Digital Participation and Health Literacy
De Montfort University, Leicester,
Thank you to all those who participated in our most recent seminar, exploring the relationship between digital participation and health literacy. Jonathan Berry, representing NHS England, shared research from a very successful pilot study which boosted participant skills and confidence in accessing online health information. He was followed by Lucy Atkins from De Montfort University, who summarised a citywide collaboration to improve digital literacy in Leicester schools: the project has been so well received that it is now being rolled out in cities across the UK. In contrast, the participants in Evelyn McElhinney's research had very sophisticated digital skills, which enabled them to navigate 3D Virtual World Second Life in order to seek health information. These experiences had an enormously positive effect on wellbeing and self-esteem, as well as reducing feelings of isolation. Lastly, Diana Bird from Shipley College, impressed us with her award-winning app designed to improve communication between midwife and patients who speak English as a second language.
Following the excellent presentations, delegates were able to share research, ideas and good practice, resulting in a very positive and productive day!
If you were unable to attend, you can find copies of the presentations and contact details on our publications page.