The UK’s Royal National Institute of Blind People calls for Improvements in Healthcare Communications

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) launched the #MyInfoMyWay campaign on 16 May which calls on NHS England to provide accessible information so that more than one million vision impaired people in the UK can receive their healthcare information the way they want to. The campaign highlights the fact that inaccessible healthcare information is putting blind and partially sighted people at risk of harm and humiliation. More than half of people with sight loss surveyed by RNIB said it would have a hugely positive impact on quality of life to be able to receive health information in the format they need. Additionally, research from 2022 found that 77 per cent of people with accessible information needs reported rarely, or never, receiving information in alternative formats. RNIB is working closely with NHS England providers to ensure the Accessible Information Standard (which was originally implemented in 2016 and will be updated this summer) is more consistently applied across England. In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the charity is also working with providers to ensure they meet their legal obligations to provide blind and partially sighted people with accessible healthcare information.

Learn more about #MyInfoMyWay: We are launching My Info My Way to make accessible health and care information a reality | RNIB