This website is the main source of health literacy information and resources in Scotland. The site provides a resource to share existing evidence, good practice, techniques and tools for practice.
Making it Easy sets out an ambition and the means for all of us to live well, on our own terms, and with any condition we may have, by making sure that health and social care services cater for each of us – regardless of our abilities.
Why must we make it easy? It has been found that people remember and understand less than half of the information that we discuss with them, also you can’t tell who has understood by simply looking at them. Improving people’s understanding is crucial for improving patient safety, communication, effectiveness, self management and health literacy. The Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011 states that people should be communicated with in a way that they can understand and that healthcare staff should make sure the patient has understood the information given.
This leaflet produced by NHS Education for Scotland informs health and social care staff about their role in promoting health literacy.Read leaflet
This resource offers a toolkit of ideas to take universal precautions in practice to support people who may have difficulty comprehending health information and accessing health services.Read toolkit
Please use this link to visit The Knowledge Network People Connect website. This site helps you to make connections with people, exchange information and share knowledge. Add health literacy as a subject interest to your profile to link with others who have the same interest and to join relevant discussions and receive relevant information about activities.