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Frequently asked questions

Q: What do we do? 

The UK Health Forum (UKHF) is a leading alliance of more than 70 national organisations working to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and related conditions such as stroke, diabetes and cancer. Further information about us can be found  on the "Who we are" pages of the website. 

Q:  How are we funded? 

The UK Health Forum is an independent organisation and does not take money from commercial organisations or from the food, alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical or marketing industries.   

Our funding streams include grants, donations, legacies, policy and research activities and various funding bodies namely the Department of Health, The European Commission, the British Heart Foundation and other Government departments.

Q: Who are the UKHF’s strategic partnerships?

They consist of consumer organisations, the Government, Chronic Disease charities, Professional organisations, Academia/Research, International Governmental Organisations and NGOs, Social Policy organisations.

Q: What are the disabled access arrangements for the UKHF Offices?

A lift at the Bloomsbury Square entrance of the building enables access to our offices on the seventh floor.  Disabled facilities are available throughout the building.   Visit our "Contact us" page for more information.

Q: How does UKHF select news items to be included on the UKHF websites or in current awareness emails?

We select articles on the basis of topic, and will include any news that we feel may be of interest to the public health workforce working with non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors. We do not critically appraise news or research articles we include. For this reason, we strongly urge you to use your own judgement when reading these articles. You may on reading an article find that you do not agree with its methods or outcomes, and that is of course your prerogative. However, please remember that inclusion of a piece of news or research on the UKHF websites does imply our endorsement of that article.

For more information on our policies in linking to resources elsewhere on the web, please see our privacy policy and disclaimer and terms and conditions.

Q: What is grey literature and why does the UKHF collect it?

Grey literature has been defined as "Information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing" (see Luxembourg Definition) . There are multiple types of grey literature of relevance to public health including: institutional, internal, statistical, market research and many other kinds of report; case studies, notes, observations, evaluations. Most of the UK government’s own publications are classed as grey literature, and much grey literature is produced by voluntary and third sector organisations and NGOs.

The UKHF collects grey literature on NCDs as a priority because it is recognised as an important source of evidence in public health, and yet is not widely indexed. Commercial databases such as PubMed/Medline do not include grey literature, and so the value of many important reports produced by voluntary sector is at risk of being lost simply because these reports become difficult to find after their initial publication.

To access our collection of public health grey literature visit the Prevention Information & Evidence (P.I.E) eLibrary or sign up to our weekly briefing

Q: How does the UKHF select other reports and publications (those that are not news or research) for inclusion on UKHF websites or current awareness emails?

As well as providing links to the latest news and research in NCD prevention, the UKHF also catalogues grey literature in public health (see Q What is grey literature?). Although we do not appraise news and research items, we do critically appraise all grey literature that we include on our eLibrary and in our ORB current awareness briefing. We do this because, although grey literature is an important source of evidence in public health, it has often not been peer reviewed. Our appraisal process helps us to ensure that only the best quality grey literature is included by us on our website and in email bulletins. For more information see our eLibrary.