New for Trust staff- BMJ Best Practice


Did you know that access to BMJ Best practice is now provided by Health Education England to all George’s Trust staff ? Login via your OpenAthens account to access this excellent new resource.

What is BMJ Best Practice?

BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool, uniquely structured around the patient consultation, with advice on symptoms, evaluation, tests to order and treatment approach. The resources cover thousands of clinical topics and over 6,000 clinical guidelines. Access is available anywhere, with online or offline access via the BMJ Best Practice App. You can even  use it to demonstrate learning as it tracks  your searches for clinical information for CPD/CME.

How can Trust staff access BMJ Best Practice?

Follow these 3 easy steps to get started:

Step 1 Access BMJ Best Practice

  1. Visit
  2. Sign in with your OpenAthens username via the ‘Log In’ Link

To register for an OpenAthens account, go to or contact the library on

Step 2 Set up a personal account

A personal account gives you access to extra features such as the app and the ability to track CPD/CME activity and download certificates. You will be prompted to create a personal account on your first visit.

Step 3 Download the app  bmj-best-practice-2017-app

First, make sure you have completed step 2 and created a personal account

  1. Search for ‘BMJ Best Practice on the App Store or Google Play
  2. Select the app and start the download
  3. Enter your personal account login details to complete the download.

Links to Best Practice can also be found on the Library’s NHS webpage, A-Z list of databases and NICE Evidence Service’s OpenAthens resource list.

To support you in getting started, download the user guide or visit the FAQ section. If you need any more information, please contact the library on, ext 5433 or email


Holiday Checklist


Wherever you’re going to be over the summer, our online resources and other services can help you keep studying. Here are three quick steps to consider before you leave SGUL to make this as straightforward as possible.

  1. Reset your SGUL password
  2. Bring books to the library to renew
  3. Register to study in a library near you

1. Reset your SGUL password

With your SGUL login and password, you can use our journals and e-books, and online resources such as Acland’s Anatomy from anywhere with internet access.

We recommend you reset your password before you leave as this ensures you won’t need to change it again for 3 months.

If your password expires or you’ve forgotten your password, you can usually reset it from offsite. Note: you must have already set up an external email address and if you don’t receive the reset link, check your junk mail folder.


For a refresher on finding online resources, have a look at our Hunter FAQs.
We also have step by step guide to accessing e-resources from offsite [PDF].

2. Bring books to the Library to renew

Return and reissue your books to extend your renewal limit

If you’re borrowing items over the summer, it’s a good idea to bring them into the Library so you can return and reissue them on our self-service machines.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to renew any unreserved items a further 10 times online by logging into your library account.  This requires entering the 10-digit number under the barcode on your SGUL card, so you may want to note this number down before you go away.

3. Register to study in a library near you

sconul website screenshot

SGUL Library is a member of the SCONUL scheme, which allows our users reference access to around 170 other university libraries across the UK and Ireland. Postgraduates may also get limited borrowing rights in some cases.

sconul map

To use the scheme,  follow the steps on the SCONUL Access page. Within a few days, and provided there are no fines on your Library account, you’ll receive an email from us which you can take to your chosen library along with your SGUL ID card to apply for access.

Like SGUL, many academic institutions in the UK and worldwide use Eduroam for WiFi. If  you are near a university and have WiFi enabled on phone or laptop, you should immediately pick up the network. If you are using Eduroam for the first  time, remember to enter your full SGUL username (including and password.

Finally, if you’re staying a bit closer to St George’s over the summer, our Summer Sites blog series has information about medical and other libraries you can visit in London, as well as some nearby attractions. Note: double check with the libraries for their opening hours before visiting.

Our website is a great jumping off point for accessing the services and resources mentioned in this post.

BMJ Best Practice app – new version released (available to SGUL staff and students)


A new version of the BMJ Best Practice app is now available to download for free from the Google Play and Apple stores. If you’ve been using this popular app, you’ll need to download the new version soon to continue using it, as the older version will shortly stop being updated.


1) Activating your account

To keep using the app, you’ll need to re-confirm your SGUL credentials with Best Practice at least once every six months.

You can do this by visiting the BMJ Best Practice website in one of four ways:

  • using a desktop computer in the SGUL computer room
  • using a Library laptop
  • using your own device while onsite at St George’s, University of London (making sure it is connected to the Eduroam WiFi network)
  • from offsite, using your SGUL username and password to log in via Shibboleth

Log in to your Best Practice personal account, and you’re done!

New user?

Register for a personal account for free if you haven’t done so before. Make sure to remember the email and password you choose – you’ll need them at the next stage.

2) Setting up the app

Download the app from the Google Play or Apple Store. Be sure to pick the 2017 version.

The first time you open the app, you’ll be asked to log in with your Best Practice personal account username and password. As a logged in subscriber, the full content will now start downloading to your device.

The new app

Changes in the new version have slightly altered the overall feel and navigation of the app, but if you’ve been using the old version it should quickly feel familiar. Just as before, it’s essentially a mobile version of the BMJ Best Practice website, and the content and organisation are unchanged.

Key changes:

  • The new app and data will take up less storage space on your device – 226 MB, compared with 610 MB for the old version. It took us less than five minutes to download all the data on a strong internet connection.
  • Some of this space has been saved by not including images in the downloaded data. You can still view images in the app, but you must be using it online.
  • Navigating the content should be a little easier with longer entries now managed through submenus, giving a quick overview of the section and allowing you to click straight through to the part that interests you.

Screenshots of new app layout – differential diagonosis


Screenshot of old app layout – differential diagonosis


You can read our review of the original app on our mobile resources blog.


DynaMed Plus pop-up stall 3 Nov 12-2pm

On Thursday 3 November 12-2pm, we are setting up a pop-up stall to tell you all about the Dynamed Plus Trial for  SGUL staff and students.  Come along to find out more about Dynamed Plus and the mobile app version. We can give you a hands on demo of this useful evidence based clinical decision point of care tool that is similar to BMJ Best Practice and UpToDate.


If that is not enough of a draw, we will also have cupcakes.


DynaMed Plus- new resource trial until December


DynaMed Plus is available on trial at SGUL until December 2016. DynaMed Plus provides quick access to synthesised evidence on thousands of clinical topics to help you make informed decisions.  Topics are updated daily as new evidence becomes available and it aims to provide objective analysis in an easily-digestible format. You can also download the DynaMed Plus app to use offline on your phone or tablet.

Why not try it today? DynaMed Plus SGUL trial offsite access – log in using your SGUL username and password. See our PDF on how to download and access the Dynamed+ App

Email with any comments on DynaMed Plus.


AppSwap #04: Come and share an app – Weds 10 Feb at 10am

SGUL App Swap logoOur popular App Swap event is returning, giving students and staff the chance to come together to talk about apps that they like and use.

We’re delighted to have Dr Hamed Khan coming along to talk to us about Consult, a doctor’s reference app that he worked on with Univadis.

Here are some comments from our previous App Swap event in December where attendees came along to talk about ECG Genius, MedShr, OSCEasy and more:

“Very informative and thought provoking session”

“Engaging, learned a lot.”

“Thank you for a fantastic event. Thoroughly enjoyed it!”

When and where will it take place?

Time: Wednesday 10 February 10-11am

Location: John Parker Lecture Theatre, Atkinson Morley Wing

Who can join in?

All staff and students at St George’s and St George’s Trust staff who want to share or learn about apps.

Anatomy 4D on an iPad
Anatomy 4D on iPad

What kind of apps will be shared?

This depends on what attendees bring on the day. Previous apps that have been shared include: AIM, Anatomy 4D, RevisePsych, MedEdEthics, Forest: Stay Focused, The Genetics Counselling App, ManchEWS. Read our App Swap round up blog posts for more details.

Do I need to prepare a presentation?

No, the App Swap event is quite informal; just bring your own device along to show us the app you like.

How do I sign up?

Send an e-mail to with the subject heading App Swap event. If you already have an app in mind, please mention the app. Places are limited to 15, so please book ahead.

Will there be refreshments?

Tea, coffee and water will be provided.

I can’t make the date but I’m interested in finding out about apps

We will be live-Tweeting the event from our @sgullibrary account using the hashtags #sgul #appswap and we’ll also archive the tweets in a Storify afterwards.

You can also visit our Mobile Resources Blog for app reviews.

SGUL App Swap #03: Tues 15 Dec 1-2pm

SGUL App Swap logo

We will be running our 3rd App Swap event in December. This is a chance for staff and students to come together in an informal setting to share useful apps.

When and where will it take place?

Time: Tuesday 15 Dec 1 – 2pm

Location: Library Training Room, 1st Floor Hunter

Who can join in?

All staff and students at St George’s and St George’s Trust staff  who want to share or learn about apps.

What kind of apps will be shared?

This depends on what attendees bring on the day. Previous apps that have been shared include: AIM, Anatomy 4D, RevisePsych, MedEdEthics, Forest: Stay Focused, The Genetics Counselling App, ManchEWS.  Read our App Swap round up blog posts for more details.

Do I need to prepare a presentation?

No, the App Swap event is quite informal; just let us know what you think about the app you’ve chosen, and be prepared to show us it on your device.

How do I sign up?

To sign up for the event please send an e-mail to with the subject heading App Swap event. If you already have an app in mind, please mention the app.  We have a limit of 14 places.

Will there be refreshments?

Yes! Tea, coffee and water will be provided, as well as some snacks.


Tablet Competition for Students

As well as the App Swap event, St George’s is also running a competition to get you thinking about the best way to use technology to support your learning. Tell us the best apps for lectures, small groups, practicals and revision and you could win some great prizes, including Red Letter Day experiences and Pebble Time watches.

For more information visit the Tablet Competition webpage, or email




*Resolved* BMJ Best Practice and Clinical Evidence offsite access issues

Good news, offsite access to BMJ Best Practice and Clinical Evidence is now available again!

We are aware that there is a separate issue with the BMJ Best Practice app, and this is still being looked into.

NEW:  Library Services Alert page

St George’s Library is changing the way it alerts users to issues with physical and electronic resources provided by the Library.  We have created a dedicated Library Services Alert page, which you can access through the St George’s Blog homepage, and the St George’s Library Help page on our website.

SGUL Staff are invited to attend our first SGUL App Swap event on 4 Feb 12.30 – 1.30pm

SGUL App Swap logoWe invite staff at St George’s to participate in the first ever SGUL App Swap – an informal event for colleagues to get together to share apps, ideas and experiences.

Confirmed apps presenters include: Carwyn Hooper, Judith Ibison and Jonathan Round.


Time:  Wednesday 4 February 12.30 – 1.30pm
Location: Jenner Basement 11+ 12 Teaching

Bring your own mobile device and share an app that you use or like. Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be provided after the event.

iphone with mug

SGUL App Swap is hosted by the Library and the e-Learning Unit (eLU). To register for the event or to find out more, please contact:
[Limited to 15 places]

Visit our Mobile Resources Blog to see our reviews of mobile apps and resources.

SGUL App Swap is inspired by App Swap events run by the University of Brighton

Information about

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The website has now closed.

Access to BNF via the following routes are not affect:

BNF via the NICE website– freely available to everyone.

Medicines Complete website:  – available via the NHS network or OpenAthens

BNF App (see our post about the BNF App) –  available via OpenAthens


More information about OpenAthens eligibility is available on the NHS staff section of our website: