Health Literacy Steering Group

If you are interested in how we work, please read ourTerms of Reference.

    Jo Protheroe: Chair

Jo joined Keele University as a Senior Lecturer in General Practice in 2011 and continues to practice as a GP in Manchester. Her research, influenced by her clinical practice as a GP in inner-city Manchester, is focused on two NHS priorities - the needs of socio-economically disadvantaged patients and the need for interventions to improve patient self-management in long-term conditions. Research has shown that patients with low health literacy have difficulty in participating in their health care, resulting in poorer health. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Gill.jpg - 399.45 kb Gill Rowlands: Joint Policy Lead

Gill is an academic General Practitioner, and Professor in the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University and Institute of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark. her main interests are in the area of health inequalities, particularly the role of health literacy in health, and the role of GPs in identifying and addressing the problems faced by patients with lower health literacy. She founded the Health Literacy Group UK and has authored, and co-authored, over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and co-edited a book, 'Health Literacy in Context: International Perspectives'.


   Emee Estacio: Seminars/Meeting Development

Emee is a Psychology lecturer at Keele University who specialises in action research, health promotion and community development. She has extensive experience of delivering participatory, community-based needs assessments and evaluating health promotion interventions, particularly those that prioritise marginalised groups. Emee is co-author of the best-selling textbook, Health Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice (4th Edition), Sage Publications and guest edited a special section on Health Literacy and Engagement in the Journal of Health Psychology with Dr John Comings. She is also a member of the editorial board for Health Psychology Open, Community, Work and Family and the Philippine Journal of Psychology.


     Bernadette Bartlam

Bernadette is a nurse by professional background and holds the post of Senior Research Fellow at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine-Imperial College, London in Singapore. Her work focuses on ageing and health inequalities, multi-morbidity - particularly in relation to chronic pain and mental health - environments and ageing across the life-course. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


  Graham Kramer

Dr Graham Kramer has been a GP in Montrose, Tayside, for 22 years and been interested in the primary care management of people with long term conditions. Between 2011 and 2016 he worked part time with Scottish Government as National Clinical Lead for Self Management & Health Literacy ensuring policies support healthcare to be more enabling and engaging so that people can be helped to be in the driving seat of their care. He helped co-author the 2015 Chief Medical Officer report "Realistic Medicine" . He is chair of Scotland's House of Care Executive Group and Executive Officer for RCGP (Scotland) Patient Partnership (P3) Group.


   Evelyn McElhinney: Treasurer

Evelyn is a Nurse Lecturer in the Nursing and Community Health Department of Glasgow Caledonian's School of Health and Life Sciences. Evelyn completed her PhD - Living in 3D Social Virtual Worlds and the Influence on Health Literacy, Health Behaviour and Wellbeing in December 2015. In her PhD she argued for a social model of Health Literacy which included the multiple social skills and cultural competencies she found used by adults in a 3D social virtual world. These multi-literacies were similar to those found to be used by children and adolescents in the social web, avatar-based VWs and games. Evelyn was also involved in the steering group which created the Health Literacy Action Plan for Scotalnd. She has presented at national and international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals. Her main interests are the use of new and emerging technology to promote HL, health and wellbeing.


  Mike Oliver

Mike is a Senior Health Improvement Specialist in the Public Health Directorate at Stoke-on-Trent City Council.  He is coordinating the City’s Health Literacy strategy and plan.  Mike is really keen to take the research into health literacy into practical projects, and is working with health care professionals, community groups and individuals to bring health literacy to life in Stoke-on-Trent.  Mike is also a Health Psychologist in training, with a deep interest in how the social determinants of health affect people’s health behaviour both individually and collectively.


   Emma Brooks: Website/Communications

Emma is an ESOL tutor working in adult education, with extensive experience of material development. She is very interested in the role of language in health communication and is currently conducting doctoral research into ante-natal provision in a superdiverse population. Emma also acts as an educational advisor (ESOL) on local breastfeeding working groups and local public health projects. 


 Sue Weir: Administrator 

 Sue is an experienced administrator at the Research Institute for Primary Care Services at Keele University. In her role for the Health Literacy Group, she is the point of contact for delegates, as well as responsible for organising our seminars and conferences.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.