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Exploring self-care and health literacy with communities

Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) has been funded by Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) to deliver a new Self-Care Pharmacy project.
Event Date and Time: 
26 March 2019 10.30am to 12.30pm
NICVA, Belfast

The project aims to improve the knowledge and understanding of self-care for minor ailments through a health literacy approach. Health literacy is the knowledge, understanding and skills that people need to obtain, process and use health information. Improving people’s health literacy will improve their health outcomes and, in turn address, health inequalities, which fits with CDHN vision.

Almost one fifth (18%) of GP workload is for minor ailments.  This costs the NHS £1.9billion per year.  By reducing spend on treating minor conditions, the money saved in health and social care could potentially be used for other higher priority areas such as cancer or heart disease. 

We are inviting everyone with an interest in this area to attend the first of our networking events on Tuesday 26th March from 10.30am - 12.30pm in NICVA finishing with lunch. 

At the event, we will explore the concepts of self-care for minor ailments and health literacy and attendees will get a taster of health literacy training and the opportunity to shape future training. As always at CDHN events, you will have time to exchange practice and build and maintain connections.

In the next stage of the project, we will be delivering health literacy training to community and voluntary sector leaders and to community groups.  Finally, CDHN will be bringing pharmacists, GPs and other health care professionals together with community and voluntary organisations and local communities as part of a ‘design thinking’ process to develop solutions.   

There will be a further five networking events, one in each HSCT area.  Keep an eye on our website and social media for dates and venues.

If you would like to attend the networking event or have any queries about the project, please contact Helen McNamee, Project Manager on 028 3026 4606 or email