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Understanding the impact and value of The Knowledge Network subscription resources


The Knowledge Network family of websites, including Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) provide access to thousands of fulltext articles and ebooks, several research databases and a range of evidence summaries and other services. This year NHS Education for Scotland spent £2.8m on these subscription services to ensure equity of access to research and evidence for all staff in health and social care. Due to both changing information needs and financial constraints, the current model is no longer sustainable.

NHS Education for Scotland continues to be committed to providing access to knowledge and evidence via online subscription services on a ‘once for Scotland’ basis, but needs to ensure the service provided offers good value and is also cost-effective in meeting both the practice and learning needs for all staff in health and social care in Scotland.

To influence future services we invite you to complete this impact survey

For more information please contact or your local NHS library.

Background information

The Knowledge Network and Social Services Knowledge Scotland  provide a range of services, some require an NHS Scotland OpenAthens username to access, especially from out with NHSS premises. 

Services include:

  • The website with links to topic portals and other websites
  • Access to the point of care evidence summaries and best practice e.g. DynamedPlus and BMJ Best Practice
  • The new Library Search for full text journal articles, eBooks and print books, implemented in April 2017
  • Databases eg Medline, Embase, CINAHL, Assia, Emerald
  • Reference management tool, RefWorks
  • Community websites for sharing knowledge
  • People Connect, a social directory
  • Mobile websites and apps