The new Accessible Information Standard came into force on 31 July for all organisations that provide NHS or adult social care. This includes NHS trusts, foundation trusts and GP practices.
The standard aims to ensure that disabled people have access to information in a way that is understandable to them. This includes being offered alternative communications formats such as large print, braille and/or easy-read materials.
Organisations that pay for and make decisions about NHS and adult social care services must also support the standard, and this includes Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (BaNES CCG).
To assist providers in B&NES, we have produced an information sheet as well as an Accessible Formats Directory, both of which will help identify when and how to access different types of communications support. You can read these documents, and more detail about the standard, here.
We have also set up an Accessible Standard Implementation Group for providers. These meetings are open to anyone to attend and the next meeting will be held on 9 August at St Martin’s Hospital in Bath. To register for a place, click here.