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BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice

for all NHS staff and learners in England

Funded by Health Education England, free to all NHS staff and learners.

Fast access to clinical decision support anytime, anywhere

BMJ Best Practice uses the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

How to Access

  1. Click ‘Access BMJ Best Practice’ button below.
  2. Enter your OpenAthens username and password and click ‘Sign in’*
  3. If you are a new user, you will need to now register for a BMJ Best Practice personal account. Use your personal account to download the app for access anywhere, anytime, even offline.
  4. *If you need help with your OpenAthens account or setting up BMJ Best Practice, contact your local NHS library or search for your local service.

Download the award-winning BMJ Best Practice app

Use the new BMJ Best Practice app to find answers quickly online or offline. Access is available to everyone as part of your standard institutional subscription.

How to Download the app

  1. First, follow the ‘How to access’ steps and register for a BMJ Best Practice personal account.
  2. Access your Apple or Google play store and search for ‘BMJ Best Practice’ to download.
  3. When prompted, use your BMJ Best Practice ‘personal account’ details to sign in and download the content.

Discover why healthcare professionals love using BMJ Best Practice

Read real-life stories from healthcare professionals shaping the future of patient care using evidence-based medicine from BMJ Best Practice.

BMJ Best Practice training sessions


Join one of our training sessions, designed to demonstrate the use of BMJ Best Practice which answers any clinical questions and supports decision making at the point of care. 


Essential BMJ resources to support healthcare professionals

Our interactive cross-product flyers focus on the most important topics within clinical practice, featuring clinical guidance, BMJ articles, podcasts and more:

Mental Health





BMJ Best Practice Clinical Champions

BMJ Best Practice Clinical Champions are Doctors, Nurse, Midwives, GPs, Paramedics and AHPs who raise awareness and use of BMJ Best Practice by actively promoting and supporting its use locally within their organisation, professional groups and networks. Clinical Champions have the flexibility to promote BMJ Best Practice as and when opportunities arise. They are recognised as key contributors to the continuous development of the tool and undertake a valuable role in the campaign to ensure that all NHS staff are aware of and are confident in the use of BMJ Best practice.

Hear from some of our Champions:

“BMJ Best Practice is a reliable resource which facilitates safe, sensible and open discussion about patient diagnosis and treatment. Being a Clinical Champion allows me to enable colleagues to effectively access this and bolster multidisciplinary team-working dynamics”


Dr Amil Mair
FY1 General Surgery
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


“All doctors have had to take the nerve-wracking dive into on-call shifts. By undertaking the role of BMJ Best Practice Clinical Champion, I’m advocating for an app that improves that experience by supplying evidence-based medical advice at the touch of a button”


Dr Alex Screawn
FY3 General Medicine
South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


“Being a BMJ Best Practice Clinical Champion is a sociable and rewarding way to help clinical staff feel more confident in their professional roles”


Dr Sarah Aldridge
Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Fellow, FY3
Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust


If you are interested to learn more about becoming a BMJ Best Practice Clinical Champion or about introducing the role within your Trust, please download the role flyer or contact Annette Chambers:

Essential resources to support junior doctors during their inductions

Funded by Health Education England, free to all NHS staff.

Confidently treat patients with BMJ Best Practice:

  1. Differential diagnosis and treatment algorithms
  2. An award-winning app
  3. Clinical information that mirrors the patient consultation
  4. Videos covering the most common clinical procedures
  5. ‘Important Update’ alerts for evidence changes
  6. Over 500 integrated medical calculators
  7. 500 patient leaflets

BMJ Best Practice access support


Download our access flowchart guide:

If you need further support, please visit:, or email:

FAQ’s are available on the new OpenAthens journey here

You can also find your local NHS library and knowledge service at To register for an OpenAthens account, go to