Conference 27th June, 10am-3.50pm

Thackray Medical Museum, 141 Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN

This conference aims to connect people working with communities or individuals who are marginalised or excluded, and to draw out common good practice. The sessions will focus upon health and wellbeing in the widest sense, and will highlight the value of collaborative working between a wide range of services to achieve the best outcomes.

Groups which exist on the edges of society are deemed ‘marginalised’ whether through poverty, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, migration status, addiction, victimisation, social class or a rural location.

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New Health Literacy Journal

HLRP: Health Literacy Research and Practice is an interdisciplinary and international open-access publication dedicated to promoting excellence in research and practice. The aim is to advance the field of health literacy, promote health equity, and reduce health disparities. If you are interested in submitting an article, you encouraged to read the author guidelines and send your manuscripts!



How health literate is the NHS? Sound like a strange question? Just as health literacy implies the social resources needed to access, understand and use health information, the phrase also encompasses the ability to communicate information clearly and effectively. This light-hearted BBC story makes some crucial points about the contemporary use of language in healthcare. Well worth a read!!

Dr Jo Protheroe, GP and Senior Lecturer at the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, Keele University, and Prof Gill Rowlands, GP and Professor of General Practice, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University have been appointed as advocates for Health Literacy for NHS England, a role which aims to help raise the awareness and importance of Health Literacy in England.

NHS England recognises the urgency of improving health literacy and have taken a number of short-term actions. This included the appointment of General Practitioners (GPs) to act as Honorary Health Literacy Clinical Advisors, providing clinical insight for policy makers in the Person Centred Care Team and Self-Care Support Programme. As advisors, Jo and Gill will work alongside Clinicians and Clinical Commissioning Groups sharing their clinical expertise and experience to the Health Literacy programmes in NHS England as well as collaborative groups, such as the Health Literacy Collaborative Group (HLCG). They will also make use of their professional connections, such as the Royal Colleges, especially the Royal College of GPs, to highlight NHS England initiatives and the importance of Health Literacy practice. They will liaise with the HLCG to identify research priorities to submit to the National Institute of Health Research, in partnership with the RCGP and support the clinical aspects of the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs).

[1]          G. Rowlands, J. Protheroe, J. Winkley, M. Richardson, P. T. Seed, and R. Rudd, "A mismatch between population health literacy and the complexity of health information: an observational study," Br. J. Gen. Pract, vol. 65, pp. e379-e386, 6/2015 2015.


International Conference for Communication in Healthcare & Health Literacy Annual Research Conference

Baltimore Waterfront Marriott, October 8-11 2017

Join the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for a joint meeting of ICCH and HARC! Save the date to attend this interdisciplinary and international research and educational event. 

The ICCH and HARC aim to create a learning community that fosters scholarship and inter-professional collaboration to advance knowledge and innovation in communication, healthcare and relationship-centred care. We welcome abstracts and proposals from all disciplines and health professions, although we are now closed for further submissions.