Reflecting On: The Better Information Programme

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Earlier this year, buzz’s Knowledge Service launched The Better Information Programme, a brand new, half-day training course open to anyone working in health or social care in the city of Manchester. The main aim of the course was to teach participants how to find, share, evaluate and produce good health information.

Both course dates were held in November, with the first at Brooklands Church of the Nazarene in South Manchester. buzz’s Knowledge Service team were joined by professionals from the African and Caribbean Mental Health Society, Change Grow Live, Expert Patient Programme and Healthwatch Manchester, along with many more organisations. The second date was held at Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust’s The Curve in Prestwich. As well as learning from the training, it was great to see participants learning directly from each other’s experiences as they shared their personal stories of searching for health information online.

When asked what participants would do differently after the training, here’s what they had to say…

"I’ll look behind the headlines more!"

"Carefully question each source of health care news."

"I’ll invite my colleagues onto the training!"

"Be more mindful of the types of language used in leaflets I'm giving out."

The course dates have ended for this year, but the course will be back next year so keep checking the Knowledge Service page of the buzz website for new dates when they're announced in 2020.

If you work in health or social care in Manchester why not come to visit us at Fallowfield Library which has recently had a makeover.

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