Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience. We actively work to ensure that our website is accessible and usable by people of all abilities.

This website conforms to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1AA. These guidelines are the internationally-recognised benchmark for building accessible websites.

These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines also makes web content more user friendly for all people.

The site displays correctly in all popular browsers, and degrades gracefully in older browsers.

This website uses JavaScript. This technology is not relied upon and the website works perfectly well without it. Where JavaScript has been used, it meets the same high levels of accessibility as the rest of the site.

Below are a number of features included in the website to make it accessible for all.

Viewing as 'High Contrast'

To view all of the pages in high contrast mode, click on the button 'High Contrast mode' shown at the top of every page. This will present all pages in black and white and without images, in highly visible text.

To return to normal viewing of pages, you must click again on the same button shown at the top right of any page.

Increasing the font size

To increase the font size, click the required sign '+' or '-' shown at the top right of every page. Alternatively, you can do this in your browser:

  • Firefox: choose the drop down menu at the top of the window of the browser marked 'View'. A list of options will appear in the drop down menu - choose 'Zoom' and then 'Zoom In'
  • Google Chrome
  • Edge: click the three horizointal dots at the top right of the window and then toggle the size using 'Zoom' in the menu that appears.

Changing the language

To change the language of webpages, a Google Translate tool is at the top of every page.

Accessing the website using a keyboard

If you do not have access to a mouse the menus and items on the website can be accessed using just a keyboard.

Contact information

We are continually working to maintain the accessibility of this website. If you experience any problem accessing the site then please contact us.

Features exempt from accessibility regulations

  • pre-recorded audio and video published before 23 September 2020
  • live audio and video
  • heritage collections e.g.scanned manuscripts
  • PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 (unless users need them to use a service)
  • maps
  • third party content
  • content on intranets or extranets published before 23 September 2019 
  • archived websites if they’re not needed for services.

Source: Understanding accessibility requirements for public sector bodies

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact our webteam at


Enforcement procedure

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’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).