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A subject guide to library resources for students and staff in the Faculty of Medical Sciences including the UCL Medical School

Clinical Support Tools

There are a number of useful clinical support tools available to download as apps. Simply go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store (Android users) and search for the apps. These include:

NHS OpenAthens for UCL Medical Students

Iphone app screen

NHS OpenAthens is the primary access route for NHS staff to access subscription resources such as e-journals, databases, e-books and quality e-learning materials.

From Year 2 of their studies, UCL Medical Students are provided with NHS OpenAthens accounts with access to a limit range of NHS purchased resources (core content). If you feel you are entitled to a student NHS OpenAthens account, or have forgotten your details please contact your nearest medical library:

BMJ Best Practice App

BMJ Best Practice app logo

The BMJ Best Practice App provides access to over 1000 conditions. The information is broken down into handy sections, including prevention, diagnosis, and management. The app also includes more than 250 interactive medical calculators.

You can set up a personal account by accessing BMJ Best Practice via the UCL Library Databases A-Z or from a UCL networked computer (including the remote desktop or access via VPN), then sign in to the app with these credentials to download content.

Remote access rights are granted for the remaining duration of your time at UCL, or for 6 months (whichever is shorter). If your subscription is still live and you want to renew your remote access, login from a UCL desktop (as above) and your remote access will refresh.

UpToDate App

UpToDate app logo

The UpToDate app provides answers to your clinical questions anytime, anywhere. It provides access to the full UpToDate content including almost 12000 topics, 9300 graded recommendations and 6500 unique drug monographs. Search over an internet connection and bookmark topics for offline access.

Set up a personal account by accessing UpToDate online via the UCL Library Databases A-Z list or from a UCL networked computer (including the remote desktop or access via VPN), then sign in to the app with these credentials. Remote access rights are valid for 90 days, to retain access to the app please refresh your account by logging in to the UpToDate website via the UCL Library databases list or from a UCL networked computer every 90 days or less.


BNF app logo

Another type of resource you’re likely to use a great deal in a clinical setting is that providing drug prescribing information. In this country, clinicians use the British National Formulary; a reference book containing information and advice on prescribing and pharmacology.

Some practitioners buy their own print copy, but it’s actually available for free online from the NICE website and via an app, BNF Publications.  All NHS staff and students on NHS funded courses are entitled to use the app.  The print version of the BNF can quickly become out of date; by using an online version you can ensure that you have access to the latest drug information.