Leading health experts from across the Country will meet in Manchester on Wednesday 11th March, to share research and best practice into the difficulties Deaf people face accessing health services.
They will hear ground-breaking research into the effect that poor access has on the health of individuals, and look at efforts which are being made to improve access.
The conference has been organised by Deaf Health Champions, a North West programme which empowers deaf people to lead improvements in health services. It will be attended by NHS officials, senior medical professionals, researchers, Healthwatch leaders and community volunteers.
Speakers will include Professor Dame Sue Bailey, the vice-chair of the Academy of Medical Colleges, Giles Wilmore, the Director of Patient and Public Voice and Information at NHS England, and Dave Nunns, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Wigan.
Delegates will also hear from Deaf volunteers from Aintree Hospital Trust and Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group, who are actively transforming deaf health and good practice.
“Deaf people, particularly Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users, are systematically excluded from health and social care decisions because of barriers to communication within the sector. They typically have much poorer physical and mental health than most hearing people”, says Deaf Health Champions Project Director, Jo Slater.
“We hope this conference will draw attention to these problems. We want to highlight the value of truly engaging deaf people in decision making and the positive changes health professionals can easily make”.
The Medical Director of the Deaf Health Charity SignHealth, Andrew Alexander, will introduce the world’s first large-scale study comparing the health of Deaf and hearing people.
The Sick Of It report shows that Deaf people are twice as likely to have some undiagnosed, potentially life-threatening health conditions. Poor access and communication problems are the major causes.
The Deaf Health Champions programme is funded by the Department of Health’s Volunteering Fund. It is a partnership of the UK Council on Deafness, The Deaf Health Charity SignHealth, Manchester Deaf Centre, Merseyside Society for Deaf People and Deaf Vision Cumbria.
The Limping Chicken is the world's most popular Deaf blog, and is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne.
The site exists thanks to our supporters. Check them out below:
- Signature: Leading awarding body for BSL qualifications
- Ai-Media: Remote captioning. Find out the benefits of live captioning at university!
- Bellman & Symfon: home alerting solutions
- Deaf Umbrella: sign language interpreting and communications support
- BSL Zone: TV programmes in BSL for the Deaf community
- Stellar Communications: Speech-to-Text services
- Appa: Communication services for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people
- SignLive: Online video interpreting for Deaf people
- SignVideo: Instant BSL video interpreting online
- 121 Captions: captioning and speech-to-text services
- Eyewitness Media: TV and film from a Deaf perspective
- The National Theatre: Captioned and BSL accessible theatre in London
- Doncaster School for the Deaf: education for Deaf children
- Signworld: Learn BSL online!
- Helen Foulkes Translations: BSL translations
- RAD Tax Advice: Tax and Tax Credit info for Deaf people
- Performance Interpreting: BSL interpreting at concerts
- National Deaf Children's Society: The leading charity for deaf children
- Signed Culture: Advocating for BSL access to arts and culture
- SignHealth: healthcare charity for Deaf people
- CJ Interpreting: communication support in BSL
- British Society for Mental Health and Deafness: Promoting positive mental health for deaf people
- Action Deafness Communications: sign language and Red Dot online video interpreting
- BSLcourses.co.uk: Provider of online BSL courses
- Association of Notetaking Professionals: The professional body representing Electronic and Manual Notetakers
- Sign Solutions: communication support, training and translation
- InterpretersLive: On demand BSL video interpretation
- Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton: education for Deaf children
- Lipspeaker UK: specialist lipspeaking support
- Hearing Choices: Australian hearing aid specialists
- Elmfield School, Bristol: Inclusive education for Deaf pupils
- deafPLUS: BSL advice helpline
- Exeter Deaf Academy: education for Deaf children
- Royal Shakespeare Company: Captioned and BSL interpreted performances (see dates here)
- Royal School for the Deaf, Derby: Residential education for deaf children