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Why all nursing students should learn basic British Sign Language

Deaf and hard of hearing people often struggle to communicate in healthcare settings

Deaf and hard of hearing people can struggle to communicate in healthcare settings if staff lack training

Communicating clearly with patients is integral to the delivery of safe and effective nursing care, and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code states that reasonable steps must be taken to meet people’s language and communication needs.

Unfortunately, for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, communication is often difficult in healthcare settings because many health professionals lack the knowledge and skills required, such as sign language.

Trying to communicate without BSL

The word deaf is used to describe or identify anyone who has a severe hearing problem, or is severely hard of hearing. Deaf with a


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