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.

Accessibility guidelines

All pages of this website aim to conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. 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.

Web standards and technologies

This website has been built with the aim of complying with W3C standards for HTML and CSS. These technologies are relied upon throughout the site. 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.

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.
Please note: 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:

  • Internet Explorer: 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 'Text Size' and select your preference
  • 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.

Access Keys

Our website does not offer any access keys to avoid any interference with Screen reader technologies. Screen readers already include keyboards shortcuts and disabled users can find keyboard shortcuts an additional and unnecessary burden.

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