Evidence on demand: Health Education England brings BMJ Best Practice to the bedside

All NHS staff in England now have the best available clinical information at their fingertips.

As a direct result of requests from busy healthcare professionals working with patients, Health Education England (HEE) has invested in a national ‘point of care’ tool. In an exciting initiative, HEE has agreed a new partnership with the BMJ, a world leading medical knowledge provider, to provide BMJ Best Practice to the whole of the NHS workforce in England.

BMJ Best Practice is an award-winning resource. It gives healthcare professionals quick and easy access to authoritative information to underpin diagnosis and treatment decisions. Updated daily, it draws on the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

All NHS staff can now access BMJ Best Practice online and offline via an app. It can also be integrated with electronic health record systems for fast access within clinical workflows. Please visit bestpractice.bmj.com for further information.

Professor Sheona MacLeod, Chair of the HEE Postgraduate Deans, said:
“The purchase of a national point of care tool is a significant step forward in terms of HEE’s provision of digital knowledge resources for the healthcare workforce. All healthcare learners, including doctors in training, will now have access to clinical evidence summaries to use for patient care and to help with their learning, wherever they work and whatever their profession or specialty.”

Anca Babor, Director of Knowledge Centre, BMJ said:
“We are delighted to see healthcare professionals across England benefiting from the latest and most relevant clinical information from BMJ Best Practice. NHS healthcare professionals continue to be an integral part of our user-centred development process and have ensured BMJ Best Practice meets their needs at the point of care. Clinical decision support is a key strategic area for us and we look forward to supporting busy NHS healthcare professionals deliver the highest standards of care for their patients, wherever they are.”

Access: Go to bestpractice.bmj.com. NHS staff click ‘Log In’ then select ‘OpenAthens’. Once logged in, create a personal account to download the app.

Help and support: Contact your local NHS library and knowledge service: https://www.hlisd.org or BMJ support: support.bmj.com.

Feedback: As stewards of national investment in digital knowledge resources for the NHS, HEE welcomes feedback from individuals, Trusts and partner organisations to help us understand the value and impact of this resource in practice. Please share your feedback with your NHS regional library lead: https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/library-knowledge-services.