As we build the all-new NHS Jobs from the ground up, its important that we make sure the service is accessible for everyone.
Making our content accessible starts at the very beginning of the process – with the words we chose to use on the page, the colours, the size and the layout. Typically, web accessibility includes auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech and visual disabilities. But having good accessibility can benefit users of all types – those with smart technologies, older users and users with temporary or situational disabilities (such as a broken arm or an office environment that doesn’t allow audio).
We’ve recently worked with the Digital Accessibility Centre (DAC) to better understand how blind users use the web and our applications, and we even set up the NHSBSA Accessibility Simulation Lab, so that our colleagues could wear glasses that simulate a variety of different visual impairments. This had helped both colleagues from around the NHSBSA and our user experience designers to gain a better understanding of how visual disabilities can effect the user experience, and how we can make NHS Jobs more accessible.
We want as many people as possible to be able to use NHS Jobs. For example, as standard, that means you should be able to:
- change colours, contrast levels and fonts
- zoom in up to 400% without the text spilling off the screen
- navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
- listen to most of the website using a screen reader
We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.
To find out more about what we’re doing to make NHS Jobs accessible, you can read our read our full accessibility statements below: