We hope that you're enjoying using the features of this website and are not experiencing any problems.  We are committed to making this site as accessible as possible.  By this we mean making sure that our content is available to users with physical or sensory impairments and who use assistive technology like screen readers and to those users with slower internet connections.  We aim to achieve and maintain the AA accessibility rating, as defined by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), the body responsible for setting global accessibility standards.

Why we want to be accessible

Like all government organisations the NHS is obliged by law to take steps not to exclude people with disabilities.  In addition, as a modern, inclusive institution with a public service mission, we recognise the internet offers an opportunity to make information accessible to more people than any other medium.

How we ensure accessibility

The initial build of our website, from the content management system to additional features and software had accessibility integrated into their production.  By using style sheets, our software allows users to make adjustments to the appearance of our pages to suit their needs and produces pages compatible with assistive technologies routinely used to access the web.  Our editorial process ensures we maintain the site's accessibility, by following best practice on alt tags for images, hyperlinked text and consistent and clear use of headings.

Listen to this site

If you have trouble reading text online you can use our ReadSpeaker tool to have the text read out loud to you. It is really simple to use and as a user you don’t have to download anything.

Listen to the main content

To listen to the main content you simply click the listen button to listen to the web page's content.

A control panel will appear and ReadSpeaker automatically starts reading the text of the web page out loud.

In the control panel you can:

  • Adjust the volume
  • Pause the reading
  • Stop the reading
  • Restart the reading
  • Choose 'No sound?' if your browser does not support flash
  • Choose 'Settings' if you want to customize the settings

Listen to selected text

You can also select a part of the text that you want to listen to. Once selected a pop-up listen button will appear next to the mouse pointer. When you click the pop-up listen button, a smaller control panel will appear and ReadSpeaker will automatically start reading the text you have selected.

In this control panel you can:

  • Pause the reading
  • Stop the reading
  • Restart the reading
  • Customize the settings by clicking on the wrench icon


In the settings menu you can:

  • Choose whether you want to have the text highlighted word by word and/or sentence by sentence, or turn off the highlighting
  • Choose whether you want the pop up listen button to be shown when text is selected
  • Choose whether you want the reading speed to be slow, medium or fast

Once you have clicked somewhere on the ReadSpeaker player you can control it with the keyboard:

  • Play/pause: Space bar
  • Stop: Esc key
  • Increase volume: Up arrow or the + key of the numeric keypad
  • Lower Volume: Down arrow or the – key of the numeric keypad
  • Fast forward: Right arrow
  • Rewind: Left arrow

For more information please visit ReadSpeaker's text to speech website.

The page was last updated on 23 August 2012 by alykhan.valani.


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