The Accessible Information Standard aims to address the current disparity in the care received by disabled people. Its focus is to ensure that information is provided to all service users and patients in a way they can understand.
The Accessible Information Standard tells organisations how they should ensure that disabled patients and service users receive information in formats that they can understand and they receive appropriate support to help them to communicate. A short overview of the Standard is available to read here.
The Standard applies to service providers across the NHS and adult social care system, and adult social care and NHS providers legally need to fully implement the accessible information standard by 31 July 2016.
NHS England are inviting applications for grants to support the implementation of the Accessible Information Standard in social and health care settings.
Applicants must be an NHS Organisation, a Local Authority or a VCSE (voluntary, community, social enterprise) body.
Up to £15,000 will be awarded to each successful applicant to support activity with outputs and products that can be shared to support others implement the Accessible Information Standard.
The grant money cannot be awarded to directly support or offset the costs of implementing the Standard in any organisation, including capital investment.
The deadline for applications is midday on 17 December 2015.
More details including an application form and how to submit your application can be found on the Accessible Information Standard website here.