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.
Department of Health
Royal College of Nursing
RCN members can access the British Nursing Index (BNI Plus), a database indexing over 220 core nursing journals, and full text online journals.
Nursing and Midwifery Council
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.
A useful Introduction to the NHS and how it works. Although this has now been superceded by the new structure in April 2013, it was updated in 2012 and contains useful information.
King's Fund Seeks to improve the health system in England.
An independent source of evidence-based research and policy analysis
World Health Organisation
A search engine from the NICE 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 Search.
Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
Provides resources and background information for healthcare professionals, with Critical Appraisal tools and educational material to download.
Clinical Knowledge Summaries - provided by NICE these are summaries of the best available evidence and practical guidance on best practice for a whole range of primary care topics.
National Institute for Health Research - Appraises research to identify the most reliable, relevant and significant findings to support the NHS. It disseminates these findings as Signals (The latest important research, summarised), Highlights (Conditions, treatments and issues explored using NIHR evidence) and Themed reviews.
A search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
NWAS library service page on Critical Appraisal
lots of useful links and videos
CASP - Critical Appraisal Skills Programme.
Helps you to find and interpret the best available evidence from health research by providing some useful check lists.
Grey Literature covers all types of government and organisational documents: conference papers, policy documents, patient leaflets, blogs and more. The definition is that it isn't peer reviewed and is published by
an organisation/body whose primary objective isn’t making money from publishing. Now that much more is held digitally and archived it is getting easier to find but can still be tricky.
North Grey literature Collection - This site collects useful sources of Grey literature for health.
Office for National Statistics - Neighbourhood Statistics provides ward-level data across England
UK National Statistics : the official UK statistics site.
UK Data service - centralised collection of social research data for the UK
Health and social care information centre.
Cancerstats - Statistical information reports from Cancer Research
Heartstats - statistics on risk factors for heart disease, from the British heart Foundation
World Health Organization Statistical Information Service (WHOSIS)
National Center for Health statistics - USA health statistics
NHS Acronym buster!
Health Talk Online
People talk about their experiences of health and illness.
NHS Choices: Behind the headlines: takes you to the research behind the news headlines.
BBC Health news