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Welcome to the subject page for Community Health.

This page has been compiled by your subject librarian and will help you to find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

Take a look at the Using the library pages for more general information about using our services. The Placement Students page provides information on accessing resources whilst away from campus.

Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals and moreā€¦

New Proquest databases purchased, including Proquest Public Health collection.  Follow the links in the eresources section below to find out more

  • Books & Ebooks

    See OneList (online reading lists) for current lists of recommended reading for your course / modules.

    All ebooks, in OneSearch, provide online access from any location. 

    New Books

    Heller (2012) Long-term conditions: challenges in health & social care
    'Long-Term Conditions' explores the complex issues surrounding the experience of long-term illness and the enormous pressure this puts on individuals, their families and carers and on health and social care services.

    Lack (2012) Advanced practice in healthcare
    Advanced Practice in Healthcare outlines the key components of advanced practice in which healthcare professionals are engaged. With a clear skills focus, it explores issues critical to providing effective enhanced care to patients whilst managing and negotiating the complexities of the healthcare delivery system.

    Karakas (2011) Palliative Care
    Palliative care focuses on reducing the severity of disease symptoms in order to prevent and relieve suffering and to improve the quality of life for people facing serious, complex illness. Primary care providers are often the coordinators of palliative care and need to be well versed in all aspects of providing palliative care.

    Lechner (2011) Respiratory: an integrated approach to disease
    An innovative, organ-specific text that blends basic science with the fundamentals of clinical medicine. It is the perfect companion for medical students transitioning to their clinical years, as well as for practicing physicians who need a user-friendly update on the basic science underlying the practice of clinical medicine.


    Luker (2012) Health visiting: a rediscovery
    This timely and relevant new edition of an established and well regarded text is essential reading for those training to become health visitors and those who are practitioners working with and in the community. The new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the many developments in health policy, public health priorities and health visiting practice. The focus of the book, however, remains the same: placing the health visitor at the forefront of supporting and working with children and families, ensuring the child has the best possible start in life. The increasing importance of working with communities and reaffirming the public health role of the health visitor are discussed and debated. The new edition takes into account the challenges and increasing need for health visitors to engage with research evidence and to evaluate their practice. 

    Arnott (2012) Introduction to community nursing practice 
    This new textbook is perfect for understanding how community nursing works, and how to work effectively in community settings. The skills required to work with the challenges of community nurse activities are clearly introduced, from working in people's homes, working with carers, developing assessment skills to working with other professionals. By drawing on vivid case studies set in the fictional town of Chettlesbridge, the authors skilfully bring to life the world of community nursing practice enabling you to apply new learning to real situations. Covers areas such as working with vulnerable groups and working with carers and their families.

  • Journals & Eresources

    Key eresources

      New suite of Proquest databases purchased for 2016/17 including

    Anatomy.TVInteractive 3D anatomy resource.

    An index of nursing and allied health articles.  Access to over 300 full text journals. Bibliographic records for over 1000 journals.

    One of the largest bibliographic indexes for health.  Full text for more than 1,450 journals indexed, covering medicine, nursing, the health care system and pre-clinical sciences.

    Cochrane Library 
    Provides systematic reviews of clinical based evidence on the effectiveness of specific interventionsYour results will be a mixture of reviews and clinical trials. It will depend on your topic as to whether there will be a relevant review.

    Academic Search Complete 
    A multi-disciplinary full text database of over 5,500 journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,500 journals.

    SciVerse (ScienceDirect)Science database covering physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences and humanities.

    NHS Evidence 
    A search engine from the NHS for health and social care professionals, providing access to evidence-based health information, NICE guidelines and much more. Download the Quick guide to NHS Evidence.


    Key journals

    Nursing Standard - good professional level journal keeping you up to date with the issues, good practice and research in nursing.  Older issues available in print but current issues only available online.

    Journal of Advanced Nursing - Academic journal focusing on current research.  Older issues available in print but current issues only available online.

    Journal of Community Health

    Journal of Community Health Nursing

    Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

    British Journal of School Nursing

    Perspectives on Sexual & Reproductive Health

    For a full list of journal titles subscribed to by the University of Cumbria check the Journals A to Z subject list.


    Horizon Scanning Bulletins

    You can access the latest Horizon Scanning Bulletins freely online:

    Infection Control


  • Websites

    A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here.  Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.

    NHS Evidence
    A search engine from the NHS for health & social care professionals, providing access to evidence-based health information. 

    NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.  Access national clinical guidelines here.

    Evidence Informed Public health.  A nice resource from McMaster University that takes you through the steps in Evidence based public health.

    UK National Statistics: Health & Social Care
    This area of the National Statistics website covers statistics relating to information gathered on public health, health services provided by the National Health Service (NHS), and much more.

    Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
    Provides resources and background information for healthcare professionals, with research tools and educational material to download.

    A database contained details 3D images of human anatomy.  Log on with your University username & password to access this resource.