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NHSScotland renews CLA Licence

11th April 2017

After a successful year-long agreement, NHSScotland has renewed its CLA Licence, enabling public sector health workers in Scotland to continue to benefit from the wide range of content included in CLA’s broad repertoire.

In addition to the standard blanket coverage to reproduce and share content, the enhanced benefits enable NHS Scotland staff to share published material reciprocally with partners in Local Authorities, Higher Education Institutions, and in the Third Sector.

The ability to share valuable content with collaboration partners enables NHS staff to fulfil their roles most effectively and with great efficiency, thereby making it easier to exchange research data and essential information.

Licence Plus also includes a supply of copyright-fee-paid Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free articles which can be ordered and delivered from the British Library’s On Demand service or, as of February this year, the Royal Society of Medicine. This will provide NHS Scotland staff a greater wealth of valuable material covering every aspect of scientific, technical, and healthcare knowledge.  This is in line with the Scottish Government’s intention to realise Scotland’s full potential as a leader in digitally enabled public services and the continuing evolution of health and care services.

Jo DeVito, Director of Education and Public Sector, said:

“CLA values the relationships that have allowed us to work closely with staff at all levels across the NHS in Scotland to understand their challenges and ensure that, in these uncertain and challenging times, our licence offering best suits their needs and enables NHS staff to deliver high-quality patient care, while acknowledging the importance of copyright compliancy.. ”

Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive of NHS Education for Scotland said:

“The expansion of the copyright-fee-paid articles to include the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) is a welcome addition to the information resources supporting health and social care in Scotland.”

This agreement is a testament to the positive relationship built between CLA and NHS Scotland, and highlights CLA’s continual commitment to making copyright simple for our NHS customers and aiding them in their everyday access of health care information and content.