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Health Education England renews innovative clinical decision support tool

11 April 2022

Health Education England is extending its current provision of clinical decision support to all NHS staff and learners in England for a further two years.

BMJ Best Practice, is a free, award-winning resource. It gives healthcare professionals quick and easy access to the latest clinical information to underpin diagnosis and treatment decisions, resulting in the best possible care for patients.

Updated daily and available via web or app, 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.

Sue Lacey Bryant, HEE’s National Lead for NHS Knowledge and Library Services, said: “Over the last three years, we have seen how successful the roll out of BMJ Best Practice has been. There is growing evidence that integrating decision-making support into electronic systems is leading to quicker diagnoses and shorter hospital stays. We want to keep that momentum going, focusing on increasing the level of integration of BMJ Best Practice into the clinical workflow.

“It’s 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, added: “We are thrilled to see the positive impact BMJ Best Practice has on the daily practice of healthcare professionals. 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.”

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