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Health Education England has extended their national subscription to BMJ Best Practice

Health Education England has extended their national subscription to BMJ Best Practice to include the Comorbidities Manager for all NHS staff and learners in England.

In the UK alone one in three patients admitted to hospital as an emergency have five or more conditions. This poses a significant problem for healthcare systems. Clinical guidelines only focus on single conditions, but failure to treat the whole patient leads to worse clinical outcomes, and longer lengths of stay. The global COVID-19 pandemic further highlighted the problem with over 60% of patients admitted to intensive care units having comorbidities.

The BMJ Best Practice Comorbidities Manager supports the management of the whole patient by including guidance on the treatment of a patient’s acute condition alongside their pre-existing comorbidities. 

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.

Patrick Mitchell, Director of Innovation, Digital and Transformation, HEE, said


“Health Education England funds BMJ Best Practice nationally so that all NHS staff and learners in England have access to a tool which supports evidence-based clinical decision making.  We are very pleased to have been able to add the new Comorbidities Manager to the national provision, to inform decision-making in scenarios where a patient presents with an acute condition but also has chronic conditions, helping members of multidisciplinary teams, including our trainees, in their shared endeavour to treat the whole patient.”

“By giving frontline staff this and other digital tools we can ensure they get the most up to date, evidence based knowledge at their fingertips, driving digital transformation from board to bedside.”


Louise Crowe, Director of Knowledge, BMJ, said: 


We are thrilled to see how BMJ Best Practice is positively impacting the daily practice of health professionals across England. So much so, that this has led to the decision to upgrade the subscription to include the Comorbidities Manager. With 97% of users in a recent independent study saying it improved their practice, I have no doubt it will provide a valuable tool for all those who use it. At BMJ, everything we do has the ultimate aim of supporting health professionals and this enhancement is a huge step in allowing us to do that effectively.”

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.

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


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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
  • Comorbidities Manager prompts healthcare professionals to consider a patient’s comorbidities when accessing treatment information on an acute topic
  • 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.

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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.