Accessibility statement

The Communications Team at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust manages this website. It is designed to be used by as many people as possible. Our aim is to provide accessible information and to make sure everyone can access and use our website. 

This page tells you how we make our website accessible and how we can help if you need information in a different more accessible way. 

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This accessibility statement applies to the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust website.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

How accessible this website is

We’ve made the text as simple as possible to understand. You should be able to:

  • Change colours, contrast levels and size.
  • Zoom in up to 300% 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.

We have accessibility software on our Website called Recite Me

Recite me helps anyone with sight loss, dyslexia or reading difficulties use the website by allowing you to change text, colours and backgrounds. It also has a magnifier, screenreader, reading ruler and audio (read aloud) function.

It also enables staff, service users or any website visitor to translate our web pages into 99 languages.

How to access Recite me

  • Click on the Recite Me button on the bottom left of the webpage:

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  • This will then launch the Recite me tool bar at the top of the page:

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For more information visit, ReciteMe User Guide ​​​​​​. ​

Non-accessible content 

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Many documents are not accessible in several ways including missing text alternatives and missing document structure. We are looking into making all our documents more accessible.
  • Some pages and document attachments are not clearly written, or have a reading age higher than 16 (WCAG 2.0 AAA 3.1.5).
  • Some images are missing alternative (alt) text. Alt text is the written copy that appears in place of an image on a webpage if the image fails to load on a user's screen. This text helps screen-reading tools describe images to visually impaired readers and allows search engines to better search and rank your website.

This is not a comprehensive list as we are still identifying some accessibility issues.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We plan to identify and fix issues on a continuous basis.

How to ask for web content in an accessible format

If you need information in a different format, please contact awp.ais@nhs.net. Please provide the following details:

  • the web address (URL) of the content
  • your name and email address
  • the format you need. For example, braille, BSL, large print, Easy Read.

For more information, please view our Accessible Information Standard page.

If you have a disability, AbilityNet gives advice on how to adapt your phone, computer or tablet to meet your needs and make it easier to use.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 12 September 2023. We used multiple resources to prepare this statement, with the main template being the Model Accessibility Statement.

This website was last tested on 8th June 2023. The test was carried out by the Government Digital Service. 

The statement was last reviewed on 18th September 2023. 

Feedback and contact information

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website.

If you have feedback or have any problems not listed on this page or you think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact the Communications team – awp.communications@nhs.net

Enforcement procedure

If you contact us with a complaint about accessibility and you’re not happy with our response, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

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’).