One of the ways we try to influence local services is to carry out research.

Each research project is carried out by Deaf people interviewing other deaf people in their own language, BSL.

We have two main aims for our research:

to collect information about Deaf people's experiences of using health and social care services

to collect information about Deaf people's understanding of health and social care issues.

We have carried out two surveys of local deaf people's experiences of using health and social care services in Nottinghamshire. You can down load the summaries and the full reports here:

Deaf wellbeing in Nottinghamshire,

July 2014

Click on image to download a pdf of the full report or the summary flyer

Deaf wellbeing in Nottinghamshire, November 2011

Click on image to download a pdf of the full report or the summary flyer.

Contact us if you would like help carrying out your own survey or research with Deaf people in the East Midlands. We have an experienced group of Deaf BSL-users who are able to carry out a survey with members of local Deaf communities

Joint commissioning guidance from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Sign Health for primary care mental health services for deaf people. This recommends that Deaf people should have the choice of getting psyhcological therapy from a therapist who is fluent in BSL. Published May 2017.

British Deaf Association in partnership with Derby Deaf Forum, commissioned by Derby City Council.

Research carried out in 2014 about Deaf people's access to mainstream and private sector services in Derby.

British Deaf Association's Report on Access to Health Services for Older Deaf People in England & Wales

2014 Report of research with 850 older Deaf people who attended the England Deaf Darby and Joan annual holiday rally. Research was based on BSL interviews to find out more about accessing council services, and finding out how older Deaf people understand health issues and access health services.

Independent evaluation report on BSL Health Minds (the BSL-IAPT service from Sign Health) which shows that providing primary care mental health services with BSL-fluent staff is more efficient and cheaper than improving access to mainstream (hearing) IAPT services with sign language interpreters. This is not available to many Deaf people in the country unless through an 'individual funding request' - and so is not equitable in access!!

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation published Dementia friendly communities: supporting learning and outreach with the deaf community.  This report aims to inform the development of policy and practice in relation to dementia awareness and information models in the Deaf community and with people with hearing loss. These approaches challenge misconceptions and provide signposting for appropriate information and support. The report considers and provides next steps on best practice models based on a pilot project with Alzheimer’s Society and BDA.

BDA and Leicester Healthwatch report on research carried out in November 2014, about the local Deaf community's access to local Health Services.

Access to Health Services for Deaf People

A report published in 2003 by the University of Manchester about Deaf peoples' experiences visiting their GP and using Accident and Emergency departments. All participants were Deaf BSL users, interviewed by a Deaf researcher.

Sign Health's 'Sick of It' Report - you can read this in English or watch in BSL