Derbyshire Healthcare in deaf pledge

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Derbyshire Healthcare has become only the second mental health trust in England to sign the British Deaf Association’s BSL Charter, demonstrating its commitment to equality for deaf people.

Mark Todd and Steve Trenchard, Derbyshire Healthcare’s chairman and chief executive, gathered with representatives of the deaf community to sign the BSL (British Sign Language) Charter.

It pledges to give deaf people full access to the trust’s mental health, learning disabilities and substance misuse services across Derby and Derbyshire.

In attendance to witness the signing was Agnes Dyab, vice chair of the 
British Deaf Association (BDA).

Derbyshire has the highest population of deaf people outside London, with over 1,600 British Sign Language users – a level that is three times the national average.

As a result, Derbyshire Healthcare is already working closely with the BDA on research projects and invited them to sit on its stakeholder group on equality.