We are a special interest group of the Society for Academic Primary Care who are interested in building the evidence base for Health Literacy. Our approach explores the impact of Health Literacy on people and their lives, and supports national policy to reduce inequalities.
We work together to discuss and develop new research ideas, run research projects, write reports and research papers, and support implementation of research findings into practice. There are also regular face-to-face meetings, discussions of ideas and collaborative work through our website. Membership is free.
We welcome patients and patient groups, health care practitioners and providers, teachers, policy makers, non-government organisations, and academics.
Digital Participation and Health Literacy
De Montfort University, Leicester,
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.
The Health Literacy Curated Collection
The Health Literacy Curated Collection aims to help everyone who has an interest in health literacy, by gathering together all the resources you might need in one place. You will find the resources under five main themes; policy, evaluation, research and key publications, resources and tools. We have included the most important, useful and current resources as considered by our health literacy experts.
Are you working in Health Literacy Research? Do you have practical advice that you would like to share?
The collection came about because the Community Health and Learning Foundation (CHLF) were aware that practitioners with an interest in health literacy often found it hard to track down resources and publications on the topic. As a result, CHLF have long wanted to bring together all of the most useful and relevant information and resources about health literacy together in one place, to make it easy for people to find whatever they are looking for. CHLF have worked with the UK Health Literacy Group to do this and both organisations have been supported by NHS England, who provided support to enable the collection to be developed.
This collection brings together the most current and important policy around health literacy and healthcare in England, the rest of the UK and from around the world.
The Evaluation collection includes reports from a selection of both national and community projects with the improvement of people’s health literacy at their core. These reports look at the “how to” in terms of improving health literacy.
Research and Key Publications
This is the largest of the Collection’s themes and includes the most important research and thinking around health literacy at the moment. The majority of the publications are based on work done and published in England but there are also interesting pieces from elsewhere in the UK and from countries outside of the UK.
This collection includes a number of practical tools that can be used to help with raising awareness of health literacy, measuring people’s ability to understand health information, tools to check the readability and level of information produced and techniques to check that health information is being provided in a way that people with low health literacy levels can understand.
This collection includes a mixture of information, websites, Powerpoint slides, learning materials, surveys, guidelines, best practice and commentary deigned to help anyone wishing to ensure that they are working in a health literate way.