Co-production and Health Literacy Materials
ESOL Health and Humour
In 2007, NHS Tower Hamlets commissioned the Bromley by Bow Centre to develop an innovative programme called ESOL Health & Humour. The project’s aim was to support the PCT’s strategy around early intervention and cancer screening programmes with ESOL learners (English for Speakers of Other Languages).
The Bromley by Bow Centre developed a series of teaching and learning materials that allow tutors to embed health issues in ESOL courses. Twelve packs have been developed, each consisting of health themed reader, a poster and editable teaching and learning resources about different health topics specifically for use with Entry Level ESOL learners in English classes. Themes include: Getting the Right Treatment, Maintaining a Healthy Weight, Diabetes, Cancer Screening and several cancers. A board game has been developed to complement the health packs.
For more information and downloadable packs, please visit http://www.esolhealthandhumour.org/
The DIY Health model was developed with the aim of using co-production as the mechanism of action to improve the skills, knowledge and confidence of parents in managing minor ailments (coughs, colds, diarrhoea and vomiting, fever, feeding and ear infections) in children under the age of five.
It is delivered through 12 weekly 2 hour sessions which aim to pool together the skills, knowledge and abilities of participants to create opportunities and solve problems under the supervision of a core specialist multidisciplinary team of facilitators. The delivery team includes a Health Visitor, a learning tutor and Children’s Centre play workers who help co-design a flexible curriculum based on relevant themes identified both by health professionals and patients.
The target population includes parents of children under the age of five who have accessed GP or Out of Hours services four or more times over the previous six months for minor ailments.
The Planet Asthma project sought to explore issues of asthma with children, young people and families through arts and exercise activities. The project was developed at the Bromley by Bow Health Centre, with the Centre’s practice nurse and artist, a physical education trainer and a group of children and young people with asthma and their families. Further Planet Asthma projects were delivered at neighbouring health centres and primary schools and included a Planet Asthma exercise game and whole school activities.