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NICE launches free British National Formulary for Children app for the NHS in England

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has announced the launch of its third free smartphone and tablet application in 2012 - NICE BNFC.

The NICE British National Formulary for Children (NICE BNFC) app follows the successful launch of the NICE BNF and NICE Guidance apps, both of which have proved to be hugely popular amongst health and care professionals.

Since its launch on 18 June 2012, the NICE BNF app has been one of the most popular health apps with nearly 60,000 downloads.

The NICE Guidance app has been downloaded by more than 60,000 users since it was launched in March 2012.

The NICE BNFC app continues NICE's digital push and further strengthens the partnership with the British National Formulary to provide free, easy and convenient access to the latest prescribing information.

The NICE BNFC app is available free to health and social care professionals who work for or who are contracted by NHS England. It can be downloaded via the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Users will need to enter their NHS Athens user name and password to activate the app and download the content. Once downloaded and activated, the app does not rely on a network connection and will provide direct offline access to the latest version of the BNFC.

Eligible professionals who do not yet have an NHS Athens password can register for free online or directly from their smartphone and tablet by following the instructions displayed in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Announcing the launch of the NICE BNFC app, Sir Andrew Dillon, NICE Chief Executive, said: "NICE is determined to play a leading role in the digital revolution taking place in health and social care. Information is our business and we want to be at the forefront of the rapidly changing technological environment.

"Our continued collaboration with BNF Publications means that the introduction of the NICE BNFC app will help meet demand among the increasing numbers of health and care professionals who want to access high quality information on the move via their smartphone or tablet.

"All our digital developments so far - NICE Pathways, NHS Evidence and now our three smartphone apps - show that we are taking the initiative and seizing the opportunities provided by technology to extend the reach of our products and services."

Dr Hilary Cass, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: "Children are not mini adults so prescribing them the correct medication at the right dose and at the right time is crucial when delivering the best possible care.

"This new and informative app will allow clinicians to do this anywhere, at anytime, safely, accurately and quickly."

Duncan Enright, Publishing Director of the British National Formulary, said: "We are delighted that this development means that BNF's authoritative guidance is readily available at the point of care in a digital form to suit the needs of the modern health professional. We are confident the NICE BNFC app will result in improved patient care."

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Notes to Editors

1. NICE has a licensing agreement with the publishers of the BNF and BNFC - the British Medical Association, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health - to provide free and open access for the NHS to BNF and BNFC online via its NHS Evidence service (www.evidence.nhs.uk) and to make the BNF and BNFC available through mobile applications. NICE also purchases printed copies of the BNF and BNFC for distribution to professionals within the NHS who have a prescribing responsibility.

2. The BNF and BNFC are available online.

3. To download the BNFC app on Android, the user will require the minimum operating system: 2.3.3 or later.

4. To download the BNFC app on iPhone or iPad, the user will require the minimum operating system: iOS 4.3 or later.

5. As of 24 September 2012 the NICE BNF app had been downloaded 59,612 times and as of 13 August 2012 the NICE Guidance app had been downloaded 60,202 times.

About BNF publications

6. The BNF and BNFC are joint publications of the British Medical Association, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group. The BNF and BNFC are used by all healthcare professionals involved in using medicines. An updated version is published in print form every six months. It is a resource used for rapid reference by practicing healthcare professionals which supports effective and safe selection and use of medicines.

About NHS Athens

7. More than 285,000 NHS and social care staff already have an Athens account, and registration is free. Athens also provides online access to a wide range of databases of evidence and hundreds of other journals.

8. Eligible staff who do not have an NHS Athens account may register online. For additional support with online journals and other electronic information resources, staff should contact their local library service.

About NICE

9. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and standards on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health

10. NICE produces guidance in three areas of health:

  • public health - guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health for those working in the NHS, local authorities and the wider public and voluntary sector
  • health technologies - guidance on the use of new and existing medicines, treatments, medical technologies (including devices and diagnostics) and procedures within the NHS
  • clinical practice - guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS.

11. NICE produces standards for patient care:

  • quality standards - these reflect the very best in high quality patient care, to help healthcare practitioners and commissioners of care deliver excellent services
  • Quality and Outcomes Framework - NICE develops the clinical and health improvement indicators in the QOF, the Department of Health scheme which rewards GPs for how well they care for patients

12. NICE provides advice and support on putting NICE guidance and standards into practice through its implementation programme, and it collates and accredits high quality health guidance, research and information to help health professionals deliver the best patient care through NHS Evidence.

This page was last updated: 25 September 2012

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