Support for LAPH: Resources

PHE gives local authority public health teams (LAPH) access to a wide range of electronic resources.

Resources are provided through the national collection of databases and e-journals funded by Health Education England, and a collection of e-journals and a Discovery Service funded by PHE.

To navigate this page, click on the subject heading boxes to view the content within. Text that is underlined and blue is a hyperlink to a website or resource.

Finding the evidence: Coronavirus

  • PHE Knowledge and Library Services (KLS) has produced this page to help those working on the current coronavirus outbreak, to identify and access emerging evidence as it is published. It contains links to current awareness products, guidelines, PHE-led COVID-19 studies, evidence-based collections, support for finding the evidence and database searching, and information for the public.

NHS

  • Coronavirus guidance for clinicians and NHS managers. Contains information for Primary care, Secondary care and Community health, social care, mental health trusts and ambulance services.

Local Government Association

  • This site contains useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Association of Directors of Public Health

  • This document is intended to outline principles for the design of COVID-19 Local Outbreak Plans, which are intended to: build on existing plans to manage outbreaks in specific settings, ensure the challenges of COVID-19 are understood, consider the impact on local communities and ensure the wider system capacity supports Directors of Public Health

BMJ Best Practice

  • BMJ Best Practice is aimed at healthcare professionals, it contains up-to-date, evidence-based and UK-focussed clinical information

Health Research Premium Collection

  • Over 4,500 full text health and medical journals (1946 - current), grey literature, instructional videos, and more.

ICE Evidence Search

  • Evidence search provides access to selected and authoritative evidence on health, drugs and technologies, public health, social care, and healthcare management and commissioning in one place. 

TRIP Database

  • The TRIP Database searches a range of health information sources to inform clinical and non-clinical decision-making. There is a useful PICO option so that you can just put in the relevant search terms, and the results are delivered with the highest level of evidence first. TRIP Pro is the enhanced version and is available to LAPH teams, who just need to send their IP addresses to support@tripdatabase.com.

Campbell Collaboration

  • This database contains systematic reviews on the effects of interventions in crime and justice, education, international development, and social welfare.  

Cochrane Library

  • The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.  

Cochrane Library Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group

  • This database produces systematic reviews of educational, behavioural, financial, regulatory and organisation interventions designed to improve health professional practice and the organisation of health care services. Most healthcare organisations subscribe to the Cochrane Collaboration. 

EPPI-Centre

  • The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre resource contains systematic reviews of research evidence on health promotion, public health, social welfare, and international development.  

PROSPERO

  • This is a register of protocols for systematic reviews. If you are carrying out a piece of research, it is worth checking this site to see if another researcher is already carrying out the research. Furthermore, if you are carrying out a systematic review, then you need to write a protocol and upload it to PROSPERO. 

PubMed

  • PubMed is similar to MEDLINE, but actually contains more information than MEDLINE, which is a subset of PubMed. For example, PubMed includes records for some articles that are out of scope for MEDLINE, and also includes citations to in-scope articles that have not yet been indexed.   

Social Care Online

  • Nowadays, with health and social care integrated, it is important to include social care evidence where appropriate. This database is the UK’s largest database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work.  

Global Health Library

  • This resource contains medical and health documentation from countries, less-developed, outside the major industrialized areas.  

LILACS

  • This database is a comprehensive index of scientific and technical literature about Latin America and the Caribbean. 

PDQ-Evidence for Informed Health Policymaking

  • PDQ (“pretty darn quick”) Evidence includes systematic reviews, overviews of reviews, evidence-based policy briefs, primary studies and structured summaries of evidence for decisions about health systems. 

Health Evidence

  • This database has been developed by McMaster University in Canada, and provides access to 4,774 quality-rated systematic reviews evaluating the effectiveness of public health interventions. 

Health Evidence Network

  • HEN has been developed by the World Health Organization (Regional Office for Europe), and provides access to information and evidence in the field of public health, gathered from a range of sources, and available via a single platform. 

McMaster University Health Systems Evidence

  • This database provides rapid access to evidence on how to strengthen or reform health systems or in how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them. 

European Portal for Action on Health Inequalities

  • This resource contains information and an online training module, about health inequalities

For more details about information sources and searching tips, download our guide to Finding the evidence: Research support for public health teams based in local authorities.

Keep up-to-date with the latest research in particular fields of work. Current Awareness Updates are currently available on:

  • Healthy Ageing
  • Infection
  • Mental Health
  • Musculoskeletal Health

In addition to the above, PHE also produces a regular PHE COVID-19 Literature Digest, a weekly Behavioural Science Literature Report, a weekly Care Homes Digest and a fortnightly co/secondary infections update and they are available in the Keeping up-to-date section of the Finding the evidence: Coronavirus page.

Practice examples aim to share the learning from public health practitioners’ experience of developing and implementing public health programmes and projects. They embed local, regional and national descriptions of service practice or service case studies, bringing together public health practitioners’ rich sources of knowledge on evidence and intelligence.

Current collections:

Access a collection of Evidence briefings, which are summaries of the best available evidence that has been identified and selected from research using systematic and transparent search methods, in order to answer a specific question. Please note: These are not quality assessed or critically appraised; they are a neutral presentation of the evidence and do not seek to make any recommendations.

Reference management software can help you handle references and full text documents, as well as managing citations and bibliographies while creating documents. There are many reference management packages that are freely available, including:

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