Skip to main content

Accessibility

This accessibility statement applies to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s website.

This website is run by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. We want this website to be as accessible and inclusive as possible. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We have also made the website text as simple as possible to understand. AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability. 

How accessible this website is

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

This is Version 1, published 17/09/2020

  • Parts of some pages may not work well with Assistive Technologies such as screen readers
  • Some menus are not fully accessible
  • Some buttons and links do not have accessible descriptions
  • Some pages contain text that has poor colour contrast 
  • Some pages contain headings that are not logically ordered
  • Some pages are not fully usable with the keyboard
  • Some pages have an illogical focus order
  • Secondary menu items change order when an item is selected
  • Some forms have error messages or labels that are not clear
  • Some moving content cannot be paused or stopped

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact bcu.digital@wales.nhs.uk in the first instance and we will pass your request onto the relevant team.

We will consider your request and get back to you in no more than 10 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact bcu.digital@wales.nhs.uk

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service.

Contacting us by phone or visit us in person

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is committed to providing access to and participation in its services for patients and service users with sensory loss on the same basis as other service users. 

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment via Relay UK

The Health Board provides BSL and other language services through our contract with Welsh Interpretation Services (WITs).  We work hard to ensure that our offices and treatment areas have audio induction loops, if you required a BSL interpreter, please contact the department or ward prior to your visit so that this can be arranged for you.  If you visit is unplanned or in an emergency situation our staff can arrange either a face to face or on-line BSL interpreter.

The Health Board provides two key sources of additional support;

Accessible Health Care Scheme is provided in in collaboration with the Centre of Sign Sight Sound (COSS), who can provide help in making and changing appointments, providing advice and guidance and support to enable you to communicate effectively with the Health Board, GPs and other health services. They can also provide you with an Accessible Health Communication Card which enables you to easily identify your communication needs to health care professionals, these can also be obtained from our Audiology Department(s).  To find out more about how the Accessible Health Care Scheme, please contact the Centre of Sign Sight Sound (COSS) by telephone 01492 530013 or by email: info@signsightsound.org.uk.

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) operates across all areas of the Health Board and provides patients and service users with impartial advice and support, help with making contact with our staff and departments and provides information on other organisations and which can provide information or advice, as well as listening and learning from your feedback. 

You can contact the PALS service Mon-Friday (09:00-17:00) by telephone 03000 851234 or e-mail BCU.PALS@wales.nhs.uk

For more information about the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team, please visit their webpage or contact BCU.Equality@wales.nhs.uk.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. 

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The ‘non-compliances and exemptions’ are listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons

This is Version 1, published 17/09/2020

Some menus and parts of some pages are marked up in a way that may make them confusing when accessed using Assistive Technologies.  This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value Level A

An empty menu is present on some pages.  This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.1 Parsing Level A, and WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value Level A

The button used to clear any text entered in the search box does not have an accessible label.  This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value Level A

The button/link used to switch language presents a different, less specific, label to Assistive Technologies than to visual users. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.2 Labels or Instructions Level A

Some text does not have enough contrast with its background. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) Level AA. 
Headings on some pages are not in a logical nested order. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships Level A

Some parts of some pages are not fully usable with the keyboard. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 Keyboard Level A

Some elements have an illogical focus order.  This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.3 Focus Order Level A

Secondary menu items change order when an item is selected.  This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.2.3 Consistent Navigation Level AA

Some forms have error messages or labels that are not clear.  This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.2 Labels or Instructions Level A

Some carousels (displayed only on small screens or at high zoom levels) do not have a method to pause or stop their movement. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide Level A

Disproportionate burden

Whilst we will prioritise patient information to ensure it is digitally accessible wherever possible, we know there are some sections of our website of a corporate nature, which are not currently accessible and have been produced since September 2018.

For these sections, we will identify where we know documents are non-compliant and provide contact details wherever possible.  As documentation is renewed in the future, we will ensure digital accessibility is considered Currently, these sections are listed as below: (and subject to change).

  • Board or committee papers
  • Governance and Assurance reports and policies
  • Performance reports which may contain complex reporting/statistical data
  • Policies and procedures produced since September 2018
  • Publications linked from our Freedom of Information pages – including disclosure logs
  • Publications which may have been professionally produced since September 2018 which would have to be fixed by a third party. 

Navigation and accessing information

  • There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).
  • It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content.
  • It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping.
  • Interactive tools and transactions
  • Interactive map on the Your Local Health Services page has been tested using keyboard navigation. Information and pages that can be accessed by selecting an area/ segment on the map can also be accessed by area using the accordion list on the same page.

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we occasionally have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, patient information leaflets and forms published as Word documents. By April 2022, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages or online forms. Content checks are now carried out before Word documents or PDFs can be added to the website. New pages and content that we upload to the website in a HTML format will meet accessibility standards.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services. We do not plan to fix any PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018.

We consider it a disproportionate burden to fix Board and Committee Papers, Health Board policies and procedure documentation or statutory documentation such as Annual Reports created and uploaded between the 23rd of September to the 23rd of December 2020. This is due to the volume of content and text within numerous documents that would need to be fixed.  A contact email address will be provided on every relevant webpage for those that require this information in an accessible format. We are in the process of planning to upload documents of this nature in an accessible format by the first quarter of 2020/2021 when new software is in place.

We occasionally publish PDFs which contain ‘transcripts//scanned manuscripts or handwritten notes’ for example in FOI requests - these are outside of scope and will not be fixed.

Video

We do not plan to add captions to live audio or video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.  However, we will always provide the option to switch on subtitles (embedding videos from Youtube plug-in) of pre-recorded videos produced.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

We currently do not have an accessibility roadmap, which shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website, however we plan to have a roadmap by April 2022.

As a small Digital Communications Team, we aim to audit existing webpages on the website to remove or update content (images, documents, videos) that does not comply with accessibility by September 2022. 

Headings

We plan to review the format of all webpages and content by September 2022 to ensure that the content on all webpages where possible is accessible

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was updated on 27 October 2021. It will be reviewed and updated in April 2022.