Why the NHS Accessible Information Standard is so important
The NHS Accessible Information has been in planning and development stages for a long time, with NHS healthcare providers being given over a year to take steps towards compliancy. It came into effect on 31st July, and must now be adhered to across England.
Why is the Standard so important?
It's not just about making sure people have access to the right information regarding their medical needs.
It's about independence, inclusion and equality.
Aliya is blind, and told us her views on inaccessible communications from the NHS
Whilst the Standard applies across all publicly funded health and care organisations in England, and should now be adhered to across the board, we're sure there are still many organisations who aren't fully compliant. Perhaps they can provide large print leaflets but not braille, for example.
As a service user - be that a patient or carer of a patient - you are entitled to request NHS communications in your preferred format. The organisation must be able to provide that format to you.
The RNIB have launched a "Need it to Read it" toolkit to help NHS service users request their preferred communication method. This includes a downloadable template to complete and give to your GP or healthcare provider. You can find more information and links on the RNIB website.
Organisations who need to convert communications into large print, braille or audio can do so quickly and easily with Dolphin EasyConverter. Starting at just £595 for a single user licence, it's quick and easy to use and meets the needs of visually impaired patients. Find out more on our Accessible Information Standard news story.
For more information or to discuss individual needs, call us on 01905 754577 or contact us via the website.