Reliable apps can help you access good quality information easily, wherever you are. This is a selection of the apps available to you, some freely available online and others available through library subscriptions.
The publishers of the British National Formulary (BNF) and British National Formulary for Children (BNFC) have released a new, faster, easier to use and access app.
Both adult and child BNF content is available through a single app, providing ease of use and saving space on users’ devices. It provides free access to the latest up-to-date prescribing information for NHS users in the UK, for non-commercial use.
Further information about the new app can be found here.
Downloading the app is quick and easy and it takes up minimal storage on your device. Having the app will provide you with;
- Offline access to over 1,000 conditions
- Fast navigation through an intuitive interface and search function
- More than 250 interactive medical calculators
- A browse bar for quick access to Important Updates, specialties and more
- Topics broken down into clear sections including prevention, diagnosis and management
- Procedural videos and images included for relevant conditions
- Automatic tracking of your activity for CME/CPD purposes.
You will need an OpenAthens account to ensure access (Please note that if you are working on the Trust networks at LCH, LTHT or LYPFT, no OpenAthens account is required). You will need to set up a personal account with BMJ Best Practice before downloading the app. See download information for further instructions on accessing and using the app.
The CKS webpages have a new feature, which allows you to download a version of CKS onto your desktop or mobile phone. The progressive web app is available in most browsers, including Edge and Chrome - but isn't currently supported by IE11 or Safari.
You can find the download icon in the address bar when you're on a CKS webpage (https://cks.nice.org.uk/):
If you install it on your desktop/laptop, you can access it from the start menu in Windows.
If you install it on your phone, an icon will appear in your list of apps, just like any other app:
When you open the app, it opens in its own self-contained window, but looks just like the CKS website.
You can browse and search within it as normal.
It also caches the CKS topics that you look at, so you are able to access those pages again when you are offline. (It doesn't download all the CKS topics straight away, just makes a copy those that you look at, so you can't access all the contents offline)..
- Almost a Doctor: free medical encyclopaedia and other resources for medical students, doctors and healthcare professionals.
- Geeky Medics: free online clinical skills resource for medical students. Provides a comprehensive collection of high-quality OSCE guides covering a wide range of clinical skills.
The NHS Safeguarding app has been developed to act as a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals, carers and citizens. It provides 24-hour, mobile access on up to date legislation and guidance across the safeguarding life course.
The app also provides information on how to report a safeguarding concern and even has a directory of safeguarding contacts for every local authority in England, searchable by region."