09 January 2014

Nottingham University Hospitals proud to sign the BSL Charter

Nottingham University Hospitals proud to sign the BSL Charter

Representatives from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Nottingham City Council signed the British Sign Language (BSL) Charter at Notts Deaf Society on Wednesday 8th January.

The charter is designed to help remove direct and indirect discrimination against deaf people and empower local deaf communities. It is also designed to help resolve conflicts between those who provide services and deaf people, increase awareness of deaf and BSL issues and provide better education for deaf children.

The five key pledges of the charter commit the organisations to work towards the following:

1. Ensure access for deaf people to information and services
2. Promote learning and high quality teaching of British Sign Language
3. Support deaf children and families
4. Ensure staff working with deaf people can communicate effectively in British Sign Language
5. Consult with our local deaf community on a regular basis

Peter Homa, Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, who signed the charter and spoke at the event, said: "At NUH we are committed to equality of opportunity, treatment and behaviour. This charter will help advance equal opportunity and develop good relations with the deaf community within Nottinghamshire. I have no doubt it will have a great impact on accessibility for those who are deaf or hearing impaired."

Cllr Nicola Heaton, portfolio holder for Community Services, who spoke at the signing of the charter said: "We are committed to putting the people of Nottingham at the heart of what we do and we should always be an inclusive city. British Sign Language has a great deal of history and culture and is recognised as a language in its own right. I hope this charter helps promote understanding, foster the right sort of support for those who need it and help raise standards for deaf people in the city."

Also in attendance at the event was Nottingham City Council Chief Executive Ian Curryer, Daniel Mortimer, NUH Director of Workforce and Strategy and representatives from the British Deaf Association and the Deaf Wellbeing Group.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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