Health Editing (e-learning)

Health Editing is an introduction to the specialist area of health editing. Delegates will ideally have gained basic editing skills and knowledge before enrolling on this course.

This course is also available as a section of the Medical Editing course.

About the course

After working through this course, you should understand what is involved in editing typical materials for patients, professional guidance for those who work in health care, and reports, policies and plans for healthcare organisations. You should be aware of and be capable of addressing issues relating to health literacy and health inequality. You should also be able to handle sensitive information respectfully and appropriately for the context.

What the course will teach you

This course will help you to:

  • become familiar with the sources of information on health policy, guidance, legislation, statistics, conditions and treatments
  • learn about editing materials aimed at patients and service users, health and care professionals, employers and related bodies such as training providers and regulators
  • learn how to avoid language that perpetuates inequality in health care
  • understand the language that is appropriate for different readers of healthcare materials.
The course provides exercises for you to put into practice the lessons learnt through the study notes. There are model answers, commentary on all the exercises and a section on useful resources to help you in this field.

Course contents

Unit 1: Health Editing

  • Health Editing: Introduction
  • Exercise 1: Clarifying the initial brief
  • Exercise 1: How did you get on?

Unit 2: Patient Information

  • Patient Information: Introduction
  • Exercise 2: Patient infomation on surgical procedures
  • Exercise 2: How did you get on?

What skills and tools do you need?

To take this course you will need the general base of editing skills that our Proofreading 1: Introduction and Copyediting 1: Introduction courses provide.

Health Editing follows British English spelling, grammar and punctuation conventions in the main. You’ll also need:

  • fluency in English
  • familiarity with the functions of word processing programs – this course assumes use of MS Word (Office 365).


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Prices, timescales and upgrade points

  • Member: £45 + VAT
  • Non-member: £68 + VAT
  • Access to course: 6 months
  • Approximate study time to complete: 10 hours
  • CIEP upgrade points: 2


Key course features

Structured training

Structured units cover a range of topics relevant to your chosen course.

Self-paced learning

With our e-learning courses, learn when you want at a pace that’s convenient for you.

Training portal

Access your course via our user-friendly online training portal. All e-learning courses are accessible through the portal for six months from the date of enrolment.

Extra help

Additional tutor support is available on our self-assessed courses for a small fee.

Self-assessed exercises

Hone your skills with self-assessed exercises and quizzes, and mark your own work against model answers.


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