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Policy, reports and statistics


The research & publications from Government and reputable Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), is often an important complement to academic literature (books and journal articles).

Information can include official governmental policies and publicationsexpert analysis on health issues, publications and reports from associations, charities, organisations and societies and health data & statistics.

This can be used to help with your assignments and your own professional development. Resources can also be used to find grey literature for your dissertations.

UK Government


The UK government site which includes lots of publications and reports.

UK Parliament research services

UK Government agencies

Agencies of the UK government are also good sources of information. The following are a list of health agencies:

Agency Scope
Care Quality Commission The independent regulator of health and social care in England.
Health Education England Supports the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that a skilled workforce is available.
Health Research Authority Protects and promotes the interests of patients and the public in health and social care research.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.
NHS Confederation The NHS Confederation is the membership organisation that brings together, supports and speaks for the whole healthcare system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
NHS England NHS England leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England.
Office for Health Improvement and Disparities Focus on improving the nation’s health so that everyone can expect to live more of life in good health, and on levelling up health disparities to break the link between background and prospects for a healthy life.
Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care Promotes the health, safety and wellbeing of patients, service users and the public.
UK Health Security Agency Responsible for protecting every member of every community from the impact of infectious diseases, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents and other health threats.