By 31 July 2016 all organisations that provide NHS or publicly funded adult social care must have fully implemented and conform to the Accessible information Standard.
The Accessible Information Standard aims to ensure that patients and service users, and where appropriate carers and parents, with information or communication support needs relating to a disability or sensory loss have those needs met by health and social care services and organisations.
By 1 September 2015 all organisations that provide NHS or publicly funded adult social care must have begun to prepare for implementation of the Accessible Information Standard. This includes:
By 1 April 2016 all organisations that provide NHS or publicly funded adult social care must identify and record information and communication needs with service users:
The Accessible Information Standard is made up of a specification and implementation guidance. The final version of these documents are below:
A short overview of the Accessible Information Standard is also available in easy read.
An Information Standard is a formal guidance document which health and social care organisations must follow by law.
The accessible information standard tells organisations how they should ensure that disabled patients / service users and, where appropriate, carers and parents, receive information in formats that they can understand, and that they receive appropriate support to help them to communicate.
A short update about the approval of the standard is available:
For further information see: