NICE one BNF!

Our thanks to Janet Dean, Medical Nurse Practitioner, for her positive feedback on the latest NICE BNF web app, which she demonstrated today on her smart phone.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has 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. 

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 BNF. An app for the British National Formulary for Children (BNFC) is in the late stages of development and will be released soon.

 Other available apps include NICE Guidance and NHS Direct – both FREE.

Guidance at a glance on your smartphone

Guidance at a glance on your smartphone.

The official NICE Guidance app is available to download now for users of Android and iPhone smartphones.

The free app allows quick and easy access to all of NICE’s recommendations and advice, and has been developed in response to demand from users of NICE guidance.

Aimed at healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses and medical students, the app allows users to search, browse and explore all of the guidance produced by NICE.

More than 760 pieces of NICE guidance are contained, such as clinical guidelines on COPD, hypertension and stroke, and the app is automatically updated whenever access to the internet is available.

Guidance is arranged by clinical or public health topic, and particular sections can be bookmarked for easy access, or sent via email.

Other features include receiving automatic updates and new guidance as soon as it is published on the NICE website, adjustable font size for readability, and the ability to ‘swipe’ between chapters when looking at guidance.

The NICE Guidance app works on Android Smartphones, Apple iPhones and iPod touch running IOS 4.3 and above. It can be downloaded from Apple’s iStore and the Android Market.