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. This year, #HIW2020 runs from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th July.
Are you interested in being involved in #HIW2020 but not sure where to start? Or maybe you’ve been involved for a number of years and you’re looking for something different to do this year? Perhaps you don’t feel you have the resources to do much? Alternatively maybe you’d like to do make #HIW2020 a really significant part of your outreach work this year? The good news is that you can spend as much or as little time as you have on #HIW2020, from running a week long programme of events to simply retweeting posts from @HealthInfoWeek.
The Ideas Bank is a great place to start. It includes all the ideas from previous years, and we’ve recently updated it to include new ideas from #HIW2019 activities run by different teams from across the country. Maybe a walkabout to key teams would be more effective than a display? Maybe you can ask a health professional to present at a public library or other public venue?
The Ideas Bank includes:
- Tips for making contact with teams in your local
area who may be interested in working with you, both inside and outside your
- Ideas for teams with limited time and resources
- Fun ideas to draw a crowd
- And more!
And if you have other ideas, please let us know – other people may find them really useful too. Email us on Healthinfoweek@gmail.com or Tweet us on @HealthInfoWeek
Your organisation’s Covid-19 response may affect the planning you can do at this stage. Dependent on how things develop, it may also affect what is possible during #HIW2020 itself. Follow national guidance, and also your local guidance. Some of the things in the Ideas Bank would not be appropriate during current precautions – they are included in hope that by Monday 6th July, they will once again be safe. Other things, such as social media use, can continue as usual during Covid-19.
Lindsay Snell on behalf of the HIW team
It’s a while ago now, but #Health Information Week 2019 (#HIW2019) was a great opportunity to promote the value of high quality health information. We’ve collated all the feedback received from our smart survey and individual evaluations into this report.
Some highlights of the report:
- A wide range of organisations participated,
including charities and NHS and public libraries. About 20% of survey
respondents (10 teams) had not previously been involved in #HIW, showing the
event is growing in reach and popularity.
- There were over 1,700 recorded interactions at
events and displays, and over 1,600 leaflets given away over the week. These
enabled patients, members of the public, and NHS staff to learn more about
finding high quality information to support their health and wellbeing.
- There was a wide range of events, including a
mindfulness walk, a human library, healthy eating children’s storytime, and a
book group looking at graphic novels and health.
- Many people used #HIW2019 to develop partnership
working with organisations in other sectors.
- The amount of time spent on #HIW2019 varied
widely, showing people are able to put as much or as little into the week as
- There was high demand for national marketing
templates to be available much earlier next year – for #HIW2020 we plan to have
them ready in April. As a result of your feedback, these will be professionally
Health Information Week 2020 (#HIW2020) will take place from 6th-12th July 2020. It seems a long way away now, but several teams said they would like to start planning earlier for 2020. The #HIW2019 evaluation report also gives plenty of examples of what worked well and what could be done better next year for local events. You may also like to take a look at the #HIW2019 Ideas Bank to get some ideas and inspiration!
The Patient and Public Information Task and Finish Group have collated examples of best practice from around the regions of how libraries are engaging with the public for their health information needs. As well as being part of K4HC we have also had queries from many staff asking for ideas on how they can become involved in this area. Hence our title: Ideas Bank for Health Libraries.
In order to make the document more meaningful we have grouped the ideas under themes.
We have also put together a Useful links for Public and Patient Information Provision to help generate ideas.
During the first half of 2016 we envisage producing some further guidance for NHS libraries so watch this space .
The PPI group can be followed on Twitter @K4H_PPI and we will be adding resources to the Consumer Health Information pages of the LKS website.