British Sign Language Act


Scotland has an Act of parliament called the British Sign Language Act which received Royal Assent on the 22nd October 2015.

In 2016 a national advisory group was established to help support the development of the first national action plan.

On the 24th October 2017 the first national action plan was launched. Each local authority area has to also have a local plan. There is a heath section in our local plan and this is the responsibility of NHS Fife. The Act tells us and we have detailed this in the local plan, to; promote the use of BSL as a language in its own right, ensure that we have learning about BSL and Deaf patients in place, we must provide information and improve ways to access information in BSL on a range of topics including screening and improve outcomes for mental health and wellbeing.

NHS Fife  BSL Plan Outcome 1- Fife Services 


NHS Fife BSN  Plan  Outcome 6: Mental Health and Wellbeing 


Fife's BSL Plan 2018-2024

Fife's British Sign Language Plan 2018-2024

BSL videos are on the NHS Inform YouTube channel  and embedded on NHS inform.

BSL Scotland Act 2015 Health Report

The British Sign Language Act (BSL) came into force during 2015. The Act requires that we make local plans which promote and raise awareness of the language. This report details how NHS Fife is meeting our responsibilities to the BSL speaking community and what more NHS Fife and other boards need to do to continue to improve and advance equality for BSL speakers.

Read the BSL Scotland Act 2015 Health Report


Useful links - organisations

British Deaf Association

Through the British Deaf Association  deaf people are able to access information, services and support in their preferred language, to have the same opportunities to achieve the same life outcomes as anyone else. UK-wide legal recognition of British and Irish Sign Languages (BSL and ISL) is key step in raising awareness, recognition and respect, and achieving equality of access and opportunity for Deaf people.

National Deaf Children’s Society

The National Deaf Children’s Society are the leading charity for deaf children. They represent every deaf child who needs them – no matter what their level or type of deafness or how they communicate.

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) is the national third sector intermediary for a range of health and social care organisations.  

Awareness days and events

Fife Council Deaf Communication Service

Fife Council Deaf Communication Service provides a range of advice, support and equipment for people with a hearing loss. This includes people who are Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and Deaf BSL users.

Useful links - Health conditions 


Child flu vaccine

Childhood immunisations

Teenage immunisations 

BCG and your baby

Hepatitis B and your baby

HPV vaccine 

Shingles vaccine

Pneumococcal vaccine

Whooping cough vaccine 

Vaccines in pregnancy

Useful links and videos COVID-19 vaccinations and fact sheets 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine | Translations (