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Introduction to Health Literacy


Bedfordshire Health Libraries

COMET Room 1

10:00am - 12:00pm

A lack of health literacy can seriously impact a patient’s ability to participate in their own healthcare, and to engage with self-care techniques. This short course aims to give patient-facing staff an introduction to what health literacy is and how it affects patients’ lives. It is also an opportunity to experience what poor health literacy really feels like and to familiarise yourself with tools and techniques to use in practice.


This skills session is restricted to the following departments at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust: Accident & Emergency, Anaesthetics, Audiology, Bedfordshire Integrated Community Diabetes Service, Bedfordshire Integrated COPD Service, Bereavement Service, Cardiology, Chaplaincy Services, Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Colorectal Nursing Service, Dermatology, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Elderly Care and Dementia, Endoscopy, Finance, Gastroenterology, Gynaecology, Hepatology, Human Resources, Maternity, Neurology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Health, Operating Theatres, Ophthalmology, Oral and Maxillofacial, Orthotics, Paediatrics, Pathology, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Plastic Surgery, Research and Development, Speech and Language Therapy, Three counties laser and skin clinic, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Urology, X-Ray and Medical Imaging.
This skills session is restricted to the following departments at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Anaesthetics and Critical Care, Audiology, bank , Bariatrics, Breast Screening, Breast Unit, Cardiology, Care of the Elderly, Chaplaincy, Clinical Audit, Clinical Biochemistry, Cobham Clinic, Dementia Care, Dermatology, Diabetes and Endocrinology, DME, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Emergency Department, Endoscopy, Fertility Services, Fetal Medicine, Gastroenterology, General Medicine, General Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynaecology, High Dependency Unit, Histopathology, Imaging, Infectious Diseases, Information, Integrated Community Diabetes Service (ICDS), Integrated COPD Service (ICOPD), Macmillan Cancer Unit, Maternity, Medical Education, Medical Education, Medical Microbiology, Mental health , Midwifery, Neonatology, Neurology, Neurophysiology, NICU, Nutrition and Dietetics, Obstetrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Occupational Therapy, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Oral and Maxillofacial, Orthodontics, Orthogeriatrics , Orthopaedics, Outpatients , Paediatrics, Pain Services, Palliative Care, Pathology, Pharmacy, Phlebotomy, Physiotherapy, Psychiatry, Radiology , Rehabilitation/Discharge, Research and Development, Respiratory, Rheumatology, Sexual Health, Stoma Care, Stroke, Students, Switchboard, Theatres, Training and Development, Trauma & Orthopaedics , Urgent GP Clinic, Urology.
This skills session is restricted to the following departments at Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group: Commissioning, GP.
This skills session is restricted to the following departments at Keech Hospice Care: Palliative Care.
This skills session is restricted to the following departments at Bedford Borough Council Public Health: Public Health.
This skills session is restricted to the following departments at Luton Borough Council Public Health: Public Health.This skills session is restricted to the following jobs:
Additional Clinical Services
Admin and Clerical
Allied Health Professionals
Estates and Ancillary
Healthcare Scientists
Medical and Dental
Nursing and Midwifery
The following job roles in the group Professional, Scientific and Technical:
APST Chaplain
APST Clinical Psychologist
APST Laboratory Technician
APST Lecturer/Teacher
APST Pharmacist
APST Psychotherapist
APST Social Worker
APST Youth Worker
Professional, Scientific and Technical (General)
The following job roles in the group Student:
Student (General)
Student, AHP
Student, Medical
Student, Midwifery
Student, Military
Student, Nursing
Student, Physician Associate
Student, Radiography
Student, Scientific & Technical