PiF Recognises that Children Relate to Monkey

Monkey Patient Information ForumMonkey’s NHS Explorer Primary Resource pack, commissioned by Kath Evans (Head of Patient Experience – Maternity, Newborn, Children and Young People NHS England) is a great example of how to communicate health information to children.

In 2013, every primary and special school in England received Monkey’s NHS Explorer Primary Resource Pack to introduce Emergency and urgent Care Pathways in healthcare. Supporting the PHSE curriculum and linked to Programmes of Study in Key Stages 1&2, as well as the Early Learning Goals for Reception, this pack offers a terms worth of work across six year groups. The children have really taken to Monkey!

Last year, the Pack, was included as a case study in the Patient Information Forum (PiF) Guide to Producing Health Information for Children and Young People. This year, Monkey and Helen were invited to 10th anniversary conference, where Monkey met Claire Murray from PiF. Here’s a great video of Claire and Monkey at the conference:


PiF is the UK’s largest membership organisation for people who produce or provide health information for patients or the public. An independent, not-for-profit organisation, it was established by a team of patient information managers in 1997, when there was a lack of support for them in their respective organisations. It now has 550 members from across all sectors representing every kind of information producer and provider, including the NHS, large international companies, health charities, researchers and freelance medical writers.

PiF believes that high quality health information and support should be available to everyone. Health information is a broad subject, not just about leaflets and printed information, but including things like hospital signage, appointment letters, websites, informed consent, personal health records, patient education programmes, social media, the list goes on.

They believe that good information engages people in their well-being, improves their experience and enables them and their families or carers to make choices about their lifestyle, treatment and the services they use. Monkey couldn’t agree more!

Visit http://www.pifonline.org.uk/ for more information on PiF.