Access Bedford is working with a range of organisations to improve access for the D/deaf community to services, by helping to create clear information around the use of interpreters. This includes cards with booking information, top tips and access ideas.

If you have any ideas about services where interpreter cards would be useful please get in touch with us

Interpreter / Communication Cards

On the Record Communication Card  for BSL in the NHS and Adult Social Care

BPHA Interpreter Cards

GP interpreter cards updated April 16

Doctor information letter – how to book and pay

Communication Support

Jobcentre Plus 

If you are looking for a job or want to change jobs but don’t know where to start, Spencer Clark at Jobcentre Plus in Bedford has agreed to be the contact for deaf people in Bedford. He does not sign himself but is deaf aware and understands the issues deaf people face in finding work.
He is very happy for you to contact him. Please let him know how you prefer to communicate and he will sort it out. Download the form to take with you to help with the first meeting.


Bedford Borough Council with Access Bedford have created information for deaf parents and teachers to support communication in school. Full details below – print and keep!

School Deaf Support Card

Bedfordshire Police – a number of PCs and PCSOs have been learning sign language this year. Look out for them by the BSL badge on their clothing.

Bedfordshire Police are learning BSL in 2015

Bedford Hospital Audiology – are using a new pager system to support D/deaf patients to know when they are being called for their appointment. Ask at reception for more information.

Bedford Hospital Audiology Pager

Top Tips

Working with interpreters

Deaf Awareness at Work

emergency services