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Health Education England collaborates with library and reading experts to improve patient choice

Health Education England (HEE) has signed a memorandum of understanding with leading organisations in the library and reading arena in a bid to promote greater and more personalised healthcare literacy across the population.

 

HEE will work with the Society of Chief Librarians and The Reading Agency to promote the importance of health literacy. The three organisations will work together to devise and launch programmes that allow people to access personalised information that allows them to make more informed choices about their care and treatment and improve the quality of their life.

 

The Society of Chief Librarians leads and manages public libraries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and advocates continuous improvement in the library service. Its membership is made up of heads of service at each library authority.

 

The Reading Agency is a national charity inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds to read for pleasure and empowerment. Working with partners, their aim is to make reading accessible to everyone.

 

The provision of high quality, evidence-based, accessible health information is an important driver in HEE’s Knowledge for Healthcare Framework for NHS library and knowledge services, published in 2015. The framework was developed to enable NHS bodies, staff, learners, patients and the public to use the right knowledge and evidence at the right time and place to enable better clinical decision-making.

 

Patrick Mitchell, Director, South of England, Health Education England said:

“I am delighted to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the Society of Chief Librarians and The Reading Agency. It is a very positive step towards collaborating across sectors to underpin health literacy, ensuring people can access high quality information to assist them to make informed choices about their care and treatment.”

 

Sue Wilkinson, Chief Executive of The Reading Agency, commented:

“It is with great pleasure that we are able to formalise this important new partnership with Health Education England. We look forward to using the MOU to activate an exciting programme of activity supporting our shared work with the Society of Chief Librarians on Reading Well and the Universal Health Offer as well as HEE’s ambitions for the delivery of Patient and Public Information.”

 

Neil MacInnes, President of The Society of Librarians, added:

“It’s wonderful news that SCL and The Reading Agency’s work with HEE has now been formally ratified. Our partnership will strengthen the delivery of Reading Well and the Universal Health Offer through public libraries – keeping people in our communities active and engaged as we continue to support their health and wellbeing.”

 

For further information contact louise.goswami@nhs.net or Ruth.Carlyle@hee.nhs.uk

Drivers for Patient Information

Are you embarking on a new patient information project?

Is there a particular patient focused element of your service that you need to justify?

Do you need to demonstrate the impact of your service to members of the public?

Do you want to propose a service development or new patient information initiative?

Then take a look at our list of patient information drivers!

A driver is a factor that shapes the direction of your organisation. This could be a strategic document, business plan or regulatory requirement that impacts on your service, organisation or NHS as a whole.

The Knowledge for Healthcare Patient and Public Information group has identified key drivers that may influence the patient information agenda in your Trust. Each one has been summarised concisely in to one page.

Our driver summaries can be used to develop your service. Knowing about key priorities will help inform service planning, develop a business case or demonstrate impact.

All drivers have been designed using templates provided by the Making Alignment a Priority (MAP) toolkit. Additional resources are also available here to help you consider your aim, tell your story and demonstrate your impact.

Comments to: Daniel.Livesey@gmmh.nhs.uk

Dan Livesey
Knowledge Service Manager, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

New guides on NHS Information Standard

The Patient and Public Information Task & Finish Groups have published a new guide in partnership with NHS England and The Information Standard (TIS).

The guide has been produced to increase awareness and confidence around the standards required when producing and commissioning health information.

It presents the 6 principles of The Information Standard and gives examples of how some library and knowledge services are already supporting production or commissioning of health information in their organisations.

The guide is not intended to help you and your organisation apply for The Information Standard. It is about highlighting examples of good practice which are already in place across the NHS.

Additional resources to support best practice around health information are also available via The Information Standard website.

Comments to: Daniel.Livesey@gmmh.nhs.uk

Dan Livesey
Knowledge Service Manager, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.