This page was last updated on 24 November 2023.
This accessibility statement applies to www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk.
How accessible this website is
This website is run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and we want as many people as possible to be able to use it. That means you should be able to:
- Change colours, contrast levels and fonts
- 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 (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
We've also made the website text as simple as possible to understand, and you can navigate most of the website using just a keyboard.
AbilityNet has advice on making your phone, computer or tablet easier to use, depending on your needs.
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.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reason(s):
(a) non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Page titles are missing within the settings of the PDF document.
WCAG 3.1.1 Language of Page
The language is missing within the settings of the PDF document.
WCAG 1.3.1 Info and Relationships: Tables (PDF)
Tables do not have correctly marked up headers.
There are elements that do not have alternative text.
This is not a comprehensive list as we are still identifying some accessibility issues.
What we are doing to improve non-accessible content
We plan to prioritise and fix issues highlighted in our recent audit and outlined in this statement. Measures include:
- Conducting frequent audits across our site.
- Updating all PDFs to be accessible using Acrobat Pro accessibility checker.
- Ensuring all imagery is tagged with alternative text.
- Prioritising accessibility remedial work in all new development and improvement projects.
- Ongoing improvement to the design/usability of the website focusing on accessibility.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 8 November 2022. This website was launched in November 2022 and followed the compliance standards during the development of the site with our developer Frank Ltd.
This website was last tested on 15 September 2023 by the Government Digital Service. The sample of pages they chose to test can be found in their full report into Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We used the findings in that report to review and update our accessibility statement. We also reviewed a further sample of PDFs across the website that were not included in the pages tested by the Government Digital Service. As a result we identified the need to review and update all PDFs on the website to ensure they are accessible. This statement was last reviewed and updated on 24 November 2023.
This statement will be reviewed again on 1 March 2024, with a particular focus on ensuring PDFs are accessible. We will also be reviewing all images where there is text overlay to ensure that there is sufficient colour contrast between the image and text.
The accessibility toolbar is located at the bottom of every page. It's labelled "Show accessibility tools" and you can click on it to view our accessibility options. You can then click on "Hide accessibility tools" to hide them again.
The accessible options include:
- Text size
- Google Translate (we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the translation)
We are committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website has been tested for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1 level AA) compliance in November 2023.
Images on our website have alternative text attributes (alt text). This means when an image is used on a webpage to convey information its content is also described in the alt text, so the image can be understood by text browsers and screen readers.
If an image is used for simply decorative purposes, the text attribute for the image is left empty (no alt text is added) in line with accepted best practice.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your accessibility issues, please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).