NHS staff in England may copy and share extracts from most printed and digital work in these ways:

1. CLA Licence Plus

This is the agreement signed between the Copyright Licensing Agency and the Department of Health and Social Care for the NHS in England.

See a summary of the main Licence permissions and the Copying Guidelines poster.

Use the Check Permissions Tool to check whether what you want to copy is covered by the Licence.

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A member of Trust staff aware of the provisions of the NHS' CLA Licence

2. Copyright Act & ‘Library Privilege’

If copies cannot be made under CLA Licence Plus, NHS library staff may supply Library Privilege copies under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988. This includes digital as well as printed works.

The following have been prepared by librarians in the NHS Copyright First Responders group:

Library and inter-library document supply and copyright in the NHS

NHS CLA Licence and Library Privilege FAQs

NHS copyright fee paid articles decision tree

NHS-higher education crossover guidance

Using copyright materials in presentations and training

Library staff requiring help with copyright-related queries are very welcome to contact the First Responders via [email protected].


Page last reviewed: 22 June 2022