The Accessible Information Standard was published by NHS England, following approval as a new ‘information standard’ for the NHS and adult social care system, in July 2015. Officially called SCCI1605 Accessible Information, the Accessible Information Standard (‘the Standard’) directs and defines a specific, consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting individuals’ information and communication support needs, where those needs relate to a disability, impairment or sensory loss.
By law (section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012), from 1st August 2016 onwards, all organisations that provide NHS care or publicly-funded adult social care must follow the Standard in full. Organisations that commission NHS care and / or publicly-funded adult social care, for example Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local authorities, must also support implementation of the Standard by provider organisations.
Why We Are Consulting
This survey is part of the post-implementation review of the Standard. The purpose of the review is to assess the impact of the Standard and ensure that it is, and continues to be, ‘fit for purpose’. These questions are for voluntary organisations, patient groups, local Healthwatch, professional representative bodies, communication professionals, IT system or software suppliers, and other organisations with an interest in the Standard.
There are other surveys for patients, service users, carers and parents, and for health and care professionals, and teams or organisations providing or commissioning NHS care or publicly-funded adult social care.
All surveys are anonymous and all questions are optional, or there is a ‘prefer not to say’ option. If you would also like to share good practice, a case study or the collated views of your members or those you represent please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure you complete and return your survey before the deadline of 10th March 2017.
Thank you for taking the time to contribute, we appreciate your feedback.
What happens next
Following the review, all of the feedback will be analysed and a report will be produced. Depending on the findings, revised versions of the Specification and / or Implementation Guidance for the Standard might be issued. However, there will be no substantive changes to the overall scope of the Standard.