Digital Literacy & Health Literacy


Enabling people to make informed health decisions: Health Literacy

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health literacy as

..the personal characteristics and social resources needed for individuals and communities to access, understand, appraise and use information and services to make decisions about health

In 2015 Public Health England and the Institute of Health Equity published a report entitled “Improving health literacy to reduce health inequalities”. This showed that up to 61 per cent of the working age population in England finds it difficult to understand health and wellbeing information. Low levels of health literacy impact significantly upon a person’s ability to:

  • • manage long term conditions;
  • • engage with preventative programmes and make informed healthy lifestyle choices; and
  • • keep to medication regimens.

This leads to worse health outcomes across a range of indicators, increased health inequalities for affected individuals, and increased preventable mortality.

In addition, according to a report published by National Voices in 2017 (A New Relationship with People and Communities):

Health Literacy Awareness

Do you want to help your patients to better understand, access and use health information, so they can make informed decisions about their health?

Health Literacy Awareness training offers healthcare professionals an opportunity to better understand what health literacy is.

In this 1-hour session, participants will learn how health literacy affects health outcomes and primarily how limited health literacy can lead to poorer health outcomes.

You will also discover tools, techniques and resources to use in practice to support those with limited health literacy.

This course is aimed at anyone with a role in providing information to patients and carers, or who has a responsibility in planning and shaping services.

Qualifications supported

  • • HCPC Standards of conduct, performance and ethics: Sections 1.2, 1.3, 2.3, 2.4
  • • GMC Good Medical Practice: Domain 3: 31, 32, 33, 34, 49, 51
  • • NMC the Code: 2.1- 2.4, 3.1, 3.3, 7.1-7.4

Self-directed Learning

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Journals | Electronic Journals

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Health Literacy Research and Practice

Access to our journals is online. You can browse all our electronic titles using BrowZine.

BrowZine allows you to search, read, and monitor your favourite journals, making it easier to keep up to date with the latest research in your area of practice.

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Board Games

KGH Library has an extensive collection of educational board games which can be used during team days, training sessions, and to gain CPD credits.

You can play one-on-one or in teams, and all of our games encourage discussion throughout the game. Gameplay takes 30-45 minutes, but we can adjust this to suit you. We can also help you facilitate your first game. For a full listing of games visit our dedicated Board Games guide.