An authentication system which ensures that users have access to the content they are entitled to use.

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Explaining the benefits of signing up to OpenAthens to a nurse

OpenAthens administrators

There are local, regional, and national administrators.  The regional and national administrators are:

London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Sabelo Mapasure and team at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.


Emma Young and team at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foudation Trust.


Michelle Dutton and team at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

South West, Thames Valley and Wessex

Catherine Micklethwaite and team at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

National Administrator

The OpenAthens team at NICE Information Services.

All queries, for any regional team or the national team should be sent to the Service Desk

Alternatively, email [email protected]

Please make sure you include details of your organisation, so that your query can be directed to the right team.

Local administrators with OpenAthens problems should report them to their regional OpenAthens administrator, via the Service desk.

OpenAthens support

The following solutions are available ion the HEE Service Desk:

OpenAthens regional statistics

OpenAthens regional statistics can now be accessed via the Tableau dashboards.

The reports show:

  • account totals for each OpenAthens organisation
  • account totals for each OpenAthens organisation as a % of organisational headcount*
  • unique successful account authentications for each OpenAthens organisation
  • % of accounts being used (unique successful logins / total number of accounts x 100)

*Note that trust headcounts are taken from NHS Digital workforce data for January each year. They will not include students on placement within trusts and may not account for changes or mergers that may have taken place during the year.

As well as data for each organisation, there is data for each region, and for the overall national picture.

To compare your organisation with others, use the filters on the right hand side of the dashboard.

The default is to show all organisations. You can filter for your region, and just your own organisation. Or you can filter by type of organisation (eg acute, or mental health trusts), or size of organisation to compare your stats with other organisations of a similar type or size. You can also use the filters to select specific time periods.

Please remember that these reports just show you information about OpenAthens accounts and successful authentications. For information about resource usage, OpenAthens resource transfer data is not a reliable indicator and you should use supplier statistics instead.

The data in the dashboards starts from April 2022. To access regional statistics from previous years, you will need to download the old spreadsheets:

Select your region: LKSS | Midlands and East | North | South


NARAG manages OpenAthens authentication and its regional administration for NHS libraries in England.

Page last reviewed: 26 April 2022