Apply for an NHS Wales OpenAthens Account

Authorised users need an OpenAthens account to access NHS Wales licensed resources.

Existing users: please click on forgotten password page if you have forgotten your OpenAthens password.

To register for an OpenAthens account, select your employing organisation from the list below, complete all sections and click on the submit button. Please note that most fields are mandatory.

Before you register, please read the below:

  1. To register, you must be employed by or hold an honorary contract with NHS Wales or be employed by the Health and Social Care Department or Education & Public Service Department of Welsh Government.
  2. If you have an @wales.nhs.uk email address please use this when registering as your account will automatically be processed. If you don’t have an NHS Wales email address you can use another email but please note that accounts will need to be processed which could take a few days.
  3. Your OpenAthens account is valid for an initial period of 18 months, after which you will receive an automated request to renew. Your account and all personal saved searches will be deleted if you do not renew.
  4. Registering for an NHS Wales OpenAthens account signifies your agreement to the OpenAthens terms and conditions.

Please enter your details on the form below. All fields marked * must be completed.

Is your position permanent or temporary? If temporary enter the date your contract, placement, rotation or secondment will end.


Enter the date your contract, placement, rotation or secondment will end.

If you submit this request from the NHS Wales e-Library intranet or use your NHS Wales email address, you should be able to access resources within 24 hours. Note that for verification purposes, internet requests may take a few days to process.

If you have any questions about getting an account, please contact us.

For information on how your data is used and stored, please view the OpenAthens Privacy Policy.