National Clinical Content Repository (Copyright Licensing Service)


The National Clinical Content Repository (NCCR) is a service operated by the NHS Digital Copyright Licensing Service that enables users to access certain copyrighted clinical assessment tools and outcome measures for use within health and social care

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Last updated June 2018

We currently have licences allowing access to some of the tools and measures within the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS), and we're looking to acquire more.

Find out which tools and measures we have available through our licensing service

How to register

Care providers and their IT suppliers can apply to us for sub-licences by following a simple 2-step process:

Step 1: Registration

Before you can apply for specific sub-licences you must first register with the NHS Digital Copyright Licensing Service.

You can do this by following the process below:

  • you must read and fully understand the Sub-Licence General Terms Agreement, - these are the legal conditions that you will be accepting

  • fully complete page 1 of the form, making sure to read the definitions of Applicant Type on page 2 (section C) carefully. These definitions are specific to this registration process and are not the usual NHS definitions

  • make sure the Applicant is someone senior enough in your organisation to enter into a binding legal agreement with NHS Digital (usually Director-level or Head of Service, for example) - additional users can be registered later

  • obtain the Applicant's signature in wet ink on page 8

  • scan and email the completed form to with the subject 'New Registration Request' and the name of your organisation

  • please ensure that all 8 pages of the form are returned to us

  • the form must be emailed from the Applicant’s mailbox – the legal agreement must be communicated directly with the Applicant
  • if you are unable to email it, please post it to: NHS Digital Copyright Licensing Service, c/o Commercial Team, 1st Floor, 1 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6AE (please note: this can lead to a significant delay, so email is preferred)

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 a scanned copy will be sent for your records within 10 working days

  • we will also send your organisation's unique Licensing Service ID - you must keep this safe as it's needed to request specific sub-licences for the tools and measures

  • we will also ask you for details of who you wish to apply for sub-licences within your organisation (ie, 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

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

Step 2: Requesting tools and measures

After registering with the Copyright Licensing Service any approved users can apply for sub-licences for specific tools and measures by:

Your organisation must adhere to the General Terms Agreement and any specific terms that the Copyright Owner has requested. These will be sent to you when you request the tools and measures and must be read thoroughly.

Your application for sub-licences for individual tools may be refused and we'll always tell you why. If this happens, you can go directly to the Copyright Owner to seek their permission. .

Unavailable tools and measures

Some tools and measures aren't covered by NHS Digital's Copyright Licensing Service so, even if you're registered with us, you can't apply for sub-licences to use them.

This is often because the copyright owner will not enter into an agreement with us, usually because they make the tools available themselves with their own terms and conditions.

Find out which tools and measures aren't covered by the Copyright Licensing Service here along with link to instructions on how to gain access to them.

Enquiries or questions

If you have any questions or need any help please address them directly to

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. You must satisfy yourself 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..