EDUCATION – NMH

Positive Signs Education

Positive Signs Education provides Non-Medical Helper (NMH) support workers for college and university students in Greater London who receive a Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA).

Positive Signs Education [has a team of 30 trained professionals who] can provide the following NMH Support Workers:

  • Note Takers
  • Communication Support Workers
  • Lip Speakers
  • Specialist Note Takers for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students (including Electronic Note Takers and Speech to Text Reporters)
  • Specialist Transcription Service
  • BSL/English Interpreters
  • Specialist Support Professionals for Deaf Students

Our NMH rates for the current academic year can be found below.

Positive Signs Education NMH London Rates

Delivering Your NMH Support

We will work with you to tailor your support to meet your needs. We keep in touch with you throughout the academic year and work with you to monitor your NMH usage to make sure you don’t exceed your funding allocation.

We are happy to work directly with DSA Students, DSA Assessors and student support teams within colleges and universities.

Applying for Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA)

DSA provides funding to give disabled students the extra financial support they need whilst they are studying. It can be used to pay for items such as equipment, travel costs, books and stationery or non-medical help workers to support you in the educational setting.

If you think you are eligible for funding for Disabled Student’s Allowances (DSA) and want to find out more or arrange a Study Needs Assessment, please visit the DSA-QAG website.

Work With Us

If you share our passion for education and want to support students in Further and Higher Education to achieve their potential, email us at [email protected] with your CV and a summary of your relevant skills and experience.

NMH Services Provided

Below is a bit more information about each of the NMH Support Workers we can provide.

Note Takers – Manual and Electronic
They provide a real-time, typed or written readable version of what is being said, for example, in lectures, for deaf and hard of hearing students and/or those who cannot take notes for themselves.

Communication Support Workers
They work with Deaf learners to ensure they are accessing education at the same level as their hearing peers through a range of activities including interpreting, giving more detailed explanations and modifying learning activities to ensure they are suitable and accessible.

Lip Speakers
A hearing person trained to repeat a speaker’s message to lipreaders accurately, without using their voice.

Specialist Note Takers for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students (including Electronic Note Takers and Speech to Text Reporter)
They listen to what is being said and input it, word for word, using an electronic shorthand keyboard, to a computer, which converts the information to properly spelled words which can then be read by deaf or hard-of-hearing people.

Specialist Transcription Service
They convert live or recorded speech into a written or electronic text documents.

BSL Interpreters
Specialist BSL/English Interpreters who are either trainee or fully-qualified and registered with the regulatory body National Register for Communication Professionals working with Deaf People (NRCPD). These are suitable for use in formal lectures and presentations as well as smaller group settings and 1-1 meetings.

Specialist Support Professionals for Deaf Students.
Provide 1-1 study skills tuition to students to help them develop independent learning strategies.

Get in Touch

To enquire about our NMH Support Worker service or to book a Support Worker, either email us at [email protected] or complete the online enquiry form, below.



















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