What Health Deafinitions Does

Deaf Organization

(Image courtesy of Enterprising Barnsley) Our team is made-up of Deaf professionals from various backgrounds, including: health and social care, film and media production, web development and graphic design, animation, trades, communication, translation, and community work. We continue to offer a service of community consultation that helps bridge gaps in Deaf access to health services,

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REAL Education

(Image courtesy of Enterprising Barnsley) REAL, meaningful education that has impact must be in an accessible format and an understandable language. All of us have an inner-monologue or voice that corresponds with how we communicate with others and understand information. The latter is best internalized when it meets these criteria. We provide this kind of

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The Information Standard

Since 2010 we have been certified by The Information Standard to research and produce credible “evidence based health and care information for the public”. Our in-house specialist works with our research team and consults with health and social care professionals to fulfill this rigorous standard to produce current and accurate health information. This certification is

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Empowered Patients

(Image courtesy of Enterprising Barnsley) Our mission to explain and educate is squarely aimed at transforming Deaf NHS service-use through empowerment. We believe that empowered patients will be better prepared to use NHS services appropriately and confidently, contributing to higher rates of self-care among Deaf patient families. Empowered patients are better situated to fulfil the

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Innovative

What makes our service innovative is that it is shaped by the community and based on the grassroots demand which has fuelled Health Deafinitions since 2007. We continue to involve the community at every level of development of our products, bridging the gap between the community and service provision in a way that many other

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BSL Health Glossary

Crucial to providing education are the terms needed to understand important concepts. Many of these terms do not exist in BSL, and simple English translations only confuse meaning. As an example consider the word ‘artery’. In BSL the closet interpreters or BSL-users get to this term is ‘art’, and thus it has a completely different

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Visual BSL videos

We have plans to develop at least two series of presentations: Health Issues series: Increases health literacy on health common health conditions, including but not limited to: ● Cardiovascular disease/Coronary Heart Disease ● Diabetes ● Mental Health ● Smoking Cessation ● Obesity and Weight Management ● Strokes ● Cancer ● Alcohol ● Asthma ● Sexual

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Cost-effective

(Image courtesy of Enterprising Barnsley) The challenge presented in the commissioning of pioneering services is that substantial data on Deaf service-use and commissioning of like services is hard to establish. However, we are aware of the following costs of the current status-quo of Deaf people’s service-use GP and other NHS appointments with a BSL interpreter

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Outcome and evidence based commissioning

(Image courtesy of Enterprising Barnsley) We aim to provide a service that specifically tackles the following NHS Outcomes, currently out of reach of most Deaf patients “Preventing people from dying prematurely”Similar to many disadvantaged communities, mortality rates are too far above average for Deaf people. With improvements in health literacy Deaf patients would be able

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