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King's Fund dementia friendly environmental assessment tools

  Created on Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020. Posted in Dementia | Toolkit/Database

The King's Fund dementia friendly environmental assessment tools for wards, hospitals, care homes, housing and health centres were launched in 2014 and are now hosted by the Association for Dementia Studies. They are widely in use both nationally and internationally and are freely available to download at

Healthwatch reporting tool allows professionals to search patient experience reports

  Created on Monday, 16 Dec 2019. Posted in Public Involvement | Toolkit/Database

The reports library tool aims to help researchers search thousands of reports produced by local Healthwatch. Curently the tool holds 2,391 Healthwatch publications about health and care services, made up of over 420,000 views

What kind of information can you expect to find?

  • Across the country, Healthwatch speak to people about their experiences of services, and how care could be improved. 
  • From mental health, to care homes, to people's experiences of leaving hospital, a whole host of subjects are covered in the reports library.
  • There's a local Healthwatch in every area of the country and each one focuses on the issues that matter most to the people in their communities.
  • You can also sign up to news alerts for new additions to the tool in your area

The Adult Social Care Outcomes Toolkit (ASCOT)

  Created on Wednesday, 09 Oct 2019. Posted in Social Care | Toolkit/Database

The Adult Social Care Outcomes Toolkit (ASCOT) is a novel method for determining the impact of services. ASCOT tools measure the domains of quality of life more affected by social care - key outcome is social care-related quality of life (SCRQoL).

In order to use ASCOT tools you have to register and obtain a licence.

Essence Toolkit

  Created on Wednesday, 09 Oct 2019. Posted in Toolkit/Database | Social Care

The toolkit aims to help those planning and shaping services and treatments for adult people with social care needs and their carers make informed decisions about which services and treatments to provide and how much they cost.

​The toolkit is available here and is a collection of case studies looking at intervention, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and the nature of evidence

New health services research toolkit launches

  Created on Friday, 05 Jul 2019. Posted in Toolkit/Database

The NIHR has launched a new toolkit for researchers, to help them deliver the high quality health services research that the NHS needs.
The Health Services Research Toolkit is a national resource which brings together ideas, guidance and support in one place.

Asthma UK – Grant Application Toolkit

  Created on Friday, 05 Apr 2019. Posted in Toolkit/Database

Asthma UK have created guidance for researchers writing a grant application for research into asthma. It provides advice on application forms, peer review and finance, and what funders are looking for at each stage of your application.

Health Economic Evidence Resource

  Created on Friday, 05 Apr 2019. Posted in Toolkit/Database | Health Economics

The health economic evidence resource (HEER) tool shows the main cost-effectiveness and return on investment evidence on activities in the public health grant.

Each piece of evidence is summarised across over 20 criteria to provide details on how the results were created and to highlight the inputs and assumptions used in the original studies. This allows users to understand the relevance and apply the evidence to their local setting.

PPI Learning for Involvement - launch of a new website

  Created on Monday, 11 Feb 2019. Posted in Public Involvement | Toolkit/Database

The site offers a range of functions:

  • search for learning resources - guidance, reports, toolkits, books, websites, videos, blogs, MOOCs, etc
  • recommend resources that you have found useful - add them to the site so that others can benefit
  • search training sessions - see what's coming up in your area, or get inspiration about what training you might want to offer
  • add information about training sessions that you are arranging - let people know what you doing and inspire them to do something similar (or invite others to attend)
  • find information about training providers - experienced trainers who can help deliver training sessions on public involvement or associated areas.

The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care

  Created on Monday, 29 Oct 2018. Posted in Toolkit/Database

This document sets out the government’s vision for the use of technology, digital and data within health and care, to meet the needs of all users. It is hoped that the new approach will be further developed collaboratively.

The ultimate objective is the provision of better care and improved health outcomes for people in England. But this cannot be done without a clear focus on improving the technology used by the 1.4 million NHS staff. 1.5 million-strong social care workforce and those many different groups who deliver and plan health and care services for the public.

A tool to help with plain English summaries when reviewing research applications

  Created on Wednesday, 29 Aug 2018. Posted in Toolkit/Database

This is a highly useful tool called the Plain English Lexicon which may be useful to researchers developing their plain English Summary.

The authors’ of the work say this how it can be used:
"You can look up a word in the lexicon to see how often it’s used and who’s likely to know it. When writing for a mass readership, it’s sensible to favour words that need a UK reading age of 13 or less... Higher-level words may need explaining at the point of use or in a glossary. Some readers will infer the meaning of a ‘difficult’ word from the context or by using a dictionary, but they are then working harder than they may like. Remember, though, that the scores in the lexicon are only a guide and, in the end, you should rely on your own judgement."