Current Awareness Products

UKHSA Knowledge and Library Services provide a range of current awareness products. If you would like to be kept regularly up to date with the latest research in your field of work, then please submit a request via the Knowledge and Library Services Enquiries Portal (UKHSA staff only): choose “Current Awareness”, and under the heading Preferred format of results, choose “Regular auto alert by email”.

 

Types of current awareness products available

You can watch this brief video for an overview of the types of current awareness products (runtime 02.29; click here for transcript). More information and examples of alerts and updates are below.

Topic Alerts
You can submit a request for an alert to be set up on a topic of your choice, for example:

 

Table of Contents Alerts
The following
 are examples of what an alert might look like if you have chosen to receive table of contents alerts from specific journal titles:

  • Health people health places – this example, which opens as a PDF document, searches a specified selection of journals for papers on this topic.
  • Specific journal titles – this example, which opens as a PDF document, includes specific journal titles related to sickle cell and thalassaemia screening, but you can choose your own list of journals to make it more tailored to your requirements. 

 

Automated Current Awareness Updates (ACAU)

A selection of Automated Current Awareness Updates (ACAUs) are listed below, in PDF format, along with links to their archives. These are comprehensive research alerts which aim to bring together and highlight latest research from peer-reviewed publications, about important public health topics. To avoid duplication of current awareness products, we will only fulfil requests for ACAUs that meet the criteria outlined in this flow chart.

At present, due to the limitations of the software, we can only create ACAUs for teams with UKHSA email addresses. However, PDF versions of the ACAUs that we produce are available on this webpage. We are investigating alternative software to meet our needs and will provide an update as soon as we are able.

 

Extreme Weather Events Research Newsletter (monthly)
The Extreme Weather Events Research Newsletter is an evidence-based resource developed by the Knowledge and Library Services and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Extreme Events and Health Protection (EEHP) team. the newsletter aims to bring together latest research about extreme weather from around the world to raise awareness and deepen knowledge. Click here to read the latest update as a PDF document, or find the most recent updates on our current awareness update archive page.

Global Health Security (monthly)
Global Health Security (GHS) has been identified as a priority both for the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). To support this, the UKHSA’s Global Health Security team have developed this resource to highlight a selection of recent, peer-reviewed publications in the field of global health security. Contact the team to sign up for this update.
Click here to read the latest update as a PDF document, or find the most recent updates on our current awareness update archive page.

Healthy Ageing (monthly)
The Healthy Ageing Current Awareness Update highlights the latest research from age-related guidance and journals. Click here to read the latest update as a PDF document, or find the most recent updates on our current awareness update archive page.

Infection (weekly)
The Infection Current Awareness Update highlights the latest research from infection-related guidance and journals, and new publications from the National Infection Service. Click here to read the latest update as a PDF document, or find the most recent updates on our current awareness update archive page. 

Long COVID (weekly)
The UKHSA Knowledge and Library Services has been producing a weekly Long COVID Research Alert, each Wednesday morning since December 2021. Click here to read the latest update as a PDF document, or find the most recent updates on our current awareness update archive page.

Mental Health (monthly)
This CAU highlights the latest research on the risk factors for mental health, preventive interventions, service provision, prevalence and inequalities, and the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health programme. Click here to read the latest update as a PDF document, or find the most recent updates on our current awareness update archive page.

Musculoskeletal Health (monthly)
The Musculoskeletal Health (MSKH) Current Awareness Update highlights the latest research from MSKH-related guidance and journals. Click here to read the latest update as a PDF document, or find the most recent updates on our current awareness update archive page.

Nutrition, Diet & Obesity Journal Contents Update (weekly)
The Nutrition, Diet & Obesity Journal Contents Update highlights the latest research from particular journals covering the topics of nutrition, diet, and obesity. Click here to read the latest update as a PDF document, or find the most recent updates on our current awareness update archive page.

Vector Borne Diseases Current Awareness Update (weekly)
This update contains content, news, information and journal articles on vector borne diseases caused by ticks and mosquitoes. This is available on request from [email protected]

 

Setting up your own alerts

With your Athens username and password, you can create your own alerts. When you have completed your search strategy, you save it to your personal account, and to create an alert, you choose the AutoAlert option and follow the steps. You can find out more in this video tutorial, but if you need help, please submit a request via the Knowledge and Library Services Enquiries Portal (UKHSA staff only), and we will be happy to help.

Browzine
Browzine is another way for you to keep up-to-date. You can create a bookshelf of your favourite journals, and bookmark articles for future reference. You just need to create an account and then set up your bookshelves. Find out more by clicking on this link.

Other bulletins available from the NHS, other UKHSA divisions, and external organisations to help you keep up to date

We do not accept responsibility for the availability, reliability or content of the items included in these bulletins and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them.

Collated list of NHS current awareness bulletins

This list, hosted by NHS Library Knowledge Services (North) gives details of bulletins currently being produced by NHS Knowledge & Library Services across England.

UKHSA divisions and external current awareness bulletins:

Title When Publisher Content
Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response Monthly NHS North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust A list of papers that relate to emergency preparedness, resilience and response.
Global Hazards Weekly Bulletin Weekly UK Health Security Agency A list of notifications of disasters taking place around the world.
Health and Care Knowledge Update Monthly Governmental Statistical Service Newsletter that brings together information, resources, and official statistics on health and care.
Health Foundation newsletter Monthly Health Foundation Features different perspectives and expert opinion on a different health or health care topic. Also includes details about funding opportunities, Health Foundation publications and blogs, as well as the latest news from us and the world of UK health care.
Health Management and Policy Alert Twice weekly The King’s Fund Update on the latest health policy, guidance, reports and statistics.
Health and Wellbeing Bulletin Twice monthly The King’s Fund The latest news, policy developments and guidance on public health, health inequalities and population health.
NICE News Monthly National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) NICE latest published and forthcoming guidance topics, implementation advice, consultations, meetings and events, latest news, features and stories.
UKHSA Statistics Not stated UK Health Security Agency A summary of the latest official statistics releases published by UK Health Security Agency, arranged by topic. The bulletin also features any recent ad hoc statistical publications.
Public Health Intelligence Calendar via subscribe to UKHSA National Health Intelligence Knowledge Hub Weekly UK Health Security Agency Spreadsheet of public health statistics by organisation and subject with link to update
Public Health Matters Approx 2 every months UK Health Security Agency The official blog of UK Health Security Agency, providing expert insight on the organisation’s work and all aspects of public health.
The week ahead in global health Weekly World Health Organization (WHO) Preview of what’s on WHO’s agenda around the world.
NIHR news and events Not stated National Institute for Health Research: School for Public Health Research News about resources, events, and briefings produced by the National Institute for Health research: School for Public Health Research.

 

To find a broader range of current services, including more on public health, visit Current Awareness Services for Health.

Last Updated on 8th April 2024 by cdebrun

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