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Library and Knowledge Services at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust wins Information Literacy Award

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust’s Library and Knowledge Services have won the LILAC Conference Information Literacy award for raising the profile of health literacy in Berkshire adolescents.

The Information Literacy Award recognises an outstanding UK-based practitioner or researcher. Library and Knowledge Services at Royal Berkshire and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trusts collaborated on a pilot project to promote health literacy to those aged 16+ in local schools. 

The project was funded through a competitive bid to Health Education England (HEE). Health literacy levels have a huge impact on how individuals manage their health. In England 43% of the population are health illiterate and adding in numeracy this increases to 61%.

Victoria Harrison, Deputy Library & Knowledge Services Manager, said “We really appreciate the recognition of our project - it’s been fantastic to see the impact that our work has had, and the team has gained such an understanding of how we should be targeting health information. We’ve already started presenting our learnings to other libraries, and we have more plans for how to develop the project in the future.”   

Don Fairley, Chief People Officer at the Trust, said “This award is a great reflection of the dedication and innovation that our Library & Knowledge Services display - and of what can be achieved when we work together with other organisations like the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. I’m particularly keen to see where this project goes next.”

Overall, the project has raised awareness of health information in the young people and their tutors alongside raising the profile of health literacy in both NHS Trusts. Training is being delivered to clinicians and students utilising the findings, with the project presented to senior management, providing a platform to build on in the future. It has encouraged other clinicians to develop similar projects including how to reframe pain ensuring we use the right language to suit the demographic.  Training is being arranged for new T-level cadets on placement in the Trusts and to Young Health Champions in collaboration with local authority public health teams.

Strike Action

Our Trust will be impacted by Royal College of Nursing strike action on 15 and 20 December. We are working to ensure minimal disruption and will contact patients directly if we have to cancel appointments. 

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