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Department of Health and Social Care sign five-year CLA Licence renewal for NHS in England

16th April 2018

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) have agreed a new five-year licence renewal for the NHS in England. This agreement will mean staff across the NHS in England can continue to access and share essential healthcare research information and content.

In addition to the standard blanket coverage to reproduce and share content from digital and print versions of books and journals, this new deal increases the types of material covered and expands the definition of 'Authorised Persons' to include hospice workers who provide NHS-commissioned care. This will provide approximately 1.2 million NHS in England staff with permission to reproduce and share content. 

Under the new terms, the CLA NHS in England Licence will include access to Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free articles from the British Library, Royal Society of Medicine, and Reprints Desk. The new licence will also include permission for NHS in England to use abstracts from journal articles for current awareness bulletins that are posted on public websites. 

Petula Peters, Public Sector Stakeholder Engagement Manager at CLA, said: 

"This five-year agreement with the Department of Health and Social Care signifies what is possible when CLA and its customers work in partnership. We have developed a licence that is bespoke and streamlined for the needs of the NHS in England, supporting staff to access and share essential content across the entire organisation, while ensuring copyright compliance."

Helen Bingham of Health Education England added:

"The Licence allows us to make fullest possible use of the copyright materials that the NHS has paid for, which not only benefits patient care but also optimises our return on investment in digital and printed information resources. Delivery of high quality patient care means that copyright materials need to be widely shared across all parts of the system, and the Licence allow this by treating all NHS and affiliated bodies - now including hospices - as a single organisation."

This new licence agreement highlights the productive and beneficial relationship that NHS bodies like Health Education England, NICE, Public Health England and CLA have worked hard to nurture. CLA is committed to growing and developing our licences and services, ensuring NHS workers have the most efficient copyright workflow possible and improved access to the valuable content they need.