• 14Jun

    Get involved in Health Information Week 2019: Mon 1 – Sun 7 July 2019

    Helping patients and the public find high quality health information

    Health Information Week 2019 (#HIW2019) is a national, multi-sector campaign to promote high quality information for patients and the public. High quality health information can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life.

    Themes for Health Information Week 2019 

    • Monday 1st July: Healthy lifestyles
    • Tuesday 2nd July: Mental health; and patient stories
    • Wednesday 3rd July: Health and digital literacy
    • Thursday 4th July: Long term conditions; and social prescribing
    • Friday 5th July: Innovations for preventing illness
    • Saturday 6th July: Patient stories
    • Sunday 7th July: Mindfulness and relaxation

    You may want to use all the themes at once, or focus on a couple – whatever works for you! The national #HIW2019 team will suggest information resources for each theme in advance, and will Tweet them on the day using #HIW2019

    Ways to get involved

    If you are a patient information provider from any sector, work in a public library, NHS library, or any other organisation with an interest in high quality health information for patients, #HIW2019 is a great opportunity to work with colleagues in and outside your organisation. Think about:

    • Who might want to work with you from your organisation? For example, public health (local councils); PALS, patient information, Trust membership teams (NHS organisations); or anybody else with an interest. Why not contact them about working together for #HIW2019?
    • What other organisations might like to work with you? For example, NHS libraries, public libraries, health charities, hospices, medical writers, key influencers on the themes above or anybody else working with patients locally. Why not contact them about working together for #HIW2019?
    • What impact do you want your involvement in #HIW2019 to have? As always, we’ll evaluate #HIW2019 afterwards, to make #HIW2020 even bigger and better. Impacts in previous years have included:
      • Raising awareness of specific resources such as local support groups, Books on Prescription, or the NHS website
      • Helping individuals with their health information queries
      • Motivating and enthusing people to look for high quality health information
    • Why not follow @Healthinfoweek on Twitter? We’re planning to crowdspeak to make an impact on social media – look out for more information on getting involved.

    If you have any questions now, contact the #HIW2019 team on: healthinfoweek@gmail.com