Complete this survey to capture views on how to reach people with information for wellbeing

Section: Self Management and Co-Production HubType: News Item Date Published: 8th April 2021

Library and third sector staff are invited to take part in a survey to support the sharing of health information through remote activities.

The ‘Enabling Use of Information for Wellbeing Through Remote Technology’ project will co-design and test a training framework for library and third sector staff in using remote technology to facilitate health literacy, creative reading and storytelling. It aims to combine the power of health and wellbeing information, remote technology, human empathy and communication to support resilience, recovery, and renewal in response to COVID-19.

Project leads are calling on third sector staff and library staff to take part in a 15 minute survey to inform the development of the training framework so that it can enable to staff use remote technology to support with:

  • Health literacy, specifically in using health information for self management and shared decisions.
  • Creative reading and storytelling for wellbeing.

The training framework will include a particular focus on service users most at risk of being excluded from support, services, or accessing information and/or impacted by health inequalities – for example, people experiencing social isolation due to the impacts of COVID-19.

The training framework will include:

  • A digital learning resource, with accompanying guidance for trainers delivering virtual or face to face training.
  • Recommended learning method/s
  • A bank of learning and support resources
  • Tool/s to evaluate training.

This work is funded by the Scottish Government Health Literacy and Self-Management Team, and is managed by the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) in partnership with the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), and the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE). SMCI Associates has been commissioned to develop, co-design and test the framework.

You can take part in the survey (this link will take you away from our website). The survey will be open until Wednesday 28th April.

If you have any questions about this work please contact Dr Ann Wales, Programme Lead, Knowledge and Decision Support, Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre (


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 systems1. Health literacy relates to written, spoken and visual information.

Creative reading and storytelling is about facilitated one to one or group support that helps people to use reading and stories to feel more in charge of their health and wellbeing. The scope of the project can be extended to include a wider range of creative literary activity including writing and other media – e.g. film.


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