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Authorised Users

 

Primary Users

The following user groups are covered directly by the NHS Wales e-Library i.e. e-resources procured specifically according to their needs and are eligible to access at work and from home:

  1. All staff employed by NHS Wales organisations including:
    • administrative & clerical, allied health professionals, doctors, health scientists, managers, midwives, nurses, emergency staff, and support staff. This includes all NHS Wales organisations (Health Boards, Trusts, Special Health Authorities and their hosted organisations) and all Wales NHS statutory bodies and services, such as Community Health Councils and HM Prison Service healthcare staff.

 

  1. All staff and organisations in Wales individually contracted to NHS Wales to provide services in Wales working directly with NHS Wales patients including:
    • Independent, charitable, and voluntary sector organisations, local authority organisations which provide NHS Wales commissioned care or work in partnership with NHS Wales to provide care to patients.
    • Registered medical practitioners working in general medical and dental practices, community pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and dispensing staff and optometrists, ophthalmic medical practitioners, and dispensing opticians, (the latter have NHS Wales contracts but special consideration will need to be given to which particular staff have access, e.g. optometrists, ophthalmic medical practitioners, and dispensing opticians may undertake a majority of private practice rather than NHS Wales work)
    • Registered professionals recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and by the Health Professions Council, including independent sector nurses providing cancer care
    • Hospice workers, social workers, health and care related support charities and social enterprise organisations

 

  1. All staff employed, hosted by or working directly with the Health and Social Care and the Education and Public Service Department of Welsh Government, including: 
    • The offices of the Chief Health Professionals of the Welsh Government
    • Healthcare Inspectorate Wales and Care Inspectorate Wales
    • Library and Information professionals

Secondary Users

Secondary level users will be allowed access to the service, although resources will not be procured specifically for their individual use. Secondary users will generally be those from other sectors and organisations who are not employed by NHS Wales but work directly with NHS colleagues as part of the healthcare team and are eligible to access at work where applicable and from home:

  1. Health and care students, from the date of commencement of a placement with an NHS Wales service provider, for the duration of their placement.
  2. Retired NHS Wales employees and contractors who can provide evidence of having worked for NHS Wales via a confirmation letter from their Health Board or Trust workforce and organisational department at the point of retirement. 
  • These users will be provided with a remote access account from a specified lot of 50 accounts for the duration of 3 months at a time to support their continued learning, voluntary work for NHS Wales or voluntary organisations but not for privately funded contractual employment or personal gain. These users are expected to adhere to the same personal accountability and professionalism that is expected of those still in active employment with NHS Wales.
  • To apply for a Retired NHS Wales employee access account, click here.
  1. Individual employees, workers and contractors of organisations which receive Welsh Government funding or sponsorship to provide health and social care services or information to support health and social care service delivery and executive, regulatory, advisory and delivery services to NHS Wales.
  1. NHS Wales volunteers such as those who sit on Community Health Council Boards or Health Board/Trust patient groups who would be deemed to benefit from the service by an authorised national or local OpenAthens administrator 

Tertiary Users 

Tertiary users may be members of the public who are accessing e-resources available on the internet without controlled access which are effectively in the public domain and therefore available to all citizens of Wales. The NHS Wales e-Library will also make accessible any freely available e-resources such as OpenAccess journals, bibliographic databases, evidence-based resources and clinical guidelines via its website.

 

(Last updated July 2020)