Answered By: Digital Library Services Team
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2022     Views: 2


Email to register for an account through Manchester Metropolitan.
The NHS core content collection is only available to qualifying students on NHS funded courses and the staff who teach them. Qualifying students include those on the following programmes:

  • BSc (Hons) Contemporary Health Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Community Health
  • BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Speech Pathology
  • BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Speech Pathology and Therapy
  • MSc Physiotherapy (pre reg)
  • Return to Practice
  • Nursing Associates
  • FDSc Healthcare Science (part of Science & Engineering Faculty)

Please check your email account for the activation link to the Athens site. Once the account is active, you can set your own Athens password and login.
Note: If you do not click on the link to activate your Athens account it will expire. If you have problems with access, please email to re-activate your account.
Please note: Other Manchester Metropolitan students who are employees of the NHS and who don't meet the above criteria should be able to obtain an NHS Athens login from their local NHS trust library.
The Athens login can only be used to access the NHS core content and should not be confused with the eResources provided by Manchester Metropolitan Library for which you need an Manchester Metropolitan University login - the two sets of usernames and passwords are not interchangeable.


The NHS core content is a good source of quality information for academic study and current awareness. There are some overlaps between the NHS and the Manchester Metropolitan resources but there are also features unique to each, so it is worthwhile using both resource collections when searching for literature.
The electronic resources that qualifying students can access include:

  • BMJ Online Journals Collection, comprises more than 20 leading medical titles on specialist clinical areas, public health and evidence-based medicine
  • EBSCOhost databases, including Health Business Elite, MEDLINE (PubMed) and CINAHL with full text
  • Map of Medicine, evidence-based, practice-informed care maps which connect the knowledge and services around a clinical condition (personal registration required)
  • NHS Evidence Book Collection, provided by MyiLibrary - more than 400 eBook titles available to view online or download
  • NHS Evidence Journals and Databases, these include: BNI (British Nursing Index), EMBASE, and HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium)

Access NHS Core Content (Athens)