Building a highly accessible patient-friendly website in less than 2 months is no mean feat, but that’s exactly what we did recently for the College of Optometrists. Their brief dictated that we redesign and rebuild their public-facing website: ‘Look After Your Eyes’ to very tight deadlines.
We’re launching a new website today called Informed Choice about Cancer Screening.
We have designed and built this site with Sami France from Design By Day. We think it looks great and we look forward to adding more content and functionality over the coming months to support the roll-out of this new initiative.
The Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry website is a great starting point for anyone with an interest in learning more about evidence-based dentistry. It features a simple set of pages that will help professionals practice dentistry in a more evidence-based way, as well as more detailed pages aimed as researchers and teachers.
We have been working with the team at the University of Oxford Careers Service for a few years now; helping them ensure that their website meets the needs of the students, alumni and recruiters who use it.
Last year, the team noticed that more and more people were becoming interested in accessing the site on smartphones and tablet computers. They also felt that the site wasn’t really making the most of blogging or social media tools, and that the design and structure of the site could be improved.
We know that sometimes people with learning disabilities don’t receive adequate care from the NHS. Many high profile reports and documentaries have highlighted the failings across health and social care and it’s noticeable that the mistakes that happen are often around regularly occurring themes (e.g. poor communication, ignoring advice from families).
We have been heavily involved in a new website from the General Medical Council that aims to teach doctors how to do better. The site identifies the issues, highlights patient perspectives and shows how professionals can put guidance into practice. It’s a very interactive resource with lots of video and online learning tools.
Much of our work over the last decade has been around producing health information websites that are accessible, usable and reliable, but what does this mean if the audience are the UK general public?
Two key challenges are:
- Raising the level of knowledge that the general public have about health research and
- Teaching skills to help people become more discerning when they are presented with often exaggerated messages about the benefits of treatments.
We’re delighted to announce the launch of the healthy living award website.
The healthyliving award has been designed to make it easier for you to eat healthier food whenever you eat out. Many cafes, sandwich shops, workplace restaurants, colleges and other places where you buy meals and snacks across Scotland have made changes to the way they prepare food to ensure it’s done with your health in mind. These eateries will be displaying the healthyliving award logo and their certificate.
The Vitamin D Council is a charity based in California who are working to raise awareness of vitamin D and the potential consequences of vitamin D deficiency. We get vitamin D through sunlight exposure or supplementation and there is emerging research that shows links between a number of health problems and vitamin D deficiency.
The new Vitamin D Council website features lots of information about vitamin D, what it is, how to make sure you get enough and how to find out if you are deficient. It also contains 75 health condition summaries, which bring together the latest research on the subject in a patient friendly format.