Accessibility

Accessibility statement for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

This accessibility statement applies to the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s website:  https://bcuhb.nhs.wales/

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 offers guidance about individual adjustments you may wish to make to your computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone device to make it easier to access this website.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • live video streams do not have captions

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 2 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 (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting 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.  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 for Sign Sight and Sound (COSS), who can provide help in making and changing appointments, providing advice and guidance and support to enable you to communicate effectively with BCUHB, 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 for Sign Sight and Sound (COSS) by Tel 01492 530013 or by email: info@signsightsound.org.uk.

Patient Advice & 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 Tel 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 the team by:

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.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Whilst we endeavour to meet ‘WCAG 2.1 AA’ we currently have the following Non-compliance issues:

  • Buttons wrapped within links  - WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A)
  • Incorrect use of ARIA attributes - WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A)
  • Info and Relationships on Secondary Menu - WCAG Reference(s): Success Criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A)
  • Unlabelled select element - WCAG Reference(s): Success Criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A)
  • Same page links functionality unclear - WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A)
  • Custom elements in FAQ not available for all - WCAG Reference(s): Success Criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A)
  • Focus order illogical  (iOS) - WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 2.4.3 Focus Order (Level A)
  • Name, Role, Value (iOS) - WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A)
  • Non-descriptive labelling (Table List) -  WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 2.4.6 Headings and Labels (Level AA)
  • Text spacing (ShareBar) - WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 1.4.12 Text Spacing (Level AA)
  • Reflow  - WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 1.4.10 Reflow (Level AA)
  • Expanded states not announced to screen reader - WCAG Reference: Success Criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A)

NHS Wales Informatics Service aim to have these failings corrected by September 2020.

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 December 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages or online forms. Accessibility checks are carried out by the content owners before a Word documents or PDF can be added to the website. Any new PDFs or Word documents of this nature that we upload to the website 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 December 2020.

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 December 2020.

Headings

We plan to review the format of all webpages and content by December 2020 to ensure that the layouts of all webpages are accessible

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared in August 2020. It will be reviewed and updated in January 2021.

This website will be tested in October 2020.