Clinical Tools

Clinical care tools provide information to assist health professionals in making clinical decisions. These resources include critically appraised topics, differential diagnosis tools, clinical calculators, and evidence-based practice resources.


UpToDate is now available!

UpToDate is an Interactive clinical decision support and is now available for all staff at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, this includes Consultants, Junior Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Pharmacists and AHPs.

The stakes are high when treating patients – and every decision counts. You need to have the best evidence and clinical guidance at your fingertips to confidently answer even the most complicated questions. UpToDate includes over 12,700 topics in more than 25 specialties, a drug and interaction database (in collaboration with Lexicomp), around 1,500 patient education materials and over 37,000 graphics and links to more than 530,000 references.

Click here to access UpToDate  and log in with your NHS OpenAthens account. Don’t have an account? Register for one here OpenAthens:  using your email address. For further help to set up a personal account please get in contact with the library team on

BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool, uniquely structured around the patient consultation, with advice on symptom evaluation, tests to order and treatment approach. All the Trust staff can now access BMJ Best Practice, access is provided by Health Education England.

Use BMJ Best Practice to:

  • Search thousands of clinical topics and over 6,000 clinical guidelines
  • Find answers fast using our layout that mirrors the patient consultation
  • Access anywhere, with online and offline access via the BMJ Best Practice app
  • Get step-by-step guidance via our unique treatment algorithm tables
  • Check prescription guidance using linked drug databases and over 250 medical calculators
  • Stay current with Important Updates highlighted within each topic
  • Ensure your ongoing professional development,with automatic CME/CPD tracking.


British National Formulary (BNF) aims to provide prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals with sound up-to-date information about the use of medicines


British National Formulary for Children (BNFC) aims to provide prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals with sound up-to-date information on the use of medicines for treating children. 

Royal Marsden Manual

Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical and Cancer Nursing Procedures is an excellent tool to enable nurses to access the latest research relevant to practice quickly and easily from a source they can trust. 

Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines

The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines is a world-renowned reference on the safe use of medications for patients presenting with mental health problems.


If you need help access these resources, please see our training page for a list of the courses we run or contact the library for further information.

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