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Help make GP buildings more accessible

We’re running a national research project to find out how NHS primary care buildings (e.g. GP surgeries) could be better for disabled people and people with autism. Start by completing our short survey.

The project is called #MyGPandMe: Building Better Together and this is how you can get involved…

You can take the survey online by following this link

Or by downloading the interactive easy read PDF

The survey closes on 13th December at 5pm.

The survey is open to:

  • People with disabilities, this includes learning disabilities and/or physical disabilities
  • People with autism
  • Family members, Carers and/or support staff
  • Staff at primary care buildings.

At the end of the survey we will ask you if you would like to speak to us about your experiences and if you would like to join us at one of our workshops.

What’s the research project for?

We are conducting this national research on request from an organisation called Assura. They build NHS primary care buildings (including GP surgeries) and would like to know how they can make them more accessible for people with disabilities and/or autism.

They would like to know about the physical environment of primary care buildings and how this can impact someone’s experience of health care.

They would also like to know how building accessibility might prevent people from accessing health care.

Take the survey online.

How will you use the results?

We will use the results to write a report for Assura. This report will tell them:

  • Statistics, examples and thoughts of the good things about primary care buildings
  • Statistics, examples and thoughts of the bad things about primary care buildings
  • Recommendations for how they can improve existing buildings
  • Recommendations for what they can consider when designing new buildings.

We will also look at how the research can help other/existing primary care buildings and provide guidance for staff so they can make them more accessible. We will share it as widely as possibly, including with MPs.


“In my own situation, accessibility is related to my deafness. There is a wide range of communication setbacks and some of the changes GP surgeries can make (such as more visual aids) would also help a far wider variety of people.”

Paul Cable, Dimensions Support Worker and project team member.

 


What research are you carrying out?

National survey responses

The first stage of the research is to get as many responses to the survey as possible.

We are sharing the survey with our connections so it can reach lots of disabled and autistic people, their families, support teams/carers and primary care building staff.

This is important because we need statistics and thoughts from people all across the country. The more we receive, the more representative the results will be.

You can help by: completing our survey and/or sharing it with other people who can complete it too.

The survey closes on 13th December at 5pm.

You can take the survey online by following this link

Or by downloading the interactive easy read PDF

Finding out more from our survey respondents

At the end of the survey you can let us know if you would like to talk to us about your answers or attend one of our national workshops.

We will contact people who have agreed to this and talk to them about their experiences. Our workshops will look deeper into accessibility and what improvements can be made, and why.

This is important because we need to understand people’s thoughts and find out as much detail as possible.

You can help by: completing our survey, agreeing to talk to us and/or sharing it with other people who can complete it too.

Visits to GP surgeries and primary care buildings

We are also asking people to visit their local GP surgery and/or other primary care buildings and completing a short accessibility assessment.

If you are interested in taking part in this research project, please email mygpandmebuildings@dimensions-uk.org

Take and share the survey now

The survey is open to anybody who has a disability (this includes learning disabilities) and/or autism, family members and anybody who supports or cares for someone with a disability and/or autism and people who work at primary healthcare buildings (this includes reception staff, nurses and doctors).

You can take the survey online by following this link

Or by downloading the interactive easy read PDF

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