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Bowel cancer animation now available in British Sign Language

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A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of our bowel cancer screening short animation is now available.

We blogged recently about an animation which gives people a step-by-step explanation of what they need to do to collect their bowel cancer screening sample correctly.

The video, clocking in at under 2 minutes, helps people understand what to expect and do when receiving the ‘FIT’ (faecal immunochemical test). The FIT kit has been sent to all people invited for bowel cancer screening since June 2019.

The short film has proved extremely useful, and the English version with optional subtitles has now been viewed more than 3,500 times. Subtitles are also available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Farsi, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.

BSL version

We're delighted to say that a BSL translation of the animation is now available.

You can find the BSL version alongside all the other videos on Vimeo (it is the second version to appear following the English version with optional subtitles).

View from RAD

Public Health England contacted the Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) to commission this BSL translation.

Russell Cooke, Community Engagement Manager for RAD, explained why it is so important for deaf people to have a BSL version.

Russell explained:

Translating a PHE video is vital for deaf people whose first or preferred language is BSL. Without this additional support, most of the deaf community would not be able to access the information contained in it.

Russell added:

BSL is the first or preferred language for most deaf people in the UK. It is a language in its own right, with its own grammar and syntax. It is not simply a signed equivalent of English – which means that for many deaf people, written English is difficult to access. We look forward to continuing to work with PHE to ensure the longer-term equality of access for deaf people.

The video

The video gives a step-by-step explanation of what people need to do to collect the bowel sample correctly. It covers:

  • what the package contains
  • how to remove the test kit from the box
  • writing the sample date on the test kit
  • how to collect and take the stool sample
  • how to send the completed test kit back in the post

You can also see the video on the bowel cancer screening section of the NHS website.

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