Support for Patients

The Patient Accessible Information Standard

This is a new standard being introduced by NHS England which has been developed to support the Equality Act.

The purpose of the standard is to make sure that people with a disability, impairment or sensory loss have access to information that they can understand and get any communication support they might need. This also applies to parents and carers of these people.

This does not apply to:

  1. Patients who prefer to get their information in other formats that do not have a disability or sensory loss.
  2. Foreign language translation
  3. People who have difficulty reading or understanding information for reasons other than a disability, impairment or sensory loss for example due to low literacy or a learning difficulty like dyslexia as distinct from a learning disability.

For example they might need their information in a format other than standard printed letters; such as braille, easy read, via email etc.

Also they may need help with communication through use of a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, deafblind manual interpreter, an advocate etc.

What is included in the standard?

  1. Ask people if they have any information or communication needs and find out what they are
  2. Record those needs
  3. Highlight in the patient records what the needs are and how they should be met
  4. Share these needs with other NHS adult social care providers with their consent.
  5. Make sure that they receive information in a way that meets their needs and that they get any communication support that they need.

More information about the standard can be found at www.england.nhs.uk/accessibleinfo

Please click on the link below to see a subtitled British Sign Language video about the standard – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1k8CM2Q93k

For the Hearing Impaired

Patients may opt to use a text phone or minicom. This is set up by the patient from their own home and the Practice can receive calls from the intermediary who will then text back to the patient details of appointment from the receptionist.
Patients may choose to use the online booking system.

A British Sign Language interpreter can be booked in advance for hard of hearing patients who use British Sign Language.

Patients coming into the Practice will be offered access to the Practice’s hearing loop if this is of relevance.

For the Visually Impaired

A hand-held magnifier is available at the Information Desk to assist reading text.

The Meet & Greet Team can provide assistance to check in and provide guidance to the relevant waiting areas.

Large print appointment cards are available on request.

Information leaflets can be provided in Braille on request.

For Patients with Learning Difficulties

Extended appointments can be arranged on request