The NHS/HE Forum


  • Paul Ayris
  • Malcolm Teague



NHS-FE Forum, Dr. Ian Gibson, procurement, Athens, e-journals, research, clinical practice, licensing, connectivity, collaboration, JANET, UKERNA, Thornhill Report, N3, M25


This paper discusses the formation of the NHS-HE Forum by Professor Roland Rosner in 200 I . It looks at the aims and objectives of the Forum and maps current progress. The second part of the paper looks particularly at the NHS-HE Procurement Group and the later JISC NHS-HE Procurement Group, which are part of the Forum. These groupings have been partially successful in conducting joint procurement activity across the NHS and HE sectors. The publication of Dr lan Gibson's Parliamentary Report Scientific Publications: Free for All? is seminal in progressing this joint acrivity. As of I February 2006, joint membership of the Public Library of Science has been achieved, but one joint procurement activity of commercial content has failed. Further joint procurement is planned, along with a mapping study of procurement activities and work on an Athens Account Linking Project. The library and informatics research componenrs are coming to the fore with the use of a community-wide survey to establish the current situation and future plans for NHS-HE network connectivity and similarly the Mapping Study of Procurement Practices in the NHS and HE for content such as e-journals. This is moving to a more systematic approach than previously. The attempted joint procurement of selected journals has two joint aims: to support both research and clinical practice in the NHS and HE.

Author Biographies

Paul Ayris

Dr Paul Ayris is Director of UCL Library Services and UCL Copyright Officer, a LIBER Board member and Chair of the Organizing Committee for the OAI Workshops at Cern.

Malcolm Teague

Malcolm Teague became NHS-HE Coordinator in 2004 following 3 years as lT Project Manager at rhe new Peninsula Medical School and various NHS roles since 1982.