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 The UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) 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. 


UKHSA 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

OpenAthens eligibility

All local authority public health staff are eligible for an OpenAthens account. An OpenAthens account allows you to access a range of resources, included UKHSA subscribed electronic resources (e-journals, EBSCO Discovery and BrowZine), as well as NHS provided content.  

Registering for an OpenAthens account 

You can register for an OpenAthens account at NICE OpenAthens. A majority of local authority public health staff will need to choose ‘Public health staff in England’ as your Organisation when registering.
For more information, watch our video on OpenAthens registration (Runtime: 2 minutes 43 seconds).

Logging in

When you log in to your OpenAthens account, you will see the ‘My Resources’ section. This provides a list of all resources available to you.

Forgotten password

If you have forgotten your password, you can reset this yourself from the NICE forgotten password page.

OpenAthens enquiries

For any enquiries about using OpenAthens, please contact and we will be happy to help.

United Kingdom Health Security Agency 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 UKHSA’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 

If you would like to arrange a training session for your team, or if you are interested in a topic which is not listed, please contact to discuss your requirements.

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

UKHSA’s ‘Finding the evidence’ guides:

UKHSA 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.
    UKHSA COVID-19 Rapid Reviews, view UKHSA’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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