Accessible Information Standard Review: Survey for support, supplier and representative organisations

Closed 11 Mar 2017

Opened 10 Jan 2017

Results updated 31 Jul 2017

Following the review, all of the feedback was analysed and a report was published in July 2017. This report is available on the NHS England website and on request in a range of formats including audio, British Sign Language (BSL) video and easy read.

Revised versions of the Specification and Implementation Guidance for the Standard will be issued in Summer 2017. These documents will be available from the NHS England website. However, there will be no substantive changes to the overall scope of the Standard or to the Requirements which organisations must follow.

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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 your views matter

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 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.


  • Healthwatch (national and local)
  • Voluntary groups
  • Charities
  • Advocacy or support organisations
  • DH third sector strategic partners
  • Academic/professional institutions
  • Employer representatives
  • Employee representatives
  • Higher education institutions
  • Suppliers
  • Information providers


  • Equality and diversity
  • Reducing health inequalities
  • Primary care
  • Equalities Act and new health inequalities duties
  • Information governance
  • Commissioning