Framework details

Update Wednesday 1 July 2020: Dawson Books is no longer an appointed provider on the framework.

The NICE Electronic and Print Content Framework Agreement enables the NHS and other health and social care-related organisations to buy medical and healthcare-related content. 

We have extended the framework and it will now expire on the 31 March 2021. We will procure a new framework for a service start on 01 April 2021. It is estimated that the invitation to tender will be released in November 2020. 

You may be interested in the original notice for the procurement of a replacement  Framework on Contracts Finder and the Prior Information Notice (PIN) on Tenders Electronic Daily

Framework Agreement Code / Contract Number: NICEFAHEE/1619

Commencement Date:  05 September 2016

End Date:  31 March 2021

Agreement Period: 03 years + 01 year extension

Comments, questions or queries:

Please note:  Content purchased through the Framework is subject to normal public sector procurement rules and your local standing financial institutions (SFIs). Your procurement department can advise you on this. 

Can I use the framework?

All NHS organisations in England, Wales and N.Ireland can use the Framework, as well as many other health and social care related organisations.

  •   the Secretary of State for Health;
  •   the Department of Health and all agencies thereof;.
  •   the NHS Commissioning Board;
  •   Clinical Commissioning Groups;
  •   any NHS Trust;
  •   any NHS Foundation Trust;
  •   any Care Trust;
  •   Public Health England;
  •   Monitor;
  •   the NHS Trust Development Authority;
  •   Care Quality Commission;
  •   Healthwatch England;
  •   Health and Social Care Information Centre;
  •   Health and Well-Being Boards;
  •   Local Healthwatch organisations;
  •   Health Education England;
  •   Local Authorities with a public health role;
  •   Local Education and Training Boards;
  •   GPs;
  •   Royal Colleges in England;
  •   Local Health Boards (Wales);
  •   NHS Wales Special Health Authorities;
  •   Public Health Wales NHS Trust;
  •   the Welsh Ministers;

  •   the Health and Social Care Board (Northern Ireland);
  •   Health and Social Care Trusts (Northern Ireland);
  •   the Northern Ireland Central Services Agency;
  •   special health and social services agencies (Northern Ireland);
  •    the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland);
  •   Department of Health Arm's Length Bodies, including Special Health Authorities (SpHA), Executive Agencies, Executive Non-Departmental Public bodies (NDPB), Statutory Committees and Department of Health-owned companies not provided for above;
  •   the Medical Research Council;
  •   Higher Education institutions engaged in providing NHS commissioned healthcare or NHS commissioned education;
  •   independent, private, charitable and voluntary sector organisations which provide NHS-commissioned care or work in partnership with the NHS to provide care to NHS patients, including hospices, cancer support charities and social enterprise organisations;
  •   any body replacing or providing similar or equivalent services to the above;
  •   any statutory successor to any of the above;

Please note:

  • Purchases can only be made using the Order Terms and Conditions and relevant Licence / Agreement. These combined documents are the contract and agreement between the purchaser and appointed Framework Provider. 
  • All Orders must state that the Order is subject to the terms and conditions and pricing on the Framework. If this is not stated, the Providers' own terms and pricing will apply to the purchase.

Check you agree with the Order Terms and Conditions of the Framework before starting the buying process. If you do not agree with the Terms and Conditions contact your procurement department.

Who provides content through the Framework?

Appointed Providers have agreed to the terms and conditions that govern the framework as well as Service Standards and related service levels and performance thresholds.

View provider information

How to buy content using the Framework

View our step-by-step guide on how to purchase content using this Framework. Includes all Framework licences, agreements and terms and conditions.

  How to buy guide

What can I buy?

You can buy the following print and electronic Content Resources through the Framework:

  • Print Journals - Periodical publications published as physical hard copies.

  • Electronic Journals - Also known as e-journals, and electronic serials - periodical publications published in electronic format(s) including HTML and PDF.

  • Print Books  - Books published as physical hard copies including textbooks and monographs.

  • Electronic Books/ebooks - Digital versions of print books which may contain added functionality; available in a number of electronic formats and digital models.

  • Databases - Abstracting & Indexing/Bibliographic databases full-text databases and reference works.

  • Aggregated Evidence Resource Summaries - Provide information summary products, or web-based compendiums, designed to provide health professionals with comprehensive evidence in the format of synthesised information and content.

  • Point of Care (PoC) tools - Peer-reviewed, evidence-based information services for healthcare professionals often used at the point of care. 

Content Resources are available from a range subject areas including: medicine, nursing, allied health, health services management, Public Health, psychiatry / psychology, social care, complementary medicine, pharmacy and point of care information.

Additional services such as subscription and consolidation management and shelf ready services are also available from some providers. 

Why use the framework?

Buy journals, books and databases using the NICE Electronic and Print Content Framework Agreement to:

  • Save time and effort
    • simplified procurement process 
    • no need for full competitive tendering - faster and easier than a full tender process
    • no negotiations on terms required - pre-agreed Terms and Conditions and mandatory Service Standards specific to this framework.

  • Get value for money
    • pre-agreed discounts for some Content Resources
    • see the methodologies used by Providers in their purchasing and subscription models in order to demonstrate efficiency savings for the NHS
    • make informed content purchasing decisions and justify spend.
  • Meet EU regulations
    The framework complies with Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
  • More choice
    A variety of provider types across the Framework - direct publishers, agents, aggregators and booksellers.

The Framework is provided by NICE on behalf of Health Education England.