Support for Local Authority Public Health Teams

This page is for local authority public health staff. The resources available from the page are presented as part of Public Health England’s remit to work collaboratively and support the wider public health agenda. You will find information on; your local Knowledge and Evidence Specialists, OpenAthens, library and evidence support available to you, resources you can access, training which can be provided and links to COVID-19 resources. 


PHE Knowledge and Evidence Specialists supporting COVID response and recovery in local authorities in your region

Region Knowledge & Evidence Specialist 
North East, Yorkshire & Humberside Carly Rowley
North West Tanya Williamson
East of England Helen Medley
East and West Midlands Mary West
London Sam Thomas and Charlotte Prew
South West Sam Thomas
South East Charlotte Prew

Alternatively, you can also view our Knowledge and Evidence Specialist location map


Support and resources for local authority public health teams

PHE available support to local authority public health teams

Public Health England has extended it’s support to local authority public health teams to now offer an integrated and embedded knowledge and evidence service free at the point of use. This includes:

  • Literature searching and information retrieval on COVID-19 topics (response and recovery)
  • Enquiry services, including OpenAthens queries
  • Access to over 5000 journals and BrowZine
  • Access to EBSCO Discovery (a bespoke evidence search tool)
  • Information skills training, including finding the evidence and reference management

In addition, all local authority public health teams have access to a regional PHE Knowledge and Evidence Specialist (KES), who can: answer your queries, undertake COVID-19 literature searches and provide training. Find your KES in the region table.

Health Education England (HEE) and local NHS support 

Some local authorities have arrangements in place for their public health staff to use NHS library services for literature searches, training and document supply.
Find your local service to discuss options for arranging access.

Public Health England resources

As a member of a local authority public health team you have access to a range of electronic resources, including:

  • Access to over 5000 journals, which can be browsed on BrowZine – the easy way to access, read and bookmark journals and articles.
  • EBSCO Discovery (Library catalogue) for local public health teams – a single search across a range of content from multiple information resources.

Learn more about these resources on our local authority public health resources page.

Health Education England (HEE) and local NHS resources

Further to Public Health England’s resources you have access to NHS subscribed journals and databases, information can be found on NICE’s Journals and databases page. You also may have access to additional content from the local NHS service.

Further resources

Libraries Connected and the Reading Agency have made a collection of research journals, including public health titles,  available in public libraries.

Knowledge and Evidence Specialists can offer the following training sessions to local authority public health teams and staff:

Introduction to the knowledge and evidence service
  • Who we are and how to contact us
  • Introduction to services we can offer you
Using EBSCO Discovery and BrowZine

How to use the EBSCO Discovery and BrowZine to: 

  • browse and view journals and articles 
  • undertake scoping searches 
Finding the evidence

Training on literature searching: 

  • plan and define your search
  • create your search strategy
  • identify available sources
  • input search terms and apply limits and filters
  • assess and amend your results
  • save your search history and search results
  • obtain full-text​
  • manage references 

Additionally, a programme of training in finding the evidence is available from local NHS libraries for those LAPH teams who have arranged a service.

There is also a range of online resources available:

Health Education England’s Literature Searching e-learning module

Public Health England’s ‘Finding the evidence’ guides:

PHE has a range of resources available to local authority public health teams to aid you in finding the evidence on COVID-19, this can be found by;

  • Visiting our COVID-19 pages:
    Finding the evidence: Coronavirus, a page of resources to help you identify and access emerging evidence as it is published, including resources for UK public health professionals, epidemiological information and fact checking.
    PHE COVID-19 Rapid Reviews, view PHE’s Evidence team’s evidence summaries and evidence gaps.
  • Or request a literature search on COVID-19 response and recovery topics from your regional KES.

If you have used our service, we would like to hear your feedback. Knowledge and Evidence Specialists are collecting impact stories to learn how you are using the evidence we provide to you. Learn more about impact stories by visiting the Impact Stories page.


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