Apps for health professionals

This page is all about apps and how they can be used in a healthcare setting. The page is split into the following sections:


Apps for the workplace

  • BMJ Best Practice app - This clinical decision support tool is available to all NHS healthcare professionals in England courtesy of HEE.  Login initially with an Athens account to enable setting up of a personal account and to download the app for use anywhere, anytime. See access guides here and further video guidance here.
  • BNF/BNFC - This is a new app produced in summer 2017 which combines both BNF and BNFC.  (Please note that the two apps  previously produced by NICE will shortly be discontinued. so you are encouraged to download the new one via the link highlighed as soon as possible.)
  • NHS Acronym  (explanations of basic commonly used NHS abbreviations)
  • Eponyms (definitions of medical conditions named after the people who discovered them) Free version for students or option of paying for app. Click here for iTunes version.
  • NHS Safeguarding Guide 
  • Prodigy Patient 
  • RJAH Freedom to Speak Up - As part of the Trust’s work in relation to Freedom to Speak Up, the App offers staff members an opportunity to raise any concerns they have in a safe and anonymous way.  The App is free, and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play, by searching for RJAH Freedom to Speak Up.
  • IDDSI - The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative. The IDDSI framework helps care for those with dysphagia. The app gives access to descriptors and lets users look up the different IDDSI  food texture and drink thickness tests easily. The app is available from both the App Store and Google Play.

       The NICE apps included in the above list will need regular syncing over a Wi-Fi connection to keep the content up-to-               date.


Health and wellbeing apps/orthopaedic apps 

The following websites show a range of apps which you can research before choosing which to download:

  • Lab Tests Online UK app will help you understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are used by healthcare professionals today. You can find information for a particular diagnosis or management of a condition as well as find information on a specific test if you know the name of the test.


       Apps for dementia

  • There are some useful Apps for People with Early Onset Dementia:
  •  - Here are memory apps and aids to stimulate and aids to provide support for all types of dementia.
  • My House of Memories allows you to explore objects from the past and share memories together. It can be used by anyone, but has been designed for, and with, people living with dementia and their carers. Find out more about living well with dementia, and how carers can support people through memory activities you can do together.


         Journal/Database Apps

  •  Ovid Today - Access to the full text of 31 OVID journal titles subscribed to by RJAH Library & Knowledge Service and more via the OVID Today app (supports both i-pad and all Android mobile devices). The app is not Athens authenticated. Contact the library for the OVID Sp ID login. Once logged in, you will need to create your own personal account login too.
  • Pubmed -  search various free and paid for versions of the popular database of medical citations


Useful apps to have installed on your mobile device

  • Adobe Reader
  • QR code/barcode readers
  • Google apps eg calendars/currency converters/translate
  • Newspaper apps
  • CLA  (Copyright Licensing Agency  - search by title and check you can legally copy an article under the Public Admin licence category)

        *Back-up paid for apps to your computer. Sync across devices linked to single account.