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.
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 http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/index.htm
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 http://www.ic.nhs.uk/
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 http://www.nchod.nhs.uk/
Data on population, life expectancy, determinants of health, morbidity, mortality rates, cancer survival rates, health service utilisation, outcomes, expenditure
Department for Work and Pensions http://www.dwp.gov.uk/
Regional e.g. Northern & Yorkshire Cancer Registry and Information Service http://www.nycris.nhs.uk/index.php
NCIN - National Cancer Intelligence Network http://www.ncin.org.uk/home.aspx
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 http://www.sportengland.org/research/active_people_survey.aspx
Department for Communities and Local Government
Joint Strategic Needs Assessments: these are our local examples
Health Protection Agency http://www.hpa.org.uk/
Publishes data on Infectious diseases, e.g. TB, HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections, flu
Association of Public Health Observatories http://www.apho.org.uk/
Profiles on various topics, technical briefings, reports, statistical modelling of disease prevalence
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.
Community Development Foundation
Health Information Resources
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
Health Empowerment Leverage Project
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
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.
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.
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