This website is run by the NIHR. We want as many people as possible to be able to use our website, and we have designed it to be accessible.
How you can use this website
On this website, you should be able to:
- change colours, contrast levels, and fonts
- zoom in up to 400% with text staying visible on the screen, and most images scaling without resolution loss
- navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
- read most of the website using a screen reader, including the latest versions of JAWS, NVDA, and VoiceOver
- read most of the website on devices without a screen, like a braille computer
We've made the website text as simple as possible to understand, using plain English wherever possible. Some of our content is technical, and contains scientific terms and language. In some instances we have not been able to simplify the wording without changing the meaning of the text.
If you have a problem accessing any documents then AbilityNet has advice to help you make your device easier to use.
How accessible this website is
We have made this website as accessible as possible and we run fortnightly audits to identify any new problems.
- All text in documents in the document library
We know that some parts of the website aren't fully accessible:
- we have a number of documents in PDF and other formats not designed for accessibility. We have published a full list of these documents, including the accessibility options available for each one.
- some content is embedded in our website, such as videos, and you cannot easily scale these on screen (but you can open a full screen version)
- some content embedded in our HTML documents is not fully accessible.
How to get information in an accessible format
If you have problems accessing information on this website, or would like any of our work in a more accessible format please email us details of your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will consider your request, and aim to respond within 5 working days
Reporting accessibility problems
We are always looking to improve the accessibility of the website.
If you find any problems which aren't listed on this page, or think that we're not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, then please email email@example.com with the details to let us know and help us improve.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Technical information about this website's accessibility
The NIHR is committed to making websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.
Issues with technology
The vast majority of our website works correctly on any web technology.
For security reasons, we only support TLS 1.2 and higher security protocols, and this means that some older browsers will not show the site.
How our site looks and work is based on HTML5, and we test for and support the following browsers:
- Google Chrome (versions in support)
- Mozilla Firefox (versions in support)
- Microsoft Edge (versions in support)
- Apple Safari (versions in support)
We also test in the Lynx browser to ensure that the site renders correctly for non-screen users.
Internet Explorer is no longer supported by Microsoft, and while the site may work in more recent versions of IE, we do not recommend its use.
You may experience unexpected behaviour in other browsers, although we use fully validated code which should work on any other browser.
Issues with links
We are aware of the following issues within the links on our site:
- Many older PDF files contain broken links which do not resolve - we do not intend to resolve these as it is a disproportionate burden.
- Some links on the site are not currently formatted in a compliant manner and we aim to fix these as soon as possible.
We scan the site weekly for broken links, and look to fix them as soon as they are identified.
Issues with PDFs and other documents
Our site favours the HTML format for documents.
PDFs are not able to comply with the requirements of the web accessibility standard, and we do not generally upload new PDFs. Where we do create new PDFs, we use the PDF/UA standard which is more accessible.
Issues with images and video
We strive to make all of our content accessible. We are aware of the following issues with images and video on our site:
- Video content uses automated closed captioning and transcripting, and this is often inaccurate. We review these captions and ensure their accuracy manually.
- There are some images with accessibility problems and we are working on improving their accessibility.
Issues with menus and buttons
We are aware of the following issues interacting with out site:
- Our main navigation menu and our buttons are not always fully accessible. Our developers are fixing these as a matter of priority.
How we test this website
We are planning to automate testing against the W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 on a fortnightly basis. We will scan our web pages, and test against all criteria in the guidelines which are possible to automate.
The regular report will be reviewed by the website development team, with any actions taken and prioritised into our future work. We aim to fix all high priority issues within two weeks of them being identified.
In addition, we conduct internal testing against known accessibility issues which are not able to be found through automated testing, on a sampled basis.
What we are doing to improve
We are actively looking to improve the accessibility on our website. The improvements below have been identified on our current work schedule.
Accessibility improvement roadmap
Item of work
Type of work
End March 2020
Finish converting all possible non-accessible documents to HTML format
End March 2020
Ensure all images used on the site have appropriate metadata
Complete accessibility code review, and make the menu, buttons and other site architecture more accessible.
Non-Accessible Document Log
Some documents on our site are not accessible. These are listed below, along with the reason. We are working hard to ensure that we convert as many of these as we can to online forms or HTML format, providing the remainder in the most accessible format possible.
|Going the extra mile: Improving the nation’s health and wellbeing through public involvement in research||Not accessible due to disproportionate burden|
|NIHR Annual Report 2016/17||Not accessible due to disproportionate burden|
|NIHR Annual Report 2015/16||Not accessible due to disproportionate burden|
|NIHR Annual Report 2017/18||Not accessible due to disproportionate burden|
|Individual research activity for GP practices||Accessible version on request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Global HPSR DEVELOPMENT AWARDS APPLICATION PROJECT SUMMARY||To be made accessible early 2020|
|Stage 1 application form (NETSCC)||To be made accessible early 2020|
|Stage 2 application form (NETSCC)||To be made accessible early 2020|
|Stage 1 application form (CCF)||To be made accessible early 2020|
|Stage 2 application form (CCF)||To be made accessible early 2020|
|CRN Generic Template for Contract amendment||To be made accessible early 2020|
|FINAL Suggested financial arrangements appendix text APR17||To be made accessible early 2020|
|CRO mCIA England 2014||To be made accessible early 2020|
|First Global and European patients PUBLIC||To be made accessible early 2020|
|mCIA England 2014||To be made accessible early 2020|
|mICRA template||To be made accessible early 2020|
|Primary Care mCTA England 2013||To be made accessible early 2020|
|Impact and Value of the NIHR Clinical Research Network||Partially accessible PDF. Not fully accessible due to disproportionate burden|
|Impact and Value of the NIHR Clinical Research Network (infographic)||Plain text version available as separate document|
|CCF RMS user guidance||Accessible version on request. Please contact email@example.com|
|Research-contract-v1-19-EME-hei||To be made accessible early 2020|
|Research-contract-v1-19-EME-nhs||To be made accessible early 2020|
|Research-contract-v1-19-EME-other||To be made accessible early 2020|
|research-contract-v1-19-EME researchcouncil||To be made accessible early 2020|
|research-contract-v1-19-other||To be made accessible early 2020|
|research-contract-v1-19-researchcouncil||To be made accessible early 2020|
|High-cost-threshold-process-visual.pdf||To be made accessible early 2020|
|PHE Application Form for Excess Treatment Costs||Accessible version on request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org|
|SoECAT Tool A||Accessible version on request. Please contact email@example.com|
|SoECAT Tool B||Accessible version on request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Progress report||To be made accessible early 2020|
|SRP summary progress report||To be made accessible early 2020|
|NIHR strategic review of training 2017||Partially accessible PDF. Not fully accessible due to disproportionate burden|