Public Health knowledge and evidence service

Learn about the Public Health knowledge and evidence service, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and public health resources.

About the knowledge and evidence service

Our evidence service for public health professionals includes information on current health awareness as well as reports and resources relating to the health of Suffolk residents.

Find out more:

For more sources of information, check the Suffolk Libraries research and references page to find out what they can provide.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) are local assessments of current and future health and social care needs.

Health and wellbeing boards produce the assessments for each local authority area.

Why do we need a JSNA?

The aim of the JSNA is to:

  • improve the health and wellbeing of the local community
  • reduce inequalities for all ages

It is a continuous process of strategic assessment and planning.

The assessment is used to:

  • help to decide what actions local authorities, the NHS and other partners need to take to meet health and social care requirements
  • address the issues that will have an impact on health and wellbeing of Suffolk communities

You can search for our reports and other information on the Healthy Suffolk website.

Public health resources

You can find information about public health in databases, electronic libraries and electronic journals.

The following databases are available:

  • Medline
  • Cinahl
  • Psycinfo
  • Embase
  • AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine)
  • British Nursing Index
  • King's Fund
  • DH-Data

Accessing the databases

To access the electronic databases you'll need an Athens username and password. You can either:

You can download guides to searching.

These resources have been purchased by the National Core Content project, which is funded by the NHS Strategic Health Authorities and are available to all NHS staff in England and the wider NHS family. 

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is considered to be the best single source of reliable evidence about the effects of health care. It’s internationally respected as providing the gold standard in "what works and what doesn't", used by researchers and clinicians worldwide, by patients and their families.

It also provides the evidence base for many people involved in the preparation of health guidelines.

Visit the Cochrane Library website or learn how to use Cochrane Library.

Electronic Libraries

National Library for Health: You can find the best current know-how and knowledge to support healthcare-related decisions.

Social Care Online: Free database of social care information including:

  • research briefings
  • reports
  • government documents
  • journal articles
  • websites

Accessing the electronic journals

To access the electronic journals you'll need an Athens username and password. You can either:

  1. Register to Open Athens with a username and password
  2. Login to the NICE Evidence if you are already registered

You can access:

Contact us

Email publichealthlibrary@suffolk.gov.uk to:

  • request an article
  • search the Public Health Knowledge and Intelligence Library Catalogue
  • suggest a book for the Public Health Knowledge and Intelligence Library
  • search for literature
  • make a comment on our service