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 mobile devices

  • An app is:

“A self-contained program or piece of software designed to fulfil a particular purpose; an application, especially downloaded by a user to a mobile device” (OED online 11/14)

  • You can find and download apps from:  the Appstore,  iTunes,  GooglePlay, Windows appstore, Samsung Galaxy appstore etc. (or search for the title via Google stating Apple or Android if having trouble finding a particular app in the store)
  • Download for free or if there is a cost use: credit card, iTunes/GooglePlay voucher, PayPal if an option.
  • Choose apps that are compatible with your device.


Apps for the workplace

  • 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)
  • NICE Guidance
  • 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.

       The above NICE apps 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

  • Top 7 iPad apps for people with dementia - Touchscreen devices such as iPads  are tactile, versatile and very simple to use and the apps make it easy to play accessible games, which help memory and interaction. They are suitable for use even for those with advanced dementia, as the interaction is designed to be straightforward at all times.
  •  - 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 Francis Costello library 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.