Medicines Learning Portal for NHS Pharmacists

A new portal is available to support pharmacists within the NHS. You can find the Medicines Learning Portal here.

The aims of the site are as follows:

All pharmacists involved with patient care need clinical problem solving skills to deliver medicines optimisation, and this website we will assist the development of these skills by:

  • Providing knowledge about medicines, and addressing basic principles of medicines safety for key subject areas
  • Showing the right questions to ask when problem-solving
  • Recommending sources of information about medicines
  • Guiding pharmacists on how to apply their professional judgement
  • Advising on communication techniques for delivering expert advice”

Hints and Tips about Using your NHS Athens username and password

Here are a few hints & tips to help you to make the most of your NHS Athens username and password.


Register via the online form – this is the simplest way to register for an Athens username / password and should only take a few minutes. There is plenty of help on the online form.

Select the right organisation – make sure you select the trust that you work for so that your application is processed quickly by the system.

Use your NHS-based email account – use an NHS email address based at the trust you are applying for. The system will be able to authorise you and you can get started straight away. Personal email addresses such as google and Hotmail accounts will be rejected.

Complete Address – make sure you complete your work location. This helps us to identify you if there are any problems.

Your Username / Password:

Setting your password – once you have submitted the form you will be sent an email; you need to carry out the instructions it contains to complete the registration and set your password.

You can also use your email address to log in (in place of your username).

If you have forgotten your password use the option on the login screen to reset it.

Accessing Resources:

Check the Healthcare Resources page for links to our subscribed resources.

Check the journals A-Z list for journal titles, holdings and access.

If you need to login to a resource, look for the OpenAthens login link (usually quite a small link)

Finding Help:

We have lots of help for you:

Using a Book - updated etutorial

We have updated our Using a Book etutorialYou'll find an easier layout and embedded videos. Learn more about how to get the information you need quickly from books.

Clinical Key – Presentation Maker

Clinical Key can help you to create presentations by allowing you add Clinical Key content to an MS PowerPoint show. You might do this as background information to a case study presentation or when delivering education sessions to your colleagues.
Only images can be added to presentations.

Clinical Key is available to UHNM users via their NHS Athens username and password.

Saved Content
I am going to start from some content I have already saved. I have run a search for images for a dislocated shoulder. I have saved some of these images and tagged them as “Dislocated Shoulder”.

See the blog entry on Saving Articles for how to save and tag content. I would advise you to save the content you use for a presentation as then you will always be able to refer back to the original content you have used.
Screen-shot of my saved content

Add an Item to Presentation Maker
You can add an item to the presentation maker from either the search results page, the article or item page or from the saved content page. Here I am on the saved content page.
To add an item to the presentation maker click the presentation icon. You may need to either tick the item or hover over it to view the presentation maker icon.
Screen-shot of selected content and the presentation maker icon
Click the presentation icon – you will be presented with a pop-up screen asking you to select which presentation you wish to use. You can create a new one or select one that you created previously. Use a name that will be meaningful to you.
Screen-shot of the presentation pop-up - add your presentation name

Click Save to go back to your list to add more content, or click Save and Go to Presentations page to go to the presentations page.
Screen-shot of the presentation pop-up screen - save your presentation
View Your Presentations
To view your presentations at any time go to your account (top-right) and select Presentations from the drop-down box. Here you can see the list of presentations you have made.
Screen-shot of the presentation option for my account

Screen-shot of my list of presentations

Update Your Presentation
You can add more images to your presentation at any time – either from your search results or saved content page. You can also delete images from the presentation if you no longer want to include them.

Export Your Presentation
When you have selected the content you want in your presentation you can export it to a PowerPoint document. Select the presentation and click the Export option.
Screen-shot of the Export option on the right

Your PowerPoint document will be downloaded; open it and save it to your computer or network drive.
Screen-shot of download of powerpoint document

Each item that you added to the presentation in Clinical Key will be added to a PowerPoint slide, along with the description and reference from the original content and a copyright statement. You should keep this information. You can then edit the PowerPoint document to include the rest of your presentation.
Screen-shot of a powerpoint example

Try It

Presentation Maker is a really useful tool that can help you to easily include evidence-based material into your presentations.

Watch the video
You can watch a demonstration of how to create a presentation here:

Myths & Facts about NHS Athens username and password

We get some strange comments about NHS Athens username / password so here is a little myth-busting.

Myth – I don’t need an NHS Athens username / password as everything is free on the Internet.

  • Fact – sadly everything isn’t freely available. Many publishers charge for access to the fulltext of their articles. You can use your NHS Athens username / password to access online journal articles. You can also use your Athens username and password to access ebooks and databases.

Myth – You can access everything you need with an NHS Athens username / password.

  • Fact – unfortunately this isn’t true. You can access resources that we have purchased for you. This includes ebooks, ejournals and articles as well as databases. Like everyone else we have to work within a budget. Also, some publishers are not Athens compliant and we have to give you alternative routes to these resources.

Myth – Athens is a database that you can search.

  • Fact – Athens isn’t a database it is an authentication method, ie it allows you to logon to different resources, including searchable databases, using the same username and password. But you use different resources to find your information.

Myth – You have to be on a course to be eligible for an NHS Athens account.

  • Fact – You don’t have to be on a course to be eligible. If you work for the NHS you can apply. The full list of eligibility criteria is here. You can use resources to support your work, continuous professional development, evidence-based practice and patient care.

Myth – I have to get someone to set me up on Athens and it is really complicated.

  • Fact – Applying for an NHS Athens account is really easy; you just need to complete an online form. If you use your work email account it is really quick and you can be set up within 5 minutes.

Myth – It is too difficult to remember your username.

  • Fact – You’ll be sent an email with your username in it; keep this for reference. As a tip your NHS Athens username always starts with nhs, then it usually includes parts of your name, then a 3 or 4 digit number. But did you know that you can use your email address instead of the username given to you? So you just need to remember your email address and password.

Myth – I need to phone the library if I’ve forgotten my password.

  • Fact – You can reset your password yourself if you have forgotten it. Go to our Athens page and click on the “reset your password” link.

Myth – You have to sign-up again every time you move to the next trust or job.

  • Fact – You can take your NHS Athens username with you when you move jobs within the NHS. You’ll need to transfer your account to your new workplace. This means that you still keep any saved searches or alerts. You’ll also get access to resources available at your new workplace which may include more specialist subjects.

What can I access?
You can find links to all our NHS-based resources on our Healthcare Resources page.

Taking a short amount of time to set up yourself with your NHS Athens username / password, and familiarising yourself with our journals list and databases can save you lots of time in the future.

Where can I get more help?
We have lots of help for you:

ClinicalKey Content Updates: August 8, 2016

Journals Added – CK Global
Coming soonJournal of Optometry (ISSN 1888-4296)

Books Added – CK Global
Books Removed – CK Global
  • Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management (Burkey, Dell) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781416033448; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Older title, no new edition planned. Recommended alternative – Farag: Brown’s Atlas of Regional Anesthesia.
  • TEE Pocket Manual – Revised Reprinted Edition (Groban, Leanne) 1st ed; ISBN: 9781455705887; Package/Collection: Flex Only; Older title, no new edition planned. Recommended alternative – Sidebotham: Practical Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography.

Register for an NHS Athens Username

NHS staff can access ebooks, ejournals and databases online by registering for an NHS Athens username and password.

This single username will allow you to access the online resources that the library subscribes to.

Complete the online form to register now and start accessing resources online. Register with your NHS-based email address for automatic authorisation.

For more help using your NHS Athens username see our Athens help page or complete our quick Register with NHS Athens etutorial.