Accessibility

We want this website to be helpful and informative for everyone who visits it. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for making it more accessible by comms@mft.nhs.uk

Validation

This website complies with the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Level AA guidelines for accessibility and we are committed to maintaining and improving the accessibility of our site.

Semantics

HTML5 markup is used to structure the site with appropriate elements used to clearly and logically identify content for search engines or screen readers.

Browser support

The site is built in a flexible manner and scales to ensure readability on whatever device or browser it is viewed upon. Browser support is progressive meaning more capable browsers may get improved aesthetics or functionality.

Internet Explorer is supported from IE9 and above. Users on an older browser may experience some aesthetic and functional disruption to their viewing experience

Listen to this website with BrowseAloud Plus

Whether you are using a Smartphone, Tablet, PC or Mac, BrowseAloud Plus will provide the speech and reading support tools you require for free.

What is BrowseAloud Plus?

BrowseAloud Plus reads website content out loud using the most natural and engaging voice to transform your online reading experience.  New features include: Translator, Simplifier, Screen Masking for Touch Screens and the ability to personalise the settings to suit individual needs and preferences.

Other features include:

  • Dual-Colour Highlighting
  • Text Magnification
  • Translator
  • MP3 Maker
  •  Screen Masking
  • Pronunciation Modifier
  • Secure Site Reading
  • PDF Reading
  • International Languages

More than 7,000 websites use BrowseAloud, so once you have it on your device you can listen to all of these websites too. For more information, please visit www.browsealoud.com

Who does BrowseAloud Plus help?

BrowseAloud Plus helps website visitors who require online reading support and those who simply prefer to listen to information instead of reading it. Those with print disabilities, such as dyslexia or mild visual impairments, and those with English as a second language find BrowseAloud Plus particularly useful.

How do I get BrowseAloud Plus?

Click on the BrowseAloud Panel that appears on the Homepage of this website to launch the BrowseAloud Plus toolbar then simply click any text to hear it read aloud.

Support with using BrowseAloud Plus

A full range of support services are provided for BrowseAloud Plus:

Web: support.texthelp.com/help
E-Mail: support@browsealoud.com
Tel: 0800 328 7910

Patient Information Leaflets

If you have problems reading the print in any of our leaflets we can provide them in large print, easy read, audiobook or Braille upon request.

Please email comms@mft.nhs.uk with your request.

Downloads

Downloadable documents on the site are provided in a variety of formats. The most common are PDF, Word and Excel. If you require a document in an alternative format, please contact us at comms@mft.nhs.uk

Google Translate

Google Translate – an automatic translation service that uses state-of-the-art technology, not human translators, to translate text – provides instant translations in 58 different languages. By providing these translations, we hope to make essential information available to the diverse populations that visit our website every day. However, please be aware that, since translations are done by machine, they may not always be perfect. (Please see our legal disclaimer at the bottom of this section)

How do I use Google Translate?

Simply select your desired language from the “Translate Site” drop-down menu at the top any page. Google Translate will display the translated text without reloading or redirecting you from your page. If you click on a link in the translated page, the linked web page also will be translated automatically for you – allowing you to seamlessly browse through our website in your language.

Why is only part of the web page translated?

Google translate is not able to read graphical buttons, drop-down menus, text within photos, news items imported through an RSS feed, and certain other forms of text. In these cases, the text will remain in English.

Why doesn’t the language I chose display properly?

In order to view a page in a particular language, your browser must have that language pack installed. To download appropriate language packs, visit the website for your browser.

Why did half of my text disappear – or my browser just freeze?

Google Translate breaks text into a series of 500-character chunks and continuously sends them back and forth until the entire page has been translated. This processing system occasionally creates confusion in how a particular block of text is translated. Also, if the page is very long or your computer processor is not powerful enough, it may cause your browser to freeze.

What is automatic translation?

Automatic translation detects patterns in documents that already have been translated by human translators. Using those patterns as a guide, automatic translators such as Google Translate are able to make intelligent guesses as to what an appropriate translation should be. Because the translations are generated by machine, not all translations will be perfect.

What can I do to improve the translation quality?

Even today’s most sophisticated software can’t translate at the fluency of a native speaker or professional translator. If you encounter a translation that doesn’t seem right, click on the phrase in question – and sometimes Google Translate will have an alternative translation available.

Legal Disclaimer

We are not responsible for the translations provided by Google Translate. Please be aware that the English version of our website is the official text. The translated copies of our site are not legally binding, and any differences created in translation have no legal effect. If there are any concerns regarding the accuracy of the information presented within the translated versions of our site, please refer back to the official English-language website.

Text Sizing

If you are having difficulty reading the text on this page and would like to increase its size simply do the following:

Internet Explorer

Click the “View” menu at the top of the browser window.
Select “Text Size” from the menu.
In the sub-menu that appears select which text size you want to use, Smallest, Smaller, Medium, Larger, or Largest (Medium is the default).
Alternatively, hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and use the mouse wheel to increase/decrease the text size of this site.

Firefox

Click the “View” menu at the top of the browser window.
Select “Text Size” from the menu.
Select “Increase” or “Decrease” to alter the size of the text.
Alternatively, hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and use the mouse wheel to increase/decrease the text size of this site.

Safari

Click the “View” menu at the top of the browser window.
Select “Zoom in” or “Zoom Out” to alter the size of the text.

Alternatively, hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and use the mouse wheel to increase/decrease the text size of this site.

Opera

Click the “View” menu at the top of the browser window.
Then select text size you want to use (as a percentage of the original).
Alternatively hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and use the mouse wheel to increase/decrease the text size of this site.

Netscape Navigator/Communicator

Click the “View” menu at the top of the browser window.
Select “Increase Font” from the menu.

Netscape 6

Click the “View” menu at the top of the browser window.
Then select text size.

Netscape 7

Click the “View” menu at the top of the browser window.
Select “Text Zoom” from the menu.
In the sub-menu that appears select which text size you want to use.
Alternatively, select “Other” and manually enter the text size (as a percentage of the original) that you want to use.

Text colour

We have taken care to ensure that the site’s colour combinations and contrast significantly and are effective in ensuring information is still clear when viewed by all.

To ignore font and background colours in Internet Explorer on a PC, choose Internet options from the Tools menu at the top of the window. On the general tab of the window that appears, click the Accessibility button. This takes you to a menu where you can choose to ignore the way the page is formatted. To set your colour and font preferences, return to the Internet options menu and use the Colours and Fonts buttons.

Links

All links have been written to make sense when taken out of context. Where appropriate, we have also added link title attributes to describe the link in greater detail.