The Accessible Information Standard is a way of ensuring that the NHS and adult social care is meeting people’s communication needs. The standard seeks to make information easy to understand and available in different formats where people need this.
Aim of the standard
The aim of the Accessible Information Standard is to ensure that people’s communication needs are known and met.
The standard aims to make sure that disabled people have access to information that they can understand and any communication support they might need. This information should be accessible for patients, service users, parents and carers.
How we can meet people’s needs
- Ask people if they have any information or communication needs, and find out how to meet their needs
- Record those needs in a set way
- Highlight a person’s file, so it is clear that they have information or communication needs, and clearly explain how those needs should be met
- Share information about a person’s needs with other NHS and adult social care providers, when they have consent or permission to do so
- Make sure that people get information in an accessible way and communication support if they need it.
Cornwall Accessible Communications Group
The Cornwall Accessible Communications Group is a multi-agency group, established to improve all forms of communication between public sector organisations and patients, clients and the wider population of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The group will:
- Oversee the implementation of the Accessible Information Standard for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; specifically, to develop consistent protocols and standards around accessible information.
- Support organisations in achieving organisational equality objectives around improved communication.
- Work with voluntary and community sector organisations to achieve these objectives, drawing on the expertise of these groups and their membership.
- Share good practice and examples of pieces of work which may assist good and accessible communication.
Accessible communications symbol
The accessible communications symbol is just one of the actions from the Cornwall Accessible Communications Group. All partners are committed to improving communications, using plain English and enabling access to information in appropriate formats for everyone living in Cornwall.
The symbol shows examples of formats and help available, including audio files, Braille, DVDs, Easy-Read and foreign languages. It also provides the relevant contact details for people to submit requests.
It is hoped more and more organisations will start using the symbol, making it easily recognisable to anyone with communication difficulties throughout the county.
To download the symbol, please click the links below.