PiF produces a range of resources to support the creation of high quality and accessible health information. These include:
Information on key health information topics
The PiF website contains a wealth of information on key health information topics. Members-only content on the website gives you access to tools that will help you to do your job.
Develop your skills and network with like-minded professionals at PiF events. PiF holds a range of events to ensure you continually enhance your expertise and stay up to date with new developments in health information.
PiF’s weekly e-newsletter – PiF Aware – is an essential round-up of health information news, including policy updates, new resources, events and member offers, delivered to your inbox every Friday.
Members-only content on the website gives you access to tools that will help you to do your job, and includes resources, practical guides, news items and research articles.
Take part in our online discussion groups on key topics. The PiF website is your gateway to contacting other professionals working in health information, with the facility to connect directly with other PiF members.
Guide to Producing Health Information for Children and Young People – Published July 2014
PiF has launched a new edition of its Guide to Producing Health Information for Children and Young People. It aims to help anyone who communicates with children and young people about their health improve what they do, and shares practical advice as well as examples of current best practice in the field.
The guide focuses on the practical aspects of creating good health information, including involving children, choosing the right format, writing for children and tackling sensitive issues.
It covers use of stories and play, social media and apps, how and when to give information, use of schools and the Internet as channels, and communications for children with disabilities and special needs. Experts from child psychiatry, leading children’s health charities, Great Ormond Street Hospital, NHS England and children’s literature have all contributed to the guide.
The guide is free to PiF members* and £20 to non-members as a download. Click here to access the guide via the PiF shop. *Please note you will need to be logged into the PiF website as a member to access a free version of the guide.
- Free summary of the guide: PiF Guide to Producing Health Information for Children and Young People [At a glance]
- Writing for children, an excerpt from the guide: PiF Guide to Producing Health Information for Children and Young People [p16]
Visit the PiF Shop to access additional PiF Guides which provide case studies and demonstrate best practice within health information.
Making the Case for Information
Published in May 2013, this report brings together the evidence for investing in high quality information for patients and the public. As well as the full report, there is an Executive Summary, and three briefings aimed at specific audiences: health information specialists, policy makers and commissioners, and health professionals.
Health Literacy Survey
Published in June 2013, this report summarises the findings of a survey PiF conducted a among information producers which sought to gain insight into health literacy from the information producer perspective; exploring whether information producers know what it means and how important they think it is; what specific strategies they have to address the needs of people with low health literacy and how these strategies are implemented.
PiF Sounding Board
Organisations use the PiF Sounding Board to review health information resources and tools. The Sounding Board provides high quality and comprehensive feedback on key issues including format, content and effectiveness.
PiF Query service
Have a question about anything related to health information? Ask the PiF membership! The PiF Query service ensures you save time, avoid duplication and don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
Recruiting with PiF
Be the first to see job advertisements for patient information roles, and access discounted rates to advertise to the membership.
Learning Disabilities Resources List
Published in December 2013 this collates research, guidance, best practice and further contact details to support the development and sharing of better health information and support for people with learning disabilities.