Action Sets

In a healthcare market under significant pressure, patient safety, quality and efficiency are the chief concerns of hospitals. There is compelling evidence that the implementation of standardised orders or clinical care protocols will reduce costs and improve the consistency, accuracy and efficiency of clinical care.

Action Sets are standardised sets of orders and actions that:

  • help ensure the most efficient use of resources
  • increase adherence to guidelines and clinical evidence to help reduce unwarranted variation and improve clinical outcomes
  • support clinical decision-making and can help up-skill clinical staff, such as junior doctors and nurse practitioners

At a glance

  • List of actions, tests or treatments required to diagnose and manage patient care; over hundreds of order sets covering 40 key conditions
  • Evidence based resource with links to international guidelines, drugs database and learning resources
  • Covers all phases of the patient journey, from admission to referrals and discharge planning
  • Can be tailored to the patient's medical history, examination and response to treatment
  • Internationally peer-reviewed
  • Can be customised to meet local guidelines, formulary and guidelines
  • Action Sets Integrated - designed for computerised  physician order entry/order comms systems as integrated, actionable checklists accessed  via HER/EPR systems
  • Action Sets Foundation - templates for development within local systems (digital) or standalone use (paper)

Both foundation and integrated options include links to Evidence Summaries and full web access to Clinical Evidence and Best Practice.

Published white paper - Transforming evidence into action 

We have prepared a white-paper that looks at the impact of Action Sets from BMJ and the potential benefits. It also explains how they are developed, regularly updated and the ways in which they can be customised for different localities, hospitals and even individuals.

View whitepaper

Further information


'For more information about Action Sets from BMJ please contact Mitali Wroczynski, Business Development and Marketing Manager on or +44 (0) 20 7383 6517