PIF’s membership is rich and diverse. There are representatives in hundreds of information producing organisations across the UK, working in every sector.
They have a wealth of experience and skill. Every month we aim to highlight the work of one of PIF’s members.
PIF Member of the Month – January 2019
Kate Nash – Evidence and Information Manager, Bowel Cancer UKWhat is your current role and what do you enjoy about it?
I am Evidence and Information Manager at Bowel Cancer UK. We’re the UK’s leading bowel cancer charity.
I love learning about new things and luckily a big part of my role is to keep myself (and everyone else) updated on the latest developments in bowel cancer. I really enjoy turning complex, medical facts and figures into information that is accessible, helpful and empowering for people affected by bowel cancer.
What is the key area you are working on at the moment?
At the beginning of last year, Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer merged and in the summer we launched our new brand. Following a period of consultation, I’m now in the process of reviewing and updating all of our information materials into our new brand. We’re also looking at ways to make our information more accessible and reach even more people affected by the disease.
What’s your biggest health information challenge?
Both former charities had a whole range of bowel cancer information materials. Luckily the topics were quite complementary – previous Bowel Cancer UK focused more on prevention and health promotion, whereas Beating Bowel Cancer had a range of patient booklets covering topics like diagnosis, treatment and living with and beyond the disease.
Working out which publications to update, merge and review (and in what order) has been quite a challenge. But it’s allowed us time to take a step back and make sure we’re providing information that people actually need and that it’s as useful as possible.
What’s the best bit about working in health information?
I think having access to evidence based, accurate and clear information is so important. Especially at a time where someone’s life is likely to have been turned upside down and they’re thrown into a world of medical jargon that’s unfamiliar to them. I feel proud to play even a small part in helping someone navigate their way through their experience of bowel cancer.
I really enjoy getting the opportunity to work with patients (along with their families and friends) to update and review our information materials. They provide such invaluable feedback and perspectives – we wouldn’t be able to do it without them!
What do you find useful about being a PIF member?
I find the events that PIF run so useful. It’s great to meet other people working across the sector and share learnings, experiences and ideas. I also think the weekly newsletters are great – I always manage to find something interesting and relevant to my work.
What top tip do you have to share on health information?
I think keeping it simple is key. Don’t try and overcomplicate things, don’t use 20 words if you can say it in 5 and don’t use unnecessary technical terms and jargon.
Previous Members of the Month:
- December 2018: Neil Pakenham-Walsh – Co-ordinator, HIFA
- November 2018: Ben Colman – Information Services Manager, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
- October 2018: Emily Peters – Patient Information Editorial Officer, Bloodwise
- September 2018: Richard Wyatt-Haines – Founder and Director, Health and Care Videos