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Health Education England renews partnership with BMJ Best Practice

Health Education England has arranged for BMJ Best Practice to continue to provide clinical decision support to all NHS staff and learners in England for a further two years

All healthcare professionals need to be able to use the latest evidence-based information so that they can be confident in making sound clinical decisions to improve patient outcomes. At the same time generalists, early career professionals and learners all value the opportunity to gain a quick overview of a topic, revise their knowledge, reflect on and share reliable information with patients. 

Given the sheer volume of new health information and the time pressures on teams, Health Education England provides BMJ Best Practice as a practical tool to help NHS staff and learners meet the changing and more complex needs of patients, and maximise NHS resources, together resulting in better care for patients.

BMJ Best Practice is an award-winning resource. It gives healthcare professionals quick and easy access to the latest clinical 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. It can also be integrated with electronic health record systems for fast access within clinical workflows. 

BMJ Best Practice is the only Clinical Decision Support tool that has been procured at a national level for England. Please visit for further information.

Sue Lacey Bryant, National Lead for NHS Knowledge and Library Services, said

“It was an extraordinary step forward for HEE to enable equitable access to clinical decision support as a core reference within the digital knowledge resources offered right across England. Over the past three years, we have seen how successful the roll out of BMJ Best Practice has been. We want to keep that momentum going, focusing next on increasing the level of integration of BMJ Best Practice into the clinical workflow. It is so important that multidisciplinary teams and all healthcare learners, including doctors in training, are confident to reach out to clinical evidence summaries for patient care and to help with their learning, wherever they work and whatever their profession or specialty.”

Louise Crowe, Director of Knowledge, BMJ, said: 

“We are thrilled to see the positive impact BMJ Best Practice has on the daily practice of healthcare professionals across England. This is a result of the strong partnership between HEE and BMJ, with the shared goal of creating a better supported and knowledgeable clinical workforce and to ultimately lead to better health outcomes for patients.

Available on web and app, and increasingly as part of the clinical workflow through electronic health systems, we have seen engagement and usage of BMJ Best Practice significantly increase since over the past three years.”

There is growing evidence of the effectiveness of integrating clinical decision support into electronic systems that healthcare professionals use. A recent study by Tao et al. showed that the clinical decision support systems (CDSS) integrated with BMJ Best Practice improved the accuracy of clinicians’ diagnoses. Shorter confirmed diagnosis times and hospitalisation days were also found to be associated with CDSS implementation in retrospective real-world studies. 

All NHS staff and learners in England can use BMJ Best Practice for free, funded by Health Education England (HEE). Find out more at or log on at 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: or BMJ support: To register for a free NHS OpenAthens account go to

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 by emailing For more information about our work go to


Notes to Editors:

BMJ Best Practice takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence-based information, whenever and wherever you need it. 

The step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention is updated daily using robust evidence-based methodology and expert opinion.

BMJ Best Practice provides fast access to:

  • Comprehensive condition topics spanning 32 specialties
  • Access anywhere, with online and offline access via the BMJ Best Practice app
  • Step-by-step guidance via unique treatment algorithm tables
  • A Local Guidance tool enabling healthcare organisations to easily add links to local clinical information
  • More than 250 medical calculators
  • Over 500 patient leaflets
  • Procedural videos covering essential clinical techniques
  • Important Updates and Cochrane Clinical Answers highlighted within each topic
  • Automatic CME/CPD tracking
  • Ability to integrate with Electronic Health Record systems to give easy access to the latest clinical information within the patient workflow 

The clinical support decision tool provides doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare professionals with guidance on the most common medical conditions to improve knowledge and support the delivery of the very best care to patients. It supports teams to treat the whole patient.

About BMJ 

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About Health Education England: Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

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