your details have changed

Any questions?

Contact Amy Dunn, Sussex Partnership OpenAthens Administrator, on