< January 2018

Health literacy toolkit launched

Health Education England, in partnership with Public Health England, NHS England and the Community Health and Learning Foundation, have launched a practical resources toolkit to help health staff tackle the challenges caused by low levels of health literacy and improve health outcomes.

The toolkit comes out of joint working to address research in the British Journal of General Practice which found direct links between poor health outcomes in adults with low levels of literacy and numeracy.

It contains a suite of resources that will be helpful in raising awareness of health literacy and upskilling the health, care and wider public health workforce by:

  • Setting out the case for investment in health literacy interventions
  • Describing some practical tools and techniques that practitioners in a variety of settings can implement, to enhance approaches and practice for those with low levels of health literacy.
  • Providing an example of a session plan that was developed and delivered by the delivery partner for the East Midlands Health Literacy Demonstrator site to enable other suitably knowledgeable and qualified individuals to adapt and deliver similar workshop
  • Showcasing case studies that demonstrate the impact of approaches developed as part of the East Midlands demonstrator site on both practitioners and patients

The toolkit consists of: 

  • Business case: sets out rationale for undertaking health literacy interventions and can be used by organisations making cases for investment.
  • Health literacy awareness workshop lesson plan and accompanying slides: can be used to deliver half day sessions to staff working in health and care settings.
  • Health literacy ‘how to’ guide: describes practical tools and techniques that can be used when approaching those with low levels of health literacy.
  • Case studies: looking at the impact and outcomes of training delivered as part of the demonstrator site, in the East Midlands.

All these resources, which have been pre-populated with some useful information, can be easily adapted for local use. For more information about the pilot, which sets the wider context for the development of the resources contained within the toolkit, read the Strategic Report.

To visit the toolkit website click HERE.


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