We have designed this website to be accessible, so that as many people as possible can use the website.
You can contact us on R&DComms@gstt.nhs.uk if you have problems accessing information on this website, or would like any of our work in a more accessible format.
How you can use this website
On this website, you should be able to:
- zoom in up to 400% with text staying visible on the screen
- navigate the website using most speech recognition software in line with accessibility guidance
- read most of the website using a screen reader, including the latest versions of JAWS, NVDA, and VoiceOver
- read most of the website on devices without a screen, though with some changes to appearance.
What we do to help you
- The design of the website is consistent to help you find your way around. Every page has a top level navigation bar, search function and breadcrumb bar (under the top level navigation, to help you see where you are in relation to the homepage).
- The site’s colours, fonts, and font size were selected to make sure they passed accessibility standards. This was tested to comply with accessibility guidance using the website https://contrastchecker.com/
- We’ve made the website text as simple as possible to understand, using plain English wherever possible. Some of our content is technical, and contains scientific terms and language. In some instances we have not been able to simplify the wording without changing the meaning of the text.
- All of our images should contain alternative text (alt text), for people using screen readers or text-only browsers.
- We try to make sure that our links make sense out of context. This is important for screen readers for example, where links can be displayed as a list.
- We use headers and bullet points to help you to scan the information on our pages.
- We try to make sure that all our information is easy to read.
If you have a problem accessing any documents then AbilityNet has advice to help you make your device easier to use.
How we keep this website accessible
In December 2019, we commissioned the digital agency Kino Creative to undertake a review of our website www.guysandstthomasbrc.nihr.ac.uk and associated microsites to bring them in line with the perceivable, operable, and understandable elements detailed in the WCAG2.1 Accessibility Checklist.
Ongoing issues and how we are addressing these:
- Many older news posts or events contain broken links which do not resolve – we do not intend to resolve these as it is a disproportionate burden.
- Some links on the site are not currently formatted in a compliant manner and we aim to fix these as soon as possible.
- PDFs are not able to comply with the requirements of the web accessibility standard, and we do not generally upload new PDFs. For our publications, such as our Research snapshots and brochures, we aim to provide information in both a HTML format and a printable PDF format.