Accessibility statement for nwas.nhs.uk
This accessibility statement applies to nwas.nhs.uk
This website is run by North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
- 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.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
How accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- Some of our images are missing text alternatives (alt-text)
- Some images of text are used across the site that might be difficult to interpret using screen reader software
- Some pages feature unstructured content due to subheadings not being used appropriately
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:
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact:
Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person
We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.
Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.
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’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
North West Ambulance Service NHS 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 website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
PDFs and non-HTML documents
Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software. These do not meet the following criteria:
- 1.3.1 Info and relationships
- 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum)
- 1.4.5 Images of text
- 1.4.12 Text spacing
- 2.4.6 Headings and labels
We plan to fix these by 31 December 2022.
Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We plan to add text alternatives for all images by 31 December 2022.
Some images of text are used across the site that might be difficult to interpret using screen reader software. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.5 (images of text). We plan to remove or add text alternatives for all images by 31 December 2022.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and non-HTML documents
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By December 2022 we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix Equality, Diversity employment monitoring data 2017.
We plan to add captions to all video content on our website, hosted on our YouTube channel by December 2022.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 4th January 2021. It was last reviewed on 22 December 2021.
This website was last tested on 11 March 2020. The test was carried out by our trusted agency. We have plans to test the website again in 2022.
As our website contains thousands of pages, we selected a sample of pages to test based on average use, volume of traffic, and content type. We tested the following pages as they contain our main features used across the site: