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This section of the Toolkit highlights organisations and services which can help librarians who are seeking to develop a greater understanding of their local and national health economies.

  • Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH)

CASH facilitates access to a range of newsfeeds and users can subscribe to specific ones of interest from a range of categories, or subscribe to the Full Newsfeed. This section of the site also has the latest alerts from HSJ, BBC Health and NHS England. Currently under construction is a directory for Librarians and Knowledge Managers to share evidence support enquiries. CASH also includes a searchable database which is available via: The columns underneath the database search screen also include the most recent additions to the database from the volunteer contributors.

  • The Commissioning Handbook for Librarians

Described as a resource specially for NHS Library Knowledge and Information staff to help you support commissioners more effectively.

  • Knowledge for Commissioning

NHS library and knowledge services offer a unique service to commissioners that complements and builds on the work of other commissioning support services. Through us, you can be confident that your commissioning decisions are based on the most robust evidence from current policies, research and best practice. The site is building a collection of case studies which illustrate the contribution of our knowledge specialists to commissioners.

  • Centre for Health Economics (CHE)

The CHE at the University of York is a leading influence on UK health policy, helping shape the way society thinks about health and health care. And as the NHS grapples with financial pressures combined with one of the most controversial and far reaching reorganisations in its history, research carried out in CHE looks set to remain central to decisions about where and how increasingly limited budgets are spent. CHE publishes numerous Research Papers and Policy Briefings and these are available via their Publications pages.

  • Office of Health Economics (OHE)

OHE conducts research and provides consultancy services on health economics and related policy issues that affect health care and the life sciences industries.


  • Primary Care Commissioning (PCC)

PCC is an independent provider of practical, expert support to commissioners and general practices. PCC also circulate various newsletters, including weekly digests and a bi-monthly Commissioning Excellence bulletin; sign up for these via this link.

  • NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC)

NHSCC is the membership organisation of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Our job is to help you get the best healthcare and health outcomes for your communities and patients. We’re giving you a strong, influencing voice from the frontline to the wider NHS, national bodies, government, parliament and the media. We’re building new networks where you can share experience. NHSCC has a news and policy section, but some material is for members only.

  • Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)

The PSSRU is part of the London School of Economics and the University of Kent. It is one of the leading social care research groups, not just in the UK, but internationally. Since its establishment in 1974, PSSRU has had considerable impact on national social care policy in the UK and in a number of other countries. The PSSRU has an extensive publications page (most recent listed first).

  • Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

SCIE is a leading improvement support agency and independent charity, working with the care and support sector in the UK. We co-produce our work with people who use services and carers. We produce practical and accessible online resources to improve the knowledge, skills and practice of care staff and commissioners, and to support coproduction with people who use services and carers.

The Department of Health and other agencies have commissioned SCIE to develop a range of freely available resources. Our resources are all currently free for non-commercial use, but you will need to register or log in to your SCIE account to download them.

  • Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD)

The CRD is part of the University of York. CRD is a world renowned institute that produces policy relevant research and innovative methods that advance the use of research evidence to improve population health. The site includes an extensive publications section. The CRD also hosts PROSPERO, the International prospective register of systematic reviews designed to avoid duplication.


  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

NIHR is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. It is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation. Together, NIHR people, facilities and systems represent the most integrated clinical research system in the world, driving research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy. Since its establishment, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. The NIHR has an extensive Journals Library which published new research reports and systematic reviews on a range of themes, including public health.

  • Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System (PRUComm) 

(PRUComm) provides evidence to the Department of Health to inform the development of policy on commissioning. We focus on maximising outcomes for patients. PRUComm has a section of its site for publications.

  • Institute of Public Care (IPC)

The IPC is part of Oxford Brookes University. Established in 1987, our purpose is to support better outcomes through well run, evidence-based public care. The IPC publications section is available here.

  • Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU)

PIRU brings together leading health and social care expertise to improve evidence-based policy-making and its implementation across the NHS, social care and public health. The Unit is funded by the Policy Research Programme of the Department of Health. PIRU’s publications section is available here.

  • National Audit Office (NAO)

The NAO scrutinises public spending for Parliament. Our public audit perspective helps Parliament hold government to account and improve public services. The site has a Health and Social Care reports section.


  •  NW Horizon Scanning project

The Horizon Scanning Bulletins support the commissioning process and service redesign, bringing together new and emerging information on best practice, innovation, and future risk factors.

There are 20 bulletins which anyone can sign up to:


Alcohol Diagnostics
Breast Feeding Emotional Health & Wellbeing
Cancer End of Life Care
Cardio Falls Prevention
Child Health Immunisation
Child Mental Health Infection Control
COPD Obesity
Dementia Orthopaedics
Dental Health Patient Safety
Diabetes 2 Stroke

RSS Feeds


Office of Health Economics (OHE):

National Audit Office:

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR):


Social Media

Centre for Health Economics (CHE): @CHEyork 

Institute of Public Care (IPC): @IPC_Brookes

National Audit Office: @NAOorguk

Office of Health Economics (OHE): @OHEnews

Primary Care Commissioning (PCC): @pcc_nhs

NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC): @NHSCCPress

Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU): @pssru_kent @PSSRU_LSE @PSSRUManchester

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE): @SCIE_socialcare

Reports & Resources

Whitfield, Dexter (European Services Strategy Group)(2015) The New Health and Social Care Economy: Sefton MBC, Liverpool and Greater Manchester City Regions and North West regional economy Available at:

NHS England (2015) New Care Models – Vanguards Available at:

Nuffield Trust (2013) Managing financial difficulties in health economies: lessons for clinical commissioning groups Available at: