Health Education England renews partnership with BMJ Best Practice


Health Education England has arranged for BMJ Best Practice to continue providing clinical decision support to all NHS staff and learners in England for another two years.

All healthcare professionals need to be able to use the latest evidence-based information to be sure they are making sound clinical decisions to improve patient outcomes. At the same time, GPs, early career professionals, and learners all appreciate the ability to get a quick overview of a topic, review their knowledge, brainstorm, and share reliable information with patients.

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

BMJ Best Practice is an award-winning resource. It provides healthcare professionals with quick and easy access to latest clinical information to support diagnostic and treatment decisions. Updated daily, it draws on the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step advice on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. It can also be integrated with electronic health record systems for quick access to clinical workflows.

BMJ Best Practice is the only clinical decision support tool that has been purchased nationally for England. Please visit for more information.

Sue Lacey Bryant, national manager of NHS knowledge and library services, said

“It was an extraordinary step forward for HEE to enable equitable access to clinical decision support as a central reference in digital knowledge resources on offer across England. Over the past three years, we have seen how successful the deployment of BMJ Best Practice has been. We want to continue this momentum, then focusing on increasing the level of integration of BMJ best practices into the clinical workflow. It is so important that multidisciplinary teams and all healthcare learners, including physicians-in-training, have the confidence to access clinical evidence summaries for patient care and to support their learning, wherever they are. work and whatever their profession or specialty.

Louise Crowe, Knowledge Manager, BMJ, said:

“We are delighted to see the positive impact of BMJ Best Practice on the daily practice of healthcare professionals across England. This is the result of the strong partnership between HEE and BMJ, with the common goal of creating a hand -better supported and better informed clinical work and ultimately lead to better health outcomes for patients.

Available on the web and apps, and increasingly as part of the clinical workflow via electronic health systems, we have seen a significant increase in engagement and use of BMJ best practices over the last three years.

There is growing evidence of the effectiveness of integrating clinical decision support into the electronic systems used by healthcare professionals. A recent study by Tao et al. showed that clinical decision support systems (CDSS) integrated with BMJ Best Practice improved diagnostic accuracy for clinicians. Confirmed diagnosis times and shorter hospital days have also been associated with the implementation of CDSS in retrospective real-world studies.

All NHS staff and learners in England can use BMJ Best Practice, funded by Health Education England (HEE), free of charge. Learn more about or log on to NHS staff click “Login”, then select “OpenAthens”. Once logged in, create a personal account to download the application.

Help and support: Contact your local NHS library and knowledge service: or BMJ Support: To create a free NHS OpenAthens account, go to

Return: As the national investment lead in digital knowledge resources for the NHS, HEE welcomes input from individuals, trusts and partner organizations to help us understand the value and impact of this resource in practice. Please share your feedback with your regional NHS library manager by email For more information about our work, visit


Notes to editors:

BMJ Best Practice gets you quickly and accurately to the latest factual information, when and where you need it.

Step-by-step advice on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention is updated daily using sound methodology based on evidence and expert opinion.

BMJ Best Practice offers quick access to:

  • Comprehensive condition topics covering 32 specialties
  • Access anywhere, with online and offline access via the BMJ Best Practice app
  • Step-by-step guidance via unique processing algorithm charts
  • A local wayfinding tool allowing healthcare organizations to easily add links to local clinical information
  • More than 250 medical calculators
  • More than 500 patient leaflets
  • How-to videos covering essential clinical techniques
  • Important updates and Cochrane clinical answers highlighted in each topic
  • CME/CPD auto tracking
  • Ability to integrate with electronic health record systems to give easy access to the latest clinical information in the patient workflow

The clinical decision support tool provides doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals with advice on the most common medical conditions to improve knowledge and support the delivery of the best patient care. He accompanies the teams to treat the whole patient.

About BMJ

BMJ is a healthcare knowledge provider whose vision is to help create a healthier world. Most famous for publishing one of the world’s top five general medical journals, the BMJ Journal, we share our knowledge and expertise to improve experiences and outcomes around the world. Discover the difference we are making in our latest impact report:

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


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