NHS England Health Literacy course for people working with patients

21 October, 2021

*A short course for a big health impact*

A friend who is a lay member of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Involvement Network sent me the following:

“Nearly half the adults in England (43%) struggle to read and understand health information. When that information includes words and numbers, that rises to 61%.

“This means important details, such as how to take medicines and dosage, *understanding appointment letters and test results can be missed *– and not everyone feels confident to say when they don’t understand.

“Health Education England has developed a free, 35 minute, online health literacy course. Designed for anyone working with or supporting patients, families and carers.

“Anyone can sign up today for the course <http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/healthliteracy>, Health Literacy - elearning for healthcare (e-lfh.org.uk) <https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/healthliteracy/> Health Literacy -

elearning for healthcare (e-lfh.org.uk) <https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/healthliteracy/> hosted on the NHS e-learning for healthcare platform. There is a simple registration process and once completed you will be able to access the free course quickly and


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Improving health literacy | Health Education England (hee.nhs.uk)



HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP, British Medical Association. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data

Email address: richardpeterfitton7 AT gmail.com