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Accessibility statement

Accessibility statement

This statement applies to content published on the domain. It does not apply to content on third party domains hosting Department of Health information.

This website is run by the Strategic Planning and Performance Group of the Department of Health. It is designed to be used by as many people as possible.

The text should be clear and simple to understand. You should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 300% without problems
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • use most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)


This website incorporates ReachDeck – Web Accessibility Checker, Toolbar and Content Editor | Texthelp, which makes websites more accessible to people with reading difficulties. It uses simple speech, reading and translation tools. Online content can be read aloud in multiple languages using the most natural and engaging voice. Browsealoud is a free service.


We aim to ensure all text links are written, so they make sense when read out of context.

How accessible this website is

Parts of this website are not fully accessible, for example:

  • some document attachments are not clearly written
  • some heading elements are not consistent
  • some error messages are not clearly associated with form controls
  • some documents are in PDF format and are not accessible

How to request content in an accessible format

If you need information in a different format, contact us by email: providing the following information

  • the web address (URL) of the content
  • your name and email address
  • the format you need, for example
    • audio CD
    • braille
    • British Sign Language (BSL)
    • accessible PDF

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems not listed on this page or you think we’re not meeting the accessibility requirements, contact us by emailing:

Enforcement procedure

If you are not happy with our response, contact the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI).

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) is responsible for enforcing the ‘Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018’ (the ‘accessibility regulations’).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

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

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

Video and audio channels

Health and Social Care – YouTube

HSC Northern Ireland (