This accessibility statement applies to Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s main website.

This website is run by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT). 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 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader

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 links may not make sense out of context
  • some of our online forms are difficult to navigate
  • sliders cannot be paused

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, email patient.experience@bthft.nhs.uk. We’ll consider your request and get back to you in ten days.

For more information on accessible information, including easy read leaflets and BSL videos, please see our dedicated accessible information page.

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 the Communications team via communications@bthft.nhs.uk.

Enforcement procedure

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

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment. To contact us ring 18001 01274 542200.

Our main reception desks have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

BTHFT is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

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.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  1. Some links may not make sense out of context. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context).
  2. Some pages skip heading levels. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships.
  3. Some container elements are empty. This fails WAI-ARIA 1.1 criterion 5.2.5 Required Owned Elements.
  4. Some form fields are not labelled. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.1 Parsing and 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value.
  5. Some images are missing alt text. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 Non-text Content.
  6. Some collapsible elements are inoperable by using the keyboard alone. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 Keyboard.
  7. Image and text sliders cannot be stopped. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.2.1 Timing Adjustable and 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide.

We hope to have these issues fixed by September 2023. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Disproportionate burden

At this time, we have made no claims of disproportionate burden.

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 September 2020, 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.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will use the following browser extensions to test our website regularly:

  • WAVE Evaluation Tool
  • Siteimprove Accessibility Checker
  • axe DevTools – Web Accessibility Testing

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 9 August 2022.
It was last reviewed on 28 April 2023.

This website was last tested on 21 April 2023.
The test was carried out by BTHFT.

We selected pages from our website that covered a wide range of functionality: homepage, navigation landing page, news page, search and online form.