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Anyone can submit a question to the Information and Knowledge Services team. We can help with any queries relating to health and social care, whether you're a health professional, student or a member of the public.

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We answer questions on any issues related to health and social care, such as health inequalities, managing long-term conditions, NHS management, leadership, commissioning, patient and public involvement, Black, Asian and ethnic minority health, social care, older people and mental health care, workforce development and NHS reforms.

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If you have a publication title and need further details or have a citation and need the name of the report or book we can help.

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While we can’t undertake your assignment or essay on your behalf,  we can help by advising which information sources would be suitable and how to search them most effectively. 

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Example questions

  • What impact will Brexit have on health and social care?
  • Can you explain the structure of the NHS?
  • What is social care and how is it funded? 
  • How much of the total budget health budget is spent on mental health?
  • How many nurses in the UK suffer from burnout?
  •  Do you have a reading list on the history of the NHS?