Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get involved? 

The Expert Test and Review Group (TRG), chaired by Nicola Ager, comprises volunteers from the library community who undertake testing work on content resources, platforms and search interfaces. For more information, or to get involved, contact Lucy Reid. 

 Who funds the Cochrane Library and BNF? 

NICE currently funds these resources on behalf of the NHS in England. 

Who funds the Core Content?

HEE funds the National Core Content, and commissions NICE to manage the procurement process and the contracts with providers.

 Is Trip Pro part of the National Core Content collection? 

Not strictly, however HEE has funded access for the NHS in England from year-end monies for the last two years, and may do so again if there is demand and if funding is available. 

Note that access to Trip Pro is via IP address. If you find that when you go to www.tripdatabase.com  from your workplace, you cannot access the ‘Pro’ features, e-mail your organisation’s IP address to Jon Brassey jon.brassey@tripdatabase.com. 

 Will there be a searchable repository of the ‘Copyright Free Paid‘ articles obtained by NHS users under the CLA Licence Plus? 

This is the plan, however it has proved difficult to create a searchable repository of CFP journal articles which can readily be integrated into NHS library work flows for sourcing documents, which typically use journal title-level searching.  Meanwhile, if you use Reprints Desk to obtain CFP articles, they maintain a ‘virtual shelf’ of copies supplied to the NHS under the scheme, and if any of us ask for something which has already been supplied, it will be supplied again ‘free of charge’ i.e. without being deducted from our annual allocation. 

 What are the plans for HDAS? 

HDAS will be retained for the time-being. Healthcare library staff opinion about the benefits of HDAS for advanced and novice searchers is somewhat divided! 

I have another question!! 

Please contact Helene Gorring