Accessibility statement for Springwell Medical Group website
This accessibility statement applies to https://springwellmedicalgroup.nhs.uk.
This website is hosted by North of England Commissioning Support (NECS), on behalf of Springwell Medical Group. The practice wants 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 400% 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.
1. Current status
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- The structure of all the pages throughout the site may affect users using assistive technology.
- No option to skip repeated content
- The text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window.
- Some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard.
- Some form elements are missing descriptions.
- Some links identified only by colour.
- Some link text is used for multiple different destinations.
- Colour contrast in some areas is insufficient.
- Some images are missing alternative text.
- Heading is missing text in some areas.
- Some heading elements are not consistent.
- An iFrame used on the site is missing a title.
- HTML tags are used to format text in some places.
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:
- email SUNCCG.SMGPRG@nhs.net
- call 0191 528 2727
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.
Springwell Medical Group,
Jack Cohen Health Centre,
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).
Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person
Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.
3. Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Springwell Medical Group 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.
Non accessible content
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
- where it fails the success criteria
- planned dates for when issues will be fixed
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
- The structure of all the pages throughout the site may affect users using assistive technology. The reason for this is due to some of the page content not being labelled as being in the body, main, header or footer sections of the page. This may lead to confusing or inaccurate screen reader output. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- Horizontal scrolling is required at 400%. Avoiding the need to scroll in the direction of reading in order to reveal lines that are cut off by the viewport is important, because such scrolling significantly increases the effort required to read. It is also important that content is not hidden off-screen. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.4.10 (Reflow). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- There is no option to skip repeated content. One of the ways to ensure this is to have a link at the top of each page that goes directly to the main content area. The link should be the first focusable control on the web page and be visible when it receives focus. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 2.4.1 (Bypass Blocks). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- There is a colour contrast issue in some areas of the website. This means users who have colour vision deficiency (colour blindness) may have difficulty reading the content. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- Some links on the website can only be identified by colour. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.4.1 (Use of Colour). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- Focused links and buttons sometimes do not have enough contrast. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.4.11 (Non-text Contrast). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- The same link text is used for links going to different destinations in a number of areas in the site. Users might not know the difference if they are not somehow explained. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 2.4.4 (Link Purpose – In Context). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- Some form elements are missing a description. This can cause issues for some assistive technologies when using a form. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
- The iFrame used by Google Maps is missing a title, which gives the content a description for assistive technology. This does not meet WCAG success criterion 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value). We plan to fix this by March 2021.
Content that’s 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 have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By the end of March 2021 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.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.
4. What we’re doing to improve accessibility
Accessibility issues will be reviewed and resolved over the next 6 months.
Testing will be carried out a regular interval to ensue ongoing compliance.
5. Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 22/01/2021. It was last reviewed on 22/01/2021.
This website was last tested on 14/09/2020. The test was carried out by North of England Commissioning Support Unit.