Accessibility

We hope that you’re enjoying using the features of this website and are not experiencing any problems.  We are committed to making this site as accessible as possible.  By this we mean making sure that our content is available to users with physical or sensory impairments and who use assitive technology like screen readers and to those users with slower internet connections.  We aim to achieve and maintain the AA accessiblity rating, as defined by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), the body responsible for setting global accessiblity standards.

Why we want to be accessible Like all government organisations the NHS is obliged by law to take steps not to exclude people with disabilities. In addition, as a modern, inclusive institution with a public service mission, we recognise the internet offers an opportunity to make information accessible to more people than any other medium.

How we ensure accessibility The initial build of our website, from the content management system to additional features and software had accessiblity integrated into their production.  By using style sheets, our software allows users to make adjustments to the appearance of our pages to suit their needs and produces pages compatible with assistive technologies routinely used to access the web.  Our editorial process ensures we maintain the site’s accessibility, by following best practice on alt tags for images, hyperlinked text and consistent and clear use of headings.