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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.

Health Literacy Month 2020 (1st - 31st October)

Health Literacy Month is an international campaign promoting the importance of understandable health information. Health literacy refers to the knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to use health information and make health-related decisions. Improving health literacy has the potential to improve patient health outcomes, reduce the risk of health problems and health inequalities arising from miscommunication.

BMJ Best Practice supports the improvement of health literacy by providing evidence-based clinical information. Key resources to support health literacy include:

  • Health Literacy Month social video:

To support Health Literacy Month, download and share this video on your social channels.



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. Nearly 500 patient leaflets

Junior Doctor Induction Animation Video

A visual guide to your first day as a junior doctor with the support of BMJ Best Practice.


Additional resources to support junior doctors:

  • Podcast | BMJ Talk Medicine Sharp Scratch podcast series, where medical students, newly qualified doctors, The BMJ’s multimedia team, and experts from around the world get to grips with the topics that really matter but medical schools don’t teach you.
  • Journal | For more clinical knowledge and opinion, the Postgraduate Medical Journal aims to support junior doctors and contribute to the continuing professional development of all doctors by publishing papers on a wide range of relevant topics.

Essential COVID-19 resources to support healthcare professionals

BMJ Best Practice provides comprehensive support to all NHS healthcare professionals in your institution throughout the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As well as information on diagnosis and management of COVID-19, you have access to the latest news, comment, and research from BMJ. All available resources are updated daily.



For further resources, please visit the BMJ COVID-19 hub.

BMJ access support

If you need any support logging in, please visit:

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

Training resources

To support you getting started with BMJ Best Practice, please watch the introductory webinar or download our training slides.

If you would like to discuss your training needs, please contact Ali Boukabache, BMJ’s Training Manager –