Are you ready for the Accessible Information Standard?
We are pleased and proud to announce that we have been asked by NHS England to get involved in supporting the implementation of the new Accessible Information Standard!
The Standard is a legal requirement to make sure that people using NHS and publicly funded adult social care organisations are given information that they can understand and receive the communication support they need.
As from April 1st 2016 the standard will mean organisations must identify and record information and communication needs with service users:
At the first interaction or registration with their service
As part of on-going routine interaction with the service by existing service users.By 31 July 2016 organisations must have fully implemented and conform to the Accessible information Standard.
How are we going to help?
To help we are going to improve our website to include more help on how to meet the Standard, particularly in terms of easy read information. We will be asking people’s advice on what would help them to meet the standard and working with people with learning disabilities to develop resources that will provide that help.
We are working with Connect in the North and Home Farm Trust in Leeds to develop resources that will help people understand the Standard and produce easy read. We are planning to add new sections to our website which will include templates for documents and ‘how to’ guides.
As part of this we have produced a poster and leaflet to help make it easier to understand what the standard is about. You can download them here;
We have also set a Target 1000 project to create 1000 new images to go on our database by July 31st and we need help to do it! Just let us know what images you might find useful and we will get them drawn up and added to our database!
You can either tell us using our request system or by emailing us at
Some of the images from the poster and leaflet have already been added to our database, just search for them under Accessible Information Standard.
For more information about the Accessible Information Standard visit the NHS England website: