NHS Tayside to address ‘health literacy’

NHS Tayside has been selected as the national health literacy demonstrator site by the Scottish Government.

A total of £50,000 has been awarded to NHS Tayside to set up a programme to establish and evaluate best practice to meet the health literacy needs of people at transitions of care, particularly on discharge home from hospital or following outpatient care. This is recommended in the Making it Easy - Health Literacy Action Plan for Scotland.

Health literacy is about people having enough knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to use health information, to be active partners in their care and to navigate health and social care systems.

Health literacy is being increasingly recognised as a significant public health concern around the world. Scotland’s 2020 Vision for Health and Social Care focuses on prevention, anticipation and supported self-management in a bid to address health literacy and deliver a safe, effective and person-centred healthcare system.

NHS Tayside was selected as the demonstrator site by the Scottish Government following a call for bids from health boards across Scotland.

The NHS Tayside programme, which will be led by health intelligence manager Dr Phyllis Easton, will consist of several projects, which will focus on health literacy practices, oral and written communication, medicines management and support for the self-management of long term conditions.

Projects will be developed in collaboration with the Academic Health Science Partnership, clinical leads, patients and volunteers, and members of NHS Tayside’s multi-disciplinary Health Literacy Group.