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Discover the power of British Sign Language (BSL) for healthcare - Master BSL medical signs, including finger spelling, terminology, and communication with Deaf and hard-of-hearing patients. Enhance your career prospects in healthcare while fostering inclusivity and improving patient care.

£40.99 inc. VAT
Course Access

1 year

Last Updated

November 1, 2023

Students Enrolled


Course Duration

2 hours, 2 minutes

Course Instructor
This British Sign Language for Health and Medical Signs course has been developed and delivered by Stephen Hurley to equip you with essential British Sign Language (BSL) skills specifically tailored to the healthcare and medical field. Whether you are a healthcare professional, medical student, or simply interested in bridging the communication gap in healthcare settings, this course is your gateway to enhancing your communication abilities.  

Who will benefit from this course?

"British Sign Language for Health and Medical Signs" is designed to benefit a diverse range of individuals who aim to improve their communication skills in healthcare settings and enhance accessibility for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patients. The course will be particlarly valuable for:
  1. Healthcare Professionals: Nurses, doctors, therapists, and all healthcare workers who regularly interact with patients will gain essential sign language skills to improve patient care and ensure effective communication with Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.
  2. Medical Students: Aspiring doctors and medical students will benefit from this course by acquiring a foundational understanding of British Sign Language, allowing them to be more inclusive healthcare providers in the future.
  3. Caregivers and Support Workers: Individuals providing care and support to patients, especially those with hearing impairments, will enhance their ability to communicate effectively and provide high-quality care.
  4. Interpreters: Professional interpreters working in healthcare environments can use this course to expand their knowledge and skills, ensuring accurate and meaningful communication between patients and healthcare providers.
  5. Family Members and Friends: Relatives and friends of Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals can enrol in this course to improve their ability to communicate and support their loved ones in medical contexts.
  6. Healthcare Administrators and Staff: Personnel in healthcare administration and front-desk roles can benefit from this course to ensure smooth patient communication,  reduce misunderstandings, and improving overall patient satisfaction.
  7. Social Workers: Social workers involved in healthcare can improve and enhance their communication skills to understand better and assist Deaf and hard-of-hearing clients in navigating the healthcare system.
  8. Language Enthusiasts: Individuals interested in languages and communication who want to explore the unique linguistic aspects of British Sign Language and its application in healthcare.
  9. Advocates for Accessibility: People committed to improving accessibility in healthcare and advocating for the rights of Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals will gain insights and skills to support their advocacy efforts.
  10. General Public: Anyone interested in sign language and wanting to foster inclusivity in healthcare settings can take this course to broaden their knowledge and contribute to a more accessible society.

After completing this course you will have the following skills:

  1. A-Z Finger Spelling: Master the fundamental skill of finger spelling the English alphabet in BSL. This skill is crucial for accurately conveying names, medical terms, and other essential information in healthcare contexts.
  2. Finger Spelling of Numbers: Develop the ability to accurately finger spell numbers, enabling you to communicate vital statistics, dosages, and numerical data with precision.
  3. Health and Medical Terminology: Acquire a comprehensive understanding of essential health and medical vocabulary in British Sign Language. You will learn to sign terms related to illnesses, symptoms, body parts, and medical procedures.
  4. Treatment Terminologies: Explore the specific sign language vocabulary used to discuss various treatment options, therapies, and medical interventions. This knowledge will be invaluable for healthcare professionals and caregivers.
  5. Meeting People: Learn the art of introducing yourself and others in BSL. Understand the appropriate sign language etiquette for initiating conversations and building rapport with patients, colleagues, and healthcare professionals.
  6. Questions for Medical Professionals: Develop the skills to ask relevant and clear questions when interacting with medical professionals. You will gain the confidence to seek information and provide support effectively.

Why Choose this Xero Accounting and Bookkeeping course?

  • Developed and delivered by Stephen Hurley, an active member of the Deaf community
  • Get Instant E-certificate
  • Fully online
  • Self-paced learning and laptop, tablet, and smartphone-friendly
  • 24/7 Course Support

Career prospect of this course:

Completing the course "British Sign Language for Health and Medical Signs" can open up various career prospects and professional opportunities for individuals who acquire proficiency in British Sign Language (BSL) within the healthcare sector. Here are some potential career paths and prospects for those who complete this course:
  1. Healthcare Interpreter: Becoming a certified healthcare interpreter specialising in BSL can be a rewarding career. Healthcare interpreters facilitate communication between Deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and healthcare providers, ensuring accurate information exchange during medical appointments, procedures, and consultations.
  2. Medical Practitioner: Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals proficient in BSL can offer specialised care to Deaf and hard-of-hearing patients, improving patient-provider communication and overall healthcare outcomes.
  3. Speech Therapist or Audiologist: Speech therapists and audiologists may work with Deaf individuals or those with hearing impairments. Proficiency in BSL can enhance their ability to communicate with patients and develop effective treatment plans.
  4. Occupational Therapist: Occupational therapists fluent in BSL can provide more comprehensive therapy services to Deaf or hard-of-hearing clients, ensuring better outcomes and client satisfaction.
  5. Social Worker: Social workers in healthcare settings can use their BSL skills to understand better and support Deaf and hard-of-hearing clients, ensuring their needs are met and advocating for their rights.
  6. Healthcare Administrator: Healthcare administrators with BSL proficiency can improve patient satisfaction by ensuring clear communication and accessible services. They may also play a role in creating inclusive healthcare policies and practices.
  7. Community Health Educator: Educators knowledgeable in BSL can develop and deliver health-related workshops and programs specifically tailored to Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, promoting health literacy and awareness.
  8. Advocate for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Rights: Individuals with BSL skills can become advocates for accessibility and equal rights in healthcare. They may work for organisations focused on Deaf and hard-of-hearing issues, lobbying for policy changes and raising awareness.
  9. Researcher in Deaf Health: Professionals with a background in healthcare and BSL can contribute to research efforts focused on the healthcare disparities and unique needs of Deaf and hard-of-hearing populations.
  10. Healthcare Trainer: Qualified trainers can offer workshops and courses on BSL for healthcare professionals, ensuring that more healthcare providers are equipped with the skills needed to communicate effectively with Deaf and hard-of-hearing patients.
  11. Freelance BSL Interpreter: Those with BSL skills can work as freelance interpreters, offering their services in various healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centres.
  12. International Opportunities: Proficiency in BSL can open doors to global opportunities, including working with Deaf communities in other countries or collaborating with international organisations focused on Deaf healthcare.
Ultimately, the career prospects for individuals who complete this course are diverse and can lead to fulfilling roles that contribute to improving healthcare accessibility and outcomes for Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

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Course Content

    • What is British Sign Language FREE 00:01:00
    • What is Fingerspelling FREE 00:03:00
    • A to Z Fingerspelling Right Handed 00:01:00
    • A to Z Fingerspelling Left Handed 00:01:00
    • A to Z Cards 00:01:00
    • A to Z of 1st Names in three parts 00:07:00
    • STUDY ANSWERS 1st Name A to Z Fingerspelling 00:03:00
    • VIDEO QUIZ – Fill in the Blank – Fingerspelling 00:02:00
    • VIDEO STUDY Fingerspelling Fill in the blanks 00:02:00
    • STUDY ANSWERS Fingerspelling – Fill in the blanks 00:02:00
    • Meeting People and Introduction with Subtitles 00:02:00
    • Meeting People and Introduction without Subtitles 00:02:00
    • Meeting People 00:10:00
    • Questions Sign with without Subtitles 00:01:00
    • HANDOUTS SHBSL Numbers 00:15:00
    • Numbers Signs (0-100) 00:05:00
    • STUDY ANSWERS Numbers 00:01:00
    • STUDY Numbers 00:02:00
    • Health and Medical Terminology with Subtitles 00:08:00
    • Health and Medical Terminology without Subtitles 00:08:00
    • Health and Medical Terminology Treatment with Subtitles 00:03:00
    • Health and Medical Terminology Treatment without Subtitles 00:03:00
    • Health and Medical Terminology Questions with Subtitles 00:03:00
    • Health and Medical Terminology Questions without Subtitles 00:03:00
    • 07. HANDOUTS Health and Medical Terminology 00:15:00
    • QUIZ At the Doctors with BSL Guest 00:03:00
    • QUIZ At the Doctors with Multi Choice Questions 00:09:00
    • QUIZ At the Doctors with Multi Choice Questions with ANSWERS 00:06:00
    • Get Your Certificate & Transcript 00:00:00

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