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
UKHSA available support to local authority public health teams
UKHSA 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 UKHSA 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.
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).
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.
If you have forgotten your password, you can reset this yourself from the NICE forgotten password page.
For any enquiries about using OpenAthens, please contact email@example.com 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.
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||
|Using EBSCO Discovery and BrowZine||
How to use the EBSCO Discovery and BrowZine to:
|Finding the evidence||
Training on literature searching:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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.