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Evidence & Literature Reviews

Evidence or literature review presents published information in a particular subject area

  • Wirral Reducing the Strength Evaluation (December 2018)
    Wirral Reducing the Strength (RtS) scheme is an initiative which works to limit the sale of cheap, high strength lagers, beers and ciders of ABV 6.5% or more by working with local alcohol retailers. The overall aim of the project is to reduce alcohol related harm, alcohol related admissions to hospital and to improve perception of community safety. This evaluation examines how well RtS has performed in relation to achieving its original aims.

  • Frailty Evidence Review (August 2018)
    There is a lack of consensus on a definition for frailty. This evidence review sets out to gather the latest and best known information to help understand the implications of frailty on a local population.

  • Wirral Council and Selective Licensing for Privately Rented properties (September 2018) Phase 2 
    Wirral introduced its first Selective Licensing Scheme on 1st July 2015 in 4 small areas, and in October 2018, Councillors agreed to extend Selective Licensing into another four areas.  This business case and consultation report make the case for extending into four new areas which are experiencing the worst symptoms of low demand and poor property condition in the borough, and the new scheme will be live from 1st April 2019.

  • Wirral Council and Selective Licensing for Privately Rented properties (October 2014) Phase 1
    The private rented sector is the only housing option available to some of the most vulnerable people in society. However, in some areas, properties in the private rented sector suffer from poor conditions and anti-social behaviour, which are both a consequence and a cause of low demand. The Housing Act 2004 attempted to counter this by introducing the concept of Selective Licensing for privately rented properties in designated areas in order to improve both the lives of tenants and communities A wide range of evidence from a variety of relevant data sources, including low demand and ASB has been compiled in this document to help identify potentially up to four Wirral LSOAs which would be most appropriate to become areas of Selective Licensing. These evidence reports underpin this decision making process.

  • Social Prescribing (July 2015)
    Review of the current literature and evidence of effectiveness of social prescribing interventions (for adults)

  • Older People & Social Isolation (April 2015)
    Review of the current literature and evidence on effective interventions to tackle social isolation amongst older people

  • Beyond fighting fires: the role of the fire and rescue service in improving the public’s health (March 2016)
    The fire and rescue sector is transforming the way in which it delivers services. This document updates the LGA's previous "Beyond fighting fires" document (April 2015). It showcases the wide variety of ways, and different partners that the sector is working with on transformation, including the police, health services and the ambulance service.

  • Evidence Review on Social Prescribing Public Health Intelligence Team (July 2015)
    Current interest in social prescribing is based on its potential benefits in three areas: reducing prevalence of and improving mental health outcomes and therefore demands on health services; improving community wellbeing; and reducing social exclusion. For more information view the Public Health Intelligence Team evidence review.

  • Physical Activity - Rapid Evidence Review (No. 106) Liverpool Public Health Observatory (April 2015)
    Liverpool Public Health Observatory (LPHO) was commissioned by the Merseyside Directors of Public Health, through the Cheshire & Merseyside Public Health Intelligence Network, to produce this rapid evidence review on physical activity

  • Evidence review for Older People and social isolation (May 2015)
    Evidence review was produced by Business & Public Health Intelligence Team

  • Making Every Contact Count (MECC) (May 2015)
    Making every contact count, or MECC, is a term used widely to describe the mechanism of brief advice and behaviour change interventions. This Rapid Evidence Review was produced by the Wirral Intelligence Service. 

  • Exploring the Social Value of Community Assets in Wirral (2014)
    This report and detailed work involved evidencing the social value and impact of community assets in Wirral on individuals and their communities, with a particular focus on their impact on mental health and wellbeing; developing a framework to identify the types of community assets in Wirral; categorising assets using a qualitative research methodology and evaluating a representative sample of community assets, using a social value approach.

  • Damp Housing and its health effects (September 2012)

  • Unemployment and Health (September 2012)

  • Re-employment and Health (September 2012)

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