GP practices must follow the Accessible Information Standard by law. This aims to ensure that disabled people have access to information that they can understand and they receive any communication support that they might need. The 'Communication Needs' template will assist you to record anything from the need for large font to the need for an interpreter.


If a patient has Communication Needs recorded already, they will have this icon under their name. Click this icon to open the template or go to Autoconsutlations > Ardens General > Communication Needs


A patient will have this icon if:

  • They are registered blind or deaf
  • They require an interpreter
  • They have the 'Patient has communication/information need Y17f2' Read code
  • They need information or contact by a certain method recorded already


To identify these patients, go to Clinical Reporting > Ardens > Registers > Accessible Information


Here you will also see a report called '?Assess Communication Needs as at risk and not assessed'. This identifies patients at risk who may need their communication needs assessed, for example patients with learning difficulties. Adding either of the following Read codes on their record will remove them from this list.

  • 'Patient has communication/information need Y17f2'
  • 'Patient does not have communication/information need Y17f3'