Content and Procurement

National Core Content
  • National Core Content is funded by HEE.
  • The selection criteria in HEE’s Digital Content Procurement Strategy guided decisions about the resources to purchase at the last procurement round.
  • Decisions are were also informed by our audits of local investment in e-resources.
  • HEE staff and Trust-based librarians are involved in testing, evaluation, and selection.
  • National Core Content Collection for 2019-2022 comprises a range of electronic databases, electronic journals, and point of care, made available at NICE Evidence Services.
  • Please also see the comparison spreadsheet for the main e-journal collections, produced to aid decision making.
  • See NICE’s community for LKS staff or contact for help in accessing these resources
NICE Electronic and Print Content Framework Agreement

All NHS and other health and social care related organisations may use this Framework to buy:

  • Print and electronic journals and books
  • Bibliographic and full text databases
  • Aggregated Evidence Resource Summaries

Why use the Framework? – Save time and effort, get value for money and make informed purchasing decisions.

Full information about the Framework – including details of the appointed providers and a step-by-step Buyers Guide


Partnership working between HEE and NICE

  • HEE commissions NICE to procure and manage National Core Content resources for the NHS in England, and the Electronic and Print Content Framework Agreement.
  • NICE and HEE jointly fund, provide and manage components of the national discovery infrastructure.
  • An Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) describes the respective responsibilities of the two organisations.  It includes Key Performance Indicators.  MoU monitoring meetings are held every quarter.

Resource Discovery Reference Group

  • The HEE Resource Discovery Team take advice from a wider reference group, whose membership includes NHS librarians, an HEI librarian, and colleagues from NICE.
Accessing and understanding e-resource statistics
Searching bibliographic databases via native interfaces

The bibliographic databases in the National Core Content collection may be searched via their native interfaces.

Log into NICE My Resources or the My Resources list in OpenAthens.

Select the supplier from the list available.  Then select the required database.

  • EBSCO: CINAHL | Medline
  • Ovid Technologies: AMED | Embase | Emcare | HMIC | Medline
  • ProQuest: BNI | Medline| PsychINFO

Training and Support for Native Interfaces:

[Page last updated: 6 July 2020]