Answered By: E-library Team
Last Updated: 10 Sep, 2018     Views: 513

About OpenAthens

Students from the Department Clinical Science who are due to go on placement with an NHS organisation are provided with OpenAthens accounts at the start of the course. You may use your account to authenticate yourself as a member of Brunel University London and gain access to the digital resources provided by the National Institute for Clinical Evidence (NICE).

You should activate your OpenAthens account as soon as possible. Please keep the email sent from as it contains important information. Also make note your OpenAthens username and the password you choose. If you cannot remember the password you chose, go to the "OpenAthens for the NHS" link below and choose the "Forgotten your password?" link to reset it. If you did not activate your account in time, please contact the elibrary team.

About e-Learning for Healthcare

One of the NHS OpenAthens resources you need to use is called e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) which provides access to an online learning environment.

You may access it via "OpenAthens for the NHS" (see Links & Files below) or directly via a link to e-LfH (see Links & Files below, or via links on BlackBoard - please remember to use the "Sign on with OpenAthens" button when you transfer to e-LfH).

Please also note: the first time you access e-LfH you will need to complete registration (use either the "Register" button or the "Proceed to next step" button on screenshots below, as appropriate). This will link your details to your OpenAthens ID (when you are registering, please change the field with "oa-FirstName" to your first name.

Enter yourself under the relevant categories, for example:

  • NHS England - Southern
  • Occupational therapy student
  • Brunel University Higher Education institution
  • start date = when you started at Brunel
  • end date = when you are due to finish your course
  • add any other mandatory details (some details are optional so you do not need to complete all the boxes)
  • the next time you access e-LfH you will find that your details are stored safely under "My Account".

e-Learning for Healthcare - Sign on with OpenAthens


Register your details on e-Learning for Healthcare


We recommend that you always sign on via: to access e-LfH before you use any links that your are emailed or provided with on Blackboard so that your e-LfH profile is recognised automatically - select "Sign in via NHS England".

Please also verify that your name is registered correctly by looking at the top left corner and/or under "My Account".

The e-learning programmes that you need to complete are listed on Blackboard under your module - just look on PebblePad.

When you click through the buttons on your Blackboard module please use the "Sign on with OpenAthens" button rather than trying to enter a username and password (OpenAthens is the only system you should use to sign in).

You will need to use the "Enrol" button on e-LfH for each e-learning programme that you need to take, such as Safeguarding Adults or Data Security Awareness. When you complete a learning programme, check that the name on your certificate is correct before you upload it to Blackboard.


e-Learning for Healthcare - My Learning - Select Enrolment




If your name is not correct, report the problem via the general Support Form at:

If you find that you are unable to access your e-LfH profile, you may need to complete the registration process again. Please use the general Support Form at: to ask for e-LfH for support. If you have any difficulty with this please contact us via email.

Signing on: please look for a "Sign on with OpenAthens" button further down or across the page. Here are some screenshots to provide guidance...

Follow the link from Blackboard to the relevant programmes, for example: Safeguarding Adults (SGA):

e-Learning for Healthcare - sign on to Safeguarding Adults (SGA) e-learning programme


e-Learning for Healthcare - sign on with OpenAthens - Safeguarding Adults (SGA) e-learning programme


On a mobile device you may see:

e-Learning for Healthcare - how to Sign on with OpenAthens


If you get an error page, again, look for the "Sign on with OpenAthens" button...


e-Learning for Healthcare - do not use the username and password, look below for a Sign on with OpenAthens button


Finally, if you use a mobile or Windows device, we have noticed that while signing in to e-LfH, the first character of the username can change to a capital letter which may cause a denial of access. Please ensure all the characters are in lower case before signing in.