NHS Shared Research Repository (pilot)

The NHS Shared Research Repository is a pilot open access repository for the knowledge and research publications produced by staff from six NHS organisations, or in some cases groups of organisations.

The one year pilot project, launched in June 2021, is testing a repository model in which the partner organisations make their open access research outputs and other material available through a single shared NHS repository. As well as setting up the repository itself, the pilot project will test and explore how multiple NHS organisations can make their combined content accessible from a single site while also taking responsibility for their own content in that shared space.

The partners in the project are:

  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Black Country Health Libraries Consortium, consisting of Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust, Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Walsall Healthcare & Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  • Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System
  • Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

The project and the repository is funded by Health Education England. And the repository is hosted by the British Library as part of its Repository Services activities.

The repository makes available both traditional research publications such as journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, reports and datasets, and NHS-specific outputs such as quality improvement reports, clinical guidelines and patient information leaflets. One of the aims of the project is to assess the types of NHS material that would benefit from being held in and made available through an open access repository, so we plan to add sample items of many different NHS outputs during the pilot year.

Where a full document cannot be added, for example due to copyright, metadata about the research output is provided together with a link to the full item where possible.

The aims of the project are to:

Make NHS research easier to find, regardless of the NHS Trust responsible for the work, including unpublished research.

Provide a single point of open access to NHS research wherever possible.

Explore the feasibility of a single shared repository model for multiple NHS organisations.

Support Health Education England to enable Open Access to NHS research and increase repository provision.

Respond to the open access expectations of our research funders.

As this is a pilot project, we welcome your feedback on all aspects of our repository. We are always happy to discuss our project and tell you more about our objectives so do get in touch.

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