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Access to health and social care

Find out what health and social care services must do to make sure NHS services are accessible to people with disabilities and sensory loss across the UK, and what to do if your communication needs aren’t met. Healthcare professionals can find guidance on how to meet the needs and rights of their service users at the bottom of this page. Your rights Under the Equality Act 2010, and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in Northern Ireland, people who are deaf or have hearing...

Communication tips for health and social care professionals

We've updated our advice for health and social care professionals when communicating with people who are deaf or have hearing loss in the context of COVID-19 (coronavirus). There are 12 million people in the UK with hearing loss, including an estimated 900,000 with severe or profound hearing loss. As over 70s are at higher risk of becoming severely ill due to coronavirus, and more than 70% of people over the age of 70 have hearing loss, it is vital that health...

Support for health and social care professionals

Learn more about information and guidance on how to make your services more accessible and how to meet your legal requirements. You can also find out how RNID can help with support, training and equipment.

Access to Health in Northern Ireland

If you live in Northern Ireland, find out what you can do to make your GP surgery more accessible for deaf people and those with hearing loss. Do you find it difficult to book an appointment with your GP over the phone? Ever missed your name being called in the waiting room – or left your GP appointment feeling unclear about your health advice? You’re not alone. Despite the introduction of guidance for GP practices in 2014 on how to make...

People with deafness and hearing loss still don’t enjoy full access to healthcare

19 March 2018 A new report by charity RNID in Northern Ireland entitled Good Practice? has found that people with deafness and hearing loss still don’t enjoy equality of access to healthcare. Despite guidance being issued to all GP practices 3 years ago by the Health and Social Care Board, which gave practical advice on how to make healthcare services more accessible for people with hearing loss and / or sight loss, the report has found that many GP surgeries are...

Tinnitus Week 2024

This Tinnitus Week, we're shining a light on the experiences and needs of people with tinnitus, the support RNID can offer and how you can help us find a cure.

Support services for underrepresented groups

Some people who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus also belong to other underrepresented groups, communities or cultures. If this sounds like you, there are organisations that can support your specific needs and help you find other people who truly understand your experiences.
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