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BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice – Straight to the point of care

(OUH Resource of the Month, March 2023)

About BMJ Best Practice


The online point of care tool BMJ Best Practice – which gives healthcare professionals fast and easy access to the latest information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions – is now available to all NHS staff.

Updated daily, BMJ Best Practice draws on the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. BMJ Best Practice is available online in a web browser with an NHS OpenAthens account, and as a mobile app with a BMJ personal account.

OUH staff can also get direct access to BMJ Best Practice (without logging-in to OpenAthens) via the link on the front page of the OUH Intranet.

  • Search thousands of clinical topics and over 6,000 clinical guidelines
  • Find answers fast using our layout that mirrors the patient consultation
  • Access anywhere, with online and offline access via the BMJ Best Practice app
  • Get step-by-step guidance via our unique treatment algorithm tables
  • Check prescription guidance using linked drug databases and over 250 medical calculators
  • Stay current with Important Updates highlighted within each topic. 
  • Check out the topics in your specialty 
  • Ensure your ongoing professional development, with automatic CME/CPD tracking

Further information and training guides are available on the BMJ website. Or contact us for more help at

How to Access BMJ Best Practice

Access on an OUH PC or Authorised Network

1. Access BMJ Best Practice via the link on the OUH intranet or visit the BMJ Best Practice website.

2. If you are automatically authenticated you can proceed to step 6. You have been automatically authenticated if you can see 'Access provided by: Health Education England (HEE)' at the top of the page.


Access via OpenAthens

3. Go to the BMJ Best Practice website. If you are not automatically authenticated (see step 2), select 'Login' and then, 'Access through your institution' at the top of the page. Then type and select 'NHS in England'.

4. Log in using your OpenAthens username and password. Oxford Clinical medicine students can also access BMJ Best Practice via this method if they have an OpenAthens account. 

5. You can also access BMJ Best Practice from the Knowledge and Library Hub


Get your Personal Account 

6. Now create your personal account. This will allow you to sign in directly using these details. Your personal account also allows you to log in to the app and to track your CPD/CME activity and download certificates.



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BMJ Best Practice App

Using the App 

  1. Create your BMJ Best Practice personal account. 
  2. Visit the Apple or Google play store and search for ‘BMJ Best Practice’ to download. 
  3. Use your BMJ Best Practice ‘personal account’ details to sign in and download the content. 

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