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  • Welcome to the British Sign Language (BSL) and tactile BSL resource.  This resource aims to increase your awareness of BSL and support you to reflect on and improve your practice.  It will enable you to share good practice in communicating with people who use BSL to improve experience of services.  This resource was created in partnership with BSL service users, deafscotland, Deafblind Scotland, Scottish Social Services Council, Care Inspectorate, NHS Education Scotland, NHS Lothian and NHS Forth Valley.


    British Sign Language is a visual language developed in the UK. It was officially recognised as a minority language by the UK Government in 2003.  Tactile BSL is a form of sign language used when a person has a visual impairment. Sometimes referred to as ‘hands-on’ signing, users hold the hands of an interpreter who signs the message.   Service providers are required to produce information and support where appropriate in BSL, giving equal access to services and removing many of the commonplace barriers BSL users face.  This resource was created to support these aims within health and social care services.


    In the following film clip, Derek Todd, British Sign Language (BSL) Consultant and Deaf BSL user from deafscotland (formerly named Scottish Council on Deafness SCoD) introduces you to the module.



  • Learning outcomes

  • eLearning Module

  • Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework

  • Navigation

  • Additional Information

  • Transcripts

  • Additional resources

  • Accessible word version

  • Assessment

  • Evaluation

  • Certificate