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CLA and NHS Wales Agree New Two-Year Deal to Support NHS Wales staff

6th April 2020

Copyright Licensing Agency and NHS Wales have agreed to extend the central licensing agreement that provides blanket coverage for a further two years so that staff can copy published content in the course of their day-to-day work without having to seek permission each time. The new deal will cover NHS Wales until March 2022.

NHS Wales staff will continue to have the ability to:

  • Copy and share content from digital and print versions of books, journals and magazines to support research and delivery of patient care
  • Access the Licence Plus Document Delivery tool, giving them an efficient way to access and order journal articles

CLA’s Head of Rights and Licensing, James Bennett, commented:

‘This new agreement will continue to streamline and simplify access to content for NHS Wales staff. In reaching the agreement, we consulted with staff in the NHS to provide a licence package that supports their needs and works alongside their digital strategy. Our new Licence Plus Document Delivery tool will make life easier for health and social care workers by improving the availability and flow of information across the service.

Rachel Sully, Library Specialist at NHS Wales added:

‘The CLA Plus licence is an excellent addition for NHS Wales. It allows us to share content with organisations in Wales (who also hold a licence) to further enable collaborative working and ensure that project teams have access to the latest information and evidence to support patient care. It has also been a great tool for the library service to support article requests quickly and easily for end users needing access to content fast.’


The new agreement supports CLA’s mission is to give customers a simple solution to copyright compliance, allowing them to easily access and share the vital information in digital or print, to deliver high quality healthcare, while also ensuring rightsholders receive fair payment for their work.