Blackwell’s will continue to supply print and e-books to the NHS after striking a new deal with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Although Blackwell’s was already supplying books to the NHS, the new agreement means all NHS organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to buy medical and healthcare related texts from the retailer until September 2019.
The deal was struck as part of an electronic, print and content framework agreement.
Under the terms of the deal, NHS staff will be able to access the e-book platform Blackwell Learning, which offers single user-access to e-books, and eBook Central, an e-book platform that allows workers to remotely access a library’s collection of e-books.
Tim Kilmartin, Blackwell’s head of corporate, professional and institutional sales, said: “Under the new framework, we’re offering more opportunities for trusts to combine resources and benefit from consolidated spend deals. Under the previous framework, we saved the NHS in excess of £350k off recommended retail publisher pricing, as well as offering a suite of services to allow libraries to save on staff hours.”
Blackwell's recently announced it was trialling new-look concept stores in its Liverpool and Cardiff branches in a bid to combat the "pressured" academic bookshop model.