On the 23rd March the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its Equality Objectives 2017 – 2019 to target inequality in health and social care. The CQC will be looking at how well providers meet the Accessible information standard as part of their regulation.
Wakefield business woman Louise Toth has over 16 years’ experience of working with people with a learning disability. After seeing a demand in the market for more ‘easy read’ documents to be available for people with learning disabilities, Louise set about to establish Easy Read UK.
From 1st August 16 onwards, all organisations that provide NHS care or adult social care are legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard.
This applies to GP practices, dental, optometric and pharmaceutical services, Providers of NHS and / or adult social care from the voluntary and community or private sector businesses and providers of public health services, including advice and information.
The aim of the standard is to ensure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily access and understand so they can communicate effectively with services.
Louise Toth, comments
‘’Communication is fundamental in deciding what happens to us and how much control we have over it.
Having good quality accessible information in easy read means that more people have the opportunity to make informed choices and have control over what happens in their lives. ‘’
Easy Read UK is one of a handful of businesses in the UK to provide this service and its being established here in Wakefield.
To find out more about easy read services go to www.Easyreaduk.co.uk