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Evidence & Literature Reviews

Evidence or literature review presents published information in a particular subject area;

Social Prescribing (PHIT, July 2015)

Deliberate Self-Harm across Merseyside and Cheshire April 2011 to March 2014 (September 2015)
Self-inflicted violence, self-poisoning or deliberate self-harm (DSH), is an important public health problem in the UK and across the world. This local report by Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University looks to increase our understanding of self-harm as both a public health issue and an individual concern for those involved, and provide up to date information on how self-harm impacts on the people of Merseyside and Cheshire.

Older People & Social Isolation (April 2015)

Beyond fighting fires: the role of the fire and rescue service in improving the public’s health (March 2016)
The fire and rescue sector is transforming the way in which it delivers services. This document updates the LGA's previous "Beyond fighting fires" document (April 2015). It showcases the wide variety of ways, and different partners that the sector is working with on transformation, including the police, health services and the ambulance service.

Evidence Review on Social Prescribing Public Health Intelligence Team (July 2015)
Current interest in social prescribing is based on its potential benefits in three areas: reducing prevalence of and improving mental health outcomes and therefore demands on health services; improving community wellbeing; and reducing social exclusion. For more information view the Public Health Intelligence Team evidence review.  

Physical Activity - Rapid Evidence Review (No. 106) Liverpool Public Health Observatory (April 2015)
Liverpool Public Health Observatory (LPHO) was commissioned by the Merseyside Directors of Public Health, through the Cheshire & Merseyside Public Health Intelligence Network, to produce this rapid evidence review on physical activity. For more information view the full PDF

Evidence review for Older People and social isolation (May 2015) produced by Business & Public Health Intelligence Team can be viewed on this PDF.

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) (May 2015)
Making every contact count, or MECC, is a term used widely to describe the mechanism of brief advice and behaviour change interventions. View the Rapid Evidence Review produced by the Wirral Council Public Health Intelligence Team. 

Exploring the Social Value of Community Assets in Wirral (2014)
This work involved evidencing the social value and impact of community assets in Wirral on individuals and their communities, with a particular focus on their impact on mental health and wellbeing; developing a framework to identify the types of community assets in Wirral; categorising assets using a qualitative research methodology and evaluating a representative sample of community assets, using a social value approach.

Damp Housing and its health effects (September 2012)
Unemployment and Health (September 2012)
Re-employment and Health (September 2012)

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