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New Accessible Information Standard

Please see below a self-explanatory email from the GPC.

In the interests of your sanity and of your maintaining the will to live, I would strongly advise that you do not click on the link provided and attempt to read any of the myriad of documents therein.

I have asked GPC to provide a digestible summary guidance document as soon as possible, but in the meantime suggest that practices simply concentrate on the key issues as highlighted in the four bullet points.


New framework set to simplify care information for disabled patients and their carers.

Disabled patients are set to benefit from improved healthcare after a new law comes into force to ensure information they receive is clear, consistent and easy to understand.

The Accessible Information Standard will be implemented on 31 July 2016 and aims to provide people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss with information that they can easily read or understand. This means informing organisations how to make sure people get information in different formats, for example in large print, braille or via a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

All organisations that provide NHS or adult social care are required to follow the new standard, including NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, and GP practices. As part of the accessible information standard, these organisations must do five things:

Further details are available here:
http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/patients/accessibleinfo-2/

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