Seminar, Newcastle University, G21/22 Devonshire Builing, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

Thursday 8th June 2017, 10.30-15.00pm

Health Literacy UK are delighted to invite you to our next seminar, which will focus on the intricate link between shared decision making and health literacy. The seminar will comprise presentation of research, including ethnographic studies on shared decision making, as well as person-centred care policy with professional bodies. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and for sharing insights into practice.

Confirmed speakers include:

Prof Gill Rowlands, Newcastle University

Prof Richard Thomson, Newcastle University

Ella Jackson, NHS England

Dr Christina Dietscher, Austrian Ministry of Health

The event will be chaired by Dr Alf Collins, NHS England

Who might attend?

Anyone with an interest in health literacy, shared decision making and policy. 
Health practitioners, educators, researchers and those involved in health policy development are particularly encouraged to take part.

Delegate fee: £50, including lunch and refreshments

Click here for programme information. We encourage you to make a booking as soon as possible, as this event will be very popular.

For questions and further details please contact: Sue Weir, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




De Montfort University, Leicester,

October 2016

Thank you to all those who participated in our most recent seminar, exploring the relationship between digital participation and health literacy. Jonathan Berry, representing NHS England, shared research from a very successful pilot study which boosted participant skills and confidence in accessing online health information. He was followed by Lucy Atkins from De Montfort University, who summarised a citywide collaboration to improve digital literacy in Leicester schools: the project has been so well received that it is now being rolled out in cities across the UK.  In contrast, the participants in Evelyn McElhinney's research had very sophisticated digital skills, which enabled them to navigate 3D Virtual World Second Life in order to seek health information. These experiences had an enormously positive effect on wellbeing and self-esteem, as well as reducing feelings of isolation. Lastly, Diana Bird from Shipley College, impressed us with her award-winning app designed to improve communication between midwife and patients who speak English as a second language.

Following the excellent presentations, delegates were able to share research, ideas and good practice, resulting in a very positive and productive day!

If you were unable to attend, you can find copies of the presentations and contact details on our publications page.