This accessibility statement applies to the Value in Health website: https://vbhc.nhs.wales/
This website is run by the National Value in Health team. 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
Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
Listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).
We have 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 is this website?
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, please contact ViH@wales.nhs.uk and we will pass your request onto the relevant team. We will consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact ViH@wales.nhs.uk
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 are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Technical details about this website's accessibility
The national Value in Health team 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, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Whilst we will prioritise patient information to ensure it is digitally accessible wherever possible, we know there are some sections of our website of a corporate nature, which are not currently accessible and have been produced since September 2018.
For these sections, we will identify where we know documents are non-compliant and provide contact details wherever possible. As documentation is renewed in the future, we will ensure digital accessibility is considered.
Currently, these sections are listed as below: (and subject to change).
Reports which may contain complex reporting/statistical data
Policies and procedures produced since September 2018
Publications linked from our Freedom of Information pages – including disclosure logs
Publications which may have been professionally produced since September 2018 which would have to be fixed by a third party.
Navigation and accessing information
It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content.
It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping.
Content that is 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 occasionally have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, patient information leaflets and forms published as Word documents. By July 2023, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages or online forms.
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services. We do not plan to fix any PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018, for example Board and Committee Papers, Health Board policies and procedure documentation or statutory documentation such as Annual Reports. However, we will endeavour to make any new PDFs or Word documents accessible wherever possible.
We do not plan to add captions to live audio or video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations. However, we will always aim to provide subtitled versions of pre-recorded videos produced.
What we are doing to improve accessibility
By July 2023 we plan to change the following in order to fully comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA standards:
Change colours to ensure all text and backgrounds have the required level of contrast
Ensure all elements have a logical focus order and tab order
Add alternative text to all images
Review & convert PDFs and Word Documents to HTML where appropriate
Ensure all interactive elements are available to users of assistive technologies like screen readers
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared in July 2022. It will be reviewed in July 2023.
This website was last tested in July 2022. The test was carried out in-house by the national Value in Health team.