About the Accessible Information Standard
The Accessible Accessible means something is easy for people to use or join in with. For example: Accessible writing means the writing is easy to read and understand. Information Standard (AIS) was introduced by the government The Government are the people who run the country. The Government decide how much tax people should pay and how things like the National Health Service (NHS) should work. in 2016 to make sure that people with a disability or sensory loss are given information in a way they can understand.
It is now the law Laws are the rules that everyone in the country has to follow. If you don't follow the rules you can get in trouble with the police. for the NHS and adult social care Social care means the services that give care and support to people who need it. services to comply with AIS. Find out more about AIS below, or download our easy read Easy Read is a way of making written information easier to understand. Pictures are usually added next to the writing. guide about it.
What is the Accessible Information Standard?
The standard aims to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily read or understand, and with support, so they can communicate easily with health and social care services.
This should lead to improved outcomes and experiences, and safer, better services.
The Standard is there to help NHS and adult social care services to improve, so they can better meet the communication and support needs of disabled people.
Who has to follow the standard?
All organisations that offer NHS or Adult Social Care must now follow the Accessible Information Standard The Accessible Information Standard is a rule for health and social care services that says they have to communicate with you in a way you can understand. by law. This includes doctors, dentists, hospitals, pharmacies and social workers.
How does the standard work?
If you have a learning disability A learning disability is to do with the way someone's brain works. It makes it harder for someone to learn, understand or do things. it means that NHS or Adult Social Care services need to:
Find out your communication and information needs
Record these communication and information needs clearly and consistently on your record
Flag these needs, so when a member of staff opens your record it is really clear what your communication or information needs are
Share your information and communication needs when needed, for example if they are referring you to another service.
Take action to give you the right support. For example, offering you easy read information or making sure there is someone there to support you with communication.
What should I do next?
It is really important that everyone learns about their rights Rights are the things everyone should be allowed to do like have a say, or go to school. in the standard, to make sure they are getting the right service.
People are still learning about the standard so it is important to remind services what they need to do.
Mencap has created an easy read guide so you can find out more, and you can use the communication tool below to tell people what your needs are.
Make sure you check if your communication needs are noted down clearly by medical or care staff.
Treat Me Well
Treat Me Well is our campaign A campaign is when people work together to try to change something. to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital.
We know the treatment people with a learning disability get in hospital is still not good enough in many parts of the country. This has to change.