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NHS Library Essentials

A guide to library services and key resources for NHS staff


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BMJ Best Practice

The BMJ Best Practice mobile app provides access to clinical information online or offline, and is available to all NHS staff in England with an active OpenAthens account. 

How to download the app:

  1. Visit the BMJ Best Practice website
  2. Click ‘Create account‘ for a personal account or ‘Log in‘ if you already have one. You will need your ‘personal account’ details to access the app
  3. Access your Apple or Google Play store and search for ‘BMJ Best Practice’. Select the app and when prompted, use your BMJ Best Practice ‘personal account’ details to sign in and download the content.

Oxford Medicine Online

Oxford Medicine Online allows you to freely access over 280 e-books, such as the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine and Oxford Textbook of Medicine, via your OpenAthens account.

How to access the St George’s Library subscribed to content on a mobile phone:

  1. Go to and select ‘Log in’
  2. Select ‘Login in with Athens/Access Management Federation”
  3. Choose NHS in England from the list of organisations.
  4. Enter your OpenAthens username and password.