NICE launches free British National Formulary Smartphone App for NHS England
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today launched a free British National Formulary (BNF) Smartphone application for download by health and social care professionals who work for or who are contracted by NHS England.
The new app is called NICE BNF and has been developed to provide easy access to the latest up-to-date prescribing information from the BNF - the most widely-used medicines information resource within the NHS.
The NICE BNF app is available to download for free to health and care professionals via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Users will need to enter their NHS Athens user name and password to activate the app and download the content.
Announcing the launch of the NICE BNF app, Sir Andrew Dillon, NICE Chief Executive, said:
"Ensuring staff have access to the latest high quality information to deliver the best possible patient care has always been very important to NICE.
"The growing use of Smartphones has created a new culture and means for people to access information while on the move.
"The NICE Guidance app we launched earlier in the year has been phenomenally successful and we believe that health and care professionals will love our BNF app too.
"It looks great and is easy to use. And because you don't need internet access once the app is downloaded, professionals can be reassured they can get access to the BNF wherever they may be delivering care"
Dr Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at the Department of Health, said:
Duncan Enright, Publishing Director of the BNF, said:
"We have been working with NICE for three years now and it is good to see this bear fruit in the form of this latest BNF app. We know from previous BNF apps that there is an appetite for BNF on mobile devices.
"The NICE BNF app is a good way to keep up with the most up-to-date prescribing guidance."
Notes to Editors
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 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.
To download the app on Android, the user will require the minimum operating system: 2.3.3 or later.
To download the app on iphone, the user will require the minimum operating system: iOS 4.3 or later.
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About NHS Athens
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.
Eligible staff who do not have an NHS Athens account may register online at https://register.athensams.net/nhs/nhseng/. For additional support with online journals and other electronic information resources, staff should contact their local library service via www.hlisd.org.
2. NICE produces guidance in three areas of health:
3. NICE produces standards for patient care:
4. 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: 13 June 2012