Content and Procurement

National Core Content
  • National Core Content is funded by HEE.
  • HEE use the selection criteria in HEE’s Digital Content Procurement Strategy to guide their decisions about the resources to purchase.
  • 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.
  • The National Core Content Collection for 2019-2022 comprises a range of electronic databases, electronic journals, and point of care tool.  These may be accessed from NICE Evidence Journals and Databases.
  • Use the comparison spreadsheet for the main e-journal collections to aid your decision making.
  • See NICE’s community for LKS staff or contact nice@nice.org.uk for help in accessing resources

 

NICE Electronic and Print Content Framework Agreement

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

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

See the provider grid for a list of appointed suppliers of these resources, and the Framework for more information

Why use the Framework? – Save time and effort.  Get value for money.  Make informed purchasing decisions.

Governance

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.
  • A 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

 

[Page last updated: 7 August 2020]