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National Clinical Content Repository

The National Clinical Content Repository (NCCR) is a service that enables users to access copyrighted clinical assessment tools and outcome measures used within the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS).

23 August 2017

We currently have licences allowing access to some of the tools and measures within the MHSDS, and we're looking to acquire more.

Since our last update, we have secured licences for most of the HoNOS tools.

icon Find out which MHSDS tools and measures we have available through our licensing service [123.63KB]

Care providers and their IT suppliers can access sub-licences by following a simple 2-step process:

Step 1: registering for the NHS Digital Licensing Service

Before you can apply for specific sub-licenses you must first register with the NHS Digital Licensing service:

  • read and understand the icon Sub-Licence General Terms Agreement, [133.31KB]  complete page one and sign on page 8 (each organisation only has to do this once)

  • send it to Clinical Licences, 1st Floor - Commercial, NHS Digital, 1 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6AE

  • or email it to with the subject 'New Registration Request' and the name of your organisation - the person signing the agreement must be the person emailing it

After you send the form:

  • an authorised signatory from NHS Digital will sign and date the agreement to make it binding

  • after we've signed the agreement we'll email you a scanned copy for your records within 10 working days

  • we'll also send your organisation's unique licensing service ID - you must keep this as it's needed to request specific sub-licences for the available licensed tools and measures

  • we'll also ask you for names and addresses of those in your organisation who you wish to apply for sub-licenses (approved users) - please inform us of any changes to these names

  • we don't need the names of every clinician who will use the tools and measures - we only need the details of those approved by your organisation to apply for specific sub-licences, who can ensure your organisation complies with the sub-licensing agreements such as IT Directors, Implementation Leads and Clinical Directors

Registrations can be refused and signing the General Terms doesn't guarantee registration with the licensing service. If your registration is refused we'll tell you why.

Step 2: accessing the individual tools and measures

After registering with the licensing service, you and the approved users can apply for sub-licenses for specific tools and measures by:

Your organisation must adhere to the General Terms Agreement and any Content Specific Terms when using tools and measures.

Your application for sub-licenses for individual tools may be refused and we'll always tell you why. If this happens, you can go direct to the copyright owner and seek their permission.

Alternate routes to tools and measures

Some tools and measures for the MHSDS aren't covered by NHS Digital's licensing service, so if you're registered with the licensing service you can't apply to NHS Digital for sub-licences for them.

This is often because the copyright will not enter into an agreement with us; usually because they make the tools available under their preferred terms.

icon Find out which MHSDS tools and measures aren't covered by the licensing service here along with link to instructions on how to gain access to them. [205.08KB]

If any of the links to the alternate routes aren't functioning please let us know by emailing

Important note.Whether you obtain content through the Licensing Service or through an alternative route, you are responsible for ensuring that you act in accordance with the law at all times and must satisfy yourself if you have any doubt on the legality surrounding your intended use of any content (for example, by contacting the copyright owner direct, conducting investigations or taking independent legal advice).

It's your responsibility to continually assess the applicability of, and then comply with, all relevant laws, regulations and good industry practice relating to the content or its use, including but not limited to all applicable laws, regulations and good industry practice in relation to medical devices and data protection. Further information on medical devices can be found on the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency main website and in relation to software as a medical device in particular the Medical Device Regulation page on GOV.UK. Further information on data protection issues can be found on the Information Commissioner's website..


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