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In this area you will find links to a variety of resources which can help you to refresh and extend your knowledge and skills in relation to particular aspects of building community capacity and enabling people to identify and address their health needs.

Masterclasses are presented to encourage you to think through key areas relevant to community capacity building, to listen to relevant debates, to be presented with potential resources and to reflect on how the material presented might influence your work based project. If you access the masterclasses using the links below, you will not have to log in but your activity will not be tracked and you will not be able to generate a record of completion.

In addition, we have several additional links to websites, and papers on related areas, which you will be able to access in order to follow up issues in more depth. You can find these here.

Further Health Visitor learning and development opportunities are available via the NHS National Learning Management System (NLMS) please click here.



This resource area contains a range of useful information and links to other websites and publications that may help you in your project as well as day to day work if you aren't already familiar with them. Use the navigation below to go to the resource area you are interested in.


BCC Resources




Office for National Statistics (ONS)

  • Population estimates and projections for resident population
  • Registrations of Births, Deaths
  • Census

NHS Information Centre QOF

Determinants / Morbidity / Mortality / Outcomes

Office for National Statistics (ONS) / Neighbourhood Statistics

  • Topic areas include lifestyles and behaviours, life expectancy and mortality, conceptions and abortions, hospital admissions, Census data related to health, mental health, low birthweight

Department of Health

Statistical work areas include

  • Public health (e.g. Health inequalities, breastfeeding, mortality rates, life expectancy, smoking, drinking and drug use, obesity, abortions)

  • Healthcare (e.g. Palliative care, community care, dentistry, pharmacy, screening and immunisation)

  • Social Care (e.g. Home care services, residential care, users' experiences of personal social services)

The Information Centre for Health & Social Care

  • Publishes data on topics including Health & Lifestyles, Hospital Care, Social care, Screening, Workforce, Ambulance statistics, Prescriptions, Pharmaceutical services, Dentistry and on the Quality & Outcomes Framework (prevalence of various diseases and quality of primary care)

Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base

  • Data on population, life expectancy, determinants of health, morbidity, mortality rates, cancer survival rates, health service utilisation, outcomes, expenditure

Department for Work and Pensions

  • Uptake of health-related benefits

Cancer Registries

Regional e.g. Northern & Yorkshire Cancer Registry and Information Service

NCIN - National Cancer Intelligence Network

  • Collect data on every new diagnosis of cancer

  • Analyse, interpret and publish population-based cancer data

Hospital data on Admissions (Inpatients & Day Cases), Outpatients, A&E – available from PCTs

Prescribing data - available from PCTs

Sport England’s Active People Survey

Department for Communities and Local Government

  • Publishes the English Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD)

Joint Strategic Needs Assessments: these are our local examples

Health Protection Agency

  • Publishes data on Infectious diseases, e.g. TB, HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections, flu

Association of Public Health Observatories

  • Profiles on various topics, technical briefings, reports, statistical modelling of disease prevalence

Public Health Observatories

Learning Disabilities/Mental Health Offender Health/Migrant Health

North East

Alcohol/Drug Misuse/Dental Health

North West

Children & Young People/Diabetes

Yorkshire & Humber

Cancer/Food & Nutrition/Renal Disease/Teenage Pregnancy

East Midlands

Older People/Social care/Environment

West Midlands

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease/Primary care/Sustainable Development

Eastern Region

Coronary Heart Disease/Obesity/Physical activity/Stroke/Transport

Eastern Region

End of Life/Injuries/Sexual Health

South West

Ethnic Minority Health/Health Inequalities/Tobacco


Big Society

Building Community Capacity is a central part of the big society.

Follow the links to watch the speakers from the kings fund event "Health care and the big society".

For link 1 click here.



Follow the link below to watch the debate from "The kings fund about the big society".

For link 2 click here.

BigSociety1 BigSociety2


Professor Sir Michael Marmot led the Marmot Review Team which published Fair Society, Healthy Lives in 2010.

For further information on poverty, health and society including the review please click here.

Acheson report

Why is poverty persistent?

Dr Mike Grady  Senior Research Associate, University College London; Member of the Marmot review team gave a keynote at the Unite/CPHVA annual professional conference. Held at Harrogate International Centre 2010. Please click here to listen to the podcast.

Early Intervention

Early intervention approaches

Parenting and teenagers

Dame Clare Tickell, Independent chair of the Early Years Foundation Stage review 2011, to access the report and other related resources:

Department for Education, (2011) Early Years Evidence Pack, Department for Education 

Frank Field (2010) The Foundation Years: preventing poor children becoming poor adults , The report of the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances, Cabinet Office 

Community Development

Community Development Foundation

Health Information Resources

Kings Fund

NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

Health Empowerment Leverage Project

Rapid appraisal

Social marketing

Department of Health (2010) A Vision for Adult Social Care: Capable Communities and Active Citizens,  DH click here

Hothi M, Woodcraft S Cordes C, Muskett D (2010) The End of Regeneration? Improving what matters on small housing estates, The Young Foundation click here

Knapp, M, Bauer, A, Perkins, M, Snell T (2010) Building community capacity: making an economic case: PSSRU Discussion Paper 2772, PSSRU Click here

Michael Marmot (February 2010) Fair Society, Healthy Lives: Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010, The Marmot Review click here

Skidmore P, Bound K, Lownsbrough H (2006) Community participation: Who benefits? Joseph Rowntree Foundation click here

The Young Foundation (2010) What do people and places need from the Big Society? The Young Foundation click here

Other Useful Resource Links

Academic phrasebank

British Medical Journal

Care Quality Commission

Department for Education

Department of the Environment

Health Development Agency Archived Publications

Health Information Resources

Health Protection Agency

Home Office Crime Statistics

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

NHS Information Centre QOF

Munro review 2011 of child protection and other related resources

The Health Foundation website has a wide range of publications relating to health improvment and engagement

Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association

Department of Health

Reports & Publications

General community development and capacity building

  • Abbott S and Freeth D (2008) Social Capital and Health: Starting to Make Sense of the Role of Generalized Trust, Journal of Health Psychology, 13: 874
  • Adler P S, Kwon S W (2002) Social capital: Prospects for a new concept, Academy of Management Review, 27:1,17-40
  • Cowley S, Frost M (2006) The Principles of Health Visiting: a re-examination London CPHVA
  • DH (2010) Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS
  • DH (2010b) A Vision for Adult Social Care: Capable Communities and Active Citizens
  • Eade D (1997) Capacity Building. An Approach To People Centred Development. Oxfam. Oxford
  • Florin P and Wandersman A (1990) An introduction to citizen participation, voluntary organisations and community development: Insights for empowerment through research American Journal of Community Psychology 18,1,41-54
  • Geraldine Blake, John Diamond, Jane Foot, Ben Gidley, Marjorie Mayo, Kalbir Shukra and Martin Yarnit (2008), Community engagement and community cohesion- Joseph Rowntree Foundation: An exploration of the challenges to be addressed if government policies to promote community engagement are to be genuinely inclusive of newcomers as well as more established communities.
  • Gilchrist A (2009) The Well-Connected Community: A Networking Approach To Community Development, Bristol:Policy Press
  • Graham Allen (2011) Early Intervention: The Next Steps, Cabinet Office, London
  • Martin Knapp, Annette Bauer, Margaret Perkins and Tom Snell (2010) Building community capacity: making an economic case, PSSRU
  • Paul Skidmore, Kirsten Bound and Hannah Lownsbrough (2006) - Community participation: Who benefits? - Joseph Rowntree Foundation: This report explores whether policies to involve people in making decisions about their own communities are effective in building strong social networks.
  • Putnam, R D (2000) Bowling Alone: The collapse and revival of American Communities. New York. Simon and Schuster
  • Skinner (2006) Strengthening Communities: A guide to capacity building for communities, Community Development Foundation
  • Susie Hay (2008) –Developing active networks in local communities: A review of Local Links, a pilot programme in West Yorkshire - Joseph Rowntree Foundation: This study reports on an action research programme designed to assist local people to be better informed, empowered and more effective in their community roles.
  • The Young Foundation (August 2010) What do people and places need from the Big Society?: In this briefing we put forward practical ideas about what communities need from the Big Society to support local engagement, social renewal and improve local quality of life.

More Reports & Publications

Domestic violence

  • Peckover, S (2003) 'I could have just done with a little more help’: an analysis of women's help-seeking from health visitors in the context of domestic violence. Health and Social Care in the Community, 11(3): 275-282: The research findings suggest that there is considerable scope for practice development in order to ensure that women experiencing domestic violence are able to receive safe and appropriate responses from health visitors.

  • The Health Foundation (2011) Improvement in practice: The IRIS case study: Describes a staff training and support programme to bridge the gap between the voluntary sector and primary care, to harness the strengths of each, and to provide an improved domestic violence service. Local champions are essential to promote the service among their professional peers and encourage implementation.

Study skills

  • Anderson, G., Boud, D., and Sampson, J. (2003) Learning Contracts: a Practical Guide. Kogan Page

  • Boud D, Cressey P, Docherty P (2006) Productive reflection at work, Routledge, Oxford

  • Brennan J & Little B (1996) A review of Work Based Learning in Higher Education DfEE The Open University

  • Cottrell, S. (2003) Skills for Success. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

  • Cottrell, S. (2005) Critical Thinking Skills, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan

  • Cottrell, S. (2009) The Study Skills Handbook. 3rd Edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

  • Cunningham, I., Bennett, B., and Dawes, G. (2000) Self Managed Learning in Practice. Gower

  • Eraut (1994) Developing Professional Knowledge and Competence, The Falmer Press. London

  • Helyer, R. (2010) The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan

  • Jarvis, P., Holford, J., and Griffin, C. (2003) The Theory and Practice of Learning, 2nd edn. London: Kogan Page

Managing your project and learning

Boud, D., Cressey, P. & Docherty, P. (eds.) (2006) Productive Reflection at Work, Routledge

Cunningham, I., Bennett, B., Dawes, G. (2000) Self Managed Learning in Practice, Gower

Leedy, P.D. (2004, 8th ed.) Practical research: planning and design Upper Saddle River, N.J., Merrill

Luck, M. (1999) Your student research project, Gower

Maylor, H. (2002) Project Management Prentice Hall

Preece, R.A., Roy, R.A. (1994) Starting research: an introduction to academic research and dissertations, Pinter Publications

Sharp, J.A. & Howard, K. (2002, 2nd ed.) The management of a student research project Gower

Waterhouse, R. (1992) A Guide to Project Management – a CPD study pack [Multimedia]

RDN Virtual Training Suite (2007) [on-line]. Available at:

Reporting & Sharing

Bowden, J (2008 Revised and updated 8th edition) Writing a report : how to prepare, write and present really effective reports, Oxford : How To Books

Hindle, T (1998) Making presentations, London: Dorling Kindersley




Please click on a Masterclass below to get started:

Building Community Capacity: Community Development

Session 1_thumbThis package is designed to enable you to review and reflect on the processes involved in community development, and its place in building community capacity. 



Building Community Capacity: Policy master class

Session 2_thumbThis package is designed to facilitate you to reflect on recent policy initiatives of importance to building community capacity and consider their relevance in your setting.



Key Principles of Behaviour Change: using motivational interviewing

Session 3_thumb

Most motivational interview training would occur over several days and would include intensive support and practice components. This package provides a brief introduction to the use of motivational interviewing.



Building Community Capacity: Service Improvement - Making time

Session 4_thumbThis package is designed to enable you to review and reflect on the principles of service improvement and consider how you could release time to build community capacity.



Building Community Capacity: Workplace Advisor Briefing

Session 5_thumbThis package is for Workplace Advisors to provide an overview of the Building Community Capacity Programme, discuss its principles & structure and explore the role of the workplace advisor during health visitor participants' journey.



Genetics - What do I Need to Know to Help the Families in my Care?

What-Do-I-Need-to-Know-to-H.jpgThis session has been developed to help health visitors when caring for children, to understand the important part genetics plays in their clinical role. It focuses on the practical, ‘must know’ knowledge that they can put to immediate use in their day-to-day work.



Help and Support for Separated Families

Help-and-Support-for-Separa.jpgThis session will help health visitors better understand the needs of separating parents. It provides practical information about child maintenance and the specialist sources of help they can direct parents to and will enhance their capacity to support separating families in their community.







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