About BMJ Learning

Your own personal BMJ Learning website

BMJ Learning offers high-quality continuing medical education for doctors and other healthcare professionals. It features hundreds of accredited, peer-reviewed learning modules in text, video, and audio formats.

When you sign in to BMJ Learning, you'll see your own personal homepage, which displays modules tailored to you based on your profession, specialty and location. This makes choosing the right modules for your CME/CPD quicker and easier.

The learning modules provided by BMJ Learning deal with everyday issues in primary care and hospital medicine. They are evidence based and and peer reviewed, and are regularly updated. Most modules take around an hour to complete. Many are free to access.

BMJ Learning is closely integrated with BMJ Portfolio. Once you register with BMJ Learning, you will have your own confidential record of all the modules you take – an excellent way to keep track of the CME/CPD credits you have achieved.

You can download or print certificates for modules you complete as evidence of CME/CPD or QOF points, or for use in an appraisal. The modules on BMJ Learning are accredited by several organisations, and you will be offered a choice of which organisation appears on your certificate.

For help using BMJ Learning, and to see answers to common questions, please see our Help and FAQs page. If you're new to BMJ Portfolio, you might like to take a look at the user guide.

If you have questions or feedback about BMJ Learning, please feel free to get in touch.

Is BMJ Learning for me?

BMJ Learning had modules suitable for anyone who works in healthcare, including:

  • Hospital doctors
  • General practitioners
  • Trainee and Foundation Programme doctors
  • Practice nurses
  • Practice managers.

You can use BMJ Learning as an individual, or to learn with your colleagues as a team. For example, you could use our modules on audit, complaints, and preventing medical errors as a foundation for a half day's teaching on clinical governance. Learning together has many advantages. You can exchange information and experiences, and you can share different insights and perspectives on clinical and ethical dilemmas.

Is learning online supported by evidence?

Published evidence shows that BMJ Learning is an effective educational tool for doctors and other health professionals, across a wide range of specialties. Evidence for the effectiveness of BMJ Learning has appeared in a variety of independent, peer-reviewed medical publications.

Research shows that BMJ Learning improves the applied knowledge and problem solving skills of doctors in both primary and secondary care. Improvements have been shown across many different specialties. BMJ Learning is also an effective way of encouraging doctors to improve their performance by putting their learning into practice (PDF).

As well as being a valuable educational resource for doctors, BMJ Learning is also an effective way of educating allied health professionals and undergraduates.

Evidence shows that doctors use BMJ Learning not just as an academic exercise, but also as a way of gaining knowledge that helps them directly improve care for patients.

In addition, there is evidence showing that BMJ Learning is both an economical and time efficient method of educating healthcare professionals, as well as an effective one.

The BMJ Group

BMJ Learning is part of the BMJ Publishing Group (BMJ Group), the medical publishing division and wholly owned subsidiary of the British Medical Association (BMA). BMJ Publishing Group Limited is incorporated in England and Wales with company registration number 3102371. Its registered office is BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR.

BMJ Group is best known for its weekly journal the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal). Established in 1840, the BMJ is an influential publication for doctors around the world.

Sources of income

BMJ Learning receives income from a range of sources to ensure wide and affordable access while maintaining full editorial independence.

BMJ Learning receives income from the BMA to provide free access to BMA members. It receives an unrestricted educational grant from Univadis, a portal for healthcare professionals provided by MSD (Merck Sharp & Dohme), to provide free access for Univadis users across Europe, in English and other languages. It also contracts with a range of bodies including the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to produce custom learning modules.

Where a module has been created under contract, this is indicated clearly on the module. Where advertising is carried, the advertisers have no involvement with the editorial content.

Ethics

The learning modules on BMJ Learning are created using a process that is compliant with all relevant ethical, medico-legal, and legal requirements. If material related to a potentially identifiable patient is contained within a module, then we require that patient's explicit and written consent. The confidentiality of patients is assured. BMJ Learning is compliant with data-protection legislation.

Images

Any identifiable people or patients pictured on our site have given their consent for their image to be used. We source some of our images from a stock photography company, which requires models to sign a release form permitting the use of their image. If you'd like to know more, you can read our supplier's policy on model release forms.

Some images on BMJ Learning have been reproduced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence. You are free to re-use, alter, or transform these images, and you you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar licence.

Copyright

Learning modules on the site are the copyright (©) of BMJ Learning, unless specifically stated on the module.