Health website changes on 1 April 2013

One of the obvious changes resulting form the organisational changes which took place on 1 April, are the changes to government websites. A number have been taken down, and many others are changing. Here are some of the changes most important to librarians supporting commissioners.

  • The Department of Health website is now part of While some links have been redirected, many have not.
  • Most DH microsites will be transferred to
  • Contents of the DH Transparency¬†website have been transferred to the data gov website and a number of key statistical resources are listed here:
  • It is unclear how the DH Modernisation website will be affected.
  • NHS Commissioning Board website has been ¬† and links are being redirected.
  • Resources on the NHS Institute and NHS Improvement will be available for a limited time after April 1st.
  • A new organisation within NHS England – NHS Improving Quality – will draw on work done by a number of legacy organisations including NHS Improvement, NHS Institute for Innovation & Improvement, National End of Life Care Programme, National Cancer Action Team, NHS Diabetes and Kidney Care
  • Public health observatories are now part of Public Health England. Future location of the PHO resources is as yet unclear, but currently they are still available on the APHO site
  • RightCare – “All existing products of Right Care (Atlases of Variation, Right Care Casebooks, Tools, Health Investment Packs and other publications) will remain accessible from the Right Care website until further notice.”

These changes will mean that some of the links in the Handbook are broken – please bear with us while we update these links.



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