There is widespread support for the Accessible Information Standard introduced last year, a review of the Standard has revealed.

NHS England has today released its review of the Accessible Information Standard, which must be followed by all organisations that provide NHS care and/or publicly-funded adult social care.

The Standard, which became a requirement for all organisations on 1st August 2016, aims to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily read and understand so they can communicate effectively with health and social care services.

NHS has reviewed the Standard to assess its impact and ensure it is fit for purpose. More than 1600 people had their say on the Standard, including health and social care professionals, patients, service users, carers, parents and support organisations.

The review found that:

  • There is widespread support for the Standard
  • Patients and carers understand that receiving accessible information is essential for safe, high quality care, and to be involved in decisions about their care and treatment
  • Implementation of and compliance with the Standard is variable across organisations
  • There is no indication of a need for significant changes to the Standard

For more information on the Accessible Information Standard, which is available in different formats, visit  https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/accessibleinfo/