A key role for library and knowledge specialists through the pandemic is to signpost to trusted information. Notably, we can help NHS organisations fulfil their obligations under the Accessible Information Standard to provide information for patients, service users, carers and parents with a disability, impairment or sensory loss.
HEE’s Library and Knowledge Services team identified that it is difficult to find information about COVID-19 in accessible formats and for specific patient groups. In liaison with Public Health England, NHS England/Improvement and the Patient Information Forum, we have compiled information:
We will be adding information for carers, for people with specific conditions and on health and well-being. Please help us to promote these invaluable resources to health and care staff and to information workers in other sectors.
The resources at https://library.nhs.uk are the first part of a website promoting the work of NHS library and knowledge specialists to the healthcare workforce, the public and other stakeholders. If you have thoughts on topics that you would like to see covered on Coronavirus or in the new website, please contact KFH.England@hee.nhs.uk
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!