NHS staff in Sheffield learn how to use sign language

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Staff at Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust are learning British Sign Language as part of Deaf Awareness Week .

The theme this year is ‘connect and communicate’.

Sheffield Community Access and Interpreting Service is teaching colleagues how to sign ‘Hello, my name is’ and then to finger-spell their first name.

SCAIS is part of Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust and is an interpreting service which provides face-to-face interpreting, telephone interpreting and training.

It can provide telephone-based interpreting services in over 240 languages.

Julie Mather, from SCAIS, said: “We are delighted to be involved in helping colleagues to communicate with service users, carers and visitors who are deaf.

“Our British Sign Language interpreters can be booked for clinical consultations and we would highly recommend that people take advantage of this service to ensure that the needs of deaf people are fully understood and addressed.

“It is important that frontline staff are able to offer an appropriate welcome to all who come through our doors.”