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Social Science electronic resources: Healthcare Policy and Management

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Bibliographic Databases | Gateways and Portals
UK Government Sites | Organisations | Statistics | Compilations

Bibliographic Databases

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CRD Databases Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness, the NHS Economic Evaluation Database and Health Technology Assessments produced by the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
Global Health Specialist international public health database which is particularly strong in the areas of tropical medicine, infectious diseases, vector control, food safety and epidemiology.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
Online resource
Health Systems Evidence This claims to be the world’s most comprehensive, free access point for evidence to support policy makers, stakeholders and researchers interested in how to strengthen or reform health systems or in how to get cost-effective programmes, services and drugs to those who need them. Access is free, but registration is required.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium

Database guide (PDF)
Brings together the Department of Health Library Database (Dhdata), the Health Management Information Service (HELMIS) Database and the King's Fund Database. Together these databases contain over 250,000 records citing journal articles as well as monographs and technical reports covering UK and overseas health management.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
Online resource
Medline Covers journal articles on all aspects of medicine, including dentistry, nursing and veterinary medicine, 1950-
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room
Online resource
Maternity and Infant Care A bibliographic database containing abstracts to journal articles on topics such as the midwifery profession, pregnancy, labour, birth, postnatal care, neonatal care, and the first year of an infant's life.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.

Online resource

PILOTS Database The PILOTS bibliographic database, covering the Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress, is produced at the headquarters of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in White River Junction, Vermont. The PILOTS database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Its goal is to include citations to all literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events, without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographical limitations, and to offer both current and retrospective coverage.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
Online resource

Gateways and Portals

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Brief description
Format
Health Systems Evidence This claims to be the world's most comprehensive, free access point for evidence to support policy makers, stakeholders and researchers interested in how to strengthen or reform health systems or in how to get cost-effective programmes, services and drugs to those who need them. Access is free, but registration is required..
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
NICE Evidence Services NICE Evidence Services are a suite of services that provide internet access to high quality authoritative evidence and best practice. The services cover health, social care and public health evidence. Evidence Services aim to help professionals make better and quicker evidence based decisions.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource

UK Government Sites

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Brief description
Format
Care Quality Commission The Commission regulates health and social care provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies and voluntary organisations. The web site includes inspection reports, regulatory and guidance materials, and audits of specific services
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
Department of Health The central government department responsible for running the NHS.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
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Health and Safety Executive The Executive's mission is to protect people's health and safety by ensuring risks in the changing workplace are properly controlled. The web site includes information leaflets, full text of journal titles and research reports.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
  • Statistics. This page provides access to statistics on work-related ill-health, injuries, dangerous occurrences, enforcement and gas safety produced by HSE's Statistics Branch
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
CD-ROM resource
Health Protection Scotland Health Protection Scotland (HPS) was established by the Scottish Executive to strengthen and co-ordinate health protection in Scotland. Provides statistical data on prevalence of communicable diseases, and guidance on combating them
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
Information Centre for Health and Social Care Disseminates statistics on ambulance services, primary and hospital care, national clinical audits of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, NHS complaints, the Quality and Outcomes Framework for GPs, mental health, public health issues and healthy lifestyles, breast and cervical screening, the NHs workforce, and delivery of adult social care.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
London Health Observatory Provides information that policy makers and practitioners need to improve health and health care. The LHO takes the national lead in monitoring health inequalities, ethnicity and health and tobacco.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) The web site of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, whose job it is to appraise health care interventions and then provide guidance on which treatments work best for patients. In April 2005 it took over the functions of the Health Development Agency, and now also provides guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health in the population.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
NHS England NHS England will play a key role in the Government’s vision to modernise the health service with the key aim of securing the best possible health outcomes for patients by prioritising them in every decision it makes. Formerly established as the NHS Commissioning Board on 1 October 2012, NHS England an independent body, at arm’s length to the Government. Site offers policy and guidance for the new NHS bodies created in April 2013.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
  • Statistics
    NHS England publishes statistics on a range of health and care subjects, including waiting times, ambulance services, bed availability and occupancy, cancelled operations, delayed transfers of care, diagnostic imaging dataset, general practice patient survey, integrated performance measures monitoring, mental health community teams activity, mixed sex accommodation breaches, NHS 111 dataset, Winter pressures and dental commissioning.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
NHS UK The official gateway to National Health Service organisations on the Internet. It provides information on what it does, how it works, and how to use it.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
Public Health England Agency responsible for protecting the nationís health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
  • Data and knowledge gateway
    A single point of access to data and analysis tools from across Public Health England. The resources help local government and health service professionals make decisions and plans to improve people's health and reduce inequalities in their area. They can be used by anyone with an interest in understanding the health of the population and how it varies across the country.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
Scotland's Health on the Web Official web site of the NHS in Scotland.
This site is freely available on the Internet
Online resource

Organisations

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Brief description
Format
Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) This research centre of the Institute of Education at London University addresses the need for a systematic approach to the organisation and review of research on interventions in health promotion and education. The site contains the full text of systematic reviews and access to bibliographic databases of research reports and journal articles in these fields.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
General Medical Council The regulatory body for doctors.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
King’s Fund An independent healthcare charity working primarily to improve the health of Londoners through research and development work.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
NHS Confederation The only membership body for NHS organisations, the NHS Confederation informs, advises, campaigns and publishes on ways in which the NHS can improve the management of its services.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
Office for Health Economics The Office of Health Economics provides independent research, advisory and consultancy services on policy implications and economic issues within the pharmaceutical, health care and biotechnology sectors.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
World Health Organisation Information on the WHO’s programmes, plus factual information on a range of diseases and their control, plus basic statistical indicators.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
  • The Weekly Epidemiological Record - The Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) serves as an essential instrument for the rapid and accurate dissemination of epidemiological information on cases and outbreaks of diseases under the International Health Regulations and on other communicable diseases of public health importance, including emerging or re-emerging infections
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource

Statistics

Title
Brief description
Format
Care Quality Commission Site offers annual performance assessment data on statutory social services and NHS trusts, and statistics on registered social care providers.
This site is freely available on the Internet
Online resource
Department of Health The central government department responsible for running the NHS.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
  • Statistics
    This site provides access to statistical press releases, to statistical returns and tables, and to a full list of publications. Publication of some statistical series has now been taken over by the Information Centre for Health and Social Care
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
Online resource
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Health and Safety Executive The Executive's mission is to protect people's health and safety by ensuring risks in the changing workplace are properly controlled. The web site includes information leaflets, full text of journal titles and research reports.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
  • Statistics. This page provides access to statistics on work-related ill-health, injuries, dangerous occurrences, enforcement and gas safety produced by HSE's Statistics Branch
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
CD-ROM resource
Health Protection Scotland Health Protection Scotland (HPS) was established by the Scottish Executive to strengthen and co-ordinate health protection in Scotland. Provides statistical data on prevalence of communicable diseases, and guidance on combating them
This site is freely available on the Internet.
CD-ROM resource
Information Centre for Health and Social Care Disseminates statistics on ambulance services, primary and hospital care, national clinical audits of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, NHS complaints, the Quality and Outcomes Framework for GPs, mental health, public health issues and healthy lifestyles, breast and cervical screening, the NHs workforce, and delivery of adult social care.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
ISD Scotland ISD Scotland provides access to data and the full text of statistical publications on a wide range of health topics.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
Public Health England Agency responsible for protecting the nation's health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
  • Data and knowledge gateway
    A single point of access to data and analysis tools from across Public Health England. The resources help local government and health service professionals make decisions and plans to improve people's health and reduce inequalities in their area. They can be used by anyone with an interest in understanding the health of the population and how it varies across the country.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
UK National Statistics Publications Hub Indexes and links to UK statistics on all topics including health by producer name, theme and region. Also offers a release calendar and search facility.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource

Compilations

Title
Brief description
Format
BinleysOnline Provides not only contact data, but also the ability to map and analyse information by specific therapy area, region and organisation. A documents module offers key planning documents, formularies and financial reports by NHS organisation so you can better understand your local health economy.
NB: Access is password-protected; please ask Reference Enquiry desk staff to log you on.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
Online resource
Health CD Full text of Department of Health Publications, including circulars, press releases, Parliamentary material, journals, statistical publications and Social Services Inspectorate reports, to 1998.
[CD-ROM available from the enquiry desk for workstation 1]
CD-ROM resource