Project information

Tackling health inequalities

SignTranslate - award-winning web-based communication tool to allow doctors to communicate with deaf patients

This is ongoing.

Charity information


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  • Need


    Deaf people are often forced to rely on friends or relatives to interpret a doctor's diagnosis. Being unable to communicate with their GP is a situation that hundreds of people face daily in the UK, simply because they are deaf.


    Our award-winning, web-based system, SignTranslate, has been developed to allow doctors and their Deaf patients to effectively communicate with each other when an interpreter is unable to travel to the surgery, or in an emergency. SignTranslate enables GPs and their Deaf patients to connect to an online interpreter via webcam and phone. Consequently patients can be treated without delay, thus avoiding the ongoing confusion, misdiagnosis and inappropriate use of family members.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve Deaf awareness in healthcare settings


    » Deaf ambassadors will provide comprehensive deaf awareness training to healthcare professionals to improve Deaf people's experiences.


    Aim 2

    Continue to develop SignTranslate


    » By using an interpreter online, via a webcam, medical staff can communicate directly to their Deaf patients.


    Aim 3

    Raise awareness in Deaf communities


    » We are working to recruit regional Deaf ambassadors to promote SignTranslate at Deaf events and local/regional Deaf clubs/organisations.


  • Impact






    We are always happy to report back to donor organisations on the progress of our projects.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 SignTranslate SignTranslate

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    27 regional grant-making Trusts £48,730 Guaranteed
    Nominet Trust £27,000 Guaranteed
    Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background




    Deaf people who need improved access to communication from GP or hospital.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As the national healthcare charity for Deaf people, our concern is for the physical and mental wellbeing of this minority group. Our programme includes improving Deaf people's access to appropriate health services and information.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    SignTranslate Team


'Doctor not sign - no communication. Now there interpreters online, so can tell doctor what wrong through interpreter'

Deaf patient