Focus on the Accessible Information Standard for GP Practices in England
The Accessible Information Standard1 aims to ensure that disabled people have access to information they can understand and the communication support they may need. The Standard applies to service providers across the NHS and adult social care system. As organisations that provide NHS services, GP practices are required by law to follow the Standard under Section 250 of
the Health and Social Care Act2.
All organisations are expected to follow the Standard by 31 July 2016. Many practices are likely to be meeting a number of the requirements already. Some aspects of the Standard will require support from CCGs or NHS England to allow practices to comply.
GPC has previously circulated information to LMCs on the requirements of the Standard. This additional guidance is to remind practices and to summarise their responsibilities. We have discussed with NHS England the need to ensure a proportionate approach for general practice,
particularly given the current severe workload pressures.