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Health Information Week

Published on 07 July 2021 07:39 PM

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Health Information Week 5th July - 11th July 2021

Health Information Week is a national, multi-sector campaign promoting high-quality information for patients and the public.  High quality health information can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life.

Finding trustworthy information
Having round-the-clock access to high-quality health information can help us take control of our health and discover ways to live well. But fake or misleading health information can be scaremongering and even dangerous. It's not always easy to know who to trust when searching for health information online, and fake news often spreads faster than the truth.  You might even like, share or act on misinformation without realising. Watch this video below by Dr Luke James to find out how can you make sure that the health information you're reading online is trustworthy, reliable and accurate.  

Quality Marks
PIF TICK is the UK-wide quality mark for health information. When you see the PIF TICK on leaflets, websites, apps or videos it shows that the organisation’s health information has been accredited by the Patient Information Forum (PIF) scheme.   

NHS information

  • NHS Website

    The NHS website will help you take control of your health and wellbeing. It is the main route to information and services from the NHS. It has a comprehensive health encyclopedia and medicines information.

  • NHS App

    Owned and run by the NHS, the NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. Use the app to get your Covid pass for travel, order repeat prescriptions, and more.

  • NHS Mental Health

    Find information and support for your mental health. Read about specific mental health conditions such as clinical depression or OCD. Access an NHS psychological therapies service. And more...

 

Reading Well Collection
Reading Well is a national scheme supporting people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The books on the reading lists are recommended by a health professional and can be taken free of charge from a local library.

 

Wellbeing and Health

  • Independent Age

    As we get older, changes in our lives, such as bereavement, illness or retirement, can affect our mental health. But getting older doesn’t mean your mental health will always get worse. There are steps you can take to keep yourself feeling well and find help if you need it.

  • Health and Wellbeing guides

    Age UK's health and wellbeing guides provide information about health conditions, tips and advice on staying fit and healthy, as well as advice on dealing with health services and leaving hospital.

  • Healthtalk.org

    Thousands of people have shared their experiences on film to help you understand what it's like to have a health condition such as breast cancer or arthritis. Find out more through the search bar, or the list of health conditions on the A-Z menu.

  • Patient: Health tips, discussions, resources for the patient

     'Patient empowers everyone to take charge of their health. Our trusted clinical information, written and reviewed by an extensive network of doctors and healthcare professionals, helps people to feel better and live longer.'

  • BBC Soundscapes for wellbeing

    Spending time in nature can improve mood and wellbeing, but not everyone has easy access to the natural world.  This collaboration brings virtual soundscapes of music and nature directly to audiences with different BBC channels, the interactive BBC Sound Effects Archive and an innovative scientific experiment.

  • Easy Health

    With over 370 health resources that include pictures and simple text, Easy Health's information is accessible to anyone who finds written information hard to understand, including people with learning disabilities.