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Looking for inspiration for Health Information Week 2020 (#HIW2020)?

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 organisation
  • 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

Evaluating Health Information Week 2019

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 they choose.
  • 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 produced.

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!

Health Information Week 2020

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 life.

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 healthinfoweek@gmail.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 Common Conditions
  • 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 healthy eating
  • Hospital walkabouts with leaflets, hot drinks and biscuits for staff
  • Mindful colouring stands
  • Health information books on display
  • 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 evaluation 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 event.

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 healthinfoweek@gmail.com, or message us on Twitter @Healthinfoweek!