NHS Education for Scotland (NES), with the support of the National Health Literacy Action Group (NHLAG), has commissioned SMCI Associates to scope the current state of health literacy support and identify development priorities to improve the NHSScotland workforce contribution to Health Literacy.
The NHLAG has adopted the following definition of health literacy:
“the cognitive and social skills which determine the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to, understand, and use information in ways which promote and maintain good health. Health literacy means more than being able to read pamphlets and successfully make appointments. By improving people’s access to health information and their capacity to use it effectively, health literacy is critical to empowerment”.
This scoping work, is designed to identify priorities for organisational and workforce development and education that will have highest impact on health literacy support. There are two components to the work: A survey and a national stakeholder forum meeting.
The NES_Stakeholder_Forum takes place on Thursday 21st March 2013, from 10am -12.30pm at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The Forum is designed to share headline findings from the scoping work to date, engage key national stakeholders in considering priorities and inform the report to NES. To register for this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible providing your name, job title and organisation.
The survey will inform NHS Education for Scotland about the identification of priorities for organisational and workforce development and education that will have highest impact on health literacy support. The survey will close on 11th March.