Archived News 

  • Patient Information: evaluation needed 

    Can you help with the evaluation of booklets about treating breast cancer? 

    In the hope of increasing accessibility to a wider range of readers, breast cancer support charity Breast Cancer Care has produced some materials about treating breast cancer.


    This material contains much less detail than our traditional patient information booklet on the subject and is aimed at a lower reading age. We surveyed a range of potential users during the development, and are now seeking volunteers to do some evaluation of the first full iteration.


    If you would be willing to take part – either as an individual or with a group of patients, for example – we would be most grateful. The evaluation involves looking at the booket, followed by the completion of a short paper or online survey: all booklets and  questionnaires will be supplied. If you’d like to help, please email ‘Treating breast cancer evaluation’ in the subject line.

  • Does health literacy really matter? 

    How does NHS England view the role of health literacy in patient centred care? 

    Jonathan Berry, Personalisation & Control Specialist in NHS England’s Person Centred Care Team, provides an updateon the current work being done to transform health literacy, explaining why it is so important and the positive impact it can have for patients.

  • Join a Health Literacy Community 

    The Health Literacy Discussion List is an online email list that began in 1997 and has grown along with the field of Health Literacy. We now have over 1600 subscribers from around the world, and members from diverse fields of practice and study, including healthcare, public heath, education, social work, research, library sciences, social science, and many more.

    What unites our members is an interest in using health literacy as a way to support better health around the world. We share resources, ask and answer questions, announce events, and discuss new ideas.

    The list is supported by the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA), and is free and open to anyone. It is moderated, but very unstructured. You can ask any question or bring up any topic related to health literacy. 

    To join the list, please go to this link:

    Or you can email the list moderator, Julie McKinney, at: 

    Click here for more information about the upcoming Guest Discussion.

  • How do numeracy skills affect health literacy? 

    A recent poll carried out by YOuGov for National Numeracy found that too many people struggle working out the facts and figures behind dietary information on food labels. Professor Gill Rowlands talks to National Numeracy about the importance of good numeracy skills for staying healthy.

  • Dr Graham Kramer: View from a Test Match Official! 

    Dr Graham Kramer, National Clinical Lead for Self-Management and Health Literacy in Scotland, provides a personal perspective of the Four Nations Health Literacy Conference!

  • Health Literacy: children and young people 

    Whilst we plan a more interactive platform for sharing ideas, resources and projects, drop in on Kath Evansand Jo Protheroe discussing the importance of developing health literacy resources for, and with, children and young people.

  • NHS Maternity Review 

    Feedback on views and experiences of maternity care

    The NHS Review hosted a number of events around the country as part of its national tour to hear how women, their families and advocates, provider organisations, and the professional bodies involved in maternity care feel about the current services.

    Your feedback can be found here. For further information please contact        

  • A review of Health Literacy Levels in England 

    Patients and the public need to be able to understand health materials in order to become and stay healthy. Researchers from King's College London and Keele University looked at the literacy and numeracy complexity of health materials in common circulation and compared this to the skills of the English adult working-age population. The study found that the materials were written at too complex a level for 43% of working-age adults (16-65 years old): this figure rises to 61% if the health information includes numeracy. The Health Literacy Group has worked with key partners, including NHS England, to develop an action plan to address this. 

    The research publication is cited in a policy briefing from the Community, Health and Learning Foundation and the full publication is is soon to be published in the British Journal of General Practice: please contact the lead author for further information. 

    The executive summary of the action plan is also available on our news page.


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