Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Enhancing Patient Communication: Applying the Principles of Health Literacy and Health Promotion in Practice

This short programme will provide registered nurses/midwives with the most up-to-date evidence on literacy and health literacy and the skills and resources necessary to communicate with patients in a manner that promotes understanding and empowers the patient to make informed decisions about their care. The intended participants are all community, public health nurses, nurses and midwives who are involved in patient education and behavioural interventions.

Programme duration 6 hours
Entry requirements Registered nurses and midwives
  • Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI Continuing Nursing & Midwifery Education Units: 6 CNMEUs
  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Continuing Education Units: 6 CEUs
Assessment No
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Programme contact

Ms Catherine Clune Mulvaney, Operations & Education Manager, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


Programme aims

  • To provide registered nurses and midwives with up-to-date, evidenced based knowledge to critically develop nurses’ theoretical and practical understanding of the role of literacy and health literacy in patient understanding and the ability to act on health information.
  • To support registered nurses and midwives in enhancing their confidence, skills and competences, with regard to patient communication and identification of vulnerable groups and individuals where the intensity of communication needs is greater and more challenging to meet.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this CPD programme, participants will be able to:

  • Critically discuss the relationship between literacy, health literacy and patient outcomes.
  • Critically discuss the prevalence of low functional literacy and poor health literacy in the Irish population.
  • Critically discuss the concept of health literacy framed within a health promotion context.
  • Critically discuss the challenges of communicating with patients in the complex modern health care environment.
  • Critically discuss the principles of producing patient information in plain English and be aware of the resources available to aid in this process.
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