British Sign Language interpreter in a meeting

British Sign Language (BSL) / English Interpreting

At Complete Communication, we work with highly skilled and qualified BSL/English Interpreters to provide a top quality flexible interpreting service for the Southwest. Our services can be tailor-made to fit the needs of any combination of client and setting.

All of the interpreters that we work with are skilled in enabling clear and accurate communication between Deaf and hearing people. Regardless of what type of communication needs you or your client have, we are here to make the process as smooth as possible every time. Our interpreters will adapt their language to meet your needs, where not only BSL/English Interpreting but also Sign Supported English​ ​(SSE) and International Sign can be provided on request to meet your requirements.

So when you work with Complete Communication, you can be assured of our full attention to detail and provision of the right skill set.​ We can provide BSL/English Interpreters across Devon and Cornwall as a result of our base being in Plymouth.

Our Sign Language Interpreters

All of the interpreters we work with are registered with the National Register for Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Disabled people (NRCPD) or Register of British Sign Language Interpreters (RBSLI). They are all also members of the Visual Language Professionals (VLP) or Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI), and many hold additional memberships.

All of our interpreters have:

Enhanced DBS (formally CRB) checks

Personal Indemnity Insurance

Public Liability Insurance

Actively seek and attend appropriate training

Our Interpreters hold memberships with


British Sign Language

British Sign Language (BSL) is the preferred language of over 87,000 Deaf people in the UK for whom English may be a second or third language. A total of 151,000 individuals in the UK can use BSL - this figure does not include professional BSL users, Interpreters, Translators, etc. unless they use BSL at home.

Sign languages are fully functional and expressive languages; at the same time, they differ profoundly from spoken languages. BSL is a visual-gestural language with a distinctive grammar using handshapes, facial expressions, gestures and body language to convey meaning.

According to NRCPD (National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People), there are 1217 registered sign language interpreters (RSLI) and a further 274 trainee sign language interpreters (TSLI) in the UK. There are 23 registered sign language translators and two trainee sign language translators. There are also only 42 registered qualified Lipspeakers in the Uk (Source: NRCPD, July 2019).​

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