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 community and what more NHS Fife and other boards need to do to continue to improve and advance equality for BSL users.

Read the BSL Scotland Act 2015 Health Report

Requesting translations

If you require information to be translated into another language, audio, BRAILLE, BSL or Large Print please contact the service, clinic, your doctor, nurse or send an email to

Working with BSL Users

See the document here