Health Literacy Group UK

1 day Conference, Riddel Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Friday 16 February 2018

Health Literacy UK are a special interest group of the Society for Academic Primary Care who are interested in building the evidence base for health literacy. Our approach explores the impact of health literacy on people and their lives, and supports national policy to reduce inequalities.

Health literacy can be defined as ‘the personal characteristics and social resources needed for individuals and communities to access, understand, appraise and use information and services to make decisions about health.'(WHO, 2015). However, 43% of working age adults (16-65) in the UK, find the complexity of health information in current circulation difficult to navigate: this figure rises to 61% if information includes numeracy. We do not know how many people are additionally burdened by low interactive and critical health literacy skills, but numbers are estimated to be higher.

We are delighted to welcome patients and patient groups, health care practitioners and providers, teachers, policy makers, NGOs and academics to our next conference, Health Literacy: making life better. We will be joined by Professor Don Nutbeam, University of Sydney, a leading health literacy academic, and Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland. The day will comprise presentations on research and development, as well as innovative and exciting practice in the field. The delegate rate is £100, including all refreshments, and places can be booked through For further enquiries, please contact Sue Weir.

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29th November 2017