NHS Scotland Copyright Guidance

Dealing with copyright and other intellectual property rights.

This page informs about and makes available resources to help staff in NHSScotland understand the legal and practical issues that are connected with creating and using copyright and other protected forms of intellectual property. It does not offer legal advice or specific guidance, as each case or situation will have its own particular circumstances and issues.

The IPR Toolkit offers information and guidance on some of the most common situations in which staff in NHSScotland may come across challenges or uncertainty. It was compiled before the new licence and changes in UK legislation in 2014, but still has much sound advice.

You will find links to the different elements of the IPR toolkit in the navigation menu on the left of this page. 

If you are seeking advice on how to proceed in a specific scenario you may find it useful to consult the Copyright Toolkit Flowchart which will help direct you to the most relevant part of the toolkit. 

If you want a brief introduction to how copyright issues affect work in NHS Scotland you may wish to consult our elearning module - We Have To Talk About Copyright, a link to which can also be found on the navigation menu.

NHS Scotland have renewed our agreement with the Copyright Licensing Agency that licences each Board for a limited amount of copying based on print or digital versions of commercially published print material ONLY - such as books, journals, reports, etc. The new guidance summarising the policy for commercially published print material is available from this link on The Knowledge Network.

If you are interested in the permission status of a clinical tool or measure please visit at the National Copyright Permissions Repository at https://www.quest.scot.nhs.uk/hc/en-gb/categories/115000313065-Tools-and-Measures

Please note : advice outlined in the toolkit that relates to orphaned works maybe subject to change as a result of the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union.