Monday 6 – Sunday 12 July 2020
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
You can follow us on @Healthinfoweek on Twitter to find out more (and to have a look at last year’s tweets), or
you can contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions. The hashtag this year will be #HIW2020, so
please use this if you use Twitter!
Preparing for Health
Information Week 2020: what are the 2020 themes?
We’re sticking with a themed week, with a different focus for each day- and
we’ve added a couple of new topics!
- Monday 6th July: Health literacy
- Tuesday 7th July: Mental Health
- Wednesday 8th July: Sepsis
- Thursday 9th July: Healthy lifestyles
- Friday 10th July: Mobile apps
- Saturday 11th July: Mythbusting
- Sunday 12th July: Wellbeing and mindfulness
There’s no requirement to adhere specifically to
these themes, and don’t feel that you have to cover every theme on every day:
perhaps choose one or two that inspire you, or find your own topic to run with.
We will have a list of useful resources for each theme available, and we will
also tweet them on the day using #HIW2020.
Why should I get involved with Health Information Week 2020?
Health Information Week is
a national initiative that brings together many different organisations and
individuals. One of the biggest benefits that last year’s participants in
Health Information Week found was its positive effect on partnership working;
reaching out to people- including clerical staff and senior management
teams- who perhaps wouldn’t use the
library usually; making contact and improving relationships with other
libraries in their local area; reaching out to new members of the public and
potential library members. Health Information Week is all about collaboration!
How can I get involved in Health Information Week 2020?
Health Information Week is
a great way to showcase the ways that you and your organisation support the
provision of quality health information for all. Perhaps you work in a public
library, an NHS library, a charity, a school, an art gallery- there are lots of
different ways to get involved, and they don’t have to be difficult.
Last year saw a number of
organisations doing different things, including:
- Information stands handing out
leaflets, flyers and other literature, showing posters, giving out freebies
including fruits, muffins, post-it notes and pens
- Children’s storytimes about
- Hospital walkabouts with
leaflets, hot drinks and biscuits for staff
- Mindful colouring stands
- Health information books on
- Social media campaign: Twitter
and Facebook were popular ways to disseminate information and photos
- Exercise and relaxation
sessions: yoga, Pilates and mindfulness
- And lots more!
How can I prepare for Health Information Week 2020?
You can start planning
now! We have a list of
ideas to inspire you: please don’t feel you have
to stick exactly to what’s suggested- if you have any new ideas about an event
you can run, please share it. We’d love to hear from you, and perhaps someone
else will want to give it a go? Read our
report from Health Information Week 2019 where you can find out more about
what other people did and the impact that it had. In April we’ll be publishing
some posters, branding templates, and other resources to help you market your
Who can I work with to increase my impact?
Think about the other
organisations that might like to join you: perhaps NHS libraries, health
charities, public libraries, local groups and communities who have an
investment in good health information.
What about the people
already in your organisation who would partner you? If you work for a hospital,
perhaps this includes your Trust’s PALS team, Patient Information and
Experience team, patient support groups and charities. If you work for a public
library, perhaps you already have links with local health charities and support
groups, or even the public health team of your local council.
Please contact us if you
have any questions, or need any help finding resources to support your
campaign: don’t forget to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or message us on Twitter @Healthinfoweek!