Other Useful Information
Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Network (ChaMPs)
ChaMPs is the public health network for Cheshire and Merseyside PCTs, NHS acute trusts, local authorities and wider health organisations. It is collaboration between the NHS and local authorities, building partnerships to improve people’s health. The website shares knowledge and expertise, develops effective relationships and promotes learning together through CPD. All resources on the site are free but users need to register for a password in order to use it.
The Cochrane Library consists of a collection of evidence-based medicine databases. It is widely considered to be the best single source of reliable evidence about the effects of healthcare interventions.
Campbell Collaboration Library
The Campbell Collaboration maintains and disseminates systematic reviews of studies to help people make informed decisions about the effects of interventions in the social, behavioural and educational arenas (as the Cochrane Library does for effects of medical interventions).
Department of Health
The Department of Health’s role is to improve the health and well-being of the population of England. The Department of Health provides strategic leadership to the NHS and social care organisations in England.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) statistical releases also see NOMIS
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is a social policy research and development (link to glossary) charity. It seeks to better understand the causes of social difficulties and explores ways of better overcoming them.
The King’s Fund is an independent, charitable foundation with a mission to improve health for all through it’s research, insight, publications and analysis.
The Marmot Review Team ('Fair Society, Healthy Lives’) was published in 2010. It was an independent review into health inequalities in England chaired by Professor Sir Michael Marmot. A more recent update on inequalities was also added in 2011.
National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE)
NICE is responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health.
NHS Digital delivers national IT services to the NHS that includes a range of information you would find useful
NHS Evidence provides easy access to a comprehensive evidence base for everyone in health and social care who takes decisions about treatments or the use of resources – including clinicians, public health professionals, commissioners and service managers – thus improving health and patient care. It provides access to a range of information types, including primary research literature, practical implementation tools, guidelines and policy documents and incorporates the former NHS Library for Health (NLH).
North West Dental Health Information
This website has a range of evidence-based information and resources covering all aspects of dental health in Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and Greater Manchester.
Public Health, Faculty of
The Faculty of Public Health is a standard setting body for specialists in public health. It supports the public health profession through work on education and standards, professional affairs and advocacy and policy contribution.
Projecting Older People Population Information
Originally developed for the Care Services Efficiency Delivery Programme (CSED), part of the Department of Health, this system provides population data by age band, gender, ethnic group, religion, tenure, transport, living with no central heating, household growth and by state pension for English local authorities. Calculations are applied to population figures to estimate projected numbers of older people by; those living alone, living in care home, receiving unpaid care, their ability to carry out domestic tasks and self care
Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF)
The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is part of the contract for GPs and rewards the provision of quality care (via a range of national quality standards, based on the best available, research-based evidence). This site (which is part of the NHS Employers site) explains more about QOF and how it works.
For statistics, see UK Statistics Authority
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
The organisation that produces clinical guidelines for NHS Scotland in the same way that NICE produce guidelines for England. Occasionally, SIGN has guidance on topics not yet covered by NICE (and vice versa), so it is worth checking this site if guidance on particular health topics is what you are looking for.
Social Care Online
Social Care Online is a product of the Social Care Institute for Excellence. It is an extensive database of social care information drawn from research briefings, reports, government documents, journal articles and websites.
Trauma and Injury Intelligence Group (TIIG)
The TIIG collects injury data and statistics from North-West Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments, along with ambulance, fire and police services and publishes the information online.
Turning Research Into Practice (TRIP) Database
TRIP is a search tool specifically designed to search for evaluated medical literature on the internet. Its aim is to allow health professionals to easily find the high quality material available on the web to answer real clinical questions. It is necessary to register first.
UK Statistics Authority
The UK Statistics Authority (formerly Office for National Statistics) promotes and safeguards the quality of official statistics in the UK. It is an independent body operating at arm’s length from government. The website contains a wealth of demographic, social, economic and health information.
Website of the local authority in Wirral.
World Health Organisation (WHO)
WHO is the United Nations agency for health with the objective of assisting in the attainment of the highest possible level of health for all people in the world.
World Health Organisation Library Database (WHOLIS)
The WHOLIS database includes more than 70,000 bibliographic records and 30,000 links to full text documents. WHOLIS indexes all WHO publications from 1948 onwards and articles from WHO-produced journals and technical documents from 1985 to the present.