Health Information Week 2019 – Monday 1 – Sunday 7 July 2019

Helping patients and the public find high quality health information!

Health Information Week is a national, multi-sector campaign to promote high quality information for patients and the public. High quality health information can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life.

Preparing for Health Information Week 2019 (1st- 7th July 2019).

We’re excited to announce that the Health Information Week 2019 (#HIW2019) themes are:

· Monday 1st July: Healthy lifestyles

· Tuesday 2nd July: Mental health; and patient stories

· Wednesday 3rd July: Health and digital literacy

· Thursday 4th July: Long term conditions; and social prescribing

· Friday 5th July: Innovations for preventing illness

· Saturday 6th July: Patient stories

· Sunday 7th July: Mindfulness and relaxation

You may want to use all the themes at once, or focus on a couple – whatever works for you! The national #HIW2019 team will suggest information resources for each theme in advance, and will Tweet them on the day using #HIW2019

If you are a patient information provider, or work in a public library, NHS library, or any other organisation with an interest in high quality health information for patients, you can start planning now. #HIW2019 is a great opportunity to work with colleagues in and outside your organisation. It’s part of public libraries’ Universal Health Offer, and the Patient and Public Information strand of the NHS Knowledge for Healthcare Framework. Think about:

· Who might want to work with you from your organisation? For example, public health (local councils); PALS, patient information, Trust membership teams (NHS organisations); or anybody else with an interest. Why not contact them about working together for #HIW2019?

· What other organisations might like to work with you? For example, NHS libraries, public libraries, health charities, hospices, medical writers, key influencers on the themes above or anybody else working with patients locally. Why not contact them about working together for #HIW2019?

· What impact do you want your involvement in #HIW2019 to have? Impacts in previous years have included raising awareness of specific resources such as local support groups, Books on Prescription, or the NHS website http://www.nhs.uk ; helping individuals with their health information queries; and motivating and enthusing people to look for high quality health information. As always, we’ll evaluate #HIW2019 afterwards, to make #HIW2020 even bigger and better. · Would you like to use any of the resources from last year at https://kfh.libraryservices.nhs.uk/patient-and-public-information/health-information-week-2/ ? We will let you know as soon as updated versions are ready, but there are some great ideas there already.

· Why not also follow @Healthinfoweek on Twitter? We’re planning to crowdspeak to make an impact on social media – look out for more information on getting involved.

If you have any questions now, contact the #HIW2019 team on: healthinfoweek@gmail.com

Making the most of #AMillionDecisions

Focusing on #AMillionDecisions, our joint ongoing initiative, Sue Lacey Bryant, and Louise Goswami from Health Education England met with Sarah Hennessy and Imrana Ghumra, the co-chairs of CILIP Health Libraries Group on the 4th March 2019.

As we reported back in June, at 70 for #NHS70, #AMillionDecisionshas been successful at raising our profile. The campaign has:

  • changed outdated perceptions
  • articulated to employers that our role is business critical
  • opened doors to senior decision makers
  • expressed a common purpose that all librarians can get behind
  • improved our skills as advocates
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So what can you do?

As previously reported we have seen amazing promotional work around the country. There is a lot you can continue to do at a local level to use #AMillionDecisions to promote the impact of your service:

  1. Collect endorsements from your own leaders and local champions.
    Use the social card template and, with their permission, display prominently across your organisations and on social media
  2. Continue to collect examples of your impact and submit your case studies to the Knowledge for Healthcare Blog. Use the impact case study vignette template to create your own vignettes and remember to publicise them using #AMillionDecisions – you may also like to include the following #HEELKS @CILIPinfo @CILIPHLG @NHS_HealthEdEng
  3. Continue to use the hashtag in your social media posts
  4. Check your #AMillionDecisions e-mail signature is still working. You may wish to add the additional text: Librarians and knowledge specialists bring the evidence to inform over a million decisions a day across healthcare
  5. Share key messages from the initiative within your organisations, visit the For Employers page for further information

For further information please contact your regional library lead.

Impact Case Studies Update

Peer reviewed Impact Case Studies developed by healthcare library and knowledge specialists, are now displayed on this blog page. Please note the former database is no longer functional and will not be updated.

The latest case studies added this month are:

A reminder that you can submit your own case studies here. They will be reviewed by the regional quality teams prior to being added to the listing.

Dominic Gilroy
NHS LKS Development Manager, Yorkshire and the Humber