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Our publications and campaigns have significantly improved basic access and communication provisions for Deaf people within the NHS and other services. Find more information below about the barriers that still exist and the impacts they have on the health of Deaf people in the UK.

Key Documents

Review of the AIS

February 2022

Urgent priorities for change, informed by patients’ lived experience and NHS professionals.

‘Sick Of It’ Report

Published in 2014

SignHealth’s ground-breaking report about the health of Deaf people in the UK.

Domestic Abuse and Coronavirus

April 2020

Written Evidence Submitted by SignHealth (MRS0215) to the Women and Equalities Committee.

Accessible Information Standard

August 2016

The standard is a legal obligation that ensures the accessibility of health information and support.

Coronavirus Impacts Pulse Survey Results

August 2020

SignHealth conducted a survey asking deaf people about the impacts of the pandemic on mental health, healthcare and information accessibility. 

Guidance for commissioners of primary mental health services

May 2017

A guide by the Joint Commissioning Panel
for Mental Health with evidence-based guidelines about mental health services for deaf people.

Deaf People and Suicide

BSL Health Video Library

The largest collection of BSL videos and short films related to your health and wellbeing

Collage of photos depicting different types of communication access to NHS health services

Review of the NHS Accessible Information Standard

Urgent priorities for change, informed by patients’ lived experience and NHS professionals.


Coronavirus Updates

Watch, share and download the latest COVID-19 information and guidance available in BSL.

Sick Of It Report

How healthy are Deaf people?

Sick Of It is SignHealth’s ground-breaking report uncovering the health disparity Deaf people face in the UK. Published in 2014, the report has influenced policy and changed practices in the NHS to improve communication and reduce barriers.

Report: Sick Of It

Why SignHealth?

The majority of our 130 staff are Deaf people and our award winning board has been recognised for its diversity and inclusivity. Together we are working to improve health and wellbeing for everyone.

Deaf people continue to face barriers in mainstream health and social care services. Since 1986 we have been providing services to the Deaf community and campaigning for more Deaf awareness and better access.  

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