October is Health Literacy Month
October is Health Literacy Month and we’re inviting staff in health and social care to become health literacy heroes.
“Health literacy is about people having enough knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to use health information, to be active partners in their care, and to navigate health and social care systems” (Making it Easy: a health literacy action plan for Scotland, Scottish Government, 2014).
Health literacy has been identified by the Chief Medical Officer as a determinant of health that has a significant impact on health inequalities. Improving health literacy has the potential to improve people’s health and health outcomes, reduce the risk of health problems and patient safety issues arising from miscommunication.
Staff in health and social care are in a key position to support the people they work with by using tools and techniques to encourage patients and service users to ask questions and by signposting people to good sources of information to promote health literacy and understanding.
To find out more about health literacy and to access available tools and training to support your practice please visit: http://www.healthlitplace.org.uk