Evidence-informed decision-making

The NPC (National Prescribing Centre) offers a series of 60-minute e-learning events, case studies and quizzes on approaches to finding, managing and presenting the evidence-based information that drives your practice. The evidence-informed decision-making resources cover:

  • Evidence-based medicine (principles and processes)
  • Using information mastery to overcome information overload
  • The skills required to understand a summary of evidence
  • Using information to make decisions
  • Presenting the evidence

BMJ learning

BMJ learning offers high-quality CME/CPD and postgraduate training for doctors and other healthcare professionals. It features hundreds of accredited, peer-reviewed learning modules in text, video, and audio formats. First-time users need to register to create a personal learning account for planning and recording the modules they wish to take. After registering you can login with your NHS Athens username and password.

NHS e-learning repository

The NHS e-learning repository is an open-access platform to support the discovery and sharing of e-learning objects and learning resources held both within the repository and at external locations. To search, browse and download extra resources and for your personalised space, you must login using your Athens ID.

Study skills

Valuable study skills guidance from the Open University:

  • Deal with assignments
  • Get ready for exams
  • Improve your English
  • Build up effective study strategies
  • Absorb: think, read and take notes
  • Learn in groups

Find out more about Open University study skills

Also from the Open University, postgraduate level study skills:

  • Advanced reading skills
  • Harvesting and processing evidence
  • Presenting your findings

Find out more about Open University postgraduate study skills


Students should follow their universities’ specific advice on referencing, whilst authors should comply with publishers’ guidance. 

The University of the West of England makes available a helpful interactive guide to referencing. Imperial College London has comprehensive guides to Vancouver style and Harvard style.


The University of Leicester offers a short tutorial on plagiarism: what it is and how to avoid it.

General reference tools